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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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