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  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Further information: Growing health concerns for prominent activist: Nabeel Rajab

Prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab has been held in solitary confinement for nine months, with growing concerns about the effect it is having on his health and well-being. On 22 March, his trial in the case regarding comments he posted on Twitter was once again postponed and re-scheduled for 17 May. He also remains on trial on separate charges in relation to TV interviews he gave in 2015 and 2016.

Date:
24 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5953/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Death Penalty

Bahrain: Further information: Three Bahrainis executed by firing squad: Ali Abdulshaheed al-Sankis, Sami Mirza Mshaima and Abbas Jamil Taher Mhammad al-Samea

On 15 January the Bahraini authorities executed three men by firing squad. Seven others continue to serve life sentences which were upheld by the Court of Cassation on 9 January along with the three death sentences. All ten men were convicted in February 2015 following an unfair trial in relation to the March 2014 killing of three policemen.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5889/2017
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Justice Systems

Bahrain: King must not ratify constitutional amendment allowing military courts to try civilians

Amnesty International has today called on the King of Bahrain to refrain from ratifying a constitutional amendment that would enable military courts to try civilians, paving the way to further human rights violations. This call comes after the Shura Council, Bahrain’s Consultative Council, voted unanimously in favour of the amendment to Article 105 (b) of the Constitution on 5 March and after it had been voted in favour by Parliament on 21 February.

Date:
7 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5832/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Further information: Prisoner of conscience on trial faces new charges: Nabeel Rajab

Prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab remains on trial for comments posted on Twitter. The verdict pursuant to his trial has been repeatedly postponed since October 2016. He also faces a new trial on separate charges related to TV interviews he gave. He faces up to 18 years in prison if convicted in both cases.

Date:
24 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5776/2017
  • Research
  • Bahrain

Bahrain: On the brink of human rights crisis: Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

Amnesty International raises a number of concerns regarding the human rights situation in Bahrain including, the resumption of executions, the excessive use of force and clampdown on peaceful assembly, powers being restored to National Security Agency, the continuing clampdown on the rights to freedom of expression, association and movement, enforced disappearances and continued access restrictions.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5692/2017
  • Research
  • Algeria
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Suggested recommendations to States considered during the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review, 1 – 12 May 2017

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for 13 states - Algeria; Bahrain; Brazil; Finland; India; Indonesia; Morocco; Netherlands; Philippines; Poland; South Africa; Tunisia and United Kingdom - coming up for review in the 27th session of the UPR Working Group on 1-12 May 2017 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
1 February 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5941/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Disappearances

Bahraini's fate and whereabouts unknown: Fadhel Sayed Abbas Hasan Radhi

Fadhel Sayed Abbas Hasan Radhi has been detained without charge since his arrest on 29 September 2016. He has had no access to a lawyer and only limited access to his family. His family have not heard from him since 10 December 2016 nor have they received any information about his whereabouts or well-being. Amnesty International is concerned that he is a victim of enforced disappearance and at risk of torture and other-ill treatment.

Date:
31 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5590/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Unlawful Detention

Bahrain: Further information: Fate and wherabouts of Bahraini unknown: Al-Sayed Alawi Hussain al-Alawi

Al-Sayed Alawi Hussain al-Alawi continues to be detained without charge or access to a lawyer since his arrest in October 2016. His family have not heard from him since 14 December 2016, nor have they received any information about his whereabouts or well-being. Amnesty International is concerned that he is a victim of enforced disappearance and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
27 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5581/2017
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Promises of reform unfulfilled – Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th session of the UPR Working Group, May 2017

In this submission Amnesty International highlights shortcomings in the human rights framework in Bahrain, including national laws that restrict the rights to freedom of expression and association, imprisonment of political opponents and human rights defenders, and questions surrounding the independence, impartiality and effectiveness of national human rights institutions. It also raises concerns about arbitrary revocation of nationality of hundreds of persons, and the death penalty.

Date:
21 December 2016
Ref:
MDE 11/5310/2016
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: End the systematic muzzling of peaceful dissenting voices

Amnesty International has today called on the Bahraini authorities to halt its relentless crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly following a two month period which has seen the number of human rights defenders and political opposition activists banned from travelling outside the country, interrogated and charged, rise to at least 40. This call comes after the authorities’ have notably intensified their clampdown on freedoms in Bahrain since June 2016.

Date:
20 December 2016
Ref:
MDE 11/5394/2016
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Unfair Trials

Bahrain: Open letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on behalf of Nabeel Rajab

Over 50 human rights organisations signed a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge his office to urgently and publicly call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and drop the charges against him. His next, and likely final, trial date is scheduled for 28 December.

Date:
20 December 2016
Ref:
MDE 11/5395/2016