Transnational repression: a tool that extends authoritarian government’s capacity for repression

Perhaps not-so-well-known, transnational repression constitutes a threat to human rights that has been going on for decades. The phenomenon, which entails governments reaching beyond their borders to silence or deter dissent by committing human rights abuses against their nationals or former nationals, has been extensively documented by Human Rights Watch. The 2018 murder and dismemberment[…]

Women leaders of Bahrain’s cyberactivist movement

Cyberactivists, those who organize, document or participate in political protests and social movements through online communications, played a large role in the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011. The widespread use of social media websites, including Twitter and Facebook, allowed citizens abroad to shed light on the practices of oppressive governments in the Middle East and[…]

Five Years After Crackdown on Protesters, Bahraini PM receives prize for “peace” efforts

On February 20, the Vienna-based Peace Promotion Association granted Bahrain’s Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, the Flame of Peace Award. In receiving this award, Prince Salman becomes the first Arab premier to receive the prize. The prize was conferred in tribute for his “outstanding humanitarian role to promote global peace and boost relations between[…]