Category Archives: Publications

FREEDOM FOR HUSSAM MUSHAIMA

Originally posted on Channel Draw Website, 27 July 2021. Political opponent, sentenced to life imprisonment for demanding respect for human rights. I was arrested [with others] in the 1990s because of [our] political speeches and because [we] demanded DEMOCRACY, EQUALITY and JUSTICE for the people of Bahrain, its sects and races. We remained in prison for around 6 years […]

Hassan Mushaima, la historia de un preso de conciencia que lucha contra las graves condiciones médicas y el opresivo gobierno bahreiní

Originally posted to the Amnesty International Spain Website, 16 July 2021. Hassan Mushaima es uno de los presos por motivos políticos más importantes del mundo en estos momentos, que ha pasado más de 3.730 días consecutivos en prisión, sin contar sus anteriores condenas. El ex dirigente político desempeñó un papel importante en las protestas pacíficas […]

Formula One faces charge of aiding sportwashing by racing in Bahrain

Originally posted to the Guardian website, 25 November 2020. Shortly after winning his seventh Formula One world championship last week in Turkey, Lewis Hamilton issued a warning to the sport he loves. It was time it faced up to its responsibilities, to confront and deal with the human rights issues that blight some of the countries it visits, […]

Activists condemn Bahrain’s use of citizenship revocation

Originally posted to the Al Jazeera website, 12 November 2020. Human rights workers and activists have condemned the Bahraini government for its use of citizenship revocation as a “political tool” to crack down on dissent. In a virtual event on Thursday organised by Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and titled Citizenship […]

Bahrain: Joint Letter to Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Delegates

Originally posted to the Human Rights Watch website, 15 September 2020. Your Excellencies, In view of the continued deterioration of the human rights situation in Bahrain, we urge your delegation to raise concerns over the human rights situation in Bahrain during the Council’s debates at the 45th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). […]

In overcrowded cells, Bahrain’s political prisoners fear coronavirus threat

Originally posted to the Reuters website, 9 April 2020.   DUBAI (Reuters) – When jailed Bahraini activist Abdullah Habeeb Swar developed a bad cough that lasted several days, his 14 cell mates feared he might have contracted the coronavirus and would spread it through their overcrowded wing. They share a cell designed to sleep eight […]

HRW: Bahrain: Free Imprisoned Rights Defenders and Opposition Activists

Originally posted to the Human Rights website, 6 April 2020.   (Beirut) – Amid the global threat posed by COVID-19, Bahraini authorities should release human rights defenders, opposition activists, journalists, and all others imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association, a coalition of 19 rights groups, including Human […]

Four Reasons Middle East Governments Should Release Prisoners

Originally posted to the Human Rights First website, 28 March 2020. The clamor to release elderly, sick, and political prisoners is growing. Dozens of NGOs and civil society organizations have urged the immediate release of prisoners because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The problem is acute across the Middle East, where prison conditions are dangerously unhealthy already. Overcrowding is often […]

Bahrain’s Prison Release Positive but Insufficient

Originally posted to the Human Rights Watch website, 23 March 2020. On March 17, the Bahraini Interior Ministry announced it had released 1,486 detainees for “humanitarian reasons, in the backdrop of current circumstances,” a likely reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. About 900 of them were granted royal pardons, while 585 were given non-custodial sentences under Bahrain’s law on alternative […]

Bahrain: Prisoners Denied Medical Care

Originally posted to the Human Rights Watch website, 8 October 2019. (Beirut) – Bahrain’s authorities are failing to provide adequate medical care to high-profile prisoners, Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institution for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said. Two detained human rights defenders, as well as the family members of four detained opposition activists, told Human Rights […]