• Bahrain’s human rights record regressed further in key areas in 2013 and the government made little real progress regarding reforms it claimed to pursue. Security forces continued to arrest scores of individuals arbitrarily in towns where anti-government protests regularly take place. High-profile critics of the government remain in jail on charges that relate solely to exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. The judicial system, headed by ruling family members, has yet to hold any senior official responsible for serious human rights violations that have occurred since 2011, including torture-related deaths in detention.
  • Nabeel Rajab on the day of his release from detention on bail, on November 2, 2014 in Manama, Bahrain. A court is expected to rule on his case on January 20, 2015, and he could face up to 6 years in prison.
    Bahrain’s allies including the United Kingdom, Germany, France and other European countries should publicly call on Manama to drop charges against the human rights advocate Nabeel Rajab, Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Center for Human Rights said today.

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  • Jan 29, 2015
    Bahrain’s government violated core rights in 2014 as further evidence emerged of the role that its courts play in maintaining the repressive order, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.
  • Jan 22, 2015
  • Jan 18, 2015
    Bahrain should immediately release the head of the country’s leading political opposition group having failed to present any evidence that justifies his detention, Human Rights Watch said today. Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Al Wifaq, a legally recognized political society, has been in detention since his arrest on December 29, 2014, and has been charged with various criminal offenses, which include the promotion of violence and defamation of a “statutory body.”
  • Jan 16, 2015
    Bahrain’s allies including the United Kingdom, Germany, France and other European countries should publicly call on Manama to drop charges against the human rights advocate Nabeel Rajab, Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Center for Human Rights said today.
  • Jan 15, 2015
    This week, 16 human rights organizations have written to 47 States to express grave concern ahead of a 20 January verdict in the trial of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights defender.
  • Dec 1, 2014
  • Nov 26, 2014
    In September 2014 a ministerial meeting of the Arab League approved the statute of a future Arab Court for Human Rights. It will be several years before the court is ready to formally open its doors but it's not too early to evaluate whether the court is likely to be part of the human rights solution in the Arab world - or part of the problem.
  • Oct 26, 2014
    Bahrain authorities should drop all criminal charges against two prominent human rights activists, and immediately release them, Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Center for Human Rights said today. The charges clearly violate their right to free expression. Bahrain should also immediately revoke all laws that violate freedom of speech, including those that criminalize insulting or defaming state institutions or the monarch.
  • Oct 16, 2014
    A Bahraini rights activist jailed for ripping up a photo of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in court on October 14, 2014, should be released immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. Bahrain should drop all freedom-of-expression related charges against the activist, Zainab al-Khawaja, who is eight months pregnant and has been charged with insulting the king. Al-Khawaja was in court to face charges relating to two previous incidents in which she also tore up photographs of the king as a form of protest.
  • Oct 2, 2014
    Bahrain authorities arrested a prominent rights activist on October 1, 2014, after he criticized the government. The activist, faces charges that he “offended national institutions” in comments on social media on September 28.