Human Rights Watch has voiced its deep concerns over the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)'s failure to address the situation in Bahrain.
“The situation in Bahrain deteriorated further in the latter half of 2016. The government has intensified its attacks on rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association,” said a report released by the rights group on Wednesday.
It stressed that the Al Khalifah regime has been emboldened by the international community’s silence on Manama's human rights violations, and called on the UNHRC to take immediate measures against the worsening situation in the country.
The group also called for attention to Manama’s dissolution of the main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, and its arbitrary stripping of citizenship of those critical of the government.