UN Authority Figures

UN Human Rights Council: Bahrain

Human rights in Bahrain have deteriorated significantly in the past year according to activists. Bahrain has pursued a crackdown on opposition activists since quashing 2011 protests calling for democracy.
Source: Reuters, January 25, 2018

Mission of the Human Rights Council:
"The General Assembly...2. Decides that the Council shall be responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner; 3. Decides also that the Council should address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations, and make recommendations thereon..." (Resolution 60/251)

Bahrain's Term of office: 2019-2021

Bahrain's Record on human rights:
"The most significant human rights issues included reports of arbitrary or unlawful killings by security forces; allegations of torture of detainees and prisoners; harsh and potentially life-threatening conditions of detention; arbitrary arrest and detention; political prisoners; unlawful interference with privacy; restrictions on freedom of expression, including by the press and via the internet; restriction of academic and cultural events; restrictions on the rights of association and assembly; allegations of restrictions on freedom of movement, including arbitrary citizenship revocation; and limits on Shia political participation... There were reports government security forces committed arbitrary or unlawful killings... Some domestic and international human rights organizations, as well as active and former detainees, reported instances of torture, abuse, and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment..."
(U.S. State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2017, Bahrain)