Bahraini forces critically wound protester with live ammunition in attack on Diraz protests

26 January 2017 – In the early hours of 26 January 2017, Bahraini security forces fired live ammunition at protesters in Diraz, Bahrain. The security forces shot 18-year-old Mustafa Ahmed Hamdan in the head; he is currently receiving urgent medical care at Salmaniya Medical Center. Hamdan is in critical condition. We, the undersigned organizations, are[…]

Rights groups condemn police violence in Diraz

21 December 2016 – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), and the European Center for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) condemn the violence that occurred earlier this morning when Bahraini security forces raided houses and attacked protesters[…]

HRC33: ADHRB raises concerns over use of arbitrary detentions in Bahrain

On 16 September 2016, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, Director of Advocacy at BIRD, delivered an oral intervention on behalf of ADHRB under item 3 at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council on the use of arbitrary detentions by the Government of Bahrain. Please continue reading for full remarks or click here to download a PDF. Mr.[…]

#BahrainSpeaks: Voices from the Ground, part 1

Since the 2011 Bahraini uprisings, there has been a severe crackdown from the government on the civil liberties of the country’s citizens. Years of mass incarceration, torturing political prisoners, and repressing the freedoms of speech and assembly have finally culminated in some of the largest protests seen since 2011. The June 2016 arrest and detention[…]

Round-the-clock sit-in continues in Diraz as Government of Bahrain stifles civil society

On 20 June 2016, thousands of Bahrainis gathered in the streets of Diraz to protest the government’s citizenship revocation of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim. Over two and a half weeks later, the round-the-clock sit-in continues. Activists from the ground have reported to Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) that internet service is[…]