June 20, 2013

“Interfere, Restrict, Control”

Restraints on Freedom of Association in Bahrain

Summary
Key Recommendations
Methodology
I. Background
Civil Society in Bahrain
II. Civil Society Organizations
Freedom of Association/Civil Society Repression
International
Bahraini Law
Registering and Supervising NGOs
Current Law
Draft Law
Recommended Standards
Case Studies
Takeover and Dissolution of NGOs
Current Law
Draft Law
Recommended Standards
Case Studies
NGO Funding
Current Law
Draft Law
Recommended Standards
III. Political Societies
Legal Standards
International
Bahraini Law
Restrictions on Political Societies
Restrictions on Peaceful Assembly
Restrictions on Freedom of Expression
National Dialogue of 2011
Disbanding the Islamic Action Society (Amal)
IV. Trade Unions
Legal Standards
International
Bahraini Law
Restrictions on Trade Unions
Retribution after the 2011 Demonstrations
The 2011 Amendment Affecting Trade Union Rights
V. Recommendations
To the National Assembly and the Government of Bahrain
On the Draft Law on Civil Organizations and Institutions
On Political Societies
On Trade Unions
On the United Nations Special Rapporteur
To Member States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
To the United States
To the member states of the European Union
Acknowledgements
Appendix: Letter from Human Rights Watch to Minister of Social Development Dr. Fatima Al-Balooshi, May 13, 2013