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Bahrain Human Rights

Meet Bahrain's Awful Judges

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.20.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

In a Bahrain court yesterday Judge Ebrahim Al Zayed presided over a brief, few-minute hearing in the case of political dissident Khalil AlHalwachi, ar...

What to Do About Saudi Arabia

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.11.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

American policymakers share a concern that the Saudi government, Saudi charities, and wealthy Saudi individuals continue to promote extremism around t...

The Predictable Blowback From Supporting Sectarian Authoritarianism in Bahrain

Jeff Bachman | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Jeff Bachman

Where does that leave the U.S.? The Obama administration is supporting an anti-democratic monarchy in Bahrain that institutionally discriminates against its Shia population, hires Sunni police officers from hotbeds of ISIS support and awards them citizenship in order to decrease the level of Shia majority.

Four Years On, U.S. Should Push Bahrain to Reform Security Forces

Brian Dooley | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Despite playing a role in the anti-ISIS coalition -- by joining bombing raids in Syria and hosting an international conference on cutting funding to ISIS -- a failure to reform the security services foments the sort of sectarianism that helps fuel ISIS. Yet the U.S. continues to train the Bahraini military while not using its power to insist that civil and human rights be respected.

Bahrain Allies' Dangerous Myopia

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.14.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

The new UK and US government reports document the writing on the wall for the Bahrain regime. It's time for them to look beyond the short term and push for an inclusive, rights-based political settlement that involves political and civil society leaders currently in jail.

Supporting Repressive Governments Does Not Enhance Security

Neil Hicks | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Neil Hicks

While it may be true that soft-pedaling objections to repression and human rights violations can make for a more cordial diplomatic relationship with authoritarian rulers, it is a fantasy to suppose that condoning violations of human rights and denial of basic freedoms will lead to stability.

Bahrain Urgently Needs Real Negotiations

Brian Dooley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Brian Dooley

Bahrain needs to drop politically motivated charges against opposition figures, include jailed leaders in negotiations, and hold to account those responsible for torture and other human rights violations.

WATCH: Bahraini Activists Implicate Ruling Family In Human Rights Violations, Call For End To Impunity

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.02.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Calling for an end to impunity, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights launched a campaign on Friday to expose government officials and state employees w...

Bahrain Royals Lead Team In IronMan, Despite Torture Allegations

HuffPost Live | Erin McDonough | Posted 10.30.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Two Bahraini princes, Nasser and Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa are currently training in Florida for the upcoming Ironman competition, which takes place...

Bahrain Has Ordered More Tear Gas Cans Than It Has People

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

Human rights groups around the world are growing increasingly alarmed by what seems to be a push by the Bahraini government to stockpile massive volum...

Bahrain Torturers Must Be Held Accountable

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Brian Dooley

With few consequences from the U.S. government and the international community for its failure to tackle impunity and stop torture, Bahrain shows little sign of improving its dismal human rights reputation.

Bahrain's Rulers Avoid Fiasco, But National Crisis Endures

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2013 | World

By Alexander Dziadosz MANAMA, April 21 (Reuters) - Bahrain's rulers can breathe a sigh of relief after a prized Formula One race went ...

Letter From Isa Town Women's Prison in Bahrain

Zainab Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Posted 05.24.2013 | World
Zainab Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

The echo of Martin Luther King's words has travelled across oceans, through the walls and metal bars of a Bahraini prison, and into the overcrowded and filthy cell I sit in.

How Bahrain Lost the Propaganda War

John Lubbock | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
John Lubbock

While some commentators have recently been ringing the death knell of the Bahrain uprising, there is one place where the Bahraini government and their apologists have entirely failed to impose their authority: online.

One Year Later, Bahrain Reform Remains Shallow Promise

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Brian Dooley

The Bahrain government has concentrated on creating bureaucratic processes for implementation instead of producing real change that can be felt by those peacefully pressing for reform.

Free Expression Not a Catch Phrase

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Brian Dooley

By stifling the possibility of legal street protests, the Bahraini regime has made more illegal protests a certainty. There isn't much left for those pressing for democratic reform.

Bahrain's Denial of Visas to Rights Activists Underscores Contempt for Human and Worker Rights

Cathy Feingold | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Cathy Feingold

By launching new initiatives without addressing ongoing human rights violations, the U.S. government is missing an opportunity to use its engagement with Bahrain to support the emergence of a more just and democratic society.

WATCH: Daughter Of Torture Victim vs. Government Doctor Over Father's Torture

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Bahrain, ruled by a Sunni minority and home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, is the Arab world's forgotten revolution. Despite the governments use of torture and brutal crushing of the popular uprising, America continues to sign weapon deals and the Ryan-sponsored trade agreement.

U.S. To Resume Military Sales Despite Human Rights Concerns

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - The United States will resume some military sales to Bahrain despite human rights concerns after more than a year of ...

Human Rights in Bahrain, a Casualty of Obama's Double-Standard

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

The U.S. is obstructing justice, perpetuating human rights violations and supporting a leader who, like Assad, has turned his back on his own people and lied to the world about it.

What I Learned at the Airport in Bahrain

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

The U.S. government could speak openly and directly about what is going on in Bahrain, and the sky wouldn't fall. But it might be "inconvenient." So the U.S. government is not going to speak openly and directly, unless there is some real public pressure.

Joshua Hersh

Congressmen Confront Bahrain Over Recent NGO Visa Restrictions | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.03.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- With the first anniversary of the popular uprising, and subsequent suppression, in Bahrain fast approaching, a number of human rights or...

Arms and the World

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Arms sales are not as straightforward as one might think. For one thing, Russia and the United States are both eager to maintain their respective positions as the most successful merchants of death dealing devices.

The Bahrain 'Spring': The Revolution That Wasn't Televised

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Azadeh Shahshahani

The story of the Bahraini pro-democracy uprising has been one of the least reported amongst those of the 'Arab spring.' This goes for the regional Arab media, as well as for the majority of western press.

Arms and Bahrain

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 01.25.2012 | World
Christopher Brauchli

The question is why the United States was even thinking of selling arms to Bahrain. The answer can be found in the fact that the United States is the number one arms supplier in the world and to maintain its status it cannot be judgmental about the conduct of its customers.