• 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. 

  • 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.

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    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.
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    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

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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.
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  • 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.