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[…]

Bahraini Opposition Activist Fadhel Abbas Sentenced to Three Years in Prison on Appeal

27 October 2016 – The Government of Bahrain yesterday decreased the sentence of Fadhel Abbas, former Secretary-General of the al-Wahdawi Political Society. Courts originally sentenced Abbas to five years in prison, following a June 2015 conviction on charges violating Abbas’ right to free expression. However, following his appeal, a court has now reduced Abbas’ sentence[…]

#Tried4Tweets: @FadhelAbbasMahd – Fadhel Abbas

In efforts to dispel any criticism towards the Saudi-led coalition’s actions in Yemen, Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) warned in 2015 that it would take steps against anyone expressing opinions “against the approach that Bahrain has taken.” Bahraini authorities acted on the warning when they arrested and imprisoned political leader Fadhel Abbas for posting on[…]

Bahrain: where a tweet can earn you five years in prison

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia led a coalition of 32 states as part of its campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) united under this campaign, including the island kingdom of Bahrain. On 26 March 2015, the same day Bahraini officials announced they would be taking part in the[…]

ADHRB at HRC: Arbitrarily Detained Political Prisoners in Bahrain

On March 15, 2016, at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain’s (ADHRB) International Advocacy Officer Michael Payne delivered an oral intervention during the Item 4 General Debate. He spoke on behalf of ADHRB, Alsalam Foundation, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, and the Bahrain[…]