ADHRB Responds to State Department’s 2016 Saudi Arabia Human Rights Report

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) cautiously welcomes the United States Department of State’s Saudi 2016 Human Rights report. With several exceptions, the report addresses the numerous human rights abuses perpetrated by the Saudi government within the last year. Released on 3 March 2017, the report addresses a number of thematic issue[…]

US State Department releases 2016 report on human rights in Bahrain

On 3 March 2017, the US Department of State released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) welcomes the release of the extensive report detailing the wide range of US human rights concerns in Bahrain and urges the State Department to remain engaged on[…]

US State Department releases 2015 International Religious Freedom Report

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) welcomes the US State Department’s recent release of the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report. The report, conducted annually, outlines the status of religious freedoms in countries around the world and documents government policies that violate the beliefs and practices of various religious groups. The 2015 International[…]

Bahrain Court Sentences Ebrahim Sharif to 1 Year for Peaceful Speech

24 February 2016 – Bahrain’s fourth criminal court today sentenced leading opposition leader Ebrahim Sharif to one year in prison for allegedly “inciting hatred against the regime”. We, the undersigned NGOs, strongly condemn the sentencing of Ebrahim Sharif today, which represents yet another example of Bahrain’s criminalization of free speech. We call for Sharif’s unconditional[…]

State Department Commemorates 5th Anniversary by Calling for More Reforms

On 17 February, the US Department of State (DoS) issued a statement commemorating the fifth anniversary of Bahrain’s pro-democracy uprising in 2011 when “Bahrainis from all backgrounds called for political reforms that would bring greater respect for their universal rights and fundamental freedoms.” In particular, the DoS acknowledges that though Bahrain has created institutions to “improve oversight of security institutions…more work[…]