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    LONDON, May 02 , 2013 – Bahrain Press Association ("BPA"), a non-profit association based in London that is concerned with defending and addressing issues related to Bahraini media and press people and issues, its second annual report for 2012 titled "Bahrain: Silence is a War Crime" on the World Press Freedom Day.
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    02 May 2013 Violations against the Freedom of the Press in Bahrain are ongoing, and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights is seriously concerned about reports of attacks against journalists and the media in general. Tomorrow, the 3rd of May, we commemorate World Press Freedom day, to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression. Despite King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa’s pledge to uphold press freedom and reform, conditions over the last year have not improved.
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     03 May 2013 The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) call for urgent action by the international community to stop the ongoing attacks against human rights activists in Bahrain, to immediately release human rights defenders, Naji Fateel who was arrested at dawn 2 May 2013, and to stop the judicial harassment of Zainab Al-Khawaja who is currently serving a 3 month and 22 days prison sentence, and expecting more prison verdicts this month.

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    05 May 2013
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    Joint Statement from The Bahrain Center for Human Rights and The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights
    07 May 2013

    Introduction:

    Royal Decree No. 14 of 2002 established the National Security Apparatus, which was an amendment of the Amiri Decree No. 29 of 1996 regarding the management of the Ministry of Interior. According to the new decree, the National Security Apparatus replaces the General Directorate for State Security that was affiliated with the Ministry of Interior. This Apparatus is headed by a manager whose degree equals that of a minister at the cabinet.
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    08 May 2013 The Bahrain Center for Human Rights is seriously concerned for the health and well being of imprisoned activists, human rights leaders and political leaders who are currently being denied access to adequate healthcare and denied their right to receive visits from family members, their lawyers, and denied consular services. Members of the 'Bahrain 13' and Zainab Al-Khawaja are being denied these rights because of their refusal to wear a prison uniform.
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    9 May 2013 According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), the public prosecutor charged human rights defender Naji Fateel with alleged "establishment of a group in order to disable the provisions of the Constitution" and ordered his imprisonment for a period of sixty days pending investigation under the internationally criticized terrorism law. Fateel is a Board member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR).

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    May 2013: OVERVIEW: Despite an ongoing security crackdown, prodemocracy protests continued throughout 2012. While most remained peaceful, there were signs that the opposition was becoming more radicalized. Bahraini courts upheld life sentences for opposition leaders, and the year featured new rounds of arrests and incarcerations of human rights activists, including Nabeel Rajab and Zaynab al-Khawaja. The government promised to meet international human rights standards and implement the recommendations of an official 2011 inquiry, but it failed to enact substantive reforms in practice.

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    May 12th, 2013 The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its concerns over the arrest of an employee at Al-Wasat newspaper, Mr. Hussein Al Asfoor, on Tuesday the 23rd of April 2013. Mr. Asfoor was reportedly subjected to severe beatings and psychological and physical torture at the Hamad town police station (at the 17th roundabout), where he was charged with several charges including helping some of the protesters, before he was referred to the Public Prosecution, which investigated him and ordered his release later.
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    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) express grave concern over the news of the removal of Nabeel Rajab from his cell to an unknown location.

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    17 May 2013

    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its deep concern over the Bahraini authorities’ escalated targeting of freedom of expression. Recently, five social media activists were sentenced to one year imprisonment for criticizing the King. In total, more than 106 months of imprisonment was collectively delivered last year on charges against twelve online users for charges related to freedom of expression over social network websites.

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    Left: Ashour Hassan with his wife Maryam Sabt. Right: Younis, Sadiq and Jassim

    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern at the continuing police of the Bahraini authorities in violating the rights of children, and targeting entire families as retribution.

    The family of Ashour Hassan Ali from Samaheej have been the victims of repeated targeting by the Bahraini authorities for the past 2 years. Ashour has three sons, namely Younis (21 years old), Sadiq (19 years old), Jassim (16 years old) and three daughters.

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    Ali Saad detainee Bahrain

    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its grave concern over the wellbeing of Ali Abdulla Saad, a 28 year old man suffering from visual impairment, who was detained from Al Daih village after his house was raided at dawn and he was arrested without a warrant. His family did not hear about him until 5 days after his arrest.

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    The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of State submits the reports in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

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    This report evaluates the situation of human rights in Egypt and 12 other Arab countries, describing the battle for the “Arab Spring” that continues to be waged on three fronts: between the revolutionaries and remaining members of the old regimes, between secularists and those who call for the establishment of a religious state, and between various actors of the international community.  The context in which this struggle is taking place has become even more oppressive since 2011, as is clearly the case in both the Arab countries which saw the fall of old regimes and in those which sti

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    Left: Mustafa Al Muqdad (16), Right: Jehad Sadeq (16)

    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern over the alleged torture of children in Bahrain’s Jaw prison at the hands of prison guards. Jehad Sadeq and Mustafa Al Muqdad are reportedly two of at least 8 youth the detained president of the BCHR, Nabeel Rajab, reported witnessing their torture.

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    On 22 May 2010, Bahraini courts sentenced, in separate proceedings, human rights defenders Ms  Zainab Al-Khawaja and Mr Naji Fateel.

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    The following is a joint appeal to three UN Special Rapporteurs calling for an investigation into torture in Bahraini prisons. The appeal, signed by over 50 NGOs worldwide, was initiated by the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights: 

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    The authorities continued to crack down on protests and dissent. The government made some reforms based on the recommendations of a major inquiry into human rights violations in 2011, but failed to implement some of the inquiry’s main recommendations in relation to accountability. Scores of people remained in prison or were detained for opposing the government, including prisoners of conscience and people sentenced after unfair trials. Human rights defenders and other activists were harassed and imprisoned.

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