Bahrain

Happy New Year Abdulhadi

In Scotland we have a tradition of coming together to celebrate Hogmanay. It is a time to celebrate friendship, for Auld Lang Syne, and to think of our hopes and resolutions for the New Year.

This will be the third New Year that my friend and former colleague Abdulhadi Al Khawaja will celebrate in prison in Bahrain where he is serving a life sentence for speaking out for human rights.

Bahrain: International Human Rights Organisations Call for Release of Nabeel Rajabposted on: 2013/11/27

Front Line Defenders joined other international and Bahraini human rights organisations in calling for the release of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab in a new video released by the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights today.

Bahrain: Prominent Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab on Hunger Strikeposted on: 2012/10/08

On 5 October 2012, imprisoned Bahraini human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab went on a hunger, water and medicine strike in protest of denying him the opportunity to attend the 3-day ritual mourning gatherings for his deceased mother.

The legacy of British torture; from Kenya to Bahrain

It has of course taken far too long but the decision of the High Court in London to allow three Kenyans to proceed with a civil claim against the UK Government for torture is very welcome news. Sadly many of the victims that the UK now admits were tortured have not lived long enough to see this significant step towards accountability. The UK Government should now abandon their shameful attempts to deny liability and accept their responsibility.

I don't regret doing my duty. ” Dr. Ali Al Ekri

It is absolutely indefensible that the Bahraini Government have jailed Dr Ali Al Ekri, Dr. Ghassam Dhaif and four other medics today in a dawn raid after their sentences were upheld by the final appeal court yesterday. If it wasn't so outrageous, it would be laughable - who would have thought that anywhere in the world, medics would be arrested for treating patients and exercising their right to freedom of assembly?

When I met these doctors, after their release on bail pending a review of their trials in a civilian court, it was clear to me that they were caring compassionate professionals – their discussion focussing on the injuries to the protestors and the need for medical care.

They did not focus on the horrific treatment they received while in detention – such as brutal beatings and threats to family members, and confessions extracted while handcuffed and blindfolded. All one needs is a quick read of the Bahrain Independent Commission Inquiry to see the pervasive and systematic use of torture.

Dr. Al Ekri, aged 45, is a senior consultant paediatric orthopedic surgeon. He completed his postgraduate training in Dublin, Ireland (1999-2002) at the RCSI .

Bahrain: UPDATE– Appeal verdict to be issued to human rights defender Nabeel Rajab on 10 Septemberposted on: 2012/09/07

The verdict of prominent human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab's appeal of his three-year prison sentence is due to be issued on 10 September 2012.

Bahrain: Three-year prison sentence handed down to human rights defender Nabeel Rajabposted on: 2012/08/17

On 16 August 2012, prominent human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to three years imprisonment on charges of illegal assembly by the Bahraini Lower Criminal Court.

Bahrain - Press Release: Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 3 years in jail – for a Tweet posted on: 2012/08/16

The ongoing pattern of repression of human rights defenders in Bahrain intensified today as Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), was sentenced to three years imprisonment on charges of illegal assembly.

Bahrain: Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab sentenced to three years in prisonposted on: 2012/08/16

Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), was sentenced on 16th August to three years imprisonment on charges of illegal assembly

Open Letter from the Family of Bahraini Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajabposted on: 2012/08/13

Open letter from the family of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, currently in prison following his conviction in a case against him for Tweeting.