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[…]

UPDATED: ADHRB Calls for the Release of Sayed Majeed AlMeshaal After His Re-Arrest

**Update 04 February 2019 – Yesterday, Sayed Majeed AlMeshaal was detained for 15 days on the charge of inciting hatred towards the regime and was transferred to Dry Dock Detention Center. 01 February 2019 – On 31 January 2019, Bahrain authorities re-arrested prominent Shia cleric and former Ulema council leader Sayed Majeed AlMeshaal. AlMeshaal’s re-arrest comes[…]

UN Experts: Mass Trial in Bahrain Violated Human Rights – Torture, Enforced Disappearances, and Unfair Trials

On 5 November 2018, five UN rights experts published an allegation letter concerning the unfair mass trial of 138 Bahraini citizens for their alleged involvement in a terror cell, named the Zulfiqar Brigades by the government. In the letter, the experts, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges[…]

UPDATED: Bahrain Harasses Shia Clerics Ahead of Ashura Amid Wider Attack on Religious Freedom

**Updated 07 November 2018 – Individuals detained during Ashura, including AbdulMajeed Abdulla Mohsen, have been released except for one. However, clerics continue to be targeted, with two other clerics arrested on 29 October due to their religious discourse around Ashura. **Updated 26 October 2018 – There are clerics who remain in detention since September. On 19 September, AbdulMajeed[…]