Support for Re-election of Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman as President of the AFC Signals a Step Backwards for Human Rights

With the vast support that emerged for the formerly imprisoned Bahrain-born footballer Hakeem AlAraibi, Australia and the broader football community demonstrated how influence and pressure could promote human rights – including the release of AlAraibi. Unfortunately, these efforts are now being undermined by the backing of Sheikh Salman’s attempt to get re-elected as president of[…]

Amid Broader Political Crackdown, Bahrain Adjourns Case Against Al-Wefaq Leaders Until 24 April

On 22 March 2018, Bahrain’s High Criminal Court adjourned the case of imprisoned opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman along with his two in absentia codefendants, Sheikh Hassan Ali Juma Sultan and Ali Mehdi Ali Al Aswad, until 24 April. All three men are members of Bahrain’s largest political opposition group, Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which[…]

ADHRB Files OECD Complaint over Sheikh Salman FIFA Candidacy

10 February 2016 – Today, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) filed a complaint with the Swiss Government’s National Contact Point for the OECD[1] Guidelines against FIFA[2] regarding Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa’s candidacy for the FIFA Presidency. The complaint alleges that, in allowing Sheikh Salman to stand for the Presidency, FIFA violated[…]

ADHRB Executive Director Husain Abdulla Interview on Talk Nation

In an interview with David Swanson, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain Executive Director Husain Abdulla highlighted US interests as the reason for its silence on human rights abuses, including oil, military operations, and a US relationship with Saudi Arabia, which currently interferes extensively in Bahrain. Mr. Abdulla also spoke about ADHRB’s campaign of[…]

NGOS Submit Evidence Linking Sheikh Salman to Human Rights Abuses to FIFA Ethics Committee

3 November 2015, Washington, D.C. – NGOs today submitted evidence to the FIFA Electoral, Ethics and Reform Committee’s challenging the candidacy of Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa to the presidency of the world football organization. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) contend that Sheikh Salman[…]