European-Bahraini relations: How the EU has favoured commercial interests over the integrity of its own citizens

Since 2011 the European Union’s (EU) diplomatic engagement with Bahrain has been far from reaching the laudable human rights standards the organization set for itself. Since the 1990’s, an anthology of EU legislation and official declarations have presented the EU as an inherently value-based organization. Article 21 of the Treaty on European Union provides that[…]

Dispatch: The Failure of French Ambassadors to Support Human Rights Defenders

 In a year of political turmoil for the European Union, as well as countries near and abroad, France continues to project its image as a leader of humanitarian values and a proponent of “liberté, égalité, fraternité.” However, our research over the previous months has evidenced that liberty, equality, and fraternity are far from the French[…]

ADHRB Briefs the Italian Parliament’s Human Rights Committee on the Situation in Bahrain

On Monday, 13 May 2019, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) testified in front of the Permanent Committee of Human Rights, a subcommittee in the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Italian Parliament’s lower house. In the testimony, ADHRB highlighted the Bahraini government’s escalation of abuses since 2016, its targeting of human rights[…]

NGOs Welcome European Parliament Resolution on Nabeel Rajab and Bahrain

14 June 2018 – The European Parliament (EP) today adopted a resolution condemning escalating repression in Bahrain and calling on the government to unconditionally release imprisoned human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), and the European Centre for Democracy and[…]

18 MEPs urge EU HR Federica Mogherini to take action on human rights in Bahrain

Ms. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy European External Action Service 1046 Brussels Belgium   Dear Ms. Mogherini, We are writing to urge you to take action on the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain, particularly the continued imprisonment of human rights defenders and opposition politicians. We ask[…]