Bahrain: Repression and the Consequences for Reconciliation
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016 – 11:00am
Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building


On the fifth anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in Bahrain, please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for an update on the country’s human rights situation.

The briefing will examine the evolution of repression in Bahrain over the five years since Bahrain’s pro-democracy uprising, and its effect on opportunities for reconciliation in the country. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain will present a brief white paper documenting the pattern of repression in the Bahraini criminal justice system, based on 495 interviews with victims. Other panelists will discuss the on-the-ground situation in Bahrain and share recommendations as to how the United States can encourage and support much needed reform, in order to advance stability and security in the region.

The briefing will be open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Kimberly Stanton (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-2599 or, or Isaac Six (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-chairman of TLHRC
Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA), Co-chairman of TLHRC


  • Brian Dooley, Director of the Human Rights Defenders Program, Human Rights First
  • Maryam Alkhawaja, Bahraini human rights defender and Co-Director, Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR)
  • Kate Kizer, U.S. Advocacy Officer, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)


  • Cole Bockenfeld, Deputy Director of Policy, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Opening Remarks

  • Congressman James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

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