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September 03, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First is alarmed by today’s reports that political opposition representatives in Bahrain must now tell the government in advance when they plan to meet with...
August 14, 2013
Washington, DC – Human Rights First urges the U.S. government to condemn the Bahraini regime’s crackdown on the thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Bahrain today to...
August 09, 2013
Washington, D.C. – This morning prominent Bahraini human rights defender Maryam Al Khawaja, Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), was refused permission to board a...
July 31, 2013
The Bahraini National Assembly is considering toughening punishment  for those who commit “terrorist acts.” The stated purpose is to protect national security. The real purpose is to intensify...
July 24, 2013
Washington, DC – Naji Fateel, board member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) and a prominent activist, is due to appear before the Fourth Criminal Court again tomorrow, July...
July 23, 2013
Bahrain's political volatility is causing increased concern in Washington, DC. On July 22, 2013, Congressional Quarterly reported that Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. sent a letter to the U.S....
July 18, 2013
Though former CIA acting-director John McLaughlin’s recent piece for CNN accurately captures al Qaeda’s degraded global capacity to coordinate operations, his conclusion – that the United...

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Letter | September 26, 2014
Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) urged the Bahraini government to drop the travel ban and...
Letter | September 15, 2014
Your Royal Highness, We are concerned at the continuing detention of human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, who was arrested on August 30 2014, and we call for her immediate and unconditional...
Opinions | September 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Brian Dooley. The Bahraini government faces a tricky choice in the coming days as it weighs the political price of jailing leading human rights defender Maryam Al Khawaja....
Opinions | June 05, 2014
By Brian Dooley Boycott is an Irish word. At least its origins are in Ireland, from 1880 when tenant farmers in County Mayo withheld rent from land agent Captain Boycott. They refused to...