Newsletter #125

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Bahrain Postpones Opposition Leaders’ Free Speech Trials

12 October 2015 – Bahraini courts postponed the trials of Ebrahim Sharif and Majeed Milad to 12 November 2015 and 27 October 2015, respectively. Sharif, former Secretary-General of the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad), faces up to ten years in prison for charges related to free expression. Milad, a senior member of the opposition and former elected president of the Manama Capital Municipal Council, faces more than two years for his free speech. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) call on the Government of Bahrain to drop all charges and immediately release Mr. Sharif and Mr. Milad.

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Updates from the Ground

  • 13 arrested including 4 children.
  • Courts upheld, altered, or sentenced 32 individuals to 177 years in jail, collectively, and postponed 67 trials.  
  • The trial of Jaleela al-Sayed was postponed to 20 October 2015.
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters.
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News and Opinion

Bahrain: Free Opposition Leaders
Human Rights Watch called for the release of  Sheikh Ali Salman and Ibrahim Sharif as they both “have consistently supported peaceful political reform and should be at a negotiating table with Bahrain’s government, not languishing behind bars…Countries that say they support Bahrain’s reform process should make this point publicly.”  Read More
ICUJP Honored Sheikh Maytham al-Salman with 2015 Advocate of Peace Award
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) awarded Sheikh Maytham al-Salman the 2015 Advocate for Peace Award, honoring his efforts to encourage civil society, religious organizations and policymakers to fight discrimination.  Read More

Saudi Arabia Drags Bahrain Back into the International Spotlight

Justin Gengler discusses how the increased international scrutiny Bahrain has recently faced may be a side effect of the spotlight being shined on Saudi Arabia.    Read More


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 Saudi Arabia

EU Parliament Adopts Resolution Condemning Ali al-Nimr Execution

The European Parliament (EP) adopted an urgency resolution condemning the imminent execution of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and calling on King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to “grant pardon or to commute his sentence.” Saudi authorities arrested al-Nimr when he was 17 years old for participating in protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, and later sentenced him to death. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), alongside the European Centre for Democracy & Human Rights and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), welcomes the resolution and calls on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to immediately adopt and enforce its recommendations.

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Other Gulf States

UAE Activist Receives International Human Rights Award

On 6 October 2015, a jury of ten leading human rights NGOs awarded Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The jury commended Mansoor’s continued efforts to raise awareness of common human rights abuses in the UAE, such as the arbitrary detention and torture of activists. The award celebrates human rights defenders who have demonstrated strong commitment to promoting human rights, despite the great risk to which such advocacy can expose them.

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