• Bahrain’s human rights situation remains critical in the wake of the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 2011. The king established an independent inquiry to investigate these potential abuses, but it failed to fully implement the inquiry’s recommendations – namely holding senior officials accountable for crimes such as torture or for failing to free protesters who were jailed for exercising their right to free expression and peaceful assembly. Clashes between police and protesters continue, as do reports of deaths from beatings and excessive use of tear gas. The government continues to impose severe restrictions on access for international rights groups like Human Rights Watch. 

  • Bahraini authorities should order an independent investigation into allegations that security forces used excessive force to quell unrest in Jaw Prison on March 10, 2015, and mistreated prisoners in the aftermath.

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  • May 22, 2015
    EU High Representative Federica Mogherini should publicly urge Gulf countries to release immediately and unconditionally activists detained for exercising their rights.
  • May 12, 2015
    President Obama should urge the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to show greater respect for human rights when he meets them on May 13 and 14, 2015, to discuss partnership and security, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • May 6, 2015
    Bahraini authorities should order an independent investigation into allegations that security forces used excessive force to quell unrest in Jaw Prison on March 10, 2015, and mistreated prisoners in the aftermath.
  • May 5, 2015
    I write in anticipation of your meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on May 13 and 14, 2015 to urge that you press them to show greater respect for their citizens’ rights to free expression, association, peaceful assembly, and nationality.
  • Apr 3, 2015
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  • Apr 3, 2015
  • Apr 2, 2015
    Families of some inmates at Jaw Prison in Bahrain have been allowed no contact with them since unrest broke out there on March 10, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should immediately allow all prisoners to make phone calls to their families and resume scheduled visits.
  • Mar 27, 2015
  • Mar 26, 2015
    Authorities denied many prisoners contact with their families for up to 13 days in the aftermath of violent unrest at Jaw Prison on March 10, 2015. Bahraini authorities should order an investigation into overcrowding at the prison and the circumstances of the violence.
  • Mar 5, 2015

    In the face of massive human rights abuses, the Human Rights Council has a responsibility to be part of the solution. It needs to resist the temptation to retreat into political and regional factionalism, to undermine the independence of your Office, High Commissioner, invoke selectivity to deflect attention from situations demanding international attention, or engage in procedural tactics to silence debate.