Profiles in Persecution: Khalil al-Halwachi

Khalil al-Halwachi is a 57-year-old Bahraini scholar, former political activist held in the kingdom’s Jau Prison. He was convicted in an unfair, politically motivated trial and has been subjected to ill treatment, including denial of medical care, by detaining authorities. In the early morning of 3 September 2014, a large number of officers, some in[…]

Profiles in Persecution: Ali Hassan Ali Saleh

Ali Hasan Ali Saleh is a former ambulance driver sentenced to a 15-year prison term in an unfair trial on 31 January 2018 in Bahrain. He is currently in Jau Prison awaiting appeal, where he continues to be subjected to torture and ill treatment by the authorities. On 9 February 2017, the Ministry of Interior[…]

Profiles in Persecution – Husain Ebrahim Marzooq

Husain Ebrahim Marzooq is a 28-year-old Bahraini accountant who was sentenced to death and stripped of his nationality after an unfair trial. The authorities arbitrarily detained him and subjected him to torture and ill-treatment in order to coerce a confession. His sentence was recently upheld by the Court of Cassation, Bahrain’s highest court, and he[…]

Profiles in Persecution – International Women’s Day: Amnah AlJuaid

Amnah AlJuaid is a 27-year-old Saudi citizen who was kidnapped and abused by her own father, Mohammed AlJuaid. A video in which she asked for help to escape from her father’s violence went viral online in 2017, and her case has been addressed by the Special Procedures offices of the UN Human Rights Council. On[…]

Profiles in Persecution: Mohamed Yusuf AlAjmi

Mohamed Yusuf AlAjmi is one of 17 Bahraini civilians tried before a military court in December 2017, in violation of internationally recognized fair trial rights. He is currently being held in Jau Prison after receiving sentences totaling 132 years in prison, in addition to a life sentence. Mohamed is one of the first political detainees[…]