Senate Resolution Won’t Impact Anti-ISIL Coalition, Signals Need for More Reforms in Bahrain

On 7 August 2015, the State Department approved a sale of “F-16 follow-on support and associated equipment, parts and logistics for an estimated cost of $150 million,” to Bahrain, according to an announcement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). This sale follows the introduction of S.2009, the bipartisan Senate resolution seeking to limit certain[…]

ADHRB Welcomes Senate Bill to Reinstate US Arms Exports Ban on Bahrain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 August 2015 Washington, DC – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) welcomes yesterday’s introduction of S.2009, the bipartisan resolution in the United States Senate that would reinstate the ban on certain US arms sales to Bahrain until the country implements all 26 recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). We strongly support[…]

Newsletter #112

NGOs Condemn Arrest of Opposition Leader Ebrahim Sharif On Sunday 12 July, Bahrain’s police arrested Ebrahim Sharif, the former General Secretary of the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad). Sharif is one of the “Bahrain 13”, a group of prominent human rights defenders and opposition figures in Bahrain. He was recently released from detention on 19[…]

State Department Releases 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

Within its Country Report on Terrorism in Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. Department of State assesses the counterterror measures undertaken by Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in 2014. Key among these measures is the implementation of anti-terrorism laws intended to better facilitate the prosecution of terror offenses. In both countries, these laws have given[…]

NGOs & Individuals Call for Protection of Religious Freedom for Bahrain 13

On Tuesday, 26 May 2015, a group of 15 NGOs and individuals sent a joint letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to call on Government of Bahrain to protect the religious freedoms of a group of high-profile political prisoners known as the Bahrain 13. As the letter states, “[t]he Bahrain 13 are representative[…]