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10 Jul, 2017

State Department Should Call for Release of Bahraini Human Rights Defender Rajab

In advance of July 10th's expected verdict against leading Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, Human Rights First today called on the U.S. Department of State to...

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7 Jul, 2017

Open Letter to Ambassadors in the Kingdom of Bahrain - To the Unites States Ambassador

Letter to EU Amb. Letter to UK Amb. Letter to Swiss Amb. Letter to Netherlands Amb. Letter to German Amb. Letter to French Amb. Letter to Canadian Amb. Letter to Australian Amb...

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7 Jul, 2017

Activist who accused Bahrain security forces of sexual assault is rearrested

Fears grow for Ebtisam al-Saegh, who was detained in raid following tweet criticising kingdom’s ruler and security forces. Ebtisam al-Saegh, who works for Salam for Human...

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7 Jul, 2017

6 July 2017 - Security Forces Raid Home of Detained WHRD

Early morning on 6 July 2017, masked men raided the home of detained WHRD Ebtisam Al-Saegh, who was arrested following a previous raid on 3 July and is currently held in an...

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7 Jul, 2017

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab’s trial postponed until 10 July

The trial of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been delayed yet again. He was due to stand trial on Sunday 2 July, but this was postponed until 3 July and again...

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5 Jul, 2017

Urgent appeal: Bahrain to convict prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab on Monday 10 July

According to Nabeel Rajab’s lawyers and a social media statement published by his family on 4 July, the Bahraini judiciary will issue a sentence on 10 July in one of the two cases...

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5 Jul, 2017

Bahrain: Women’s rights activist arrested and risks torture

As she was getting ready for bed on 3 July, Bahraini women’s rights defender Ebtisam Al-Sayegh was arrested by masked officers. Her whereabouts remain unknown. Just before...

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29 Jun, 2017

Bahrain: IFJ condemns closure of Al Wasat newspaper and calls on the Bahraini government to stop intimidating independent journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the refusal of Bahraini government to lift a ban on Al Wasat newspaper which led to its closure this week. The...

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28 Jun, 2017

Bahrain should free human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, urges DROI Chair

Speaking on behalf of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, the Chair of the Subcommittee, Mr Pier Antonio Panzeri, stated: “Nabeel Rajab’s detention violates his right to freedom of...

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26 Jun, 2017

Another Light Goes Out in Bahrain as Al Wasat Closes

Yesterday’s letter from the Board of Directors to the staff of Bahrain’s only independent newspaper Al Wasat was a heavy blow for the country, and for journalism in the Middle...

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