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29 Feb, 2008

The Economic Times: Bahrain to deport workers who strike, setback for unskilled Indian expats

28 Feb, 2008, 1055 hrs IST, PTI DUBAI: Rattled by the spate of strikes, by the Asian workers, most of whom are Indians, the Bahrain government has said foreign workers who refuse to work will be immediately deported. The government has said new visas to replace the deported workers will also be granted to employers so that their work is not disrupted.

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28 Feb, 2008

URGENT APPEAL Bahrain: Arbitrary detention / Judicial proceedings / Ill-treatments / Tortur

Bahrain ,February 28, 2008 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Bahrain. New information: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about new developments concerning the trial of 18 persons in Bahrain, including Messrs. Maytham Bader Jassim Al-Sheikh, Hassan Abdelnabi, Abdullah Mohsen Abdulah Saleh and Ahmad Jaffar Mohammed Ali, members of the Unemployment Committee, Naji Al-Fateel, member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), Mohammed Abdullah Al-Sengais, Head of the Committee to Combat High Prices, and Ebrahim Mohamed Amin Al-Arab, founding member of the Martyrs and Victims Committee.

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28 Feb, 2008

BBC: Bahrain Shia call for activists' release

By Bill Law Reporter, BBC Crossing Continents Human rights activists in the Gulf state of Bahrain are calling on the government to release 15 protesters jailed in late December. They say the prisoners, who are Shia Muslims, have been subjected to torture and sexual abuse while in jail. Bahrain is unique in all the states of the Arabian Peninsula in that it has a Shia majority, roughly 65% of the population. But the ruling elite is Sunni. Shia Bahrainis say they have been discriminated against for years.

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28 Feb, 2008

khaleej times :Politicians called back to Bahrain from exile demand compensation

Politicians called back to Bahrain from exile demand compensation By Suad Hamada (Our correspondent) 28 February 2008 MANAMA — More than 500 politicians and their families who were in exiles before Bahrain’s political reforms demanded compensations from the government yesterday.

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28 Feb, 2008

The Economic times:Bahrain to deport workers who strike, setback for unskilled Indian expats

Bahrain to deport workers who strike, setback for unskilled Indian expats 28 Feb, 2008, 1055 hrs IST, PTI DUBAI: Rattled by the spate of strikes, by the Asian workers, most of whom are Indians, the Bahrain government has said foreign workers who refuse to work will be immediately deported. The government has said new visas to replace the deported workers will also be granted to employers so that their work is not disrupted.

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28 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune : Labour committee discusses strikes

Labour committee discusses strikes Bonny Mascarenhas Staff Reporter A meeting was held yesterday at the Ministry of Labour to find a solution to the ongoing issue of strikes by expatriate workers from the construction sector. The meeting was chaired by Labour Undersecretary Shaikh Abdulrehman bin Abdulla Al Khalifa. Attending the meeting were representatives from the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry and members of a committee set up by the ministry under the Edict No. 4 for 2008 to prevent strikes.

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28 Feb, 2008

GDN:Maid's deportation delayed

Maid's deportation delayed By ANIQA HAIDER Published: 28th February 2008 A RUNAWAY housemaid, who is stranded in Bahrain because her sponsor won't pay for her air ticket, had her deportation date postponed from tomorrow to Sunday. The sponsor of Indian Malakkunnel Kunjappan Radha, 51, is reportedly refusing to give her passport back, a release letter or pay for her ticket despite an outpass given to her by the Indian Embassy. Social workers have been campaigning to raise funds or for a donation of an air-ticket so she could leave the country.

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28 Feb, 2008

GDN:Homes protest continues

Homes protest continues By RASHA AL QAHTANI Published: 28th February 2008 MORE than 1,000 families from Nuwaidrat and neighbouring villages continued protesting for the seventh day yesterday over the allocation of government homes. Their representatives will meet Central Municipal Council chairman Abdulrahman Al Hassan today to discuss the issue. Housing Civil Committee representative Abdulkhalik Ebrahim Qambar said nobody had approached them and that they were still protesting.

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28 Feb, 2008

GDN : Defiant labourers face deportation

Defiant labourers face deportation By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI Published: 28th February 2008 DEFIANT labourers, who unjustifiably refuse to work, will be immediately deported and new visas to replace them will be granted to their employers, the Labour Ministry said yesterday. Bahrain has no plans to introduce a minimum wage policy for expatriate labourers, which should be the responsibility of employers, said Labour Ministry Under-Secretary Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulla Al Khalifa. "However, employers are warned that they have to treat the labourers humanely," he said.

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28 Feb, 2008

GDN:Work - or we will deport you warning

Work - or we will deport you warning By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI Published: 28th February 2008 MANAMA: Foreign labourers who unjustifiably refuse to work will be immediately deported, the Labour Ministry said yesterday. New visas to replace them will also be granted to their employers to ensure that work is not disrupted. Bahrain has no plans to introduce a minimum wage policy for expatriate labourers, said Labour Ministry Under-Secretary Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.

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26 Feb, 2008

GDN:Runaway maid is caught after duping embassy

Runaway maid is caught after duping embassy By ANIQA HAIDER Published: 26th February 2008 A RUNAWAY housemaid, who duped embassy officials and charity groups into believing she was a victim of abuse, has been arrested, it was revealed yesterday. Police had been looking for Indian Bindhu Mohanan after she escaped from her sponsor within 10 hours of her arrival in February last year. Another case was filed against her after she failed to show up at the Bahrain International Airport last December, when the issue was said to be resolved.

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26 Feb, 2008

GDN:Doctors may see 'rioters'

Doctors may see 'rioters' By MOHAMMED ASLAM Published: 26th February 2008 A COURT has backtracked and granted doctors access to 15 alleged rioters held in police custody since December. The High Criminal Court will now ask Health Minister Dr Faisal Al Hamer to form a medical committee to examine the men. Doctors are then expected to submit their findings before the men's next hearing, which is scheduled for March 17.

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26 Feb, 2008

GDN:Protesters' tents are torn down

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Protesters' tents are torn down Published: 26th February 2008 MORE than 1,000 families from Nuwaidrat and neighbouring villages continued protesting over the allocation of government homes for the fifth day yesterday. They carried on despite Central Municipality removing their tents from the protest site on Sunday evening.

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26 Feb, 2008

GDN: Jaw has top quarantine facilities

Jaw has top quarantine facilities By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI Published: 26th February 2008 OUT of 752 inmates in Bahrain's main prison in Jaw, 120 are quarantined from others as they are suffering from contagious and serious diseases, it was revealed yesterday. They include 11 Aids cases, eight of them also suffering from hepatitis, six hepatitis B and C, seven hepatitis B and 96 from hepatitis C.

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26 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Rights groups vow to raise the issue at Geneva Council

Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter Fifty- five local and International non-governmental organisations (NGOs) dealing with human rights have joined hands in demand for the release of 15 Bahraini detainees arrested during the disturbances in December last year. Six groups from Bahrain have sent an urgent appeal to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday.

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25 Feb, 2008

55 organizations join call for end to jailing and torture of demonstrators and human raightsactivists in Bahrain

55 Local, regional and international organizations join call for end to jailing and torture of demonstrators and human rights activists in Bahrain SOURCE: Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Manama The following is a joint appeal to the King of Bahrain from BCHR and 54 other rights groups: Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa , King of Bahrain, Riffa, Bahrain Fax : +973 176 64 587 Your Royal Highness, We the undersigned national and international human rights organisations and other groups defending freedom of expression urge the Bahraini authorities to immediately release those human rights activists and demonstrators who were unjustly detained following protests in December, and to immediately desist from torturing the detainees. We believe the charges against the activists, for violent actions which they did not commit, are a pretext to silence them as a reprisal for their outspoken and peaceful human rights work.

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25 Feb, 2008

GDN:Plea to help maid return

Plea to help maid return By ANIQA HAIDER Published: 25th February 2008 A RUNAWAY housemaid, who is scheduled to be deported on Friday after being in police custody from a month, is appealing for help to buy an air ticket home. The sponsor of Indian Malakkunnel Kunjappan Radha, 51, is reportedly refusing to return her passport, a release letter or pay for her ticket despite an outpass given to her by the Indian Embassy. She had arrived from Kerala on a two-year contract in 1994 to work as a housemaid for a Bahraini family.

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25 Feb, 2008

GDN:Protest over housing plan

Protest over housing plan By RASHA AL QAHTANI Published: 25th February 2008 MORE than 1,000 families yesterday pledged to continue protesting outside a vacant housing project in Nuwaidrat until it is "justly" allocated. They have erected three tents near the completed but vacant project, where their protest continues for the fifth day today. The families are demanding that the new government housing project be allocated to residents of Nuwaidrat, Ma'ameer, Eker and Sanad.

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25 Feb, 2008

GDN:Security alert in courts for riots trial

Security alert in courts for riots trial By MOHAMMED ASLAM Published: 25th February 2008 BAHRAIN's courts were under lockdown for the second time in three weeks yesterday as security was beefed up for the trial of 15 men accused of rioting, setting fire to a police car and stealing police weapons during violent protests over the Eid and National Day holidays last December. Police barricades were set up around the Justice Ministry, in the Diplomatic Area, and riot police were stationed at all entrances to prevent the men's supporters and relatives entering the complex.

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24 Feb, 2008

Riot suspects face charges

Riot suspects face charges By ABDULRAHMAN FAKHRI Published: 24th February 2008 FIFTEEN Bahrainis, accused of hurling Molotov cocktails at a police car and stealing weapons, will have charges levelled against them read in court today, in the presence of three international human rights observers. Their lawyers had boycotted a hearing at the High Criminal Court on February 4, when the charges were supposed to be read. It was in protest of the hearing being moved from a normal morning session to 3pm, outside the official hours of the court.

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24 Feb, 2008

GDN:Runaway maid dupes officials

Runaway maid dupes officials By ANIQA HAIDER Published: 24th February 2008 POLICE are looking for a runaway housemaid who duped embassy officials and charity groups into believing she was a victim of abuse. It is thought Indian Bindhu Mohanan may have been brought here by free-visa racketeers said to have forced some victims into prostitution. The 31-year-old came to Bahrain on February 27 last year to work as a housemaid, but was reported missing to police by her Bahraini sponsor within 10 hours of her arrival.

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24 Feb, 2008

GDN:Chamber cell for expat labourers

Chamber cell for expat labourers By SOMAN BABY Published: 24th February 2008 A GRIEVANCES committee is to be set up for foreign labourers in Bahrain's construction industry, following a spate of strikes. It is to be set up at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and will operate under the chamber's contractors committee. A suggestion to set up the committee was made by leading Bahraini businessmen following a meeting with Indian Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty. The meeting was held in the wake of the strikes by expatriate workers, the majority of them Indians.

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23 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Hundreds take to streets, authorities deny ill treatment to prisoners

Hundreds take to streets, authorities deny ill treatment to prisoners Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter Over 2,000 people took to the streets yesterday in Manama urging the authorities to release the detainees arrested during the recent disturbances. Human rights activists and family members of the detainees marched from Ras Ruman to Bab Al Bahrain chanting slogans. “ We want these men to be released by the authorities. Family members and lawyers are facing problems to meet their loved ones.

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21 Feb, 2008

AFP: Bahraini protesters demand release of opposition activists

Feb 22, 2008 MANAMA (AFP) — Around 2,500 Bahrainis took to the streets on Friday to demand the release of activists held over bloody clashes in Shiite-populated areas and who were allegedly tortured in custody. Riot police deployed in force in the eastern Ras al-Ruman district of the capital Manama and closed off roads as the protesters chanted slogans calling for the detainees' release and the resignation of the government. The marchers were led by opposition activists who organised the protest.

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21 Feb, 2008

GDN: Rights action plan unveiled

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21 Feb, 2008

Press trust of India: Obey the law, Indian workers in Bahrain told

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20 Feb, 2008

GDN: Rights reports on way to UN

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18 Feb, 2008

AFP: Bahrain's Asian workers strike as earnings hit

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18 Feb, 2008

Reuters: Bahrain urged to probe prisoner abuse claims

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17 Feb, 2008

Indian maid goes missing from Bahrain Airport

Dubai, Feb 17 (ANI): An Indian housemaid has gone missing from a Bahrain airport, where she was detained after her sponsor was prevented by authorities from deporting her due to alleged unpaid salary. The Indian Embassy authorities had intervened in the matter when M T Khadeeja was taken to the airport by her sponsor to send her back to India on January 29 due to alleged non-payment of the salary. Khadeeja was scheduled to fly by a Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Calicut, Kerala.

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16 Feb, 2008

Human Rights Watch: Bahrain: New Allegations of Detainee Abuse

Rights Group Denied Permission to Visit Detainees with Independent Doctors (New York, February 16, 2008) – Bahrain should investigate allegations that security personnel have repeatedly abused detained opposition political activists, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the government to allow independent physicians to examine detainees who have alleged abuse including torture and sexual assault.

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16 Feb, 2008

Khaleej Times :Bahrain MPs want clampdown on gays

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16 Feb, 2008

Press Trust of India: Bahrain denies India right to fix minimum wage

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15 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Firm dangles carrot

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15 Feb, 2008

GDN: STRIKES BUFFER

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15 Feb, 2008

GDN: Back to work as deal halts strike

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15 Feb, 2008

PTI: Bahrain strike called off, wages raised

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14 Feb, 2008

URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY: Arbitrary detention / Ill-treatments / Torture

February 13, 2008 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Bahrain. New information: The Observatory has been informed by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) about the ongoing arbitrary detention of Messrs. Maytham Bader Jassim Al-Sheikh, Hassan Abdelnabi, Abdullah Mohsen Abdulah Saleh and Ahmad Jaffar Mohammed Ali, members of the Unemployment Committee, Naji Al-Fateel, member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), Mohammed Abdullah Al-Sengais, Head of the Committee to Combat High Prices, and Ebrahim Mohamed Amin Al-Arab, founding member of the Martyrs and Victims Committee and acts of torture and ill-treatments. According to the information received, on February 3, 2008, the trial of Messrs. Maytham Bader Jassim Al-Sheikh, Hassan Abdelnabi, Abdullah Mohsen Abdulah Saleh, Ahmad Jaffar Mohammed Ali, Naji Al Fateel, Mohammed Abdullah Al Sengais and Ebrahim Mohamed Amin Al-Arab was scheduled to start before the High Criminal Court. Nevertheless, on the morning of that day, while the defendants were not present, the presiding judge informed their lawyers that the session would be postponed to the afternoon. At 3 p.m., without the presence of the defendants’ lawyers, the session was adjourned to February 24, 2008. The judge also indicated that the trial could be held any time. They had been charged of “illegal gathering” as well as “theft of a weapon and ammunition and possession of weapon and ammunition without permission”, after a demonstration held on December 17, 2007, at the occasion of the Martyrs’ Day[1].

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13 Feb, 2008

Female Postal Unionist Suspended for Voicing out Official Harassments

Female Postal Unionist Suspended for Voicing out Official Harassments Date: 13 February 2008 Person(s): Najeya Abdulghaffar Target(s): human rights worker(s) The latest episode of punishing unionists for expressing themselves was two days ago by the Bahraini Postal Directorate of the Ministry of Transport which suspended postal unionist Mrs Najeya Abdulghaffar for ten days without pay, on the allegations that she disclosed "job secrets".

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13 Feb, 2008

Arab ministers of information submit a document imposing tough restrictions on freedom of satellite transmission

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13 Feb, 2008

The Hindu: Row over wages snowballing in Bahrain

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12 Feb, 2008

More reports of physical and sexual abuses against detained activists

The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) – 12 February 2008 Three detainees held in the Criminal Investigation Bureau told family members who visited them yesterday that they had been subjected to beating on February 10, as a punishment for protesting against ill-treatment and prison conditions. These detainees were Mohammed Abdullah Al Sengais, Aged 40, the head of the Committee to Combat High Prices Naji Ali Hassan Fateel, aged 31, member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) Hassan Abdulnabi Hassan, aged 26, member of the Unemployment Committee The BCHR has no recent reports from Ahmad Jaffar Mohammed Ali, aged 28 who is the fourth detainee at the same detention centre.

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11 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Unionists allege harassment by govt

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11 Feb, 2008

Khaleej Times : Bahrain seeks workers from new markets

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10 Feb, 2008

AFP: 1,300 migrant workers strike in Bahrain

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9 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: ‘Citizens will be in minority’

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7 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: They don’t want to see us working’

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7 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Another unionist suspended

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7 Feb, 2008

GDN; India is demanding BD100 minimum pay

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6 Feb, 2008

GDN: Workers reject new wage deal

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5 Feb, 2008

Washington Post: Rights Group Faults U.S. for Support of Autocrats

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5 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Amnesty applicant has no home to go to

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5 Feb, 2008

GDN: Bahrain urged to pump more money into UN

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5 Feb, 2008

GDN: 750 join wages protest

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4 Feb, 2008

GDN: Bahrain to host rights film festival

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4 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Observers fail to attend trial hearings of accused

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3 Feb, 2008

AP: Bahrainis demonstrate in front of the Manama police headquarters,

Bahrainis demonstrate in front of the Manama police headquarters, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, for the release of detained activists they allege have been tortured. A new Human Rights Watch report puts Bahrain among nations getting away with human rights violations due to alleged manipulation of elections. The Bahraini government is to submit a human rights report to the U.N. in Geneva later this month.

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3 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Deputy proposes rights body

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2 Feb, 2008

GDN: Jail term slashed for girl's abuser

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2 Feb, 2008

GDN: Journalist 'detained'

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1 Feb, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Four groups will monitor detainees’ trial

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1 Feb, 2008

Khaleej Times : 'Secret Bahrain govt plan to rename Mahooz, Segaya

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1 Feb, 2008

GDN: Focus on rights

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