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Bahrain: Further information: Bahraini human rights defender charged: Ebtisam al-Saegh

Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh was charged on 18 July by the Terrorism Crime Prosecution with using her human rights work as a cover to provide Alkarama Foundation with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain. She has been detained for a further six months pending completion of the investigation. She is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6770/2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Further information: Detained defender interrogated continuously: Ebtisam al-Saegh

Bahraini human rights defender, Ebtisam al-Saegh, has been under continuous and lengthy interrogation since her arrest on 3 July when she also started a hunger strike. She is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment and requires urgent medical attention. Ebtisam al-Saegh is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6743/2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain authorities must rescind decision to close only independent newspaper al-Wasat and cease all-out campaign to end independent reporting

Amnesty International calls on the Bahraini authorities to rescind their arbitrary decision to close the only independent newspaper in the country, al-Wasat, and end its all-out campaign to crush freedom of press. This call comes over a month after the Ministry of Information indefinitely suspended the newspaper and as the authorities’ crackdown on all forms of peaceful criticism intensifies. The organization also calls on the authorities to reverse their arbitrary decision not to renew the accreditation of prominent journalist Nazeeha Saeed and other journalists and for Nazeeha Saeed’s conviction for working without a permit to be quashed.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6741/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Further information: New sentence against human rights defender: Nabeel Rajab

Prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab, was sentenced to two years in prison on 10 July by a Bahraini court, and was convicted of “publishing and disseminating rumours and false news relating to the internal situation in the country” in relation to TV interviews he gave. He is also on trial in relation to his tweets, and could receive an additional 15-year sentence. The next hearing is scheduled for 7 August.

Date:
12 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6716/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Bahraini prisoner of conscience in detention: Dr. Taha al-Dirazi

On 24 May, the Bahraini Court of Appeal halved the prison sentence of Dr. Taha al-Dirazi from six to three months. He was immediately arrested to begin serving the sentence. Dr Taha al-Dirazi was convicted of “illegal gathering” for participating in a peaceful protest in Duraz village on 19 July 2016. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
11 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6693/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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