Bahrain Vows Greater Crackdown on Online Criticism Amid New Arrests

28 March 2018 – On Sunday, 25 March 2018, Bahraini Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa announced that the kingdom’s security forces would be taking new measures to “track down” activists for criticizing the government on social media. That same day, Ministry of Interior (MOI) police made at least five new arrests[…]

Bahrain Intensifies Reprisals Against Activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and Family

Amid increasing repression of domestic civil society, the Government of Bahrain has stepped up its reprisal campaign against exiled human rights activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the Director of Advocacy for the London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD). In recent months, Bahraini authorities have repeatedly targeted four different members of Sayed Ahmed’s family with[…]

HRC37 Intervention on Bahrain’s reprisals against activists for UPR engagement

On Thursday 15 March, during the Item 5 General Debate at the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Yusuf al-Hoori delivered an oral intervention on reprisals by states against human rights defenders and civil society activists for their work with the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, naming Ebtisam al-Saegh and Sayed Ahmed[…]

ADHRB Sends Open Letter to new US Ambassador to Bahrain

On 17 November 2017, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) sent an open letter to the new United States (US) Ambassador to Bahrain, Justin Hicks Siberell, welcoming him to this new post after he formally presented his credentials to Bahrain’s king. ADHRB encourages Ambassador Siberell to uphold the commitments he made during[…]

HRC36 Bahrain Intervention: Dialogue with the HRC Advisory Committee on Reprisals

On 20 September, at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, Michael Payne delivered an oral intervention on behalf of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain during the Interactive Dialogue with the Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee. In his intervention, Payne raised the issue of Bahrain’s reprisals against human rights defenders and[…]