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30 Jun, 2008

Bahrain: Faking Sectarian Tension to Restrict Freedoms

Websites Blocked on Pretext of Sectarian Crisis Bahrain Center for Human Rights www.bahrainrights.org ( blocked in Bahrain ) June 27, 2008 The Bahrain Center for Human Rights followed with great concern the Bahraini government attitude to the exploitation of some sectarian tension – initiated by groups considered associates with the Royal Court and the government itself – aiming to narrow public freedoms. Nabeel Rajab, Vice President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, expressed

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27 Jun, 2008

Reuters: Saudi says detaining Bahrainis, media says Iran spies

22 Jun 2008 12:45:18 GMT RIYADH, June 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has acknowledged it detained eight Bahrainis who local media had said were suspected of spying for Iran, according to a report on Sunday. Saudi newspapers and news websites had said several Bahrainis were arrested in February near a desert military installation. They claimed to have lost their way. "The issue is still at the accusation stage and the investigations will reveal the truth," Interior Minister Prince Nayef was quoted as telling reporters in al-Watan daily.

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27 Jun, 2008

BCHR/IFEX: Activist arrested for writing political article, displaying banner

(BCHR/IFEX) - BCHR expresses its worry concerning the recent arrest of Abdullah Hassan Bu-Hassan, member of the Democratic National Action Society (WA'AD), after he expressed opinions concerning political decisions in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and also gave his opinion on a report issued by an ex-governmental consultant that revealed a reported government conspiracy to implement discriminatory policies. Bu-Hassan expressed his opinions in an article in "The Democrat", an official periodic publication of WA'AD. He had also recently displayed a political banner in his car.

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26 Jun, 2008

Reuters:Bahrain speaks out against war on Iran

Bahrain speaks out against war on Iran Thu Jun 26, 2008 1:09am BST Recasts, adds new Zayani quotes) By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Bahrain's security would be threatened if international tensions over Iran flared into war and the kingdom wanted to be consulted so that could be prevented, a top official said on Wednesday. The comments by Bahrain's chief of public security, Major General Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, reflected concern in the small Gulf Arab country, which is ruled by Sunni Muslims but has a majority Shi'ite population.

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25 Jun, 2008

Reuters :Bahrain wants early warning of any move on Iran

Bahrain wants early warning of any move on Iran Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:34pm EDT LONDON (Reuters) - International tension over Iran poses a serious threat to Bahrain's security and the Gulf kingdom wants its allies to give it early warning of any planned escalation, its public security chief said on Wednesday. Major General Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani was apparently referring to the possibility of U.S. military action against Tehran's nuclear program.

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24 Jun, 2008

Bahrain Tribune:Ministry orders to shut down Web sites

Ministry orders to shut down Web sites The ministry of information has issued a decision to shut down three internet sites found implicated in stoking sectarian strife in Bahrain, which is in breach of the Press and publication law.

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24 Jun, 2008

GDN:Websites shut

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Websites shut Published: 24th june 2008 MANAMA: Three websites accused of violating publication laws have been shut down.

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23 Jun, 2008

Bahrain Tribune:Detained teachers are ‘Iran spies’

Detained teachers are ‘Iran spies’ Issue at accusation stage, says Saudi Interior minister Saudi Arabia has acknowledged it detained eight Bahrainis who local media had said were suspected of spying for Iran, Reuters reported from Riyadh yesterday. Saudi newspapers and news websites had said several Bahrainis were arrested in February near a desert military installation. They claimed to have lost their way. “The issue is still at the accusation stage and the investigations will reveal the truth,” Interior Minister Prince Nayef was quoted as saying.

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23 Jun, 2008

Bahrain Tribune:3 years for attacking cops

3 years for attacking cops Nada Al Abbas Crime Reporter The higher court has sentenced a Bahraini to three years in jail for assaulting two policemen. The judge rejected the claim by the Public Prosecutor that they had tried to murder the cops. According to the defence lawyer the two accused had driven over to the Bahrain Mall. Noticing that a demonstration was on they tried to take another road. Their attempt to change direction was noticed by a patrol.

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23 Jun, 2008

GDN:New rights bid to free teachers

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New rights bid to free teachers By RASHA AL QAHTANI Published: 23rd June 2008 BAHRAIN human rights activists will soon meet their Saudi counterparts to secure the release of eight Bahraini teachers, who have been detained in a prison there for more than three months, it emerged yesterday. The Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) said that the Saudi Human Rights Commission had promised to provide the teachers with lawyers and medical treatment if necessary.

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23 Jun, 2008

GDN:Trial reprieve

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trial reprieve By Noor Toorani Published: 23rd June 2008 A DRIVER accused of attempted murder of two policemen had the charge reduced to assault and was jailed for three years by the High Criminal Court yesterday. The 30-year-old Bahraini was charged with attempted murder by the Public Prosecution after allegedly deliberately driving his car into two policemen during the Eid and National Day holidays riots last December.

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22 Jun, 2008

GDN:'Slogan row' Bahraini held

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Slogan row' Bahraini held Published: 22nd JUNE 2008 A BAHRAINI suspected of sticking controversial slogans on his car appeared before the General Prosecutor. They featured 'expressions likely to disrupt social stability', a prosecution spokesman said. The man claimed the stickers were referring to the current situation in Lebanon, stressing his total loyalty to Bahrain and allegiance to its rulers.

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22 Jun, 2008

GDN:Two terror suspects charged

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Two terror suspects charged By REBECCA TORR Published: 22nd JUNE 2008 TWO Bahraini men have been charged with supporting, funding and co-operating with a foreign terrorist group, it emerged yesterday. One of them had allegedly collected money from people in Bahrain and delivered it to the group, said a Public Prosecution spokesman, who was announcing the findings by the Criminal Investigation Directorate.

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21 Jun, 2008

The Medialine:Bahrain's Shi'ite Minority Warns of Escalating Sectarian Rift

Bahrain's Shi'ite Minority Warns of Escalating Sectarian Rift Written by The Media Line Staff Published Thursday, June 19, 2008 E-Mail This Printer-Friendly Archives The Al-Wifaq National Islamic Society (WNIS), Bahrain's leading Shi'ite movement, on Thursday launched a rally calling for national unity in the face of growing discontent from the Shi'ite minority. The rally was arranged following mounting sectarian rift between Bahrain's Sunni and Shi'ite citizens.

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21 Jun, 2008

AP:Bahrain Shiites protest articles on their cleric

Bahrain Shiites protest articles on their cleric 1 day ago MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — More than 10,000 Shiites marched Thursday in this tiny Sunni-ruled Gulf country to protest newspaper articles deemed insulting to their top cleric. The protesters were mostly supporters of the Shiite opposition Al-Wefaq parliamentary bloc, which holds 17 seats in the 40-member assembly. They marched along the highway just outside the capital of Manama, chanting slogans in support of Bahrain's top Shiite cleric, Sheik Isa Qassim. No violence was reported.

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21 Jun, 2008

AFP:Bahrain Shiites protest MP insults to top cleric

Bahrain Shiites protest MP insults to top cleric 1 day ago MANAMA (AFP) — Tens of thousands of Shiite Bahrainis held a protest on Thursday against remarks deemed offensive made by a Sunni MP against the country's leading Shiite cleric, an AFP correspondent said. The demonstrators led by Shiite clerics marched peacefully for around two hours in Shiite districts west of Manama holding banners saying: "We don't accept insults" and "the leader is a red line."

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17 Jun, 2008

GDN:Families deny 'spying' claim

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Families deny 'spying' claim By RASHA AL QAHTANI Published: 17th JUNE 2008 FAMILIES of eight Bahraini teachers, who have been detained in a Saudi prison for more than three months, plan to meet Iran's envoy here to clear allegations that they are spies. A news website www.elaph.com had quoted Saudi sources that the teachers were detained after being suspected of spying for Iran at a prohibited military zone.

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17 Jun, 2008

GDN:Bahrain to set up rights watchdog

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bahrain to set up rights watchdog By SOMAN BABY Published: 17th JUNE 2008 A NATIONAL Human Rights Authority is to be set up in Bahrain, a minister said yesterday. It will be an independent body which will monitor Bahrain's human rights practices, said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Nazar Al Baharna. "It will have representatives from the government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and human rights groups," he told the GDN.

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14 Jun, 2008

GDN:Embassy's open house a success

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Embassy's open house a success By rasha al qahtani Published: 14th June 2008 MORE than 80 per cent of cases brought to the attention of the Indian Embassy after the launch of its open house have been solved, it was revealed yesterday. The embassy had received 280 complaints at its monthly open house sessions since they began in September 2005 and 2,251 cases at its offices on weekdays, said Ambassador Balkrishna Shetty.

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12 Jun, 2008

HAQ:HAQ concerned about indirect torture- detainees exposed infectious disease inside prison

HAQ: Movement of Liberties and Democracy- Bahrain حق: حركة الحريات والدموقراطية- البحرين الـحـقـوق للـجـمـيـع .. Rights for All www.haaq.org, Email: HAAQ.Bahrain@gmail.com, HRB.BAHRAIN@gmail.com مـكـتـب حـقـوق الإنـسـان Human Rights Bureau Urgent Press Release HAQ concerned about indirect torture- detainees exposed infectious disease inside prison

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12 Jun, 2008

HAQ:Bahrain: In the first case hearing, State-militia car detainees spell out suffering of torture

HAQ: Movement of Liberties and Democracy- Bahrain حق: حركة الحريات والدموقراطية- البحرين الـحـقـوق للـجـمـيـع .. Rights for All www.haaq.org, Email: HAAQ.Bahrain@gmail.com, HRB.BAHRAIN@gmail.com مـكـتـب حـقـوق الإنـسـان Human Rights Bureau Bahrain: In the first case hearing, State-militia car detainees spell out suffering of torture

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12 Jun, 2008

GDN:UN talks to focus on youth violence

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UN talks to focus on youth violence By Rebecca Torr Published: 12th June 2008 STRATEGIES to curb youth violence will be discussed at a United Nations conference opening in Bahrain next week. More than 100 specialists and young people from across the world will attend the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) conference to look at ways of dissuading youth from engaging in violent, radical behaviour.

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11 Jun, 2008

The National:UN accepts Bahrain’s human rights report

James Reinl, United Nations Correspondent Last Updated: June 10. 2008 10:11PM UAE / June 10. 2008 6:11PM GMT The skyline of Manama, Bahrain. The Universal Periodic Review of Bahrain was endorsed on Monday by the UN’s civil liberties watchdog, despite continued allegations from groups within the country that the government tolerates abuses against women, migrant workers and activists. Philip Cheung / The National

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10 Jun, 2008

Bahrain Tribune:UN council endorses Kingdom’s report

UN council endorses Kingdom’s report A National Human Rights Commission will be set up in Bahrain next month, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nizar bin Sadiq Al Baharna, said in Geneva yesterday. The minister made the announcement at the end of the 14th plenary session following the endorsement of the Kingdom’s UPR Report by the United Nations Human Rights Council. “The commission will be set up within a month, based on the Paris principles. It would have experts from civil societies,” the minister said.

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10 Jun, 2008

GDN:On the path to equality

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On the path to equality... Published: 10th June 2008 BAHRAIN has progressed greatly towards gender equality in politics, education, health and the labour market, a top United Nations official yesterday. Women's roles in Bahrain have increased, as they participate in civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), said UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States director Amat Al Alim Al Soswa.

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10 Jun, 2008

GDN:US honour for Bahrain activist

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- US honour for Bahrain activist By Geoffrey Bew Published: 10th June 2008 A BAHRAIN activist is one of only 12 people worldwide to have been praised by the US government for helping combat human trafficking, it emerged yesterday. Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS) action committee head Marietta Dias is among those honoured for their "exceptional commitment" towards fighting the crime.

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9 Jun, 2008

BCHR:The Bahraini Special Forces Attacked a Peaceful Seminar

The Bahraini Special Forces Attacked a Peaceful Seminar Many arrests and injuries including one person in serious condition A Heavy armed Security Special Forces (SSF) and militia forces in civilian dress have attacked the audience of a public seminar scheduled for 8,30 the evening of June 5, 2008 in Bilad Al-Qadeen in the outskirts of The capital Manama.

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9 Jun, 2008

UN:Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review

UNITED NATIONS A General Assembly Distr. GENERAL A/HRC/8/19 22 May 2008 Original: ENGLISH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Eighth session Agenda item 6 UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review Bahrain ∗ ∗ Previously issued under the document symbol A/HRC/WG.6/1/BRA/4; minor revisions have been added under the authority of the secretariat of the Human Rights Council, on the basis of editorial changes made by States through the ad referendum procedure. Annex is circulated as received. GE.08-13607 A/HRC/8/19 Page 2 -CONTENTS

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9 Jun, 2008

GDN:UN to endorse Bahrain's human rights report

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UN to endorse Bahrain's human rights report By mandeep singh Published: 9th June 2008 THE United Nations Human Rights Council will today formally endorse a landmark report on Bahrain's performance. Bahrain's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will be endorsed at a meeting in Geneva. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Nazar Al Baharna is in the Swiss city for the meeting, at the head of a delegation of officials and non governmental organisation representatives.

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9 Jun, 2008

GDN:Bahrain backs UN push to save lives

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bahrain backs UN push to save lives By SOMAN BABY Published: 9th June 2008 BAHRAIN yesterday helped launch a United Nations (UN) drive to save lives in the event of national disasters. It is contributing $1 million (BD378,000) in support of the 2009 International Strategy for Disaster Reduction's (ISDR) Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, said Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

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7 Jun, 2008

BYSHR: Human Rights defender under Threat of Prosecution Once Again

Bahrain: the Establishment of a Youth Human Rights Organization is a Charge Punishable by Law Maskati under Threat of Prosecution Once Again Manama- 6th June, 2008 The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights has, with regret, been following up on the Ministry of Justices decision, to inform, through an official notification, Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati, university student, 21 years, President if the BYSHR and a member of the Norwegian Defense International, that he is to be present as a criminal suspect for a court hearing before the 4th Lower Criminal Court on the 6th of November 2008. The charges are related to the working in a Society before it has been officially registered. The Ministry of Social Affairs is behind these allegations and should Mr. Al-Maskati be found guilty, he may be imprisoned for a period of no more than 6 months and/or a fine of 500 Bahraini Dinars.

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7 Jun, 2008

AHN:U.S. Freezes Assets Of Three Gulf Nationals Linked With Terror Activities

U.S. Freezes Assets Of Three Gulf Nationals Linked With Terror Activities ShareThis June 6, 2008 7:14 p.m. EST Sandeep Singh Grewal - AHN Middle East Correspondent Manama, Bahrain (AHN) - A hardline Sunni movement here has condemned a decision by U.S. authorities to freeze bank accounts of two Bahrainis and one Qatari national. The U.S. Treasury Department has accused the three men of providing financial and logistic support to Al Qaeda.

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7 Jun, 2008

Bahrain Tribune:Political body chides US treasury decision

Political body chides US treasury decision Accused Bahrainis’ bank accounts frozen Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter A political association in the kingdom has condemned the decision by the US treasury department to freeze the assets of two Bahrainis. It also barred them from conducting any businesses in that country. They claim the two, Adel Mahmood Mohammed Abdul Khaliq and Abdul Rahman Muhammad Jaffar Ali had provided financial and logistical support to Al Qaeda.

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5 Jun, 2008

GDN:Woman's killer is executed

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Woman's killer is executed By SARA SAMI Published: 5th June 2008 MANAMA: A Bangladeshi murderer was executed by firing squad early yesterday morning, the Public Prosecution announced in a statement. Mizan Noor Al Rahman Ayoub Mia had been convicted of the brutal slaying of Bahraini fashion designer Sana Al Jalahma in August 2006. He was shot at 5am in the presence of the judge who sentenced him to death, Chief Public Prosecutor Ahmed Bucheeri and a prison doctor in the Safra area.

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4 Jun, 2008

Bahrain Tribune:Were among six Bahrainis given clean chit in terror-related case

Were among six Bahrainis given clean chit in terror-related case Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter Two Bahrainis, who were given a clean chit in a case of terror-linked activities, were denied entry by the Saudi and Qatar governments, the Tribune learnt yesterday. Lawyer Abdulla Hashim said, “All charges against both my clients that they were running a sleeper cell, were dropped by the authorities last year. But they are facing problems in travelling to other GCC countries.” In April, a similar case surfaced when four Bahrainis were reportedly denied entry to Saudi Arabia.

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4 Jun, 2008

GDN:Campus 'spying' sparks row

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Campus 'spying' sparks row By Geoffrey Bew Published: 4th June 2008 AN American university in Bahrain yesterday denied accusations that it has been spying on students by putting security cameras in its prayer rooms. Management at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Adliya said cameras were installed at various points all over the campus, following a spate of wallet and mobile phone thefts. It said the extra security was introduced at the request of students.

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4 Jun, 2008

GDN:Police deny arrest of activists

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Police deny arrest of activists Published: 4th June 2008 INTERIOR Ministry officials have denied claims that police arrested seven men simply because they were human rights activists. The claims were made by the now-dissolved Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), which alleged that members of various unofficial committees connected to it were being rounded up.

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3 Jun, 2008

GDN:Bangladeshis hail visa U-turn

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bangladeshis hail visa U-turn By GEOFFREY BEW Published: 3rd June 2008 BANGLADESHIS in Bahrain yesterday welcomed reports that a ban on work permits will not affect anyone already living in the country. The Interior Ministry announced on Sunday that only labourers who applied for a work visa after May 27 would be affected by the new policy.

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3 Jun, 2008

GDN:Fishermen plan strike over clamp

Fishermen plan strike over clamp By BASMA MOHAMMED Published: 3rd June 2008 FISHERMEN from Muharraq are planning a strike that they say could drive up fish prices and dramatically reduce supplies in the market. The fishermen, from Al Dair and Samaheej, are planning to stay ashore for the next two weeks after a peaceful demonstration over land reclamation was broken up by riot police on Sunday. One fisherman, who organised Sunday's protest, claimed fishing boats from the area were now catching just one-eighth of the amount of fish they were a year ago.

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3 Jun, 2008

GDN:Arson suspects deny charges

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arson suspects deny charges By Noor Toorani Published: 3rd June 2008 THIRTEEN alleged saboteurs appeared in the High Criminal Court for the second day in a row yesterday, this time in connection with an arson attack on a farm belonging to a senior member of the royal family. They were among 19 suspects who appeared in the same court on Sunday charged with murdering a policeman.

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2 Jun, 2008

GDN:Suspects deny police murder

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Suspects deny police murder By RASHA AL QAHTANI Published: 2nd June 2008 NINETEEN men arrested in connection with the murder of a policeman two months ago appeared in court for the first time yesterday. However, all pleaded not guilty during the hearing at the High Criminal Court and claimed confessions had been beaten out of them. Their lawyers urged the court to release them on bail and assign a team of doctors to assess whether or not they had been abused in police custody.

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2 Jun, 2008

GDN:Rubber bullets denial

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rubber bullets denial By BASMA MOHAMMED Published: 2nd June 2008 FISHERMEN accused riot police of using rubber bullets to disperse a peaceful demonstration over land reclamation in Muharraq yesterday. Sources confirmed that at least one person who took part in the demonstration was treated for bruising at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC).

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2 Jun, 2008

The appointment of Nonoo to the position of Ambassador to the US raises more worries than hopes

The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights 1 June 2008 The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights welcomes developments in the country which promote equal opportunity among citizens, regardless of gender, race, or religion, and advocates the empowerment and inclusion of women and ethnic minorities in all aspects of Bahraini life. However, the appointment of Houda Nonoo to the position of Bahraini Ambassador to the United States raises more worries than hopes.

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1 Jun, 2008

The Bahraini authorities' commitment to human rights has been shown to be little more than a farce

Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Migrant Forum in Asia Less than a week after taking its position (for the second consecutive sitting) of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Bahraini government has declared a blanket ban on reissuing work permits to Bangladeshi citizens. This decision follows the murder of a Bahraini man by a Bangladeshi mechanic in a dispute over financial matter.

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1 Jun, 2008

AHN: Bahrain Rights Groups Condemn Ban On New Visas For Bangladeshi Workers

Bahrain Rights Groups Condemn Ban On New Visas For Bangladeshi Workers ShareThis May 28, 2008 8:55 p.m. EST Sandeep Singh Grewal - AHN Middle East Correspondent Manama, Bahrain (AHN) - Human rights activists have condemned the Bahrain government's move to ban visas for new Bangladeshi workers in the country. The action came after a Bangladeshi mechanic allegedly murdered a Bahraini, Mohammed Jassim Dossary, when tempers flared during an altercation on Friday. The mechanic allegedly cut Dossary's throat using an electric grinder.

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1 Jun, 2008

GDN:Quality of life in Bahrain hailed by UN

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quality of life in Bahrain hailed by UN By Geoffrey Bew Published: 1st June 2008 BAHRAIN has one of the lowest numbers of people living in slum conditions in the Gulf, it has emerged. About two per cent of the urban population reside in "impoverished and overcrowded" areas, according to figures from the UN. Only Kuwait and the UAE match the percentage and the figures rise as high as between 10pc and 20pc in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

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1 Jun, 2008

GDN:Families hope for second jail visit

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Families hope for second jail visit By RASHA AL QAHTANI Published: 1st June 2008 FAMILIES of eight Bahraini teachers, who have been detained in a Saudi prison for more than three months, hope to see them for the second time since their arrest by next month, it emerged yesterday. The families say they were greatly concerned about their physical condition, which dramatically deteriorated due to depression and hopelessness.

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