Profile in Persecution: Abdulla Hatem Yusuf
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB Staff
5d ago
Abdulla Hatem Yusuf was a 15-year-old minor and school student when Bahraini authorities arrested him from his home on 15 May 2015. During his detention, he was subjected to torture, sexual harassment, denial of access to his lawyer during interrogation, and an unfair trial based on confessions extracted under torture. He is currently serving a 13-year sentence in Jau Prison on politically motivated charges. On 15 May 2015, plainclothes officers raided Abdulla’s home, conducted a search, and damaged the items inside. They arrested Abdulla while simultaneously beating him, without presenting an ..read more
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Analysing the UPR of Saudi Arabia: New Recommendations and Foreseeable Developments – Death Penalty (Part Two)
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB
1w ago
Saudi Arabia has recently received a review of its human rights records during the fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review on 22 January 2024. In this instance, it has received 35 recommendations on using the death penalty. Before this, in 2018, it had already received various recommendations on reforming the use of the death penalty for the gravest crimes or abolishing it. By that time, Prince Bin Salman and other officials repeatedly declared that Saudi Arabia intended to restrict the death penalty for non-lethal offences and to abolish it for children. However, in 2024, executions for ..read more
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The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) … The UN Must Stop Giving the Green Light to Human Rights Violators
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB
1w ago
The hosting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) by the United Arab Emirates for two weeks in late 2023 failed to reach strong and binding agreements, coupled with continued support for the expansion of the fossil fuel sector. This highlights the mistake committed by the UN in granting countries with poor human rights record the opportunity to exploit international events to whitewash their image. The COP28 conference is the latest evidence of how an environmental global event has been turned into a means of exploitation by a state that tops the list of human rights violator ..read more
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Analysing the UPR of Saudi Arabia: New Recommendations and Foreseeable Developments – Freedom Of Expression (Part One)
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB
2w ago
On 22 January 2024, Saudi Arabia received a review of its human rights record in the country’s fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This mechanism is characterised by a peer review by other UN member states suggesting how to improve the respect of human rights in light of the country’s international obligations. The government has received 354 recommendations from 135 states calling for reforms in different sectors, including freedom of expression, abolishing the death penalty, protecting migrant workers’ rights and eliminating discrimination against women. Consequently, Saudi Arabia must n ..read more
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Profile in Persecution: Sayed Hussain Hashim Alawi Fardan
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB
2w ago
Sayed Hussain Hashim Alawi Fardan was a 17-year-old minor when Bahraini authorities arrested him at a gas station in Sitra Industrial City on 31 March 2013, without providing an arrest warrant. During his detention, he was subjected to torture, enforced disappearance, solitary confinement, sexual harassment, denial of access to his lawyer during interrogation, an unfair trial based on confessions extracted under torture, and medical negligence. He is currently serving a 51-year prison sentence in Jau Prison on politically motivated charges related to his participation in the pro-democracy move ..read more
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Climate Change and Allocation of Investments in Natural Resources in GCC Countries: Examining the Impacts on Human Rights
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB
3w ago
Globally, the impact of climate-induced back draws and, ultimately, migrations can be witnessed extensively. This phenomenon is less prevalent in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). However, the recent statistics on climate change and the allocation of investments in natural resources in the Gulf can revert the trend. According to the Middle East Institute (MEI), the relationship between climate change and migration still needs to be studied extensively. Climate change in the Gulf is a topic that still needs to be tackled with an intersectional approach. GCC countries sponsor investment of bil ..read more
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Self-censorship: Bahrainis’ Refuge from the Guillotine of Government Pursuit
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB
3w ago
Before the commencement of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 26 February 2024, ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain have been exposed. This is despite the government’s vigorous efforts to conceal these violations, particularly the freedom of opinion and expression, by claiming superficial reforms before the international community. However, monitoring the human rights situation in the country reveals the gloomy reality in the field of suppressing freedoms and criminalizing freedom of opinion and expression. As a result, self-censorship has become a prevailing pattern ..read more
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Recent Developments on Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia: An Overview of the Bloodiest Year in the History of the Country.
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB
3w ago
The latest reports of 2024 outlined an alarming trend in soaring death penalties in Saudi Arabia. The European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights (ESOHR) affirms that at least 172 executions were pursued in 2023. Over this number, the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) highlights persistent discrimination in applying the penalty. According to the NGO, Saudi Arabia is primarily targeting domestic workers, foreign nationals, and low-level drug offenders. Since 2015, the Bin Salman family has officially approved the execution of 1,257 people. Nonetheless, the accuracy of this ..read more
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Bahrain’s Struggle: Eroding Freedom of Expression, Peaceful Assembly, and Protest
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB
1M ago
The Bahraini government’s systematic suppression of freedom of expression, assembly, and peaceful protest is evident through a series of repressive laws and practices. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has highlighted these issues, particularly focusing on the political and civil isolation laws enacted in 2018. Americans for Democracy and Human Rights had covered before the consequences of these laws on the released political prisoners. At the core of Bahrain’s assault on democratic processes is the 2018 political isolation law, a legal mechanism employed to stifle political opposition and curtail the ..read more
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Profile in Persecution: Mohamed AbdulJabbar Sarhan
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain
by ADHRB Staff
1M ago
Updated: Mohamed AbdulJabbar Sarhan was a 20-year-old first-year university student at the University of Bahrain when Bahraini authorities arbitrarily arrested him on 22 January 2024. During his detention, he was subjected to torture, sexual assault, solitary confinement, an unfair trial based on confessions extracted under torture, medical neglect, and deprivation of communication with his family. Additionally, he was denied access to his attorney during the interrogation and trial period. He is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence in Jau Prison. On 30 August 2023, the United Nations ..read more
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