Profile in Persecution: Hani Mohamed AlNajjar

Hani Mohamed AlNajjar is a 25-year-old administrative assistant and Bahraini citizen. Hani suffers from muscular dystrophy and requires a three-hour long physiotherapy session each week. His condition causes a chronic weakness in his upper and lower limbs, making it difficult for him to walk and perform certain life functions without assistance. Before his arrest and[…]

ADHRB Calls Attention to Bahrain’s Ongoing Campaign of Reprisals Against Activists at the HRC38

On Thursday 28 June, at the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, ADHRB delivered an oral intervention during the Item 5 General Debate. The intervention called attention to Bahrain’s continued reprisals against human rights defenders and their families in retaliation for their participation in the Human Rights Council. The intervention[…]

Human Rights Council Adopts Bahrain 3rd Cycle UPR, Kingdom Rejects Dozens of Recommendations

21 September 2017 – Today, the Government of Bahrain formally adopted the outcome of its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, fully or partially accepting only 139 out of the total 175 recommendations. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) deeply regrets[…]

Government Reprisals for Civil Society-UN Human Rights Engagement: Int’l Community Must Hold Bahrain Accountable

On 1 May 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Council conducted Bahrain’s third-cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In this most recent iteration of Bahrain’s review, dozens of states issued 217 recommendations to the Government of Bahrain, outlining numerous ways to improve the country’s human rights record. These recommendations covered a wide range of important thematic[…]

In response to government repression Bahrainis hold mass sit-in in Diraz

On 20 June 2016, the Government of Bahrain revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Isa Qassim, one of Bahrain’s most prominent Shia clerics. Within an hour of this announcement, thousands of Bahrainis gathered in the streets of Diraz surrounding Sheikh Isa’s home. The amount of people who gathered in the streets has not be seen since[…]