Bahrain-Overview

Bahraini authorities severely restrict civil liberties through an orchestrated campaign of unlawful arrests, revocation of citizenship, enforced disappearances, detention and torture of activists and journalists. This assault on civil society, which began following widespread peaceful demonstrations in 2011, continues despite recommendations made by a state-sponsored commission in 2011. A recent civil society analysis of the government’s performance against those recommendations concludes that only two have been fully implemented, as activists continue to be arrested, torture continues in prison and at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and peaceful assemblies continue to be disrupted.