Prisoner Profile: Jaffer Demistani

**Update: On 16 May 2018, Jaffer Demistani was released from custody after the government reduced his seven-year sentence. On the night of 22 March 2014, an unmarked civilian pickup truck chased Jaffer Ebrahim Demistani. A group of officers from the Bahraini Ministry of Interior (MoI) stopped Jaffer and arrested him without presenting a warrant. The officers[…]

Bahrain’s “Butcher” of Human Rights Sits on Saudi Yemen Accountability Panel

Saudi Arabia has appointed Bahraini judge Mansour al-Mansour to advise the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT). The JIAT is the coalition’s investigatory and accountability body tasked with reviewing alleged human rights abuses, including attacks on civilians. Mansour al-Mansour, now poised to issue verdicts on alleged human rights violations in Yemen, previously[…]

Bahrain government claims “highest standards of human rights protections” at 3rd Committee

At the 37th meeting of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Representative raised concerns regarding Bahrain’s “dissol[ution of] the Al-Wefaq political society, revo[cation of] Sheikh Isa Qassim’s citizenship, and continue[d] detention of] activist Nabeel Rajab and former Al-Wefaq Secretary General Sheikh Ali Salman.” In response, the Government of Bahrain deflected the criticism by[…]

Al Wefaq Head Ali Salman’s Unfair 9-Year Sentence Upheld

12 December 2016 – An appeals court today upheld the arbitrary 9-year sentence against opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman following an extended and flawed re-trial. The Bahraini government ordered a retrial of the leader of Al-Wefaq in October, but these free expression-related convictions upheld today reflect Bahrain’s continued failure to adhere to international standards of[…]

ADHRB honors GCC HRDs on 2016 International Human Rights Day

On 10 December 1948 the U.N. adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In commemoration, every year on the 10th of December, the world celebrates International Human Rights Day. On this day, the international community is reminded that it has an obligation to stand up for human rights and work towards a world where all[…]