Bahrain

Ban dismayed at actions aimed at restricting political opposition in Bahrain

Concerned at recent reports in Bahrain of intimidation of human rights defenders and activists for peacefully promoting human rights, as well as for legitimately exercising their rights to freedoms of expression and association, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that such actions by the State authorities could potentially damage the human rights situation in the country.

UN human rights office ‘deeply troubled’ by arrest of social media activist in Bahrain

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today said it is deeply troubled by the arrest on Monday in Bahrain of the social media activist and human rights defender, Zainab Al Khawaja, who was detained along with her one-and-a-half year old son.

In phone call, Ban discusses challenges to regional peace and security with Foreign Minister of Bahrain

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today held a phone conversation with Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, to discuss the situation in the Persian Gulf region, including challenges to regional peace and security.

UN rights experts urge Bahrain to release arrested opposition leader

A group of United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of Bahrain to release opposition politician and religious figure Sheikh Ali Salman who was arrested in December 2014 on charges that include inciting change of regime by non-peaceful means.

Bahrain must release arrested opposition leader, guarantee fair trial – UN rights office

The United Nations human rights office is urging Bahrain to immediately release opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman as well as all other persons convicted or detained for “merely exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly.”

UN experts urge Bahrain to drop charges against women activists

A group of United Nations human rights experts are urging the government of Bahrain to drop charges against three women human rights activists exercising their rights to free expression and free association.

Bahrain: UN rights office deplores activist's arrest

The United Nations Human Rights Office voiced alarm today at the detention of a prominent human rights defender by Bahraini authorities in the Gulf country’s second such incident in less than a month, and urged the Government of Bahrain to ensure the protection of all human rights activists within its borders.

UN human rights office welcomes conditional release of Bahraini rights defender

The United Nations Human Rights Office today welcomed the conditional release of Bahraini human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who had been in detention since her arrest at Manama airport on 30 August.

UN experts urge Bahrain to release prominent human rights defender

A group of independent United Nations experts today urged the Government of Bahrain to release prominent human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who has been detained since 30 August on charges of assaulting a police officer.

Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Bahrain to stop the harassment and persecution of a Shi’a Muslim leader who was reportedly forced to leave the country following threats from State security agents to arrest him and his son.