On Tuesday 16 May, Amnesty International launched its new global campaign BRAVE to bring attention to the attacks on human rights defenders and activists worldwide. As part of the campaign, Amnesty published the report Human Rights Defenders Under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society.

The report examines the measures that are used to silence dissent and attack human rights defenders. Amnesty International calls on states, companies and international and regional human rights bodies to take action to protect and promote the work of human rights defenders. 

In the report, Bahrain is used as one of the examples in the sections on surveillance, restrictions on foreign funding and NGO registration, as examples of methods used to silence human rights defenders and activists. 

Read Amnesty's report here