NGOs Condemn Arrest of BCHR President Nabeel Rajab

  2 April 2015 – Today at approximately 4:00 PM local time (GMT+3), Bahraini security forces and police arrested Nabeel Rajab, prominent human rights defender and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). Reports indicate that over 20 police vehicles surrounded his home in Bani Jamra, after which security forces presented him with[…]

Mapping the Saudi State, Ch. 1: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice

* Best viewed in full screen mode. In Mapping the Saudi State, Chapter 1: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), ADHRB details the workings of the Saudi agency tasked with enforcing the public observance of the government’s interpretation of Islamic law. Through an interactive presentation and a comprehensive written[…]

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Calls for Release of Political Prisoners in Saudi Arabia

On 26 March 2015, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) submitted a statement for the record calling for the release of political prisoners in a number of countries including Saudi Arabia.  In the statement, Senator Durbin expressed concerns over Saudi Arabia’s “troubling lack of freedoms for women and the use of obsolete blasphemy and apostasy laws to[…]

UN Special Procedures Express Concern over Erasure of the Pearl Roundabout

An Arabic version of this statement can be found here. ### Washington, DC – March 18, 2011 – Four years ago today, government security forces in Bahrain destroyed the Pearl Roundabout, a monument which served as the center of the February 2011 uprising and has since become a symbol of the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain.[…]

ADHRB, BIRD, and BCHR Publish New Report on Shia Discrimination

11 March 2015 – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights are pleased to announce the publishing of a new report entitled, “Apart in Their Own Land: Government Discrimination against Shia in Bahrain.” The foreword of the report is available[…]