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31 Oct, 2008

Frontline: Bahrian - Ongoing governmental and media harassment against human rights defenders

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports received concerning the ongoing media harassment of human rights defenders Nabeel Ahmed Rajab, Abduljalil Alsingace and Maryam Alkhawaja, since 16 October 2008. Nabeel Ahmed Rajab is the founder and acting chairperson of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Abduljalil Alsingace is the head of Human Rights Unit of the Haq Movement of Liberties and Democracy in Bahrain, and Maryam Alkhawaja is a youth activist and former leader of the student organization.

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31 Oct, 2008

Business Intelligence Middle East: US meetings to discuss religious freedom in Bahrain

US meetings to discuss religious freedom in Bahrain Author: BI-ME staff Source: BI-ME Published: 15-10-2008 BAHRAIN. The US this week weighed in on the issue of political reform in Bahrain and Shiite-Sunni tensions. Representatives Frank Wolf, James McGovern and Trent Franks yesterday issued invitations to a briefing being held in Washington DC on behalf of a group called 'Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain'.

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31 Oct, 2008

US News wire: Congress to Discuss Religious Freedom in Bahrain Wednesday

Congress to Discuss Religious Freedom in Bahrain Wednesday WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following letter by Reps. Frank R. Wolf, James P. McGovern and Trent Franks is being redistributed today by Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain: Dear Colleague,

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31 Oct, 2008

Gulf Daily News:Red tape hurdle

By BEGENA P PRADEEP Published: 20th October 2008 BAHRAIN's bureaucratic legal system is discouraging expatriates from filing cases against their sponsors, claims a human rights report. The Situation of Women Migrant Domestic Workers, compiled by the Bahrain Centre of Human Rights (BCHR), points out that Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS) has been unsuccessful at resolving cases against sponsors in the courts. The report also documents major problems faced by women in Bahrain, the problem of the existing sponsorship system and the need for a comprehensive labour law.

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31 Oct, 2008

Khaleej Times: Bahrain Rights Groups Call to Protect Expat Women Workers

Bahrain Rights Groups Call to Protect Expat Women Workers Suad Hamada 21 October 2008 Print E-mail MANAMA — Three human rights groups on Sunday called for urgent steps to protect expat women workers in Bahrain from alleged abuse. In a report to be submitted to the 42nd session of the Committee of the Convention of the Elimination for Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to be held this month, the three groups pointed to the suffering of women workers and asked the panel to pressure the government to take action.

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29 Oct, 2008

URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY : Slandering campaign

October 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), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Bahrain. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about a media campaign waged against Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Dr. Abduljalil Al-Sengais, Head of the Human Rights Unit of the Haq Movement for Civil Liberties and Democracy in Bahrain, and Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja, former leader of the student organisation .

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29 Oct, 2008

Khaleej Times:Bahrain Rights Groups Call to Protect Expat Women Workers

Bahrain Rights Groups Call to Protect Expat Women Workers Suad Hamada 21 October 2008 MANAMA — Three human rights groups on Sunday called for urgent steps to protect expat women workers in Bahrain from alleged abuse. In a report to be submitted to the 42nd session of the Committee of the Convention of the Elimination for Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to be held this month, the three groups pointed to the suffering of women workers and asked the panel to pressure the government to take action.

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29 Oct, 2008

GDN:Red tape hurdle

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Red tape hurdle By BEGENA P PRADEEP Published: 20th October 2008 BAHRAIN's bureaucratic legal system is discouraging expatriates from filing cases against their sponsors, claims a human rights report. The Situation of Women Migrant Domestic Workers, compiled by the Bahrain Centre of Human Rights (BCHR), points out that Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS) has been unsuccessful at resolving cases against sponsors in the courts.

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22 Oct, 2008

GDN:Eid rioters appeal against jail terms

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eid rioters appeal against jail terms By NOOR TOORANI Published: 20th October 2008 BAHRAINIS accused of rioting and other offences were tortured with electric shocks, hung by the wrists, or beaten into confessing, four witnesses claimed in court yesterday. They were testifying as 11 Bahraini men appealed against their convictions and subsequent jail sentences for rioting, torching a police car and stealing police weapons, claimed former detainees.

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22 Oct, 2008

GDN:70 jobless teachers protest

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 70 jobless teachers protest By BASMA MOHAMMED Published: 22nd OCTOBER 2008 ABOUT 70 unemployed Bahraini teachers demonstrated outside parliament yesterday, demanding that MPs take their cause to His Majesty King Hamad and Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. The jobless male and female teachers complained that the Education Ministry was employing expatriates, while leaving Bahrainis out of work.

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22 Oct, 2008

BCHR:Nabeel Rajab's participation in congress breifing Religious Freedom for Shi’a in Bahrain:

Religious Freedom for Shi’a in Bahrain: "Systematic Suppression and Marginalization" Bahrain has a population of 1,050,000, according to a January 2008 government statement. The citizen population is 99 percent Muslim; Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Baha'is constitute the remaining 1 percent. Muslims belong to the Shiite and Sunni branches of Islam, with Shiite’s constituting an estimated 70 percent of the Muslim population .

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17 Oct, 2008

BahrainTribune:Call to criminalise all forms of discrimination

Activists demand new law to protect rights Call to criminalise all forms of discrimination Sandeep Singh Grewal Staff Reporter Bahraini activists called for a national law criminalising all forms of discrimination and fair distribution of electoral districts at the Congress meet in Washington. “The Bahrain government should enforce a law which imposes stiff penalties against discrimination,” said Abduljalil Al Singace from the Haqq Movement of Liberties and Democracy.

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16 Oct, 2008

Nabeel Rajab:Shia only holds 13% of the high official post in the country

Impact of Political Reform on Religious Freedom in Bahrain The session was chaired by Congressman Frank Wolf who is chair of the Congressional Human Rights Commission at the United States House of representative. Congressman Wolf is a champion of Human Rights causes and long time advocate for Human Rights around the world. Congressman Wolf opened the session with strong and powerful remarks about the political situation in the country. The Congressman refer that reforms in Bahrain were nothing but a campaign of deceptions and disappointment especially the new imposed constitution that put all the powers in the hand of the King.

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15 Oct, 2008

MarketWatch:Congress to Discuss Religious Freedom in Bahrain

Congress to Discuss Religious Freedom in Bahrain Wednesday By: PR Newswire Oct. 14, 2008 02:33 PM WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following letter by Reps. Frank R. Wolf, James P. McGovern and Trent Franks is being redistributed today by Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain: Dear Colleague,

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13 Oct, 2008

GDN:Privacy is protected

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11 Oct, 2008

"Impact of Political Reform on Religious Freedom in Bahrain."

October 9, 2008 Dear Colleague, Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Congressional Task Force on International Religious Freedom for a briefing on the "Impact of Political Reform on Religious Freedom in Bahrain." The briefing, chaired by Rep. Frank Wolf, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, in 2168 Rayburn. It is open to the public.

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11 Oct, 2008

Suspicions Regarding the Credibility of the Police Murder Case

Defense Lawyers Reveal Official Document Proving Death Before Alleged Murder Incident Individuals Accused of Burning a Police Car and Killing a Police Man are Exposed to Cruel and Inhuman Treatment 8 October 2008

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9 Oct, 2008

GDN:New twist in murder trial chaos

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New twist in murder trial chaos By NOOR TOORANI Published: 7th October 2008

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9 Oct, 2008

GDN:Terror suspect appears in court

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Terror suspect appears in court By NOOR TOORANI Published: 9th October 2008 A BAHRAINI appeared in court yesterday accused of joining Al Qaeda, training for combat and helping finance the terror organisation. The 27-year-old Traffic Directorate employee appeared before the High Criminal Court for the first time yesterday, where he denied all the charges.

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9 Oct, 2008

GDN:'Blood for blood' call over Baksh murder

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Blood for blood' call over Baksh murder By ANIQA HAIDER Published: 9th October 2008 RELATIVES of a policeman allegedly murdered by an angry mob are demanding "blood for blood". The family of Majid Asghar Ali Kareem Baksh is seeking the death penalty for anyone found guilty of killing him, his cousin and fellow police officer told the GDN yesterday. He said the family had experienced traumatic times following the death of Mr Baksh, who was just 24 years old.

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8 Oct, 2008

Oil company whistleblower dismissed for denouncing corruption, communicating with media, says BCHR

(BCHR/IFEX) - BCHR is alarmed to learn that Abbas Al-Omran, a unionist and labour rights defender, was dismissed by his employer, the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), which is engaged in the oil industry and under the control of the local oil and gas authorities. The BCHR believes that the dismissal is linked to Al-Omran's communications with the local media, blowing the whistle on corruption in the company.

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6 Oct, 2008

GDN:Tight security for suspected rioters\' case

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tight security for suspected rioters\' case By NOOR TOORANI Published: 6th October 2008 BAHRAIN\'s courts were once again under lockdown yesterday as 11 men convicted of rioting, torching a police car and stealing police weapons launched an appeal. Riot police surrounded the Justice Ministry complex in Diplomatic Area, and the men\'s relatives had to be escorted out of the courtroom at the end of the hearing.

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6 Oct, 2008

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1 Oct, 2008

Website accused of violating press code, BCHR concerned that move is aimed at silencing critical voices

(BCHR/IFEX) - In a statement sent to the press, the Bahrain Ministry of Information (MOI) announced that it has referred one public website to the Public Prosecution (PP) for violating the 2002 Press Code. "Al-Ayam" newspaper reported that the public forum in question is known as the "National Edifice Forum (NEF)", http://www.wattani.net

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