The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, registered with the Bahraini Ministry of Labor and Social Services since July 2002. Despite an order by the authorities in November 2004 to close, the BCHR is still functioning after gaining a wide internal and external support for its struggle to promote human rights in Bahrain.
Our vision is a prosperous democratic country free of discrimination and other violations of human rights.
To encourage and support individuals and groups to be proactive in the protection of their own and others' rights; and to struggle to promote democracy and human rights in accordance with international norms. To document and report on human rights violations in Bahrain. To use this documentation for advocacy to influence international policies according to the Universal Decleration of Human Rights.
- Promoting freedoms and basic rights (Civil, Political and Economic)
- Combating racial and religious discrimination
- Human rights education
- Providing support and protection to victims of human rights abuses and the vulnerable
- Local and international advocacy in support of human rights
Structure and Funding
The 26-founding members include prominent doctors, lawyers, journalists, and NGO leaders, men and women. Membership in the general assembly is open for volunteers who serve more than six months at one of the Center’s committees. The BCHR’s general assembly elects its board of directors for a two-year term. So far, BCHR’s activities are funded from membership fees and small amount donations from individuals.
The current president is Nabeel Rajab. To read more about the BCHR's current Board of Directors click here.
For more than ten years, the BCHR has carried out many projects, including advocacy, training, workshops, seminars, media campaigns and reporting to UN mechanisms and international NGOs. The BCHR has also participated in many regional an international conferences and workshops in addition to testifying in national parliments across Europe, the EU parliament, and the United States Congress.