33 States Join 5th UN Joint Statement on Human Rights in Bahrain
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy(BIRD) welcome yesterday’s joint statement raising the serious concern of 33 States about the human rights situation in Bahrain during the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. This joint statement, led by Switzerland, raises the persistent concerns of the international community regarding a wide variety of human rights abuses in Bahrain, including the ongoing use of torture, excessive and indiscriminate use of force, and restrictions on the freedoms of opinion, expression and assembly. This latest joint statement builds on four previous joint statements in the Human Rights Council since 2012, which raised similar concerns and enjoy a growing coalition of cross-regional support.
Click the picture above to watch the Swiss delegation deliver the Joint Statement on behalf of 33 states at the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain
- 20 arrested including 1 child.
- 48 trials postponed.
- The detention of Sheikh Hasan Isa was renewed for fifteen days.
- Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters.
Bahrain News and Opinion
Muftah reports that “Washington can’t make up its mind on Bahrain” and notes the lack of progress in human rights reforms in Bahrain since the 2011 BICI report. Several members of Congress have been working to stop the U.S. from lifting the arms sale ban on Bahrain in light of its human rights abuses and failure to implement BICI reforms.
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