Human Rights Defender prevented from Boarding Flight to Bahrain as Access Denials Continue

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In an unprecedented case of access denial, human rights defender Maryam AlKhawaja was today prevented from boarding a British Airways flight from Denmark to Bahrain, following a request to the airline by the Bahrain government. AlKhawaja is the Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Co-Director of the Gulf Center… Read more »

Foreign Office Refuse to Release Document Detailing Conversation with Ian Henderson

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In order to shed greater light on the role of Ian Henderson, the British citizen who was head of Bahrain’s Special Branch for around 30 years, I sent a freedom of information request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office  (FCO) regarding a retained document about an informal conversation that took place in 1977 between Henderson… Read more »

Bahrain tells UN torture expert to postpone visit — again

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  For the second consecutive time, the Bahraini government has told the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to delay his planned visit to Bahrain. A statement on the state-run news agency yesterday said that Bahrain’s Minister for Human Rights delivered an official letter to Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez “outlining reasons for the request to postpone… Read more »

Media Distortion & Lack of Police Accountability: The Death of Mahmood al-Jaziri

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On 14th February Mahmood al-Jaziri  suffered a direct hit to the head from a tear gas canister fired by a member of the state security forces.  Later a video reportedly depicting the incident appeared on YouTube. In it the victim can be seen bending down when a police officer, who is no more than 15 metres… Read more »