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Interactive Dialogue with Assistant UN Secretary-General Andrew Gilmour on the Secretary-General’s Report on Reprisals

Human Rights Watch welcomes the first Interactive Dialogue with the ASG and his latest report. We are deeply concerned about cases of reprisals committed in the reporting period, including by three countries that have appeared in every single report by…
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UN Group Calls his Detention Arbitrary and Discriminatory

(Paris) - For the second time since 2013, the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an Opinion regarding the legality of the detention of Mr. Nabeel Rajab under international human rights law. In its second opinion,…
Nabeel Rajab sends Eid greetings to his family, Jau Prison, Bahrain, August 21, 2018. © 2018 Nabeel Rajab
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Item 6 UPR adoption

The human rights situation in Bahrain has deteriorated dramatically in the period leading up to and since Bahrain’s third UPR in May 2017. The government had accepted 158 of the 176 UPR recommendations from 2012, but has largely failed to implement the…
MENA Bahrain protesters Pearl roundabout February 2011
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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors.
 
 First, leadership: many…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 10, General Debate

Yemen’s transitional government has started the process of restructuring the military and security forces. Nevertheless, serious human rights violations continue and efforts to implement a United Nations-facilitated transition blueprint have at times met…
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Oral Statement Under Item 6

The Human Rights Council’s review of Bahrain comes at a time when the government continues to suppress peaceful protests, harass and prosecute human rights defenders, and arbitrarily arrest and detain numerous opposition leaders and protesters for…
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Bahrain has failed to live up to many of the pledges it made during the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) four years ago. The authorities have significantly increased restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly, and association,…