US State Department Keeps Bahrain on Tier 1 in 2019 TIP Report, Ignoring Concerns

10 July 2019 – On 20 June, the United States (US) Department of State (DoS) released its 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which assesses the actions individual countries are taking to combat human trafficking. Countries are rated on their efforts and progress according to a four-‘tier’ system, with Tier 1 being the highest ranking.[…]

US Department of State’s 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom Highlights Ongoing Discrimination in Bahrain But Fails to Provide Recommendations for Reform

27 June 2019 – Last week, on 21 June, the United States (US) Department of State (DoS) published its 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom, analyzing the status of religious freedom globally. This year’s report on Bahrain highlights the degree to which minority religions are free to practice in the kingdom, but also notes multiple[…]

Senate Blocks Resolution Disapproving US Arms Sales to Bahrain, But Votes Show Increasing Congressional Concern for Human Rights in the Kingdom

13 June 2019 – Today, the United States (US) Senate voted to block a resolution (S. J. Res. 20), introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), which would have disapproved of the proposed sale to the Government of Bahrain of “certain defense articles and services.” Under the Trump Administration, the State Department has made determinations approving[…]

ADHRB Briefing on Capitol Hill: “Anatomy of a Police State: Systematic Repression, Brutality, and Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior”

11 June 2019 – Today, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) held a briefing on Capitol Hill that covered the human rights situation in Bahrain. The briefing specifically looked at corruption, abuses committed by the Ministry of Interior (MOI), and assistance from the United States (US). The event, moderated by ADHRB’s Executive[…]

ADHRB Welcomes Senator Paul’s Resolution of Disapproval for Proposed US Arms Sales to Bahrain

15 May 2019 – On 13 May 2019, Senator Rand Paul issued a resolution (S.J.Res 20) disapproving of the proposed sale to the Government of Bahrain of “certain defense articles and services.” Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) welcomes this resolution and urges Congress to support halting all unconditional arms sales to[…]