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ADHRB Weekly Newsletter #110
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ADHRB Strongly Condemns Obama Administration's Decision to Release Arms Sales to Bahrain

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) strongly condemns the U.S. administration’s decision to lift the ban on foreign military sales to the Bahrain Defense Force and the National Guard. The State Department notes that its decision to lift the hold on the sale of arms is based upon the “implementation of many key recommendations from the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.” However, the Department’s own 2013 progress report on Bahrain’s implementation of the BICI recommendations demonstrated that the State Department considers only five of 26 recommendations to be fully implemented. In the years since, neither ADHRB nor the international community has seen progress in the meaningful implementation of the remaining recommendations.

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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • Several arrested including without legal warrants
  • 102 trials postponed
  • 12 individual sentenced to a total of 34 years in prison
  • Fadhel Abbas sentenced to 5 years in prison
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters

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Bahrain News and Opinion

FIDH documents the cases of 11 human rights defenders who have been imprisoned for their opinions.
 
Dr. al-Singace Remains On Hunger Strike
He began his hunger strike on 21 March 2015 in protest against the ill-treatment of prisoners in Jau prison.
Global Voices comments on why Bahrain must take all necessary precautions for a possible ISIS attack. 

Arabic Sources

Blind ‘Ali Saad’ Detained for a Week under Investigation!
Please click here for a PDF of this article in English
Protests In Solidarity With Dr. al-Singace After 95 Days On Hunger Strike.
Please click here for a PDF of this article in English
 

Saudi Arabia

ADHRB Co-Sponsored HRC29 Side Event: "Women's Rights In Saudi Arabia"

Dr. Elham Manea, Associate Professor on the Middle East at the University of Zurich, moderated the panel, which included Amanda Milani, the UN Liason at ADHRB; Ali al-Dubaisy, Head of the ESOHR; and Hala al-Dosary, a Saudi writer and activist.
 

 



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