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Bahrain - Prominent opposition figure charged for tweets ‘inciting hatred’ against government

The Bahraini authorities have once again displayed their ruthless determination to silence activists and crush all signs of dissent by charging prominent political figure Ebrahim Sharif with “inciting hatred against the regime” in a series of tweets, said Amnesty International. Ebrahim Sharif, former Secretary General of secular opposition party, the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad), was summoned for questioning this morning by the prosecution unit for terrorist crimes.

Date:
20 March 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Demonstrations

Bahrain: Fears of further violent crackdown on uprising anniversary

Authorities in Bahrain must refrain from using excessive force against protesters, Amnesty International urged as mass protests are under way on 14 February, to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2011 uprising. Bahrain is on the verge of a human rights crisis, as recent weeks have seen a pattern of increased repression, characterized by violence against protesters, executions, arbitrary detentions and a crackdown on freedom of expression.

Date:
14 February 2017
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Postponement of Nabeel Rajab’s trial for sixth time is blatant harassment

In response to the news today that the Bahraini authorities have postponed the verdict in the case of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, Samah Hadid, Deputy Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International’s Regional office in Beirut said: “The Bahraini authorities must stop playing games with Nabeel Rajab’s freedom. He has been arrested and released repeatedly over the past five years and has been banned from leaving the country.

Date:
23 January 2017
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Death Penalty

Bahrain: Human rights on the brink of crisis

Bahraini authorities must immediately commute the death sentences of two men at imminent risk of execution, Amnesty International said today, and warned that the harsh response to protests against three executions carried out by firing squad on 15 January risks plunging the country into a human rights crisis. Amnesty International is urging Bahrain’s authorities to immediately commute the death sentences of Mohamad Ramadhan and Husain Ali’ Moosa, who were sentenced to death in December 2014 following a bombing in the village of al-Deir that killed a police officer in February of that year.

Date:
18 January 2017
  • Article
  • Bahrain
  • Death Penalty

Two Bahraini Men at Imminent and Renewed Risk of Execution

Mohamed Ramadhan Issa Ali Hussain and Hussain Ali Moosa Hussain Mohamed are at imminent risk of execution following the execution of three men on 15 January 2017. Their death sentences were upheld by the Court of Cassation on 16 November 2015 and have been passed to the King who has the authority to ratify the sentences, commute them or grant a pardon. Mohamed Ramadhan and Hussain Ali Moosa are now at imminent and renewed risk of execution.

Date:
18 January 2017
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Death Penalty

Bahrain: First executions in more than six years a shocking blow to human rights

In response to the execution today of three men accused of killing three police officers in Bahrain Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Campaigns in Beirut, Samah Hadid said: “This is a dark day for human rights in Bahrain. These executions – the first to be carried out since 2010 - are a deeply regressive step for a country whose authorities’ have repeatedly trumpeted their commitment to human rights.

Date:
15 January 2017
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Opposition leader condemned to nine years in prison following unfair and arbitrary verdict

A nine year prison sentence against the Bahraini opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, was upheld today by a Bahraini Appeal Court, after a retrial, in another blow to freedom of expression in the country. In response to the verdict Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director of Campaigns said: “Today’s shocking verdict is another example of Bahrain’s flagrant disregard for the right to freedom of expression.

Date:
12 December 2016
  • News
  • Qatar
  • Censorship and Free Speech

GCC summit: Systematic clampdown on freedom of expression in Gulf

The appalling human rights records of states in the Gulf must not be swept under the carpet when member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) gather in the Bahraini capital, Manama, this week (6-7 December) for their annual summit, said Amnesty International today. Human rights will be notably absent from the agenda at the annual meeting when the six GCC states - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - come together to discuss trade and security cooperation, with no mention of the widespread crackdown witnessed across the region on the grounds of security.

Date:
5 December 2016
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain's UK-backed human rights bodies fall short on 2011 promises of reform

Five years after Bahrain’s 2011 uprising, which saw peaceful protesters beaten, shot, and killed in the streets, key reforms introduced to address human rights violations by the security forces have yet to deliver justice to the vast majority of victims and their families, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. The report, Window-dressing or pioneers of change? An assessment of Bahrain’s human rights oversight bodies, exposes serious shortcomings in two UK-supported institutions that have been repeatedly trumpeted by the Bahraini and British authorities as evidence of the country’s human rights progress.

Date:
21 November 2016
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Bahrain: Assault on freedom of expression continues as activists face jail for tweets

Bahraini authorities must immediately and unconditionally release human rights activist Nabeel Rajab and opposition leader Fadhel Abbas, two prisoners of conscience who are facing long prison sentences for using Twitter to voice concerns about human rights abuses in the conflict in Yemen, Amnesty International said today. Both men have criticized the killing of civilians in Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which includes Bahrain.

Date:
25 October 2016
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Farcical trial of Nabeel Rajab a barefaced assault on freedom of expression

Bahraini authorities must immediately release human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and drop all charges against him ahead of his trial next week over Twitter posts criticizing the war in Yemen and allegations of torture in Bahrain’s main prison, Amnesty International said today, reiterating its call on the government to end its barefaced assault on freedom of expression. The European Parliament also called for Nabeel Rajab’s immediate and unconditional release today in an urgent resolution that expressed grave concern over the ongoing campaign of repression of human rights defenders, political opposition and civil society.

Date:
7 July 2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Opposition leader jailed for nine years over peaceful speeches

In a shocking attack on the right to freedom of expression Bahrain’s authorities today upheld the conviction of opposition leader Sheikh ‘Ali Salman and increased his prison sentence from four to nine years for giving speeches in which he criticized the government, said Amnesty International. “Sheikh ‘Ali Salman’s conviction is clearly politically motivated and is designed to send a message to others that even legitimate and peaceful demands for reform will not go unpunished.

Date:
30 May 2016
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Glitz of Formula One Grand Prix masks human rights abuses

This weekend Bahrain hosts the Formula One Grand Prix, a glamorous event putting the country in the international spotlight. Away from the racing circuit Amnesty International has continued to documented a range of appalling human rights violations. “Behind the fast cars and the victory laps lies a government that is tightening its chokehold on any remnant of dissent in the country by stepping up arrests, intimidation and harassment of political opposition, critics and activists.

Date:
1 April 2016
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Human rights activist who tore up photo imprisoned

Bahraini authorities must immediately release human rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja, who was arrested and taken into custody today along with her baby son Hadi, Amnesty International said. “Zainab Al-Khawaja and her family have been relentlessly targeted by Bahraini authorities for speaking out against human rights violations,” said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

Date:
14 March 2016
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Alarming spike in expulsion of citizens arbitrarily stripped of their nationality

Eleven people could face imminent expulsion from Bahrain tomorrow if their deportation orders are upheld in two separate appeal hearings, as Bahrain’s authorities increasingly resort to the extreme measure of banishing individuals after revoking their citizenship, said Amnesty International. Two people were already forced to leave Bahrain last month, while a court confirmed a third deportation order yesterday on 6 March.

Date:
7 March 2016
  • News
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Hopes for justice and reform fading five years since 2011 uprising

Five years after a wave of protests demanding widespread reform rocked Bahrain, hopes for progress on human rights and accountability for past and present abuses have faded, said Amnesty International. The mass protests which began on 14 February 2011 were met with violence by the security forces, who shot dead and injured protesters. Others died in custody after being tortured. “Five years since the uprising, torture, arbitrary detention and a widespread crackdown against peaceful activists and government critics have continued.

Date:
11 February 2016