Abdulhadi Al-khawaja

Third Anniversary of Arrest: Calls for the Release of Abdulhadi Al-Khawajaposted on: 2014/04/09

International human rights organisations and local Bahraini civil society groups call for the immediate and unconditional release of human rights defender (HRD) Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on the third anniversary of his arrest.

The European Parliament renews its call for the release of Nabeel Rajabposted on: 2014/02/10

On February 6, 2014, the European Parliament renewed its call for the immediate and unconditional release of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and Deputy Secretary General of FIDH.

Bahrain: Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) Receives 2013 Rafto Prizeposted on: 2013/09/26

Front Line Defenders welcomes the news that the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) will receive the 2013 Rafto Foundation Prize. The announcement was made in a press conference held by the Rafto Foundation on 26 September 2013.

Bahrain: Government Abandons even the Rhetoric of Reformposted on: 2013/08/13

As the Government of Bahrain prepares to implement a new series of draconian security measures, human rights defenders and political activists are preparing to use the 14th August anniversary of Bahrain's independence from England to challenge the ongoing security clampdown.

EU-GCC ministerial meeting in Bahrain: A time for speaking out!

This Sunday, June 30, the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and high-level representatives of Member States will meet their counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE), in Manama, capital of Bahrain.

Bahrain: EU Should Call for the release of Human Rights Defenders and Peaceful Protest Leaders at Upcoming Meeting, says new Joint Statement.posted on: 2013/06/26

The EU should use its ministerial meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council, due to take place on 30 June 2013, to call for the release of those “currently detained and imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights” according to a new joint statement issued by six human rights organisations including Front Line Defenders.

Bahrain: Update – Human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja given new jail termposted on: 2013/06/26

On 25 June 2013, human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced to two additional months in jail on charges of assaulting two policewomen inside the prison. She is currently in detention in Hoora Detention Centre, where she has been serving three previous sentences on charges of taking part in an illegal gathering, unlawful entry to Pearl Roundabout, and insulting a police officer. She was due to be released at the end of 2013, but the new sentence means she will remain in detention until February 2014.

Bahrain: Government “Effectively Cancels” visit by UN Special Rapporteur on Tortureposted on: 2013/04/25

“I would like to express my compassion with the people of Bahrain who were expecting my visit, civil society and in particular, victims of torture and ill-treatment and their families” - Juan E. Méndez

Bahrain: Call for the resignation or expulsion of Bahrain's Attorney General From the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors by Irish NGO Ceartasposted on: 2013/04/18

A report by the Irish based NGO Ceartas has called for the resignation or expulsion of Bahrain's Attorney General Dr Ali bin Fadhel Al-Buainain from the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors

Bahrain - A wasted year

It was obvious 12 months ago that sentencing human rights defender Abdulhadi Alkhawaja to life in prison after torturing him and subjecting him to a show trial before a military court was a sign of weakness and desperation from the side of Bahrain's rulers. They were frantically trying to construct a conspiracy of foreign subversion even as all the world could see that the truth was bloody repression of peaceful protests. They even detained, tortured and prosecuted medical professionals who had had the affront to tell the truth about those who had been tortured and killed. The attempt at a cover up was a pathetic failure in spite of millions spent on Western PR agencies.