Who we are


The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is a non-profit, non-governmental 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 down, BCHR is still functioning after gaining a wide local and international support for its struggle to promote human rights in Bahrain.

The vast majority of our operations are carried out in Bahrain, while small desks in exile, are maintained in Denmark and France, to coordinate our international advocacy and research programs. For more than 19 years, BCHR has carried out numerous projects, including advocacy, online security trainings, workshops, seminars, media campaigns and reporting to UN mechanisms and international NGOs.  BCHR has also participated in many regional and international conferences and workshops in addition to testifying in national parliaments across Europe, the EU parliament, and the United States Congress. BCHR has received in the past or still receives its fund from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Sigrid Rausing Trust (SRT), CIVICUS, IFEX, Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF), RAFTO Foundation, Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) and the European Endowment for Democracy (EED).

BCHR has received several awards for its efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Bahrain.