French MP Tables Parliamentary Question on the Deterioration of Human Rights in Bahrain

25 September 2019 – Yesterday, on 24 September, French Member of Parliament (MP) Fabien Gouttefarde tabled a parliamentary question on the human rights situation in Bahrain. He raised concerns regarding the significant deterioration of respect for human rights and the recent political and social tensions. In particular, MP Gouttefarde highlighted the resumption of executions of[…]

Bahrain Fails to Meet Key UN Goals for Sustainable Development, Evades NGO Questions

17 July 2018 – Yesterday, the Government of Bahrain presented a Voluntary National Review (VNR) of its efforts to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the High-Level Political Forum of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), claiming that the kingdom has made significant progress towards the 17 objectives laid out[…]

Bahrain Moves to Ban Opposition Ahead of 2018 Elections

** Update 11 June 2018: Today, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain confirmed the amendment to Law No. 14 relating to political exclusion. The amendment will soon be published in the Official Gazette.  30 May 2018 – The National Assembly, Bahrain’s parliament, has advanced new legislation that will virtually ban members of the political[…]

Ahead of Bahrain’s “National Day,” ADHRB Calls on the Government to meet its Reform Commitments

15 December 2017 – As the Bahraini government prepares its “National Day” celebrations for 16 December, marking the day the kingdom’s previous ruler Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa formally took power, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) condemns the monarchy’s continued failure to institute promised democratic reforms. Specifically, ADHRB calls on the[…]

Kuwait Raises Free Speech Restrictions to Parliamentary Level

The public prosecution in Kuwait recently issued a directive to all exit borders for the arrest of Kuwaiti Member of Parliament (MP) Abdul Hamid Dashti upon his attempted return to the country. Dashti is still abroad and said that such a measure is unprecedented, claiming it will be a “disaster for civil liberties in Kuwait.”[…]