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30 Apr, 2008

Gulf News: Bahrain grapples with sectarian divide

http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/08/04/24/10208133.html 04/28/2008 08:10 AM | By Habib Toumi, Bahrain Bureau Chief Adel Marzooq was deeply anguished, but the veteran columnist felt he had to write the painful truth: Bahrain is no longer the postcard image that he had known since his birth. His homeland, regarded as one of the most peaceful places on earth, is turning into two antagonistic countries at the hands of its own sons and daughters stubbornly engaged in callous and immoral hostility over sectarian ideologies.

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29 Apr, 2008

BCHR/IFEX: Authorities threaten to use force to prevent conference

Country/Topic: Bahrain Date: 29 April 2008 Source: Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) Person(s): Target(s): other Type(s) of violation(s): threatened Urgency: Threat (BCHR/IFEX) - A high Bahraini security officer informed Karbabad Matam, an events venue in Manama, that it was not allowed to hold a public conference scheduled for 25 April 2008. The security officer stated that, if necessary, the Security Special Forces (SSF) would intervene by force to prevent the event from taking place. The organisers of the event told BCHR that these threats were made by the head of the Exhibition police station on 24 April.

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29 Apr, 2008

GDN:Riots policemen return to work

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Riots policemen return to work By ANIQA HAIDER Published: 29th April 2008 TWO policemen injured in an attack in which a colleague was murdered, are back at work, sources said yesterday. Yemenis Ammar Mohsin, 26 and Saleh Ali Saleh, 27, based at Safra Police Station, were injured when a mob hurling Molotov cocktails attacked a police patrol vehicle in Karzakhan on April 9. Pakistani colleague Majid Asghar Ali Kareem Baksh, aged 24, was killed in the attack.

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25 Apr, 2008

GDN:Crackdown on trafficking 'top priority'

Crackdown on trafficking 'top priority' BAHRAIN and its neighbours may get international help in combating drug and human trafficking, it was declared yesterday. Mr Scheffer said it was one of the main issues on the agenda at the Nato-Bahrain Relations and the ICI conference. Other prominent participants were the Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and Foreign Ministry assistant under-secretary for co-ordination and follow-up Dr Shaikh Abdul Aziz bin Mubarak Al Khalifa.

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24 Apr, 2008

BCHR/IFEX: Journalist and editor fined in defamation case

(BCHR/IFEX) - The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights is concerned by the use of the repressive and widely condemned Press Decree Code 47 (2002) against a local journalist and news editor. Jaafar Al Jamry from "Al Wasat" newspaper was handed a BD 150 (approx. US$396) fine by judges at the High Criminal Court on 16 April 2008. He was charged with publishing defamatory remarks and false information about an employee at the Health Ministry.

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23 Apr, 2008

THE OBSERVATORY: Hearing in the trial of seven human rights defenders

THE OBSERVATORY FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (FIDH-OMCT) PRESS RELEASE BAHRAIN: Hearing in the trial of seven human rights defenders International Mission of Judicial Observation Geneva-Paris, April 23, 2008. On April 16, 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), sent an international mission of judicial observation in the framework of the trial of seven human rights defenders, which was held before the High Criminal Court of Bahrain.

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23 Apr, 2008

GDN:New arrests ruled out

New arrests ruled out By MANDEEP SINGH Published: 23rd April 2008 AN investigation into the killing of a policeman in a Bahraini village has been completed and no further arrests are expected, the Interior Ministry said yesterday. Pakistani policeman Majid Asghar Ali Kareem Baksh, 24, was lynched by a mob who attacked his patrol vehicle with Molotov cocktails. It is understood he was on plainclothes duty in Karzakan, off the Budaiya Highway, when the attack took place on April 9.

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22 Apr, 2008

The National : Police and mobs clash on streets

Hamida Ghafour, Foreign Correspondent Last Updated: April 21. 2008 3:45PM UAE / April 21. 2008 11:45AM GMT MANAMA // Behind the mosque in Karzakkan town, six young men stood in the shadows looking anxiously over their shoulders. A demonstration planned for the afternoon was cancelled when police officers armed with tear gas canisters and rubber bullet arrived. The youth were now looking somewhere to hide while the authorities searched the town for them. “If they catch us, they will beat us,” said Habib Mohammed Habib, 20. “They already have my brother.”

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22 Apr, 2008

GDN:Families protest outside embassy

Families protest outside embassy By NOOR TOORANI Published: 22nd April 2008 FEMALE relatives of Bahrainis arrested for allegedly taking part in riots at the end of last year gathered outside the US Embassy, Zinj, yesterday demanding to meet the US Secretary of State. The seven women were refused entry to the embassy, where they hoped to complain about the treatment of their sons, husbands and brothers.

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22 Apr, 2008

GDN:Arson attack three on trial

Arson attack three on trial By MOHAMMED ASLAM THREE teenagers are standing trial for allegedly torching a car belonging to a 60-year-old Bahraini. The incident happened in Sharakan in August last year and the youngsters are accused of hurling a Molotov cocktail inside the vehicle, deliberately endangering people's lives and property. Bahrain's High Criminal Court heard that the car owner and a 19-year-old neighbour put out the blaze with water and sand. Three teenagers, two aged 18 and one 19, appeared in the High Criminal Court yesterday charged with the arson attack.

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21 Apr, 2008

Bahrain Center for Human Rights : Court - Appointed Medical Examiners Confirm Torture

Bahrain: Court-Appointed Medical Examiners Confirm Torture Bahrain Center for Human Rights Updating information on the unfair trials of a group of 15 activists, including 11 human rights defenders . SEVERAL Bahrainis arrested last December were beaten in custody, according to court-appointed medical examiners. The doctors' report, submitted as 15 Bahrainis appeared in the High Criminal Court amid tight security on April 16th, was immediately disputed by the Public Prosecution.

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18 Apr, 2008

HAQ: Medical Report Asserts Torture of December detainees

Judge refused release of detainees and postponed case until May 11th At about 10am yesterday, the heading judge of the Higher Criminal Court, Shaikh Mohamed Al-Khalifa, postponed the prosecution of the December incident detainees to May 11th (Blaze of the patrol vehicle and alleged missing weapon).

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18 Apr, 2008

FinalCall.com News : U.S. allies in Middle East accused of rights abuses

By William Fisher Updated Apr 16, 2008, 08:33 am NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - At least 14 Middle East and North African governments are systematically violating the civil liberties of their citizens, according to one of the most widely respected Arab nongovernmental organizations.

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18 Apr, 2008

BCHR: Amounting Unrest and Violations in Bahrain

A Second Crackdown on Activists in Four Months: Detainees, Including Minors, are under serious risk of Torture and Unfair Trials 17 April 2008 Amounting Unrest and Violations in Bahrain A Second Crackdown on Activists in Four Months: Detainees, Including Minors, are under serious risk of Torture and Unfair Trials 17 April 2008

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17 Apr, 2008

GDN:UK alert on claims over activists

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UK alert on claims over activists By GEOFFREY BEW Published: 17th April 2008 BRITISH security officials have been alerted to claims that Bahraini activists are using Britain as a platform from which to orchestrate unrest at home, it has emerged. The Interior Ministry said last month that some people had been using the shelter of asylum to form cells, which threaten security in both countries.

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17 Apr, 2008

GDN:Abuse claims by doctors refuted

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Abuse claims by doctors refuted By MOHAMMED ASLAM Published: 17th April 2008 SEVERAL Bahrainis arrested over rioting last December were beaten in custody, according to court-appointed medical examiners. The doctors' report, submitted as 15 Bahrainis appeared in the High Criminal Court amid tight security yesterday, was immediately disputed by the Public Prosecution.

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17 Apr, 2008

Arab League's proposed satellite broadcasting regulations would impede needed criticism of corruption and repression

JOINT ACTION: Arab League's proposed satellite broadcasting regulations would impede needed criticism of corruption and repression, warn 34 organisations Date: 07 March 2008 (HRinfo/IFEX) - The following is a 5 March 2008 joint statement by HRinfo, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and 31 other organisations: 34 International and Arabian Human Rights Organisations declare: The document of organizing space transmission is invalid through its form and content

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17 Apr, 2008

Gulf News :Activist condemns killing of policeman

http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/08/04/17/10206184.html 04/17/2008 12:16 AM | By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama: A human rights activist has condemned the killing last week of a policeman in an arson attack, saying that protesters should be aware of the consequences of their actions. Nabeel Rajab, vice-president of the dissolved Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, warned that unless the Bahraini government and protestors seriously reflected on their policies and practices, the killing would be "a dangerous sign of things to come".

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16 Apr, 2008

GDN:My son died a martyr

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My son died a martyr By ANIQA HAIDER Published: 16th April 2008 A POLICEMAN murdered in Bahrain died a martyr to his sworn duty to protect and serve the country and its people, his grieving father declared yesterday. Majid Asghar Ali Kareem Baksh's family is heartbroken, but proud that he died doing his duty, his father Asghar told the GDN from his home in Karachi, Pakistan.

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16 Apr, 2008

GDN:Human rights vow over trade talks

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Human rights vow over trade talks By GEOFFREY BEW Published: 16th April 2008 HUMAN RIGHTS issues will be high on the agenda in negotiations between the European Union and the GCC on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a senior official declared in Bahrain last night. European commissioner for external affairs and neighbourhood policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner gave the pledge during a meeting with activists in Bahrain.

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16 Apr, 2008

A call for sincere reflection by government on their policies, and protestors on their practices

A Statement by vice president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights-12 April 2008 "We condemns the use of violence which according to official reports led to the death of a 24-year-old policeman, and the injury of his two colleagues," BCHR vice president Nabeel Rajab said.

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14 Apr, 2008

GDN:MOLOTOV MAKERS HUNTED

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MOLOTOV MAKERS HUNTED By MANDEEP SINGH Published: 15th April 2008 MANAMA: Police are sweeping Bahrain for Molotov cocktail "factories", following the death of a policeman in a firebomb attack. Doctors are also being urged to report to police any patients with suspicious burns, which may have come from hurling or making Molotovs, the favoured weapon for rioters.

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14 Apr, 2008

GDN:Our lives are in danger

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our lives are in danger By ANIQA HAIDER Published: 14th April 2008 TEENAGE foot soldiers are being encouraged to wage a campaign of violence on the grounds they will face softer punishments than older offenders if arrested, according to police. Policemen who have been in the front line during clashes with demonstrators say they often face off with children.

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13 Apr, 2008

The Economist :Not so sunny for Shias

Not so sunny for Shias Apr 3rd 2008 | MANAMA From The Economist print edition A put-upon majority feels done down—and is getting angry THE monarchy of Bahrain regards itself as a beacon of democracy in the Middle East. It was the first in the Gulf to give all its citizens the vote, setting up a partially elected parliament, albeit with limited powers, in 2002. Yet in the past few months its officials concede that in an average week there have been more than two riots and five public protests.

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11 Apr, 2008

Universal Periodic Review of the State of Bahrain- Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

April 7, 2008 The government has done little to institutionalize in law protection of basic rights in the aftermath of the important reforms decreed by the king, Shaikh Hamad bin `Isa Al Khalifa in 2001-02. New laws have been adopted containing provisions that undermine freedom of assembly, association and expression. The Human Rights Council, in its review of Bahrain�s human rights record, should assess this legislation and recommend steps to bring existing legislation, especially in the areas of freedom of association, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and accountability for grave crimes such as torture, into compliance with international human rights standards.

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11 Apr, 2008

AFP-Policeman killed in Bahrain petrol bombing

Thu Apr 10, 6:05 PM ET A policeman was killed when his patrol was attacked with petrol bombs in a Bahraini village south of the capital Manama overnight, police said on Thursday. "A security force patrol was attacked by masked people. A police officer was killed and others were lightly wounded," the official news agency BNA quoted a police official as saying. The official added that an inquiry had been launched into the incident which took place in a Shiite majority village.

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11 Apr, 2008

GDN: UN rights review relief for Bahrain

By MANDEEP SINGH Published: 11th April 2008 BAHRAIN has emerged largely unscathed from United Nations scrutiny of its human rights performance. Recommendations from an examination in Geneva are limited to improving women's rights and prospects, better protection for maids and citizenship rights for the children of Bahraini women married to foreigners. Bahrain has already agreed to one of the key recommendations, that it will consider signing the Convention on the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearances.

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10 Apr, 2008

GDN:Bahrain to sign key UN rights convention

Bahrain to sign key UN rights convention By MANDEEP SINGH Published: 10th April 2008 Bahrain last night agreed to consider signing the Convention on the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearances after a series of recommendations by the UN Human Rights Council. The council recommendations came after Bahrain's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of its human rights record was discussed by the council at its meeting in Geneva on Tuesday.

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10 Apr, 2008

GDN:POLICE DEATH SPARKS ALERT

POLICE DEATH SPARKS ALERT Published: 10th April 2008 MANAMA: The Prem-ier early this morning condemned the killing of a policeman after a patrol car came under attack by masked men in Karzakhan. Last night's attack, in which Molotov cocktails and stones were used, was a serious and unjustified threat to security, he said. Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa ordered security forces to step up efforts to capture the perpetrators, stressing that Bahrain has always been an oasis of security and stability.

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10 Apr, 2008

GDN:Tug-of-love dad can visit Sarah

Tug-of-love dad can visit Sarah By MOHAMMED ASLAM Published: 10th April 2008 A FILIPINA mother who last month won a four-year custody battle for her daughter was yesterday ordered to grant visitation rights to the girl's father.Lecita Flores was reunited with her five-year-old daughter Sarah on March 30 after her ex-husband was arrested for refusing to hand her over - despite four court orders obliging him to do so.

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8 Apr, 2008

GDN: UN spotlight on rights report

By REBECCA TORR Published: 8th April 2008 BAHRAIN's human rights record came under global scrutiny yesterday. It was the first country in the world to have a special human rights report reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council under a new system. The 20-page Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Bahrain's human rights record was discussed by the council at a meeting held in Geneva. The meeting was attended by a high-profile Bahrain delegation, headed by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Nazar Al Baharna, as well as various national and international human rights groups.

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8 Apr, 2008

AHN Media : UN Council Hails Bahrain Human Rights Actions

Sandeep Singh Grewal - AHN Middle East Correspondent Geneva, Switzerland (AHN) -- Bahrain made gender equality, women's empowerment and protection of migrant workers its main bragging points Monday as the country became the first to come under the scanner of the UN Human Rights Council here. The three-hour interactive Universal Periodic Process session, shown live on the Web, was led by Dr.Nizar Al Baharna, minister of state for foreign affairs, who headed the Bahrain delegation. He was accompanied by lawmakers and senior government officials.

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8 Apr, 2008

Recommendations to the Government of Fodh: Bahrain on the occasion of the 1st Universal Periodic Review Session, April 2008

http://www.fidh.org/spip.php?article5400 Monday Recommendations to the Government of Bahrain on the occasion of the 1st Universal Periodic Review Session, April 20087 April 2008 Recommendations to the Government of Bahrain on the occasion of the 1st Universal Periodic Review Session, April 2008 Issued by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisations in Bahrain, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS) 1.Equality and non-discrimination

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7 Apr, 2008

Human Rights tribune: « We are facing the limits of the review »

Nabli Rajab 7 April 08 - For the first session of the UPR organised by the UN Human Rights Council, activists from Bahrain have not been able to meet the delegations that will examine their country’s human rights record. They have been replaced by “false NGOs” sent by their government. Interview with Nabil Rajab, vice president for the Centre of Human Rights in Bahrain.

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7 Apr, 2008

Human Rights tribune: Panic on the eve of human rights review

HRT The United nations office at Geneva Photo: Fred Burnand 7 April 08 - Sixteen countries are getting ready on Monday for the universal periodic review (UPR). They are concerned about the teething troubles plaguing the new mechanism. At the top of the list is Bahrain that is coming with a 27 strong delegation. Carole Vann/ Human Rights Tribune - For the first time in the history of the UN, member states are each going to be examined in turn on their human rights records. The inaugural session of UPR, the big new thing at the Human Rights Council, opens on Monday.

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7 Apr, 2008

DPA: Bahrain first country reviewed by UN Human Rights Council

Posted : Mon, 07 Apr 2008 17:13:12 GMT Author : DPA Category : World News Alerts by Email click here ) Create your own RSS World News | Home Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council's new mechanism for examining the human rights record of all 192 UN members in a rolling programme was put to the test for the first time Monday. Bahrain was among the first wave of 16 countries chosen to be scrutinized under the so-called universal periodic review mechanism in this first session which lasts until April 18.

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6 Apr, 2008

Bahrain tribune:36 names added to returnee list

36 names added to returnee list Autonomous body should be formed to address compensation issue: Al Ekry Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter Thirty-six new names have been added this year to the list of National Committee of Returnees. Committee head, Abdulnabi Al Ekry, told the Tribune that they are in the process of verifying 370 cases and are coping with the additional increase of new names in the list.

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5 Apr, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Fund to assist postal unionist

NDAS opposes wage cut, will pay twice-sacked vice president a fixed amount every month Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter In an unprecedented move, the National Democratic Action Society (NDAS) has set up a fund to assist Postal Workers Union vice president Najeeha Abdul Ghaffar. This is the first time a political society has created a fund for a unionist. Najeeha will be paid a fixed amount from the fund which has been contributed by society members.

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5 Apr, 2008

Bahraini Human Rights Activists Allegedly Turned Away From U.N. Council Meeting

Central Administrator - AHN Administrator Manama, Bahrain (AHN) - Bahraini human rights activists were allegedly denied entry to a high level meeting called by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Brussels on Friday. The activists planned to discuss the Bahrain Human Rights Report submitted to the Council with three U.N. experts. "Twenty participants from different countries attended the meeting. We were the only Bahraini activists not allowed to meet officials from the government and NGO's," the Bahrain Human Rights Society's Secretary-General Abdulla Al Derazi said.

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4 Apr, 2008

The Economist: Bahrain Not so sunny for Shias

Apr 3rd 2008 | MANAMA From The Economist print edition A put-upon majority feels done down—and is getting angry THE monarchy of Bahrain regards itself as a beacon of democracy in the Middle East. It was the first in the Gulf to give all its citizens the vote, setting up a partially elected parliament, albeit with limited powers, in 2002. Yet in the past few months its officials concede that in an average week there have been more than two riots and five public protests. Most of the unrest takes place outside the predominantly Sunni capital, Manama, in poorer, mostly Shia, villages. No official statistics are published but some villagers say that a third or even half of them have no jobs. Bahrainis are readier to work in menial jobs than their wealthier counterparts in Kuwait or the United Arab Emirates but cheap foreign workers depress wages. A typical foreign construction worker is housed in a labour camp, cannot bring his family to Bahrain and earns around $160 a month, which would barely support a Bahraini family with four or five children.

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3 Apr, 2008

THE OBSERVATORY: OPEN LETTER TOTHE KING OF BAHRAIN

OPEN LETTER TO SHEIKH HAMAD BIN ISA AL-KHALIFA, Paris - Geneva, April 3, 2008 Re: Ongoing acts of harassment against Ms. Najiya Abdulghaffar Your Highness, 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), expresses its deepest concern over various acts of harassment against Ms. Najiya Abdulghaffar, Vice-President of the Post Office Trade Union, affiliated to the Bahrain General Federation of Trade Unions (BGFTU). According to the information received, on March 19, 2008, Ms. Abdulghaffar was informed that a new investigation on her activities had been initiated. It is the sixth investigation that has been launched against her since her election as Vice-President of the trade union in 2003.

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