News from Bahrain

Bahrain: UN event assesses violations of the right to freedom of expression and assembly


On 21 June 2017, a panel discussion held on the sidelines of the 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, examined the criminalisation of peaceful expression in Bahrain.  “Freedom…

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Bahrain: UN Member and Observer States should call on Bahraini authorities to free human rights defender Nabeel Rajab


Letter to United Nations member and observer states on the one-year anniversary of Nabeel Rajab’s arrest:  We, the undersigned, express our deep concern over the continued detention of prominent…

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Bahrain: Country’s only independent newspaper, “Al-Wasat”, suspended until further notice


On 04 June 2017, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) suspended “Al-Wasat” newspaper until further notice, for allegedly violating the law and repeating the publication of and…

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Bahrain: Relentless persecution, including torture and sentencing, of human rights defenders continues unabated


Bahrain’s authorities continue their relentless persecution of human rights defenders, including doctors, bloggers and journalists, interrogating and sentencing them day after day, in violation…

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Bahrain: One human rights defender among five killed during violent crackdown on peaceful sit-in in Duraz


At least five people were killed, hundreds of protesters were injured and at least 286 were arrested in the village of Duraz in Bahrain on 23 May 2017, following a violent crackdown and police raids on…

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Update: Bahrain: Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja suspends hunger strike following strong UPR recommendations


The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) welcomes the news that Founding Director Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has suspended his hunger strike on its 24th day following strong recommendations during Bahrain’s…

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