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31 Dec, 2008

Authorities prevent direct access to online forums

Date: 30 December 2008 (BCHR/IFEX) - The http://bahrainonline.org and http://shaheed-bh.org websites are well known state-targeted public forums in Bahrain. Recently, for more than the tenth time since their launch, the authorities have prevented direct access to these public sites inside Bahrain. The administration teams of the websites have had to resort to providing different addresses for the public to access the sites.

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29 Dec, 2008

(AP)-Bahrain TV airs terror plot confessions

Bahrain TV airs terror plot confessions By REEM KHALIFA updated 4:37 p.m. ET Dec. 28, 2008 MANAMA, Bahrain - Bahraini state television on Sunday aired confessions from six of the 14 men arrested for plotting attacks on the tiny Gulf island's capital. During the 40-minute program, the six men calmly explained how they were taught by a Syrian and an Iraqi how to build bombs in a remote Syrian farmhouse. The tiny oil-refining and banking Gulf island is a close U.S. ally and also hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

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29 Dec, 2008

GDN:Riot five lose prison appeal

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Riot five lose prison appeal By NOOR TOORANI Published: 29th DECEMBER 2008 LAWYERS yesterday pledged to take the case of five men jailed for rioting to Bahrain's highest court, after they lost their appeal conviction. The defence team appeared before the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court yesterday, without their clients, seeking to overturn convictions handed down by the High Criminal Court in July.

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29 Dec, 2008

GDN:14 admit terror plot

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14 admit terror plot Published: 29th DECEMBER 2008 MANAMA: Fourteen men arrested for plotting terror attacks during National and Accession Day celebrations confessed on a special programme on Bahrain TV last night. The suspects confessed and described details of their plans and previous involvement in illegal acts. According to their confessions, they were previously arrested for charges including unrest, sabotage, arson and drug cases.

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29 Dec, 2008

GDN:Conviction stands

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Conviction stands Published: 29th DECEMBER 2008 TWO teenagers convicted of hurling a Molotov cocktail at a police station yesterday lost an appeal to reduce their sentences. The Bahrainis, aged 17 and 19, were convicted by the High Criminal Court, which jailed each of them for six months. They lodged an appeal to reduce their sentence, which was rejected by the Supreme Criminal Appeals Court.

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29 Dec, 2008

GDN:OUTLAW TERROR!

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OUTLAW TERROR! Published: 29th DECEMBER 2008 MANAMA: Diplomatic and security co-ordination is to be stepped up to ensure other countries' territories are not used to harbour terror plots against Bahrain. The move was unveiled as Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at Gudaibiya Palace yesterday.

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28 Dec, 2008

(AFP) —Bahrain terror plot suspects trained in Syria: minister

Bahrain terror plot suspects trained in Syria: minister 20 hours ago MANAMA (AFP) — Men arrested this month on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks in Bahrain learned bomb-making in Syria last summer from two Bahrainis living in Britain, the interior minister said on Saturday. "The suspects went to Syria with a group of (Shiite) pilgrims during the summer, pretending to want to visit holy sites," Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah al-Khalifa said at a news conference.

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28 Dec, 2008

GDN:Gang trained in Syria

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gang trained in Syria Published: 28th DECEMBER 2008 Men arrested this month on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks during National Day holidays learned bomb-making in Syria last summer from two Bahrainis living in Britain, it was revealed yesterday. Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa said the two Bahrainis living in London are believed to be the cell's leaders who guided and led the plot.

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28 Dec, 2008

GDN:TERROR PLOT 14 HELD

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TERROR PLOT 14 HELD Published: 28th DECEMBER 2008 MANAMA: Bahrain's Interior Minister said 14 people have been arrested for plotting attacks during National Day holidays. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa said those arrested received training in Syria on using weapons and making explosives.

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25 Dec, 2008

Bahrain: Apprehending activists .. Using excessive force.. Dawn raids of Shiite villages by foreign Special Forces

Amidst security and political tensions, Authorities assert discovering another terrorist cell. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) expresses its deep concerns about the deteriorating local security status due to excessive use of force, mass arrests of activists and demonstrators, and dawn raids to several Shiite villages using heavy armed foreign forces.

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23 Dec, 2008

The Economist:Democracy Index

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23 Dec, 2008

GDN:More terror suspects held

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More terror suspects held Published: 23rd December 2008 MANAMA: Three more people suspected of plotting to carry out terror bombings during National Day and Accession Day celebrations have been placed in custody for 15 days. "They have admitted, in the presence of their lawyers, to planning to manufacture explosives and Molotov cocktails," a General Prosecution spokesman said.

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22 Dec, 2008

GDN:DEMOS CLAMP

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DEMOS CLAMP Published: 22 December 2008 MANAMA: Organisers of demonstrations which turn violent will be held accountable from now on. The Interior Ministry was yesterday instructed to draft a law amending articles 2 and 13 of legal provisions governing meetings, rallies and demonstrations. A Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa at Gudaibiya Palace ordered co-ordination with the Legal Affairs Directorate.

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19 Dec, 2008

AP:Police disperse Bahrain protest

Witnesses: Police disperse Bahrain protest By REEM KHALIFA – 5 hours ago MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Witnesses say Bahraini security troops have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of protesters demanding Arab governments take action to end the closure of the Gaza Strip. The witnesses say a number of people, including women and children, were wounded by rubber bullets and others overcome by gas. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity fearing reprisals by authorities and could not give exact numbers.

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19 Dec, 2008

London:Lord Avebury, the Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group

Bahrain seminar, 11.00 Thursday December 18, Moses Room This week Bahrain was hosting a regional security summit, and the Foreign Minister, Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, a close relative of the King like most leading members of the government, gave the keynote speech. He had the nerve to say that in Bahrain “individual rights are protected, and ….the fundamental principles of democracy, the rule of law, and economic freedom prevail”. As we have noted on previous occasions, one of the principles of democracy is that the people have the right to change the government through the ballot box, whereas in Bahrain, the electorate has no right or power to dislodge the ruling family. The Prime Minister, the king’s uncle, has held office as Prime Minister for 38 years, a world record. The king himself appoints all the Ministers, under a constitution that preserves the hereditary dictatorship.

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19 Dec, 2008

GDN:Bahrain holds two terror plot suspects

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bahrain holds two terror plot suspects Published: 19th December 2008 TWO men have been accused of threatening national security after being arrested for an alleged plot to carry out a terrorist attack during Bahrain's National Day celebrations. The suspects, both in their 20s, came from the villages of Sanabis and Daih, according to lawyer Moha-mmed Al Jishi. "The General Prosecution questioned my clients and accused them of tampering with national security," he said.

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18 Dec, 2008

GDN:TERROR PLOT IS FOILED

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TERROR PLOT IS FOILED Published: 18th DECEMBER 2008 MANAMA: A terrorist bombing attack, aimed at disrupting National Day and Accession Day celebrations, has been foiled. A group of suspects has been arrested, national security sources announced last night. The group planned to detonate homemade explosives containing iron pellets aimed at causing maximum damage to people and property.

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18 Dec, 2008

BBC:Bahrain 'foils terrorist attack'

Bahrain 'foils terrorist attack' Celebrations to mark the king's coronation were held this week Several people allegedly planning to detonate homemade bombs during Bahrain's national celebrations have been arrested, security officials say. According to media reports from the Gulf state, the attacks were planned to take place on the anniversary of the king's coronation. It is not clear how many people were arrested in Tuesday's operation. The bombs would have contained "large amounts of small iron balls", said a statement quoted by AFP news agency.

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18 Dec, 2008

CNN:15 arrested in Bahrain over 'terror plot'

15 arrested in Bahrain over 'terror plot' CNN) -- Fifteen people were arrested in Bahrain on Wednesday for what government officials said was a plot to detonate explosives during a series of Shia Muslim observances. The group planned to explode canisters filled with flammable liquid and iron balls during Shia observances of a pair of national celebrations this week, national security officials said in a written statement.

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18 Dec, 2008

The British Embassy in Bahrain prevents a human rights activist from getting a visa

Due to his Participation in a Human Rights Symposium in the British House of Lords: The British Embassy in Bahrain prevents a human rights activist from getting a visa Manama, Oslo – 17 December 2008

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17 Dec, 2008

AP:Bahrain: Group plotting bomb attack arrested

MANAMA, Bahrain: Bahrain's security force says it arrested a group of people planning to use a homemade bomb in a terrorist attack during celebrations to mark the anniversary of the king's coronation. The Persian Gulf country's official news agency quoted an unidentified security official as saying the group arrested Tuesday had planned to use a bomb containing metal shards to inflict more damage. The report did not say how many were arrested.

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17 Dec, 2008

AFP:Bahrain arrests group suspected of planning attack

Bahrain arrests group suspected of planning attack 1 hour ago MANAMA (AFP) — Several members of a group planning a terrorist attack in the Gulf state of Bahrain have been arrested, the state security authority said in a statement on Wednesday. "A group of people were arrested early Tuesday," the statement said. "They were planning to detonate locally-made explosives containing flammable materials and large amounts of small iron balls," it said, in an attack timed to coincide with Bahrain's national day celebrations.

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16 Dec, 2008

GDN:Prisoners 'ignored by lazy authorities'

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prisoners 'ignored by lazy authorities' By rasha al qahtani Published: 16th December 2008 A PRESSURE group says it has lost patience with the government for its "laziness" and "neglect" in trying to free four Bahrainis arrested by Saudi police. The National Justice Movement, also known as Al Adala, has been spearheading efforts to release former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdulla Majid Al Nuaimi, Hassan Yabis, Khalil Janahi and Abdulraheem Al Murbati.

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16 Dec, 2008

Bahraini Forces attack residents to prevent a demonstration calling for release of political and human rights activists

Using tear gas, rubber bullets and all means of force, Bahraini Special Forces (BSF) fiercely attacked the residents of village of Sanabis in an attempt to suppress a demonstration started from within the village after being banned from being launched from its declared position. The sponsoring group of the event composed of fourteen well known scholars, political, human rights activists publically called for a peaceful demonstration to be held last Friday. The demonstration is to call for cleansing the Bahraini prisons from all political and human rights defenders.

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11 Dec, 2008

Menassat:BAHRAIN: Journalist prosecuted for alleged sedition, slander, false reporting

BAHRAIN: Journalist prosecuted for alleged sedition, slander, false reporting Posted December 10th, 2008 MANAMA, December 9, 2008 (BCHR/IFEX) — The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has learned that Maryam Al-Shoroogi, a journalist and writer from Alwasat newspaper, was summoned on 1 December 2008 by the Public Prosecution (PP) Office on charges of publishing an article which harms unity and introduces discrimination sedition between citizens in Bahrain.

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10 Dec, 2008

Journalist prosecuted for alleged sedition, slander, false reporting

Urgency: Threat (BCHR/IFEX) - The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has learned that Maryam Al-Shoroogi, a journalist and writer from "Alwasat" newspaper, was summoned on 1 December 2008 by the Public Prosecution (PP) Office on charges of publishing an article which harms unity and introduces discrimination sedition between citizens in Bahrain.

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10 Dec, 2008

GDN:Detained Bahraini traced to UAE jail

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Detained Bahraini traced to UAE jail By RASHA AL QAHTANI Published: 10th December 2008 A BAHRAINI detained in Saudi without trial for more than a year over alleged terror charges, has been located after being reportedly missing when he was transferred to a prison in Dubai last month, it emerged yesterday. Khalil Janahi, who was arrested in Riyadh in April last year and also has UAE citizenship, contacted his family in Bahrain on Monday from a UAE prison.

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9 Dec, 2008

GDN:RIGHTS VOW

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RIGHTS VOW Published: 9th December 2008 MANAMA: Bahrain yesterday stressed its firm commitment to international human rights covenants. "We are proud of our human rights record, which reflects the government's keenness to abide by international treaties," Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said. He was making his address as Bahrain joins nations in marking the 60th anniversary tomorrow of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights.

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8 Dec, 2008

GDN:Activists rally for release of Bahrainis

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Activists rally for release of Bahrainis Published: 8th December 2008 RIGHTS activists held a protest at the King Fahad Causeway yesterday demanding the release of four Bahrainis arrested by Saudi police. The men are understood to have been detained for alleged terrorist links, but campaigners here claim they are innocent. They include former Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdulla Majid Al Nuaimi and Hassan Yabis, who were arrested on the causeway in October and August respectively.

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7 Dec, 2008

GDN:'Free detainees' rally at causeway

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Free detainees' rally at causeway By rasha al qahtani Published: 7th December 2008 ACTIVISTS are planning to protest at the King Fahad Causeway today demanding the release of four Bahrainis arrested by Saudi police. The men are understood to have been detained for allegedly having terrorist links, but campaigners here claim they are innocent.

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6 Dec, 2008

GDN:Rights row over Saudi detainee

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rights row over Saudi detainee By GEOFFREY BEW Published: 29th November 2008 SAUDI Arabia has been accused of breaching UN laws on human rights over its treatment of a Bahraini currently in police custody there. Former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Abdulla Majid Al Nuaimi, 27, was arrested at a checkpoint on the King Fahad Causeway on October 29. The father-of-two has been held at an unknown location ever since.

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6 Dec, 2008

The National:Group turning to United Nations for help in Saudi detention case

Group turning to United Nations for help in Saudi detention case Mazen Mahdi, Foreign Correspondent Last Updated: November 29. 2008 10:40PM UAE / November 29. 2008 6:40PM GMT MANAMA // A Bahraini opposition group said it will turn to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to seek assistance in securing the release of three Bahraini nationals being held in Saudi Arabia on suspicion of having terrorist links.

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6 Dec, 2008

Armies of liberation:Petition of Activists and Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain

Petition of Activists and Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain Filed under: Civil Rights, Other Countries — by Jane Novak at 9:06 am on Friday, December 5, 2008 We, the undersigned, are activists and human rights defenders, who, individually and in association with others, strive for the protection and realization of fundamental freedoms as well as the economical, social, cultural, civil and political rights in Bahrain and abroad.

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6 Dec, 2008

The Jawa Report:Petition of Activists and Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain

December 05, 2008 Petition of Activists and Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain We, the undersigned, are activists and human rights defenders, who, individually and in association with others, strive for the protection and realization of fundamental freedoms as well as the economical, social, cultural, civil and political rights in Bahrain and abroad.... We, thus:

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6 Dec, 2008

Petition of Activists and Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain

Friday, December 5, 2008 We, the undersigned, are activists and human rights defenders, who, individually and in association with others, strive for the protection and realization of fundamental freedoms as well as the economical, social, cultural, civil and political rights in Bahrain and abroad.

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5 Dec, 2008

KhaleejTimes:Bahrain Dismisses SMS Warning as Baseless

Bahrain Dismisses SMS Warning as Baseless Our Correspondent 5 December 2008 MANAMA — The ministry of interior has dismissed as baseless a mobile SMS message being circulated in Bahrain asking people to avoid visiting certain places in the kingdom in the next three days. The areas included shopping malls and villages that are crowded with people, especially during holidays. Deputy Chief of Public Security Brigadier Tariq Bin Daina in a statement on Wednesday rejected the credibility of the message being circulated in Bahrain mainly among Americans.

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5 Dec, 2008

The National:Bahrain’s human rights protests increase

Bahrain’s human rights protests increase Muna Abbas Fadl, a Bahraini researcher, wrote in Lebanon’s independent pro-opposition Al Akhbar that Bahrain is witnessing forums, sit-ins and human rights protests to secure the release of detainees, urge the government to create more jobs and to solve the housing problem.

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5 Dec, 2008

GDN:Human rights vow by Bahrain

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Human rights vow by Bahrain By REBECCA TORR Published: 5th DECEMBER 2008 BAHRAIN affirmed its commitment to and respect for the UN Declaration of Human Rights and its efforts towards its implementation yesterday. The country, under the guidance of its leadership, will continue in its path to respect human rights in line with its constitution, legislation and political will, said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Nazar Al Baharna on the occasion of International Human Rights Day.

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4 Dec, 2008

Bahrain: Travel restrictions on human rights defender, Abdulghani Al-Khanjar

Front Line is concerned following reports received of a travel ban imposed on human rights defender, Abdulghani Al-Khanjar who was refused entry to Qatar at Doha Airport on 2 December 2008. Further Information

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3 Dec, 2008

Bahrain: Urgent measures required to combat discrimination against women

Coalition Equality Without Reservation Bahrain Women Union Bahrain Center for Human Rights Bahrain Human Rights Society International Federation for Human Rights -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Press release Bahrain: Urgent measures required to combat discrimination against women

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3 Dec, 2008

The national: Group turning to United Nations for help in Saudi detention case

Mazen Mahdi, Foreign Correspondent Last Updated: November 29. 2008 10:40PM UAE / November 29. 2008 6:40PM GMT MANAMA // A Bahraini opposition group said it will turn to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to seek assistance in securing the release of three Bahraini nationals being held in Saudi Arabia on suspicion of having terrorist links.

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3 Dec, 2008

Visiting human rights organizations should be aware of arranged boasting and polishing press interviews

Local Authorities tailor human rights organizations visits to extract false statements about freedom of expression in Bahrain The sources of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) affirmed a funded scheme of inviting some of the regional and international human rights organizations to meet with Bahraini officials and extract statements from them which are used to polish the image of freedom of expression and press in the country.

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1 Dec, 2008

GDN:Call to end discrimination

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Call to end discrimination By MANDEEP SINGH Published: 1st December 2008 BAHRAIN women's rights activists yesterday backed recommendations by a UN committee, which called for further measures to eradicate discrimination. A report by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, released on Friday, was compiled by independent experts.

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