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Bahrain’s Image Hurt by Prison Reality

Jailed in 1849 for four years for discussing peaceful political reform by a tsarist elite fearful of change, Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevksy said “The degree of civilization in a society can be...

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Bahrain: Further Information: Growing Health Concerns for Prominent Activist:...

Prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab has been held in solitary confinement for nine months, with growing concerns about the effect it is having on his health and well-being. On 22 March, his trial in...

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Bahrain: After 282 days of arbitrary detention, human rights defender Nabeel...

On March 22, 2017, Manama’s Fifth High Criminal Court postponed again Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial in the Twitter case, in clear contempt of international human rights...

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Bahrain security forces employ excessive use of force against funeral mourners

27 March 2017 – Bahraini security forces attacked the funeral procession of Mustafa Hamdan with tear gas and shotgun bullets, injuring those gathered. We, the undersigned organizations, condemn this...

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Danish Minister Answers Questions About al-Khawaja

In a consultation with the Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday 24. March members of the committee asked Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Denmark questions about the case of Abdulhadi...

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Foreign Office silent over alleged UK training of Bahraini forces' shooting...

Mustafa Hamdan dies of head wound after police shooting by security forces trained and overseen by UK, according to human rights groups. UK FOREIGN OFFICE officials have failed to respond to claims by...

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Bahrain Imposes New Restriction and Denies Medical Care at Jau Prison

29 March 2017 – Over the last three months, the Government of Bahrain has intensified restrictions on inmates at Jau Prison, the country’s largest long-term male detention facility. Authorities have...

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State Department drops human rights as condition for fighter jet sale to...

The State Department notified Congress on Wednesday that it supports selling F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without requiring that the tiny island monarchy in the Persian Gulf first improve its human...

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BAHRAINI STUDENT IN DETENTION ALLEGES TORTURE: ALI MOHAMED HAKEEM AL-ARAB

Bahraini student Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab was arrested on 9 February and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate where he alleges he was tortured and forced to “confess”. He has been denied...

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Bahrain Sentences 2 People to Death on Terror Charges

A court in Bahrain on Wednesday sentenced two people to death on terror charges and handed down lengthy sentences to 11 others, including a former lawmaker who was sentenced to 10 years in prison,...

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UK triggers Brexit, starts eyeing up Middle East

As the UK triggered its divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is already working to secure new trade partnerships and deals. Meanwhile International...

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Suspending Human Rights Restrictions on U.S. Arms Sale to Bahrain Sends...

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will reportedly lift human rights conditions on an arms sale to Bahrain, despite that country’s record of oppression against dissidents and participation in a...

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USA's sale of F-16s to Bahrain 'sends dangerous signal' on human rights

After reports that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to lift human rights conditions on the multi-billion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain despite Bahrain’s record of oppression...

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Congress Urged to Check Administration's Actions, Block Sale of F-16s to Bahrain

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to move forward with the sale of 19 F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain, despite the Bahraini regime’s failure to meet...

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McGovern Condemns Trump Move to Sell Weapons to Bahrain Without Human Rights...

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), a senior House Democrat and the co-chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement in...

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In Bahrain, Confrontation for the Sake of Confrontation

The Trump administration has decided to remove any conditions regarding human rights from sales of F-16 fighter aircraft and other arms to Bahrain.  The rationale for doing so is the idea that hard...

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Bahrain: Disastrous move towards patently unfair military trials of civilians

The King of Bahrain ratified a constitutional amendment today that paves the way for military trials of civilians, in yet another example of Bahrain’s efforts to dismantle access to justice and fair...

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Urgent Action Victory! Activist Dr. Ali Esa Mansoor Al-Ekri Released...

On 10 March, Dr Ali Esa Mansoor al-Ekri (Dr Ali al-Ekri), a Bahraini consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon was released from Jaw Prison, south of the capitol Manama. He had served a five-year jail...

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Bahrain king approves military trials for civilians

Bahrain's King Hamad on Monday approved a constitutional amendment granting military courts the right to try civilians accused of terrorism, state news agency BNA said. The amendment, approved...

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Bahrain king backs law allowing military trials of civilians

Bahrain’s king has approved a law passed by parliament that allows for military courts to try civilians amid a major crackdown on all dissent in the island kingdom. The state-run Bahrain News Agency...

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