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Dear Stefano Domenicali, We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to you in your capacity as the new CEO of Formula 1 to reiterate our concerns about Bahrain’s use of the Bahrain Grand Prix to “sportswash” the country’s dire human rights…
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Your Majesty, We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to commute the death sentences of Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali, who have exhausted all legal remedies available to them after the Court of Cassation rejected their…
Photos of Ali al-Arab and Ahmad al-Malali, whose death sentences were upheld by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation on May 6, 2019. © Private
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Apparent Effort to Obscure Appeal Hearing for Nabeel Rajab

(Beirut) – The following statement was issued on December 18, 2018 by 57 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch: We the undersigned call on Bahrain to release Nabeel Rajab immediately, to repeal his convictions and…
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015.
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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…
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Speech by Daniel Bekele, Senior Director for Africa Advocacy, Human Rights Watch

The following is the transcript of a speech given by Daniel Bekele, Human Rights Watch senior director for Africa advocacy, at the Gambia National Stakeholders Conference on Justice and Human Rights, May 23-25, 2017.Introduction Thank you to…
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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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Jammeh Had Conceded Defeat, Agreed to Peaceful Transition

(Nairobi) – On December 9, 2016, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced that he had rejected the country’s presidential election results “in totality” and called for new elections when resources permitted it. He indicated that he was responding to…
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Security Forces Should Respect Human Rights During Transition

(Nairobi) – Gambia’s Independent Election Commission announced early on December 2, 2016, that Adama Barrow, the candidate of a coalition of eight opposition parties, had won Gambia’s presidential election, defeating incumbent Yahya…
Supporters of president-elect Adama Barrow celebrate Barrow's election victory in Banjul, Gambia, December 2, 2016.
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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…