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NGOs to Sec. Kerry: Send US Ambassador to Nabeel Rajab’s trial

1 August 2016 The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Kerry, We write to raise our serious concerns with the...

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Independent and Impartial Investigation Needed into the Death and Alleged...

The undersigned NGOs call on the government of Bahrain to immediately launch an independent and impartial investigation into the death of 35-year-old detainee Hassan Jassim Hasan Al-Hayki amid...

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Index - Why is Nabeel Rajab a repeated target of the Bahraini authorities?

Nabeel Rajab, the Bahraini human rights activist and Index on Censorship award winner, is due to stand trial on 2 August over comments he made on Twitter criticising government institutions. In...

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Nabeel Rajab Trial Postponed a Second Time, Faces 15 Years Imprisonment Over...

2 August 2016 - The High Criminal Court in Bahrain today postponed for the second time the trial of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab until 5 September 2016. The charges against Rajab...

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REPORT: INTERNET DISRUPTION AT BAHRAIN RALLY SITE DELIBERAT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The nightly disruption of internet access in a Bahraini neighborhood home to a prominent Shiite cleric targeted in a government crackdown appears to be deliberate,...

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Foreign Office Accused Of “Covering Up” Bahrain Torture Allegations

A Foreign Office minister has been accused of “covering up” an alleged case of torture in the state of Bahrain, a key Middle Eastern ally whose prisons system has received millions of pounds worth of...

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Interfaith: Recent Human Rights Developments in Bahrain

  Human rights defender Maytham Al-Salman issues a video statement on the recent repressive measures and crackdown on civil society organizations and Shiite citizens in Bahrain, and on rearresting...

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Bahrain must provide prisoners with full access to adequate medical care

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is deeply concerned over the wellbeing of detainees in Bahraini prisons and their access to adequate medical care, including cases where the detainees are...

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Bahrain 'internet curfew' for village, say activists

Nightly mobile network disruption has been detected in a Bahraini village at the centre of recent protests, an advocacy group has said. Bahrain Watch has published a report in which it describes...

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Update: Further Deterioration in the Health of Nabeel Rajab

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is alarmed about information received regarding the further deterioration of the health of its president, leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, in...

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Bahrain Moves Forward with Measures to Centralize Internet Censorship

8 August 2016 - The government of Bahrain introduced further restrictions to the right to freedom of expression over the Internet last week, centralizing website-blocking powers under Bahrain’s...

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Bahrain: Head of Largest Shiite Religious Body's Trial Abruptly Launched

Bahrain Mirror: A Bahraini court held the first trial of head of the largest Shiite religious body in the country, on Monday (August 8, 2016), over charges of illegal assembly and rioting. The Court...

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Bahrain Escalates Arrests of Protesters at Duraz Sit-in, Continues to...

In the past week, the authorities have escalated their targeting of protesters in Duraz. The number of individuals summoned and arrested over the past week has substantially increased. We strongly...

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12 held for Bahrain demonstrations near Shiite cleric's home

Bahrain's state-run news agency says 12 people have been detained and charged with unlawful assembly over demonstrations near the home of a Shiite cleric targeted in a crackdown on dissent in the tiny...

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Bahrain Government Takes Direct Control over Internet through Central System...

The Bahraini authorities announced that telecommunications companies in Bahrain that provide internet services are obliged to purchase a unified technical system that blocks websites and is linked to...

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Shiite Clerics in Bahrain Under Arrest, Constant Targeting of Authorities

The authorities have been increasing its targeting of Shiite clerics; while more than 15 religious scholars are in prison serving their sentences, among which are life sentences. The authorities...

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Human Rights Defender Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman at Risk of Arrest in Bahrain

The Bahraini authorities summoned the human rights defender and scholar Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman to be present at the General Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID) for interrogation on Sunday,...

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Role of UK police in training Bahrain’s forces ‘ignores abuses’

British police have come under fire for their role in training Bahrain’s police force, which has been accused of ruthlessly suppressing public protests and dissent. A confidential 27-page “agreement...

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Bahrain Continues Harassment and Imprisonment of Human Rights Defenders

In response to plans by Bahraini authorities to formally question interfaith leader Maytham Al Salman on August 14, Freedom House issued the following statement: “Authorities in Bahrain are using...

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Britain must listen to Bahraini human rights defenders

In late July, the UK Foreign Office published an update report on human rights in Bahrain. From opening line to closing paragraph, the report implies the FCO is either being misled by its Gulf ally,...

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