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12 Dec, 2016

BAHRAIN: OPPOSITION LEADER CONDEMNED TO NINE YEARS IN PRISON FOLLOWING UNFAIR AND ARBITRARY VERDICT

A nine year prison sentence against the Bahraini opposition leader, Sheikh Ali SalmaAlin, was upheld today by a Bahraini Appeal Court, after a retrial, in another blow to freedom...

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12 Dec, 2016

Bahrain: Release Rights Activist

Bahraini authorities should immediately release the human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, Human Rights Watch said today. Rajab’s trial is scheduled to resume on December 15, 2016,...

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12 Dec, 2016

Bahrain Al Wefaq Head Ali Salman’s Unfair 9-Year Sentence Upheld

An appeals court today upheld the arbitrary 9-year sentence against opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman following an extended and flawed re-trial. The Bahraini government ordered...

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28 Nov, 2016

Bahrain Must Cease Judicial Harassment of Faisal Hayyat and Other Bahraini Journalists

45 human rights organizations have signed a letter asking King Hamad to immediately and unconditionally release imprisoned journalist Faisal Hayyat, and to cease the judicial...

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24 Nov, 2016

Bahrain drops charges against politician held after Prince Charles visit

I reported nine days ago that the Bahraini authorities had arrested politician Ebrahim Sharif following a visit to Bahrain by Prince Charles. He was charged...

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18 Nov, 2016

Bahrain: Human Rights Defender Hussain Radhi Charged over Tweets and Retweets

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) expresses deep concern about the recent summoning of human rights defender Hussain Radhi, a member of BCHR’s documentation team. BCHR...

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18 Nov, 2016

Opposition Leader Ebrahim Sharif Charged over Comments to AP

On 17 November rights groups wrote to Prince Charles urging him to "publicly condemn" the prosecution of Ebrahim Sharif, a Bahraini politician facing charges after...

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17 Nov, 2016

UK condemns arrest of Bahrain politician

The UK Foreign Office will discuss the case of a Bahraini politician, who was arrested for criticising Prince Charles’ visit to the Gulf, with the Bahraini government. Last...

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16 Nov, 2016

Bahrain: Human Rights Defender Ghada Jamsheer Remains in Jail Despite Poor Health

UPDATE: On 12 December women’s rights defender, writer and blogger Ghada Jamsheer was freed after four months in prison in Bahrain, after reaching an agreement to work for the...

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16 Nov, 2016

Freedom House - Freedom of the Net Report 2016

Key Developments: Messaging app Telegram was blocked for several days in February in an effort to contain protests marking the fifth anniversary of Bahrain’s “Day of Rage” (...

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