Profile in Persecution: Ebrahim Yusuf AlSamahiji

Ebrahim Yusuf Ali Ebrahim AlSamahiji is a 46 year old Bahraini from Al Freij, who was warrantlessly arrested in 2015, tortured, and charged in a terrorist case known as the “Nuwaidrat warehouse case”. He is currently serving his sentence at Jau prison.   On 15 October 2015, police cars and masked officers in civilian clothing surrounded[…]

Profile in Persecution: Husain Ali Al-Sahlawi (Updated)

Husain Ali Al-Sahlawi was a 26 year-old Bahraini bus driver at  a private company when he was arrested by Bahraini authorities in 2012  on fabricated charges and sentenced in absentia. He was subjected to multiple human rights violations during his arrest, trial, and imprisonment. He is currently serving the remainder of his sentence at Jau[…]

Saudi Arabia is escalating the use of an anti-terrorism law to suppress freedom of opinion and expression

The year 2022 witnessed more repressive arrest campaigns in Saudi Arabia that targeted citizens and activists on charges related to freedom of opinion and expression. Attacks on freedom of expression and opinion increased after the visit of US President Joe Biden to Saudi Arabia in July 2022, who promised during his election campaign to hold[…]

Human Rights Violations Secure ‘Guilty’ Verdicts in Bahrain Courts: The “Al Ashtar Brigades” Case

United Nations body recognizes violations of international law by Bahrain During its 94th session, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued its opinion regarding four Bahraini individuals who were arbitrarily detained in an unfair mass trial of eight defendants. The four young men, Sayed Mujtaba Saeed Alawi Ali AlKhabbaz (a minor at the time of[…]

CERD Review Finds Bahrain Comes Up Short on Key Human Rights Issues

On 2 December 2022, the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) released its 2022 review of the Kingdom of Bahrain. While the Committee made note of some small number of positive developments in the country, it spent most of its time critiquing Bahrain’s human rights record as regards both de[…]