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Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS)

The Response to the US report (USCIRF) on freedom of religion in Bahrain

By: Faisal Fulad

29th April 2018

The report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an inaccurate report, which accused the Bahraini government of discriminating against Shia citizens without giving proper details and impartial sources. The Bahrain Human Rights Organisation (BHRWS) welcomes any reports and believes in the idea of criticism and reform, but BHRWS criticizes inaccurate reports such as the US report on Bahrain.



Key findings of the US report on Bahrain


The US report said religious freedom conditions did not improve for the majority Shi’a Muslim community amid an ongoing stifling of dissent and a deterioration of human rights conditions generally.

In addition, during the year, authorities continued to deny some Shi’a clerics access to specific mosques and banned others from conducting Friday prayers, sermons, and other religious services.

There are discrimination and limitations on the practice of religious rites among non-Muslim minorities in Bahrain.


The Responses of Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) to the US report on freedom of religion in Bahrain

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information regarding the human rights issues in Bahrain, particularly freedom of religions.


Faisal Fulad


Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS)

29 April 2018

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