Bahraini officials deport human rights lawyer Taimoor Karimi

On 26 June 2016, the government of Bahrain deported human rights lawyer Taimoor Karimi to Iraq. Bahraini forces arrested Karimi in 2011 for participating in demonstrations during the pro-democracy movement. In 2012, authorities revoked Karimi’s citizenship, along with 30 journalists, human rights defenders, and opposition figures. Without his citizenship, Karimi was not able to legally[…]

Bahrain Escalates Crackdown on Civil Society in Month of Repression

29 June 2016 – In the past month, the Government of Bahrain has pursued a sustained campaign of repression. The police arrested Nabeel Rajab on expression-related charges and placed him in solitary confinement. The government forced Zainab Al-Khawaja into exile after threats of re-arrest and indefinite detention, and a week later imposed travel bans on[…]

In response to government repression Bahrainis hold mass sit-in in Diraz

On 20 June 2016, the Government of Bahrain revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Isa Qassim, one of Bahrain’s most prominent Shia clerics. Within an hour of this announcement, thousands of Bahrainis gathered in the streets of Diraz surrounding Sheikh Isa’s home. The amount of people who gathered in the streets has not be seen since[…]

@ADHRB provides live updates regarding Bahrain on Twitter

In the past three weeks, Bahrain has witnessed unrelenting deterioration, the extent of which has been unseen since 2011. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds in Bahrain on its Twitter feed @ADHRB. On 30 May, the Government of Bahrain increased the sentence of Sheikh[…]

HRC32: ADHRB calls attention to citizenship revocation in Bahrain

On June 14, on behalf of ADHRB, BIRD advocacy director Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei delivered an oral intervention at the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva under Item 2.  Please continue reading for full remarks or click here to download a PDF. Mr. President, I want to start by condemning the arrest of the prominent[…]