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[…]

ADHRB at HRC38 criticizes Bahrain’s targeting of Shia clerics and religious scholars

On Tuesday 3 July 2018, during the Item 9 General Debate on the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action at the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, ADHRB delivered an oral intervention criticizing Bahrain’s targeting of Shia clerics and religious scholars. ADHRB notes that in 2017, the Bahraini government harassed, interrogated, arrested,[…]

HRC37 Intervention on Religious Discrimination in Bahrain

On Friday 2 March during the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, Yusuf al-Hoori delivered an oral intervention during the Item 3 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion. In his intervention, al-Hoori called attention to the Government of Bahrain’s structural discrimination against its Shia majority population, in particular in the[…]

Saudi Arabia Continues to Target Shia Opposition Clerics

The Government of Saudi Arabia targets and prosecutes political and religious activists who speak out against the government. Among those it targets are dissident clerics from the kingdom’s restive Eastern Province Shia minority like Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. Sheikh Nimr was a forceful critic of the government. Due to his speeches, Saudi security forces harassed[…]