Bahrain Human Rights Defenders


Ebtisam Alsaegh

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): The news of transferring child Mahdi Muftah on Monday (October 16, 2017) to the military hospital to undergo an emergency surgery performed on his genitalia, less than a week after his arrest, caused a stir on social media outlets. He was apprehended along with a group of others in house raids, and transferred to be held at the notorious Criminal Investigation Department (CID), known by Bahrainis as the “Torture Chamber”. Continue

Abdulla AlAjooz’s drawing in my book “Faithful to the Line”

Detainee Hussein Bashir was arrested at 16 years. By the time he was 17 years old, he was sentenced to 90 years in prison.

Ebtisan Al-Saegh #freeEbtisam

In response to news about the arrest of human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh by the Bahraini authorities on the night of 3 July 2017 Samah Hadid, Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International in the Middle-East said:

“The Bahraini authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ebtisam al-Saegh whose only crime is speaking up against a government committed to crushing all forms of dissent.”

“We are deeply concerned about Ebtisam’s wellbeing. When she was arrested in May 2017, she was beaten and sexually assaulted by members of the Bahraini National Security Agency. Bahraini authorities have failed to investigate those claims and we fear that she is at high risk of torture as long as she remains in custody.” Continue

Portrait Abdulhadi al-Khawaja
for Festival dei Diritti Umani #Milan

Scholars at Risk presents, “Awareness Leads to Action: Why are Scholars Imprisoned in Bahrain?” We will be discussing Scholars At Risk, Bahrain and its current political climate, case study on two imprisoned scholars (Dr. Abduljalil al-Singace and Khalil al-Halwachi), and how the UI community can get involved.

UICHR Seminar: Imprisoned Scholars in Bahrain

Interns from Scholars at Risk will be holding an information session as well as a question and answer session about imprisoned scholars in Bahrain.

We will be discussing what Scholars at Risk is, Bahrain and its current political climate, and two imprisoned Bahraini scholars, as well as students at UI can help.

This event is Advantage Iowa approved, and you can also receive Greek educational credit.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Weismann in advance at

Abdulla AlAjooz, Ibrahim AlMoqdad and Ridha Alghasra

Stop Death Penalty! Bahrain


Abbas AlSameea, Ali Al Singace and Sami Mirza Ahmad Mushaima


I am a dissident too, put me in jail! Nabeel Rajab

Abdulwahab Hussain #Bahrain

Abdulwahab Hussain is a philosopher and social critic with a long history of activism in Bahrain. Born in Nuwaidrat, Hussain earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Kuwait University in 1977. Hussain worked as both a teacher and a social worker until he was dismissed from his posts on account of his political activities. Continue

Rihanna Al-Musawi was arrested on Apr 23, 2013. Lawyers stated that Al-Musawi was subjected to torture and humiliation during her arrest by stripping her clothes off during police interrogation.

My Destiny?
Sheikh Hassan Isa #Bahrain

In support of Dr Al-Singace #SingaceHungerStrike #Bahrain
For English PEN


Nabeel Rajab The voice of freedom

Anna Day FREE!! #Bahrain US reporter Anna Day detained during clashes on anniversary of 2011 protests.

Be patient and do not hasten. This afternoon are calls for non-centralized marches at all village. This time it’s a revolution.

On 29 December, a Bahraini court sentenced Mohammed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa to death for their supposed involvement in a bomb explosion in al-Dair on 14 February 2014 that resulted in the death of a policeman. Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Bahrain Human Rights Observatory (BHRO), and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) vehemently condemn the death penalty sentences against the Bahraini nationals amid concerns that their convictions relied heavily on evidence extracted by means of torture.

On 20 March 2014, Bahraini security officers arrested Mohammed Ramadan without presenting an arrest warrant. The government transported him the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation (CID) building without informing his family of his arrest. Upon arrival, Ministry of Interior (MOI) employees reportedly threatened Ramadan with torture if he did not confess to being a traitor. Shortly thereafter, officers began torturing him. Continue

During this period I was subjected to all sorts of torture including: Beatings with metal rods, plastic hoses and wooden planks, kicking, punching and slapping with an emphasis on the head, ears and back. I was made to hear the screams of other people being tortured. Dr. Ali al-Ekri

Khalil Al Halwachi Free! #Bahrain
Fatima Halwachi


“Even inside the prison, Fatima says that her father’s activism has continued” by Joseph Sabroski

“No Hollywood Ending for Bahraini Opposition Leaders” by Brian Dooley

Abbas Malalla is now in solitary confinement and prevent him to contact with family because of the hunger Strike! #Bahrain

International Journalism Festival, 2015

Portrait Ali Abdulemam

Bahrain Online

Portraits of journalists 2015

Atlas of faces. In the age of the selfie, the idea of drawing portraits of International Journalism Festivalspeakers might seem a little anachronistic. But let’s be honest: we still like to have our portraits done and we are generally curious to see how others see us. Continue

The history of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

History made ​​for the website ilPOST April 23, 2012 .

Women Bahrain, 2011

Women | Bahrain 
(Photo Reuters)