Profile in Persecution: Hasan Moosa Jaafar Ali

Updated: Hasan Moosa Jaafar Ali was a 16-year-old Bahraini student with learning disabilities when he was arrested for the first time without a warrant on 23 September 2013. During his detention, he endured torture, enforced disappearance, solitary confinement, denial of attorney access, isolation, reprisals, religious discrimination, and medical neglect. He was sentenced to a total[…]

Bahrain: Joint letter on Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace as he exceeds three years on hunger strike

King of Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa,   We write to you urgently on 8 July 2024, which marks three years since award-winning academic, blogger, and human rights defender Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace went on a liquid-only hunger strike in response to prison[…]

Profile in Persecution: Osama Nezar AlSagheer

Osama Nezar AlSagheer was a 19-year-old Bahraini student when he was arrested in 2017 during the suppression of peaceful protests in Duraz, which concerned the denaturalization of prominent Shia religious figure Sheikh Isa Qasim. During his detention, he was subjected to torture, enforced disappearance, solitary confinement, religious-based insults, religious discrimination, isolation, retaliation, medical neglect, unfair[…]

UN WGAD finds the detention of three young Bahraini brothers arbitrary and subjected to torture, coerced confessions, unfair trials, reprisals, and medical neglect

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) published yesterday the opinion it adopted on 22 March 2024 during its 99th session concerning three young Bahraini brothers sentenced between 13 years and six months and 14 years in prison. These Bahraini brothers were arbitrarily arrested and subjected to gruesome human rights violations including torture,[…]

Restricted Freedom … The Bahraini Government’s failure to Implement Transitional Justice for Released Individuals

On 8 April 2024, a royal decree was issued pardoning 1,584 prisoners, including several political prisoners. At first glance, the decree was considered a progressive reform in response to human rights demands aimed at improving the country’s dire rights situation. However, the step was incomplete, revealing that it was merely a means for the regime[…]