Bahrain Begins First Military Trial of Civilians since 2011, Victims of Incommunicado Detention Unfairly Prosecuted

24 October 2017 – Four defendants facing political charges yesterday appeared before the military court, in the first trial of civilians by the Bahraini military since 2011. Defendant Sayed Alawi Sayed Husain was subjected to enforced disappearance at the time of his arrest in October 2016 and and held incommunicado since; none of the defendants[…]

ADHRB observes the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Today, 30 August 2017, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) observes the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances established by the United Nations. The practice of enforced disappearances undermines the most basic human rights, including the rights to recognition as a person before the law, to a fair trial and[…]

NGOs Raise Concern Over Forcibly Disappeared Sayed Alawi

Today, 23 August 2017, a group of international NGOs, including Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain and Amnesty International, sent a letter to the Bahraini government to request information concerning Sayed Alawi Hussain al-Alawi. Sayed Alawi is a victim of enforced disappearance; the Bahraini authorities have forcibly disappeared him for more than nine[…]

Emirati Activist Ahmed Mansoor Spends 100 Days in Prison

This week marks 100 days of blogger and pro-democracy activist Ahmed Mansoor’s arbitrary imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates. Having been awarded the Martin Ennals Award for his exceptional work as a human rights defender, Mansoor is one of the most prominent activists in the Gulf region. On 20 March 2017, Mansoor was accused of[…]

HRC35 Item 5 Oral Intervention: Bahrain’s Refusal to Cooperate with Rapporteurs

On 16 June 2017, ADHRB’s International Advocacy Officer, Michael Payne, delivered an oral intervention on behalf of ADHRB and BIRD during the 35 session of the Human Rights Council’s Item 5 debate. In his intervention, Payne raised concerns about the number of states that refuse to actively cooperate with the Special Procedures, like Bahrain. Bahrain[…]