On 29 September, ADHRB delivered an intervention at the United Nation Human Rights Council session 54 under item 5 during the General debate. ADHRB called for a comprehensive and impartial investigation into the arbitrary deprivation of Bahraini citizens.
ADHRB draws the Council’s attention to multiple cases of arbitrary detention in Bahrain and the country’s refusal to cooperate with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. The Working Group has been denied access to Bahrain since October 2001.
Despite Bahrain’s ratification of the ICCPR, compliance with the treaty remains lacking. Bahrain has developed a repressive judicial system that systematically targets dissenting voices, employing tactics including arbitrary detention, torture, and unfair trials to suppress these voices.
The WGAD has made several appeals to Bahrain, emphasizing the systematic use of arbitrary detention and the denial of fair trials and due process. In its 96th session, the WGAD issued an opinion regarding six Bahraini students who were arbitrarily arrested and subjected to severe human rights violations, concluding that their detention was arbitrary.
ADHRB echoes the Working Group’s calls for a comprehensive and impartial investigation into the arbitrary deprivation of Bahraini citizens and urges appropriate measures to hold the perpetrators accountable.