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Gulf / Qatar dispute: Human dignity trampled and families facing uncertainty as sinister deadline passes

Thousands of people in the Gulf face the prospect of their lives being further disrupted and their families torn apart as new arbitrary measures announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the context of their dispute with Qatar are due to come into force from today, said Amnesty International. The three Gulf states had given their citizens the deadline of 19 June to leave Qatar and return to their respective countries or face fines and other unspecified consequences.

Date:
19 June 2017
  • Research
  • Bahrain

Bahrain: Halt the targeting of critic living abroad through the harassment of his family in Bahrain

Amnesty International has today called on the Bahraini authorities to put an end to the continuous harassment and targeting of the family of human rights activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who resides in the United Kingdom (UK), which Amnesty International believes is an attempt to force him to halt his peaceful activities and muzzle him from afar.

Date:
12 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6486/2017
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Families ripped apart, freedom of expression under attack amid political dispute in Gulf

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are toying with the lives of thousands of Gulf residents as part of their dispute with Qatar, splitting up families and destroying peoples’ livelihoods and education, Amnesty International said today. The organization’s researchers have interviewed dozens of people whose human rights have been affected by a series of sweeping measures imposed in an arbitrary manner by the three Gulf countries in their dispute with Qatar.

Date:
9 June 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Detention

Bahrain heading for ‘total suppression’ of human rights as secular opposition group banned

Bahrain’s dissolution of a major political opposition society is the latest troubling move in its blatant campaign to end all criticism of the government, Amnesty International said. The secular National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad) was dissolved today after having issued a statement in February, saying that Bahrain was suffering from a “constitutional political crisis” amid continuous human rights violations.

Date:
31 May 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Woman human rights defender tortured, including sexually assaulted, as Bahrain renews campaign to silence peaceful critics

Amnesty International has today called on the Bahraini authorities to immediately end the torture and other ill-treatment of human rights defenders and other critics of the government, and to investigate all allegations of torture and other ill-treatment with the intention to bring those responsible to justice through fair trials. The state must end all forms of reprisals it is currently using against human rights defenders and government critics, targeted solely for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression.

Date:
31 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6392/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Detention

Bahrain: At least one dead and hundreds injured as government violently cracks down on opposition

Updates May 24: The Bahraini authorities have stated that 5 men were killed in the violent crackdown on Duraz. The Bahraini security forces used excessive force against protesters in the village of Duraz, the majority of whom were peaceful, as part of an ongoing crack down on the village which has been under siege by the authorities for 11 months, according to evidence uncovered by Amnesty International.

Date:
23 May 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Bahraini opposition member at risk of torture: Nizar al-Qari

On 5 May, Nizar al-Qari, a member of the opposition party al-Wefaq, was arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), where he alleges he was deprived of sleep and handcuffed behind his back for long periods of his detention. On 8 May, he was charged with “illegal gathering in Duraz” and taken back to the CID where he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
15 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6259/2017
  • Blog
  • Middle East and North Africa

FIFA's chance to show they put people ahead of money is now

After a tumultuous few years of corruption allegations, internal upheaval and human rights abuses linked to its events, FIFA is no stranger to controversy. Its choice of Bahrain, a country where football has been inextricably linked with politics and protest as a location for this week’s meetings of the FIFA Council and Congress, may raise further eyebrows. In 2011 national footballing stars alleged that they had been tortured after taking part in popular protests alongside tens of thousands of other Bahrainis.

Date:
11 May 2017
  • News
  • Bahrain

Bahrain: First civilian case referred to military court

Bahrain’s authorities have referred a civilian to trial before a military court for the first time since 2011, after the King of Bahrain ratified a disastrous constitutional amendment in April 2017. Bahrain’s public prosecution referred the case of Fadhel Sayed Abbas Hasan Radhi, a victim of enforced disappearance, to the military court earlier today. “This is a shameful move by the authorities designed to strike fear in the heart of the population.

Date:
9 May 2017
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Bahrain: End Degrading Treatment of Activists

Bahraini authorities’ treatment of wrongfully imprisoned detainees violates international standards on prisoner treatment and in some cases may constitute cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, a coalition of ten rights groups said today. The authorities should ensure that all detainees are treated with humanity and in accordance with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, known as the Nelson Mandela Rules, including access to the adequate medical care they require and contact with their relatives.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6159/2017
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: 32 dissidents rounded up within days in clampdown ahead of UN human rights session

Bahrain’s authorities have dramatically escalated their crackdown against perceived critics with 32 people summoned for questioning by the Public Prosecution within the past five days and charges brought against the majority of them, said Amnesty International, less than a week ahead of the country’s UN human rights review session in Geneva on 1 May. Those summoned include human rights defenders, political activists, lawyers, a journalist and relatives of victims of human rights violations, raising fears that they are being targeted as part of a deliberate attempt to stop them – and deter others - from criticizing Bahrain ahead of and during its upcoming review at the UN Human Rights Council.

Date:
25 April 2017
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Justice Systems

Bahrain: Disastrous move towards patently unfair military trials of civilians

The King of Bahrain ratified a constitutional amendment today that paves the way for military trials of civilians, in yet another example of Bahrain’s efforts to dismantle access to justice and fair trial, said Amnesty International. “This constitutional amendment is a disaster for the future of fair trials and justice in Bahrain. It is part of a broader pattern where the government uses the courts to crackdown on all forms of opposition at the expense of human rights,” said Lynn Maalouf, head of research at Amnesty International’s regional office in Beirut.

Date:
3 April 2017