Exposing Hypocrisy: The EU’s Failure to Defend Human Rights in the Case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

In 2011, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a prominent Bahraini-Danish human rights defender, was arrested for advocating for civil and political freedoms in Bahrain. He was convicted under an emergency royal decree issued in response to widespread protests against the regime that year. The royal decree, entitled “State of National Safety”, enables authorities to prosecute individuals for any[…]

Bahrain: Open letter to Danish Prime Minister to take immediate action to free Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja

22-January-2021 Dear Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, We the undersigned, more than 100 organisations from around the world, are appealing for your assistance to secure the release of prominent human rights defender and dual Danish-Bahraini citizen Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja from prison in Bahrain, where he is serving a life sentence for his peaceful political and human rights[…]

Rhetoric over action: Bharani-Danish human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and Danish double standards

Over nine years ago, renowned human rights defender Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was violently dragged from his home in Bahrain, tortured by security services and initially tried as a civilian in a military court. He was sentenced to life in prison under broad legislation on trumped-up charges including ‘participating in terrorism to overthrow the government’. It is[…]

ADHRB at HRC40: Bahrain’s detention of Human Rights Defenders

13 March 2019 – Today, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain’s Advocacy Officer delivered an oral intervention during the Item 4 General Debate oat the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The intervention raised concerns around Bahrain’s continued detention of human rights defenders, including Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Nabeel Rajab,[…]

ADHRB at HRC39 calls attention to political repression ahead of Bahrain’s November elections

On Tuesday 18 September 2018 at the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain delivered an oral intervention during the Item 4 General Debate calling the Council’s attention to the rising political repression surrounding Bahrain’s upcoming parliamentary elections in November 2018. While elections should be[…]