Country Profile: Bahrain

The state of human rights in Bahrain continues to deteriorate. Authorities have restricted the rights of freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly; enacted a draconian new antiterrorism law; and arrested and imprisoned government critics, political opposition leaders, students, and professors. Detainees face torture and other ill-treatment, and courts have handed down hundreds of death and lengthy prison sentences after unfair mass trials. There has been a critical lack of accountability throughout; most human rights violations are committed with impunity. Women and members of religious minorities are subject to discrimination and inadequately protected against violence. People have been arrested and tried on charges of “debauchery” for their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. 


(Last updated: April 28, 2020)


Please send appeals to the following:


His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
The Amiri Court
PO Box 555
Rifa’a Palace
Kingdom of Bahrain
Fax: +973 176 64 587 


Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa 
Deputy Prime Minister 
Diplomatic Area 
PO Box # 450
Kingdom of Bahrain
Fax: +973 175 13 333





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