Bahrain: Drop Charges in Rights Defender’s Case

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

by Human Rights Watch The following statement was issued on December 18, 2018 by 57 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch:

New Year Not Likely Happy for Leading Gulf Rights Defenders

Ahmed Mansoor (Amnesty International)

by Joe Stork  It’s been a grim 2018 for partisans of free expression in the Gulf. The gruesome murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi by henchmen of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman rightly commanded headlines. More bad news looms,… Continue Reading  

Bahrain’s Unending Shia Repression

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (State Department)

by Emile Nakhleh Amid the Saudi-caused horrific human tragedy in Yemen and the ongoing investigation into the premeditated murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Bahraini regime has imposed a life sentence on Shia cleric Sheikh… Continue Reading  

Bahraini Narratives About the United States

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command via Flickr

by Giorgio Cafiero The eruption of Bahrain’s political crisis seven-and-a-half years ago marked a watershed in Manama-Washington relations. It also transformed how both Bahrain’s regime and its Shia-dominated opposition viewed the United States. For decades, Bahrain’s leadership has seen the… Continue Reading  

Bahrain: Hundreds Stripped of Citizenship

Sheikh Isa Qassim

by Human Rights Watch Bahraini authorities should restore citizenship to hundreds of nationals whose citizenship they revoked through executive orders or court decisions since 2012, rendering most of them stateless, Human Rights Watch said today. According to the Bahrain Institute for… Continue Reading