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Youssef Abdel Rasool

Youssef Ahmed Abdel Rasool

Vice President
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR)

I have received more than a dozen anonymous phone calls threatening my life and the safety of my family for my engagement here. Nonetheless, I have chosen to speak today because my case is not unique.”

Youssef Ahmed Abdel Rasool is the Vice-President of BYSHR, an organisation that monitors and documents human rights violations, organises training workshops, and supports regional networking for human rights defenders.

Bahrain Protest Context

Following the eruption of protests in February 2011 against government corruption and discrimination of the Shi'a majority population, the situation for human rights defenders in Bahrain became even more dangerous and difficult. Faced with widespread protests and unrest, the authorities responded with harsh measures and a crackdown on protesters, civil society leaders, human rights defenders and pro democracy activists.


Youssef Ahmed Abdel Rasool Testimony - 2015 Dublin Platform