Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor

Defending Freedom Throughout the MENA Region

Euro-Med Monitor in Bahrain

Bahrain’s human rights record regressed further in key areas in 2013 and the government made little real progress regarding reforms it claimed to pursue. Security forces continued to arrest scores of individuals arbitrarily in towns where anti-government protests regularly take place. High-profile critics of the government remain in jail on charges that relate solely to exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. The judicial system, headed by ruling family members, has yet to hold any senior official responsible for serious human rights violations that have occurred since 2011, including torture-related deaths in detention.

Shackling Detainees Among New Punitive Regulations...Read more

Nabeel Rajab Arbitrarily Held on Speech Charges for 10 Months...Read more

Retribution Appears Linked to Human Rights Work...Read more

Constitutional Amendment Would Violate Fair Trial Standards...Read more

One man reportedly shot, while another died after being tortured in an early dawn raid in the village of Diraz....Read more

This restriction on the media is not only a violation of international law, but also of Bahraini law itself...Read more