Bahrain: Free Pens Under Fire

Bahrain: Free Pens Under Fire

Impunity encourages further crimes against journalists who carry out their work by sharing news, information, photographs, video recordings and evidence of lawlessness and injustice. 

Authorities in Bahrain are cracking down on freedom of speech and freedom of the press and using security forces, led by members of the national security apparatus, to hide serious human rights violations, corruption and crimes. Impunity leads to the horror of society due to the absence of the judiciary. 

Torturers in the Bahraini security services, led by the National Security Service, enjoy impunity and all killings and torture have gone unpunished. They torture journalists and activists knowing that they are unlikely to be held accountable for their actions. 

The Prime Minister of Bahrain visited the executioner and officer Mubarak bin Huil in 2013 at his home. He was accused of torturing doctors and violating human rights. In a recorded video shared on the social networking site YouTube, SALAM DHR member Mohamed Sultan reminded Bin Huil that the law was also applicable to him. The link can be found here: (

Because of the consequences of long-term impunity, especially in relation to crimes against journalists, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution during its 68th meeting on December 18th, 2013. The resolution urges member states to take firm measures to end the culture of impunity.

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