NGOS Submit Evidence Linking Sheikh Salman to Human Rights Abuses to FIFA Ethics Committee

3 November 2015, Washington, D.C. – NGOs today submitted evidence to the FIFA Electoral, Ethics and Reform Committee’s challenging the candidacy of Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa to the presidency of the world football organization. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) contend that Sheikh Salman[…]

End Impunity: Violence against Journalists in Bahrain

2 November 2015 – On this day in 2013, two French journalists were murdered in Mali. To commemorate their loss, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed 2 November the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. The corresponding UN resolution dedicated the date to all members of the press who have suffered from violence. It[…]

Attacks on Muharram Ceremonies in Bahrain

29 October 2015 – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), and Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) condemn the Government of Bahrain’s recent violations of the Shia community’s right to religious freedom as they commemorate Muharram and the day of Ashoura. Since the beginning[…]

ADHRB, BIRD Urge FIFA to Reject Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa’s Bid for FIFA Presidency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25 October 2015 Washington, D.C. – Amidst allegations of complicity in crimes against humanity, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, the President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and a member of the Bahraini royal family, today announced his candidacy for President of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). In light of[…]

ADHRB Raises Concern over Bahrain Candidate for FIFA Presidency

October 19, 2015 Issa Hayatou Acting President International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) FIFA-Strausse 20 P.O. Box 8044 Zurich, Switzerland Dear Mr. Issa Hayatou and members of the FIFA Executive Committee, In 2013, our organization wrote to FIFA President Mr. Joseph Blatter expressing our deep concern over allegations of unethical behavior conducted by FIFA committee[…]