ADHRB Submits Report on Ali AlShowaikh’s Unlawful Return to Bahrain Ahead of the Netherlands’ Review at the Human Rights Committee

UPDATE: On 25 July 2019, the Human Rights Committee published its concluding observations on its review of the Netherlands’ ICCPR obligations, in which the Committee seems to reference Ali’s case: ” The Committee is, however, concerned about reports of forced returns of asylum seekers, whose application has been rejected, to . . . Bahrain, allegedly in breach of the principle of non-refoulement.” The Committee also noted that the Netherlands should “[e]nsure that the non-refoulement principle is secured in law and strictly adhered to in practice in all circumstances” and “[e]nsure that investigations are carried out into the cases of breach of the principle of non-refoulement.”


Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) has submitted a shadow report to the Human Rights Committee concerning the obligations of the Netherlands under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The Committee will review this and other reports at its 126th session in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 to 26 July 2019.

For the shadow report on the UN website click here, or here for a PDF.