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On 18 July 2017, Alkarama was informed that Bahraini human rights defender and lawyer Ebtisam Al Saegh was allegedly charged with “using human rights work as a cover to communicate and cooperate with Al Karama Foundation to provide them with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain to undermine its status abroad”.

On 12 May 2017, the Committee Against Torture (CAT) published its Concluding Observations following the review of Bahrain in April.

On 3 May 2015, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) adopted a draft report containing 176 recommendations made by United Nations Member States to Bahrain during the State's review, which took place on 1 May 2017.

Alkarama Person of contact for country
Julia Legner, Email: j.legner - at - alkarama -dot- org , Twitter : @JuliaLegner
Our concerns
  • Suppression of all dissenting voices, particularly those of political opponents and systematic judicial harassment
  • Practice of torture and impunity of the security services
  • Excessive use of force to disperse demonstrations
  • Repressive nature of the 2006 Anti-Terrorism Law


Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
ICCPR Ratified ?
ICCPR Ratification Date
Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR (abolition of death penalty) ratified ?
Next Human Rights Committee State Report due
OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
UNCAT Ratified ?
UNCAT Ratification Date
OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
National Preventive Mechanism (OPCAT) created ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
ICPPED Ratified ?
Human Rights Council
Date last Universal Period Review (UPR)
UPR Next Review
Membership of Human Rights Council:

2007 / 2011

National Human Rights Institution
Accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)