Freedom of assembly at risk in Bahrain

The use of illegal weapons to target peaceful protesters

Organised by: Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), CIVICUS, and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR): This UN side event will focus on the escalated pace of violations of public freedoms and in particular freedom of assembly, which is at imminent risk in Bahrain.

The purpose of this UN side event is to focus on the fact that public freedoms and in particular freedom of assembly are at imminent risk in Bahrain. The authorities have not only exercised the most repressive practices against peaceful demonstrators but have in recent years imported the most advanced weapons unfortunately from Western countries including UK and Germany. The advanced weapons are used against citizens who are demanding an end to the gross human rights violations in the country. The aim of this side event is to draw the attention of the international community to these facts and to protect public freedoms including the right to freedom of assembly in Bahrain.


Prof. Damian McCormack, who will talk about the health damaging nature+countries of origins of the illegal weapons used in Bahrain to target peaceful protesters

Ariel Plotkin from AI (TBC)

Peggy Hicks, Director, Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, UN OHCHR (TBC)

Sherif Mansour, CPJ

Maryam Al-Khawaja, Special Advisor on Advocacy, GCHR


Khalid Ibrahim, Director, GCHR

WHEN: June 21, 2017; 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

WHERE: Palais des Nations Room XVI, Geneva

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