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23 Sep, 2008

A writer and reformist banned from addressing public issues and publishing his speeches in media

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is gravely concerned about the continued clamp down on freedom of opinion and expression in Bahrain which resulted in preventing Sheikh Salah Al-Jowder from distributing his sermons for Friday prayers to the local newspapers.

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21 Sep, 2008

Bahrain in the US International Religious Freedom Report 2008

Bahrain International Religious Freedom Report 2008 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor The Constitution states that Islam is the official religion and that Shari'a (Islamic law) is a principal source for legislation. Article 22 of the Constitution provides for freedom of conscience, the inviolability of worship, and the freedom to perform religious rites and hold religious parades and meetings, in accordance with the customs observed in the country. However, the Government placed some limitations on the exercise of this right.

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20 Sep, 2008

GDN: Medical report row

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19 Sep, 2008

GDN: Sacked worker abandons vigil

Sacked worker abandons vigil By BEGENA P PRADEEP Published: 19th SEPTEMBER 2008 A SACKED Bahraini worker yesterday gave up his lone stand against the might of Bapco against what he called victimisation. Abbass Al Omran had sworn to carry on his fight on Wednesday, as he spent his second night camping out on the grassy traffic island outside the main Awali Gate. However the father-of-three went home yesterday morning, after being ordered by police at midnight on Wednesday to take down his tent, since it was pitched illegally.

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18 Sep, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Dejected Omran determined to continue peaceful protest

Bapco staffer sacked Dejected Omran determined to continue peaceful protest Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter A former head of the Bapco union claims he has been made to pay a heavy price for highlighting the shortcomings in that company. Abbas Al Omran was sacked on Tuesday for what he claims was for his union activities. He said: “The manager handed me a letter stating my services were no longer required by the company. I was asked to leave immediately,” he told the Bahrain Tribune yesterday.

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17 Sep, 2008

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Human Rights Activist Fired after Exposing Corruption

Human Rights Activist Fired after Exposing Corruption Threats of Arrest by Police after 24 hour sit in www.bahrainrights.org BCHR Ref: 08091600 The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) is highly concerned upon receiving news that the prominent human right activist and unionist Mr. Abbas Al Omran, member of the Bahrain Centre for Human rights and former member of the BAPCO www.bapco.net Workers Union, was fired today from his job. The Centre fears that this step taken by BAPCO (Bahrain Petroleum Company) comes as retaliation to Mr. Abbas’s activities and is related to Mr. Abbas’s exposure of members of the workers union and his allegation that they were receiving bribes from the company. In 2006 Mr. Abbas sent a letter to the company with information about these alleged bribes demanding answers, and he has been harassed ever since.

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16 Sep, 2008

Groups rap freeze of society fund

THREE human rights groups yesterday criticised the Social Development Ministry for its decision to freeze the Bahrain Nursing Society account, allegedly without informing the society. The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, the now dissolved Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and the unofficial HAQ movement said in a statement that the nursing society was not involved in politics. "It just raises awareness about public health such as diabetes and blood pressure," said the statement.

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14 Sep, 2008

Karzakan incidents: Fears of Politically Motivated Ruling Glooms the Prosecution

Bahrain: First historical occurrence: Detainees of Two Karzakan incidents prosecuted together Ignored by Court: Repeated inhumane and ill-treatment asserted by detainees Fears of Politically Motivated Ruling Glooms the Prosecution www.bahrainrights.org 10 December 2008 Amalgamation and prosecution of two different cases: At about 10am of Monday 8th September 2008, 28 young men were handcuffed and escorted, by civilian dressed security men, to their place in the High Criminal Court. Without any legal justification and to the bewilderment of the detainees, the lawyers, the families and the observers, all the detainees of the two “Karzakan incidents”, grouped in 15 and 19, were joined together in this court seated by judge, Shaikh Mohamed bin Ali Al-Khalifa-member of the Royal Family, irrespective of the differences in the circumstances, timing and charges of the two cases.

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13 Sep, 2008

AP: Bahrain charges US teacher with insulting Prophet

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — An American teacher has been charged in Bahrain with insulting the Prophet Muhammad for displaying pictures of Islam's founder to university students, a spokesman for the tiny Gulf nation's general prosecutor said Friday. The spokesman, Nawaf al-Maawdah, said the pictures showed the prophet in ragged clothing. Most interpretations of Islam forbid any depiction of Muhammad because it is seen as encouraging idolatry — one of the biggest sins in the religion.

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12 Sep, 2008

Bahrain Tribune: Bahrain: Solving the housing shortage in Kingdom

12 September 2008 Bahrain is working to provide housing for its citizens, and is looking at a number of proposals to shorten the long waiting lists for those seeking state assistance in obtaining a home. In its submission to the United Nation's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in April this year, the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights warned that there was a housing crisis in the kingdom.

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11 Sep, 2008

Urgent Action Needed: Five Activists Appealing Hopelessly on 14th September

Urgent Action Needed Imprisoned Since December 2007: Five Activists Appealing Hopelessly on 14th September Against 5-7 Year - Imprisonment Sentences Reportedly Based on Confessions Obtained Under Torture 10th September 2008 The BCHR appeals for the release of the following activists, who were sentenced on July 13th, 2008 for five to seven years imprisonment (BCHR REF: 08071301) and who will be brought before court of appeal on September 14th, 2008:

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10 Sep, 2008

Local NGO's Denounce Policing Measures

We, the undersigned institutions, express our deep concerns about the arbitrary administrative measures recently circulated by the Bahraini Ministry of Education, upon instructions from Civil Service Bureau (CSB), regarding punishment of state employees who participate in unauthorized public sit-ins and marches, even if outside office hours. This retribution includes those involved in activities which “disturb security and stability." According to the said circular, the punishment of CSB against public officials reaches to dismissal from work if they violated those laws and regulations, or in the case they were prosecuted and penalized through judicial proceedings as a result of those violations.

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10 Sep, 2008

Khaleej Times: Decision to Sack Employees Opposed

manama — Six opposition societies have objected to the Ministry of Education’s decision to sack employees and suspend students involved in illegal rallies and strikes. The societies in a joint statement condemned a circular issued to all ministry’s schools and departments, warning employees and students of tough action if they violate the circular. The authorities are sending wrong signals by imposing such a decision. It restricts freedom of expression, the statement highlighted.

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9 Sep, 2008

Bahrain Tribune : Human rights group appeal against government decision

Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter Six human rights group have come together and urged the government to revoke its decision to sack government employees who participate in rallies or strikes. Activist Nabeel Rajab told the Bahrain Tribune “ The authorities are sending wrong signals by imposing such a decision. It restricts a person’s right to freedom of expression.” The resentment follows a decision by the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) to initiative legal proceedings against any government employee involved in illegal gatherings, sabotage or arson attacks.

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7 Sep, 2008

FreedomHouse:BAHRAIN 2008

Bahrain (2008) Capital: Manama Population: 800,000 Political Rights Score: 5 Civil Liberties Score: 5 Status: Partly Free Overview

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7 Sep, 2008

FT:The transparency shortfall

Skip to main content, accesskey 's' Homepage, accesskey '1' Financial Times FT.comHOME UK UKCloseThe transparency shortfall By Simeon Kerr in Dubai Published: September 4 2008 03:00 | Last updated: September 4 2008 03:00 Oman and Bahrain are home to the most transparent listed companies in the fast-growing Gulf, but the region continues to lag badly behind other developed and emerging markets, according to the latest research.

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7 Sep, 2008

GDN:Lone man's protest put on hold

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lone man's protest put on hold By Aniqa Haider Published: 5th September 2008 A BAHRAINI worker has agreed to put his one-man protest against Bapco on hold, while union officials investigate his victimisation claims. Abbass Al Omran's allegations were discussed at a meeting yesterday between Bapco Trade Union and the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU).

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6 Sep, 2008

Bahrain's King on Discrimination - CNN

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1 Sep, 2008

GDN: Bloggers sign ethics charter

Published: 1st September 2008 BLOGGERS, webmasters, and online journalists yesterday signed a code of ethics that promotes tolerance and unity for electronic media. The Electronic Publishers' Code of Ethics Against Hate Speech was signed during a launch party held to coincide with International Blogger's Day. Information Minister Jihad Bukamal, political societies and other VIP's attended the party. The code of ethics is spearheaded by Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif and Al Waqt newspaper journalist Ahmed Al Aradi.

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1 Sep, 2008

GDN: One-man picket

By Aniqa haider Published: 1st September 2008 A BAHRAINI worker is staging a one-man picketing campaign against what he claims is victimisation by Bapco management. Bapco projects engineer Abbas Al Omran claims he has been denied pay rises that others got and threatened with disciplinary action over his repeated demands for a better deal. But management said pay rises and promotions were only given to those who deserved them and that Mr Al Omran's work was not up to the mark.

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1 Sep, 2008

IHRC: Concerns over the 2006 elections and the Citizenship Law

Parliamentary Human Rights Group Seminar: Bahrain; failed political experiment, serious HR violations In March 2008, Islamic Human Rights Commission, made a submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review over two issues of grave concern in Bahrain: 1. 2006 elections 2. Citizenship law

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