UN Experts Send Follow-Up Letter to Bahrain on Zulfiqar Mass Trial, Highlight Failure of Oversight Mechanisms

On 14 October 2019, five United Nations (UN) Special Procedures offices sent an Allegation Letter to Bahrain concerning the trial of the so-called “Zulfiqar Brigades,” a mass trial of 138 defendants, in which 115 were convicted. The Special Procedures offices sent a previous communication on 5 November 2018, detailing allegations of enforced disappearances, torture to[…]

UN Special Procedures Publish Allegation Letter to Qatar on Discriminatory Treatment of the Bahá’í Religious Minority

On 16 August 2019, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief sent an to the Government of Qatar. The letter brought forth allegations concerning the discriminatory treatment of the Bahá’í religious minority in Qatar, specifically involving deportations, blacklisting, the inability to build a cemetery,[…]

US Department of State’s 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom Highlights Ongoing Discrimination in Bahrain But Fails to Provide Recommendations for Reform

27 June 2019 – Last week, on 21 June, the United States (US) Department of State (DoS) published its 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom, analyzing the status of religious freedom globally. This year’s report on Bahrain highlights the degree to which minority religions are free to practice in the kingdom, but also notes multiple[…]

USCIRF Designates Bahrain as Tier 2 Country for Third Consecutive Year in Annual Report

30 April 2019 – Yesterday, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2019 Annual Report, categorizing Bahrain again as a Tier 2 country “for engaging in or tolerating religious freedom violations that meet at least one of the elements of the ‘systematic, ongoing, egregious’ standard for designation as a ‘country of[…]

ADHRB at HRC40: the violation of the inter-related rights of free expression and religion in Bahrain

5 March 2019 – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) takes this opportunity at the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council, during the Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Religion and the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children to raise attention to the Bahraini government’s recurrent infringement on freedom[…]