On 3 October, ADHRB delivered an intervention at the United Nation Human Rights Council session 54 under item 6 during the General debate. ADHRB called on UN Council to appoint a special rapporteur on Bahrain.
We would like to raise concerns about Bahrain’s failure and lack of seriousness to meet its obligations under the UPR. Urgent concerns include poor prison conditions and the mistreatment of detainees, as highlighted in recommendations 93 and 96. This situation has been recently reported worldwide concerning the plight of hundreds of prisoners who are currently hunger striking to protest their detention. Recommendations 132 and 37 aim to protect peaceful dissent. However, we continue to observe the Kingdom of Bahrain imprisoning and torturing political dissidents and human rights defenders. Recommendations 88 and 89 call for reducing the death penalty to serious crimes, yet Bahrain fails to fully implement them. There are at least 12 prisoners at imminent risk of execution after unfair trials relying on confessions allegedly obtained through torture. We call on the Council to urge Bahrain to adhere to the UPR recommendations and to ensure implementing it by appointing a special rapporteur on Bahrain.