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Bahrain (41st Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people. This report highlights concerns relating to the situation of freedom of religion and expression in the Kingdom of Bahrain, including the criminalization of blasphemy and defamation. It also focuses on the ongoing institutionalized discrimination against Shia Muslims, including through arbitrary arrests of religious leaders as well as disproportionate restrictions on religious gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.