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    <p><strong>Beirut, January 16th, 2019</strong>_ <strong>Human Rights Organizations call for a Radical Change in International Policies Tackling Human Rights Violation in Bahrain </strong></p>

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    <p>An international conference on the human rights situation in Bahrain was held in Beirut, on the 16th of January 2019 with the participation of international human rights organizations, experts, CSOs, activists and researchers. Members of prominent organizations such Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Human Rights First, IFEX, FIDH, Civicus and others have participated in the discussions of the topics of the conference.</p>

    <p>All participants have agreed on the emergency of implementing a new international strategy to deal with the ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation that has been happening under the silence of the international community, including the UK and the USA.</p>

    <p>Some of the topics discussed revolved around the harassment and prosecution of human rights defenders, the closure of civic and political space, the lack of democratic political pluralism, the ban on the entrance of UN special rapporteurs to Bahrain amongst others.</p>

    <p>Among the participants, some of the important statements were:</p>

    <p>Joe stork made a comment saying that &ldquo;the silence we are talking about is not international; it is enforced silence in Bahrain.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>Aya Majzoub, the researcher at Human Rights Watch, declared that &ldquo;We have 5 joint statements on Bahrain since 2012, last one was in 2015. Part of the reason that we haven&rsquo;t had another joint statement on Bahrain because no country is willing to take the lead.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>The senior Advisor in Human Rights First, Brian Dooley, said that &ldquo;for the time in generations, in Washington (US Congress), questions are being asked that haven&rsquo;t been asked before, this is an opportunity to be used.&rdquo;</p>

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    <p><strong>Recommendations:</strong></p>

    <ul>
    <li>Call on international diplomatic missions Bahrain to:</li>
    </ul>

    <p>-observe trials of {political} activists, Human Rights Defenders, Freedom of Expression</p>

    <p>-Report on due-process violations</p>

    <ul>
    <li>Raise profile of prominent Rights Defenders publically in the US and UK.</li>
    <li>Special Rapporteurs on torture to visit Bahrain and linking it to CAT obligations.</li>
    <li>Scoping missions to assess which countries/businesses/organizations have most leverage on Bahrain.</li>
    <li>Campaigning ahead of F1 races</li>
    <li>Messaging: more focus on broader trends of repression in Bahrain, not just prominent Human Rights Defenders, especially in Arabic Media.</li>
    <li>Use Parliamentary procedures in the UK and the US (US Congress) to raise questions about Bahrain.</li>
    </ul>

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    Bahrain cracked down on peaceful dissent during 2018, virtually eliminating all opposition, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019
    No independent media were allowed to operate in the country in 2018, and ahead of parliamentary elections in November, parliament banned members of dissolved opposition parties from being able to run. Peaceful dissidents were arrested, prosecuted, ill-treated, and stripped of citizenship. 

    “The Bahraini authorities have demonstrated a zero tolerance policy when it comes to free media, independent political thought, and peaceful dissent,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Despite the stream of arrests and convictions of dissidents, Bahrain’s allies have failed to use their influence to improve Bahrain’s rights record at home or abroad.” 

    In the 674-page World Report 2019, its 29th edition, Human Rights Watch reviewed human rights practices in more than 100 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth says that the populists spreading hatred and intolerance in many countries are spawning a resistance. New alliances of rights-respecting governments, often prompted and joined by civic groups and the public, are raising the cost of autocratic excess. Their successes illustrate the possibility of defending human rights – indeed, the responsibility to do so – even in darker times.

    In the days leading up to the November parliamentary elections, the government detained a former member of parliament, Ali Rashed al-Asheeri, after he tweeted about boycotting the elections. He was released on bail three days after the election. On November 4, the Bahrain High Court of Appeals overturned the previous acquittal of a prominent opposition member, Sheikh Ali Salman, sentencing him to life in prison on espionage charges. Salman is the leader of Bahrain’s largest political opposition group, al-Wifaq, which wasoutlawed in 2016.

    Nabeel Rajab, one of Bahrain’s preeminent human rights defenders, completed a two-year prison term for “spreading false news” in June. He then immediately began a five-year prison term for his tweets criticizing alleged torture in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison and the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Duaa al-Wadaei, wife of a prominent exiled activist, Sayed Ahmed al-Wadaei, was sentenced to prison in absentia on March 21 for allegedly insulting an officer at the Manama airport in 2016.

    In September, three female human rights defenders held in the Isa Town Prison, Hajer Mansoor Hasan, Najah Yusuf, and Medina Ali,said that prison officials assaulted them and restricted their family visits, phone calls, and time spent outside of their cells. The National Institution for Human Rights dismissed these allegations

    The oversight bodies that government set up in 2012 in response to a recommendation by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) once again in 2018 did not investigate credible allegations of prison abuse or hold officials who participated in and ordered widespread torture during interrogations since 2011 accountable.

    According to one human rights group, in 2018, the courts stripped 305 people of their citizenship, bringing the total since 2012 to 810. The majority of Bahraini nationals stripped of their citizenship were left effectively stateless. As of November, Bahraini prisons held 14 people on death row.

    Despite significant human rights concerns in Bahrain and its participation in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which is committing serious violations of international humanitarian law, the United States State Department approved five major weapons sales to Bahrain between January and November.

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    <p>After the eight-year anniversary of the start of mass democratic protests that took place on the 14th of February 2011, when tens and thousands of Bahrainis peacefully protested and called for reforms, &ldquo;Bahrain Center for Human Rights&rdquo;, with the cooperation of &ldquo;Bahrain Interfaith&rdquo;, organized an International Conference. Its goal was to discuss the necessary steps to put a stop to the deterioration of the human rights situation in Bahrain. The conference &ldquo;Bahrain: 8 years of Repression Under International Silence&rdquo; shed light on the repressive methods used by the Bahraini government since 2011, which focus on crushing civil society and dissent by arresting activists and human rights defenders, issuing death sentences and dissolving civil and political associations.</p>

    <p>Beirut hosted the International Conference on Wednesday, January 16th, as the Arab capital of international human rights organizations. Members of prominent organizations such Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Human Rights First, IFEX, FIDH, Civicus and others have participated in the discussions of the topics of the conference.</p>

    <p>Saloua Boukaouit moderated the first panel that discussed the situation of &ldquo;Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain&rdquo; and the panelists were Khalid Ibrahim (Director of the GCHR), Ahmed AlWedaei (Director of Advisory BIRD), Mohamad Najem (Co-founder of SMEX), and Kristina Stockwood (Advisory Board GCHR). Additionally, in the second panel, the moderator Annie Game (IFEX Director) discussed the &ldquo;International Perspectives towards Human Rights violations in Bahrain<strong>&rdquo; </strong>with Aya Majzoub<strong> (</strong><em>Researcher at HRW),</em> Brian Dooley<strong> (</strong><em>Senior Advisor Human Rights First), and </em>Devin Kenny<strong> (</strong><em>Researcher at Amnesty). </em>In the third panel which were entitled &ldquo;Civic and political space in Bahrain&rdquo;, the panelists were Fadi Al-Qadi<strong> (</strong><em>Independent)</em><strong>, </strong>Drewery Dyke<strong> (</strong><em>Salam Director), </em>and Joe Stork<strong> (</strong><em>Independent), </em>while Ariel Plotkin moderated the discussion.</p>

    <p>The conference issued recommendations after discussions in the form of round tables. There was a call on international diplomatic missions for observing the trials of political activists, human rights defenders and freedom of expression, as well as reporting on due-process violations; that was in addition to verify the status of the detainees of opinion and work to convince the king to end violations and activate the role of the parliaments of the European Union, the United States and Britain.</p>

    <p>Among the recommendations were to make use of influential international media and inviting special rapporteurs on torture to visit Bahrain and link it to the obligations of the Committee Against Torture (CAT). Scoping missions to assess which countries/businesses/organizations have most leverage on Bahrain was added to recommendations. The conference also recommended that attention must be paid in the Arab media to the issues of detainees, not just the prominent ones, and to launching a campaign ahead the Formula1 race.</p>

    <p>The conference included a video for Nabeel Rajab&rsquo;s daughter saying: &ldquo;Instead of honoring my father for his human rights activism in my country he has been subjected in inhumane conditions and ill-treatment in prison. I hope the entire world calls for Nabeel Rajab&rsquo;s immediate release and for the Bahraini authorities to drop the charges against him.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>

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    Nabeel Rajab is one of the most prominent Arab human rights defenders and has been a leading voice in the Arab Spring in Bahrain. He played a key role in Bahrain’s 2011 pro-democracy uprising but has been imprisoned for several years for dissent. Nabeel stands convicted of “spreading false rumors in time of war” and “insulting public authorities”. 

    Nabeel Rajab, head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and deputy secretary general of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), has been detained in October 2014 on charges relating to a series of tweets in which he called to end the war in Yemen for humanitarian reasons.

    Nabeel Rajab is among the most respected rights activists in the Arab world, and his rights work has been recognized internationally.Instead of honoring him for his human rights activism in Bahrain, he has been subjected in inhumane conditions and ill-treatment in prison. 

    In February 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison for his tweets documenting torture in Bahrain’s prisons. He has reportedly been subjected to inhumane conditions and denied medical care in prison. Human rights organizations are campaigning for his immediate and unconditional release. Foreign Policy (FP) listed Nabeel Rajab among the top 100 list of the most important Global Thinkers of this year. 

    ‪ForeignPolicy.com: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019-global-thinkers/?thinker=Nabeel-Rajab

     

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    Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) welcomes the decision of releasing the Bahraini football player, Hakeem Al-Araibi, detained by the Thai authorities, after Bahrain dropped extradition proceedings.

    Bahrain Center for Human Rights considers his release a result of cooperation between human rights organizations, governments and the football community in the past two months. Therefore, BCHR thanks Australia, people and government, and all other countries that contribute in his release.

    BCHR: “We have worked hard with many members of human rights organizations around the world to reach this result”.

    The case of the 25 year-old player who was a refugee in Australia since 2014, and a member of football club in Melbourne had become widely known. He was detained by Thai authorities in last November at Bangkok airport when coming from Australia to spend the honeymoon with his wife. Al-Araibi’s detention was in response to an international arrest warrant requested by Bahrain.

    The Thai judiciary began to consider the Bahraini authorities request to extradite him to carry out a previous sentence of 10 years imprisonment. The charges were a result of participating in the “Arab Spring” events in 2011 that included Bahrain, which the player completely denies.

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    <p><strong>Beirut, February 13th, 2019</strong>_&nbsp;<strong>Human Rights Organizations call for Accountability Regarding Human Rights Violations in Bahrain</strong></p>

    <p>A conference on the human rights situation in Bahrain was held in Beirut, on the 13th&nbsp;of February 2019 with the participation of international human rights organizations, experts, CSOs, activists and researchers. Members of prominent organizations such Human Rights Watch, FIDH, Amnesty International, Index on Censorship, and others have participated in the discussions of the topics of the conference.</p>

    <p>All participants have agreed on the need for accountability to deal with the ongoing deterioration of the human rights situation that has been happening since 2011.</p>

    <p>Some of the topics discussed revolved around the status of women HRDs, the shutdown on Freedom of Expression, the forms of electronic repression, the failure in implementing the BICI recommendations, and the lack of accountability in Bahrain.</p>

    <p>Among the participants, some of the important statements were:</p>

    <p>The head of FIDH, Dimitris Christopoulos, said that &ldquo;Treating Nabeel Rajab&nbsp;the way they did shows that human rights defenders threaten their system by advocating peace&quot;.</p>

    <p>The Advocacy Officer at&nbsp;<strong>Salam DHR</strong>, Joshua Cooper, said that &ldquo;it is clear that BICI process has long come to a halt. To answer why, involves answering why human rights as a whole&nbsp;have regressed in Bahrain, including in the absence of any political transition, the use of sectarian and security narratives, and a lack of international support.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>Jodie Ginsberg the CEO at&nbsp;<strong>Index on Censorship </strong>commented that<strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;</strong>I expect to see a clear commitment from Bahrain&#39;s allies that continued cooperation is dependent on Bahrain&#39;s commitment to uphold universal human rights.&rdquo;</p>

    <p>Aya Majzoub, the researcher at&nbsp;<strong>Human Rights Watch</strong>, declared that &ldquo;the recent victory in Hakeem Al-Araibi&rsquo;s case proves that the effort to put pressure on Bahrain has been successful in order to reform its human rights record .&rdquo;</p>

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    <p>The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) is concerned by the wave of arrests that have been carried in the run up to and on 14 February, which marks the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.</p>

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    <p>Around 40 arrests have been carried out so far as Bahrain marks the uprising anniversary. In the two days leading up to the anniversary, 28 arrests were carried out, with 11 further arrests in the morning of 14 February, including three minors. It is likely that further arrests will follow.</p>

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    <p>The majority of these arrests, which took place in over ten different areas, were carried out following unlawful house raids. A further arrest was carried out against a protestor.</p>

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    <p>Also in the lead up to the anniversary, dozens of peaceful protests have taken place in many cities, including Al-Manama. In the afternoon of 14 February, one protest was met by tear gas.</p>

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    <p>BCHR: &ldquo;Each year, we see a growing crackdown at this time of year. In 2017 we saw excessive force used against protestors, leading to many injuries. So far this year, we have seen a wave of arrests carried out, and expect that more could follow&rdquo;.</p>

    <p>Based on the above, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights calls on the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, the European Union and all international human rights organizations to put more pressure on the government of Bahrain to:</p>

    <p>&bull; Immediate and unconditional release of those arbitrarily detained</p>

    <p>&bull; Immediately put an end to violations of human rights, in particular the right to express opinions and freedom of peaceful assembly</p>

    <p>&bull; Accountability of those responsible for violations, regardless of their position</p>

    <p>&bull; Compensation of victims in fair compensation pursuant to the size of their injuries.&nbsp;</p>

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    <p><a href="/sites/default/files/photos%20websit%2014%20feb%20eng_0.pdf">To see more</a></p>

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    <p>Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) condemns the arbitrary detention of children Hussein Radhi Abdullah and Ali Hussein AbdulWahab. They were detained for five days after being charged with illegal gathering. These children were among the 10 cases of detention of children under the age of 18, according to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) monitoring from 11 to 17 February 2019.</p>

    <p>Arbitrary arrests were carried out during the same period. Some children were arrested by raiding their houses at early morning without a legal warrant. Others, including Hussein and Ali, were arrested from the street without knowing the reason for the arrest or even presenting the warrant. They are often investigated without a legal representative and are not allowed to communicate with the outside world. They are often subjected to psychological torture to force them to confess to the charges against them, thus arrest and imprison them, depriving them of their freedom and education.</p>

    <p>The centre asserts that the international law obligates the authorities of any State to respect and treat the child as a minor while Bahraini authorities classify those children as &ldquo;terrorists&rdquo; in an attempt to justify their detention. The government of Bahrain has signed to the convention &nbsp;on the Rights of Child that guarantees the safety of children which states in its 37th article that no child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.</p>

    <p>Based on the above, Bahrain Center for Human Rights calls on the authorities in Bahrain to:</p>

    <p>&nbsp;-Immediate and unconditional release of detained children<br />
    - Commit to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the application of its provisions<br />
    - Stop targeting children and allow them to complete their education and exercise their rights guaranteed by international covenants and conventions<br />
    -Ensure fair trial for children who are found to be involved in cases in front of specialized courts and guarantee all their rights</p>

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    We, the undersigned organisations, call on the authorities in Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release Hajer Mansoor Hasan, Sayed Nazar Alwadaei and Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor, to ensure their convictions and sentences are quashed, and to drop all additional fabricated charges Mr Nazar Alwadaei is facing. On 25 February 2019, the Court of Cassation in Bahrain will issue its verdict in the appeal against the three-year prison sentence handed to all three individuals. If the sentence is upheld, they will have exhausted all legal remedies available to them.

    Ms Mansoor, Mr Nazar Alwadaei and Mr Mansoor are family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who has been tortured, judicially harassed, stripped of his citizenship and threatened by the Bahraini authorities due to his human rights work in the United Kingdom. The prosecution of his relatives is the latest attempt to intimidate him and silence his advocacy efforts. Last month, the UN Working Group of Arbitrary Detention described the imprisonment of Ms Mansoor, Mr Nazar Alwadaei and Mr Mansoor as “arbitrary” and in reprisal to Mr Alwadaei’s activities, and called for their immediate release. 

    Mr Alwadaei’s family members were arrested in March 2017, while he was attending the 34th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. They were subjected to physical and psychological abuse and prosecuted on dubious charges of planting fake explosive devices to create terror among the population. The prosecution failed to present any physical evidence linking the three to the alleged crime, relying instead on “confidential sources” and confessions which the defendants claim were extracted under duress.

    On 31 October 2017, Ms Mansoor, Mr Nazar Alwadaei and Mr Mansoor were convicted by a Bahraini court following a long trial marred by due process violations, including allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, coerced confessions and denial of legal representation. On 20 December 2017, an appeals court upheld the sentence. Mr Nazar Alwadaei was issued an additional seven years’ imprisonment in two separate cases on 29 November 2017 and 26 March 2018 based on similar charges. He is now serving 11 years in total.

    Furthermore, we are concerned that the prison conditions in Isa Town Prison, where Ms Mansoor is held, are not in line with international standards. We are aware that she is not receiving adequate medical attention for a lump in her breast, which may be cancerous. We also understand that she has not been allowed to see her family since September 2018, due to the imposition of a physical barrier in the visitation room.

    We urge the Bahraini authorities to release Ms Mansoor, Mr Nazar Alwadaei and Mr Mansoor immediately and unconditionally, to ensure their convictions and sentences are quashed and to drop all additional fabricated charges against Mr Nazar Alwadaei . An impartial, effective and independent investigation into their credible allegations of torture and other ill-treatment must be conducted and the results made public to ensure that all those involved can be held accountable following fair judicial proceedings.

    The treatment of Sayed Alwadaei’s family is indicative of Bahrain’s pattern of abuse, harassment and intimidation against human rights defenders, as highlighted by the UN Secretary-General in September 2018. We call on the authorities in Bahrain to end such actions and ensure a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders and that the right to freedom of expression is fully respected.

    Signed,

    Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)

    Amnesty International

    Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR)

    Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD)

    English PEN

    European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR)

    Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)

    Human Rights First (HRF)

    Human Rights Watch (HRW)

    PEN International

    Women’s March Global

     

     

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    <p>Bahrain Center for Human Rights issued a new report entitled &ldquo;Women and Children under Repression&rdquo;, on the occasion of International Woman Day, in both, English and Arabic languages. The report is published to highlight the status of Bahraini woman under the Bahraini laws and decrees violating women&#39;s rights.</p>

    <p>In the report, the Center examines Bahrain&#39;s laws and legislations restricting the freedom of women and children and shows the extent of its non-conformity with the international treaties, covenants and agreements especially the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The report also documented abuses against women since the popular protests beginning in 2011.</p>

    <p>The report concluded with recommendations to the Government of Bahrain urging them to release all detained women. The report has also recommended enacting the Bahraini Nationality Act (2014), that guarantees the right of the individual in all matters relating to nationalities; Granting citizenship to every Bahraini child who has been stripped of his nationality and compensated for every right he was deprived of when he was stateless and; Amend the law to allow the Bahraini mother to transfer her nationality to her child.</p>

    <p>To read the full report click <a href="/sites/default/files/women.pdf">here</a></p>

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