Joint Letter: Make any meeting with King Hamad contingent on tangible human rights reforms

14 July 2022 Dear Mr. President, We are writing to raise serious concerns about your confirmed participation in the upcoming Jeddah Summit on 15 and 16 July given that the leaders attending this summit are some of the most brutal authoritarian rulers today. We understand that one-on-one bilateral meetings between heads of state often accompany[…]

Ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix 90 lawmakers slam F1 & FIA for “actively facilitating sportswashing” of Gulf human rights abuses

On 16 March 2022, 90 politicians have Written to President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Mohammed Ben Sulayem, stating that the FIA and Formula 1 (F1) are “actively facilitating sportswashing in Gulf countries” and their failure to raise abuses committed by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE creates a “stark double standard” in[…]

Rights groups condemn F1’s “double standard” for racing in Bahrain amidst “continued institutionalized repression”

15 March 2022 – 27 NGOs wrote to the CEO of Formula 1 (F1), Stefano Domenicali, to condemn the company’s “clear double standard” on Ukraine in comparison to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. Rights groups raised concerns over F1’s failure to engage with rights groups in[…]

Joint statement on the UAE’s adoption of Federal Decree Law No. 34 of 2021 on Combatting Rumours and Cybercrime

24 January 2022 – We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to express our deep concern regarding the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) recent adoption of a new Law on Combatting Rumours and Cybercrime, which severely threatens and unduly restricts the right to freedom of expression (both online and offline) and the rights to freedom of association[…]

Rights groups urge the US to call for the release of Bahraini hunger striker Dr Abduljalil AlSingace

17 January 2022 – Today, a coalition of 27 human rights organisation including the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, Amnesty International and Committee to Protect Journalists have written to leaders in democratic countries including the the President Biden and the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The human rights organisations are calling for[…]