ADHRB and BIRD Publish Report on Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission: Fundamentally Flawed
On 2 September 2015, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) published a report on the Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission (PDRC) in Bahrain. The PDRC is a UK-trained body as part of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) assistance program to Bahrain. The report, entitled Fundamentally Flawed: A Review of Bahrain’s Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission, examines the PDRC’s establishment, membership, and activities in order to determine whether the body is effectively accomplishing its objective. The report finds that the PDRC fails to meet the guidelines for a National Preventative Mechanism as established by the Optional Protocol for the Convention against Torture (OP-CAT). The FCO raised its spending budget on its assistance program to Bahrain from £1.5 million in 2014 to £2.1 million in 2015, with no plans for an independent assessment into the spending.
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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain
- 22 arrested including 2 children. 19 have been released.
- 42 trials postponed.
- 6 individuals sentenced to a total of 60 years in prison.
- Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters.
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