Briefing: Bahrain’s Fake Reform?

Amnesty International briefing: Bahrain’s ongoing culture of impunity and how policymakers can create a path to reform.

Bahrain’s Fake Reform? Human Rights Failures on the Eve of the Manama Dialogue

Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
402 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC


Amnesty International
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain

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In 2011, Bahrain convulsed with public protests and a bloody crackdown by the government. Amnesty International’s latest report on Bahrain documents how the human rights institutions announced by the King of Bahrain have failed to break the government’s long-standing culture of impunity.

Last year, Members of Congress raised concerns by introducing the Bahrain Independent Commission Inquiry Accountability Act in the House and Senate to halt the sale of US weapons to Bahrain that could be used for internal repression. In one week, Bahrain will host the Manama Dialogue, a regional conference focusing on security affairs.

Join us for a discussion of Bahrain’s ongoing culture of impunity and how policymakers can create a path to reform.


  • Ariel Plotkin, Bahrain Campaigner and report author, Amnesty International
  • Michael Payne, International Advocacy Officer, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)


  • Sunjeev Bery, Middle East and North Africa Advocacy Director, Amnesty International USA


Ariel Plotkin is the Campaigner on Bahrain in the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London. She is
the author of Amnesty’s recently published report on Bahrain’s human rights oversight bodies. She has been working on Bahrain human rights issues for over three years. She has also worked on Iraq human rights issues for Amnesty International.

Michael Payne leads ADHRB’s advocacy efforts and serves as the primary liaison with ADHRB’s international NGO and think tank partners to advance support for democracy and human rights in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and other GCC States. Michael directs ADHRB’s advocacy in Congress, with the United States Government, and at the United Nations in Geneva and New York.

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