Newsletter #149


ADHRB submits written statement to the Human Rights Council on Bahrain

On the occasion of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, ADHRB in conjunction with partner organizations submitted a written statement to the Council regarding human rights in Bahrain, and the abuse of anti-terror legislation.

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Updates from the Ground

  • Authorities arrested 11 individuals, including 1 child.
  • Criminal and appeals courts altered, upheld convictions, and sentenced 51 individuals to 268 years in prison.
  • Courts postponed the trials of 79 individuals.
  • A Bahraini court revoked the citizenship of 5 individuals.
  • The Bahraini judiciary acquitted 3 policemen and reduced the sentences of an officer and 2 policemen from 5 years to 3 years in prison. They were charged with torturing 6 detainees which resulted in the death of one of them.
  • A court postponed the trial of 8 individuals who had their citizenship revoked in 2012 to 5 April 2016.
  • An individual was fined 200 Bahraini dinars for criticizing parliament members on the social media website Instagram.

Noteworthy News

ADHRB at HRC: Bahrain’s lack of cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms and bodies

ADHRB at HRC: Bahrain’s concerning human rights situation

Bahrain’s ongoing and systematic criminalization of free expression

Saudi Arabia & Other Gulf States

ADHRB submits written statement on Saudi Arabia to the Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain submitted for the official record the following written statement regarding human rights in Saudi Arabia.

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Noteworthy News

US ambassador praises UAE’s vision despite structural restrictions on freedoms

Saudi airstrikes cause stillbirths and miscarriages in Yemen

HRC31 Adopts Resolution on Human Rights in the Context of Peaceful Protests

ADHRB at HRC: Saudi Arabia’s technical cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner

ADHRB at HRC: Continued Concern for Human Rights in Oman’s UPR Outcome

The Trial of the al-Darats Continues in the UAE

ADHRB at HRC: Discrimination Against Shia in Saudi Arabia

ADHRB at HRC: GCC Discrimination Against Stateless Persons

ADHRB at HRC: Ineffective Human Rights Institutions in the GCC

ADHRB at HRC: Arbitrary Detention of Activists in the UAE


Are you a victim of a human rights abuse in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or other GCC states?

Document your case with the Special Procedures of the United Nations through ADHRB’s UN Complaint Program.

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