ADHRB Executive Director Delivers Item 9 Oral Intervention at HRC 26

On 18 June, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) Husain Abdulla delivered an oral intervention at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva under Item 9 regarding racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance. Please continue reading for full remarks or click here to download a PDF. Please click here for[…]

USCIRF 2014 Annual Report Highlights Religious Freedom Violations in Bahrain

Today the U.S. Commission in International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2014 Annual Report, and highlighted Bahrain as a country that should be the “focus of concern.” The section on Bahrain confirmed what many international organizations have been saying since the Bahraini government’s acceptance of the 2011 Bahrain Independent Commission of inquiry (BICI): that a[…]

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom Admonishes Bahrain

The United Nations (U.N.) Office at Geneva released a statement yesterday from Heiner Bielefeldt, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, urging the Government of Bahrain to end its persecution and harassment of senior religious leader, Hussain al-Najati, and expressing grave concerns at this religiously motivated discrimination against the cleric. The Special Rapporteurs[…]

ADHRB Sends a Letter to His Holiness, Pope Francis I

On 21 February 2014, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) Executive Director Husain Abdulla sent an open letter to His Holiness, Pope Francis I, to bring to his attention the case of Abdulwahab Hussain. A Bahraini man of faith, social worker, and human rights advocate, Abdulwahab Hussain is currently serving a life[…]

Closure of Ulama Signifies Continuation of Systematic Religious Freedom Violations in Bahrain

In the most recent blow to religious freedom in Bahrain, a court today ordered the closure of the Ulama Islamic Council and the liquidation of all its assets following a lawsuit submitted by the Justice Ministry in September 2013. The lawsuit accused the organization of political involvement and illegal operations. The apolitical Ulama Council and[…]