UN experts call on Manama to ensure Sheikh Isa Qassim’s rights are respected

SHAFAQNA - Four UN experts called on Manama to ensure that Sheikh Isa Qassim’s human rights are fully respected. The experts welcomed the news that the senior Shiite cleric had been transferred to hospital but expressed concern over the…

Letter of Ayatollah Akhtari to UN Secretary-General and human rights officials on health conditions of Sheikh Isa Qassim

SHAFAQNA - Following the worsening of the physical condition of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, member of the Supreme Council of the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly, the Secretary-General wrote to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and seven…

Bahraini shiite cleric accuses Manama of slowly killing of Ayatollah Isa Qassim

SHAFAQNA - A leading Bahraini Shiite cleric called on Manama to lift the house arrest on Bahrain’s highest religious authority, Ayatollah Isa Qassim, and allow him to receive desperately needed medical care. Speaking to the media in Beirut…

Amnesty calls on Manama to drop charges against Ebtisam al-Saegh

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International called for a show of solidarity with Bahrain’s Ebtisam al-Saegh on the occasion of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. In a Tweet posted on Wednesday, the group urged Manama “to drop all…

Protests erupt across Bahrain following Sheikh Qassim’s deteriorating health

SHAFAQNA - Protesters marched peacefully through the streets of a number of towns and villages including Karbabad, Shahrakkan, Buri, Abu Saiba, Samaheej, and Al Maqsha. Many waved the Bahraini flag and held up posters of Sheikh Qassim, the…

Sheikh Isa Qassim's health deteriorates

SHAFAQNA - Rights activists have taken to social media to express their grave concerns as to Sheikh Isa Qassim's health, warning that the senior cleric was quickly slipping away due to a lack of adequate medical care. Hounded by Manama regime…

Al Wefaq warns against criminalisation of opposition

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s opposition Al Wefaq party warned that the recent blacklisting of one of its former lawmakers was “extremely dangerous”. A Saudi-led bloc of countries classified Sheikh Hassan Sultan as a terrorist on Wednesday.Saudi…

The case of Nabeel Rajab

SHFAQNA - Activists and international rights groups have voiced their outrage over Wednesday’s court verdict, which upheld a 2-year prison sentence against Bahrain’s Nabeel Rajab. Amnesty International described the ruling as ‘shameful’. “He…

Free Zakzaky, IMN cries out to Buhari after 700 days of detention

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SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife, Zeenah, and several hundreds of other members from detention. The group said after 700 days, it was heartless…

BFHR records seven enforced disappearances across Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - The Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR) documented the forcible disappearance of seven Bahrainis in recent weeks, including two minors. According to the group, the minors have been identified as Sadiq Jaafar al-Sammak from A’ali…

7 Bahraini civilians detained in unknown locations

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini regime recently detained in unknown locations seven people, including two minors, amid a brutal crackdown on human rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. The Bahrain Forum for…

Al Wefaq describes espionage charges against Sheikh Salman as inconsequential

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s opposition Al Wefaq National Islamic Society has described Manama’s decision to try its leader on espionage charges, as inconsequential. On Sunday, Bahrain’s Public Prosecution announced that the already jailed…

Four hunger striking females in Bahrain prison suffer from deteriorating health

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SHAFAQNA - Four detainees in Bahrain’s Isa Town Women’s Prison are suffering from deteriorating health as their hunger strike entered a fourth day on Friday. The women are demanding an end to an intensifying campaign of ill-treatment as…

Bahrain authorities ban Friday Prayers in Diraz for 67th week

SHAFAQNA - As the sun rose over Bahrain’s northwestern village of Diraz, armored vehicles were snapped around the home of the country’s highest religious authority, Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has been under house arrest for over five months. The…

Jaafaria Endowment Imposes Special Permits for Holding Shiite Religious Events in Houses

SHAFAQNA - The Jaafaria Endowment Directorate has imposed the issuance of a special permit for houses, whose owners wish to hold Shiite religious events, setting out five conditions for approval. According to an official document seen by Bahrain…

Bahraini rights groups appeal to International community over Manama’s abuses against detainees

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini rights groups called on international organizations, UN (AhlulBayt News Agency) - Special Rapporteurs, and member states of the UN Human Rights Council to seek “unconditional access” to Bahrain’s detention facilities…

Bahraini court postpones verdict against senior Shiite cleric

SHAFAQNA - A Manama court has postponed a ruling in the case against the chairman of Bahrain’s largest Shiite religious body. Sayed Majeed Al Meshaal, who heads the Muslim Scholars Council, was arrested in July of last year before being…

UN special rapporteur expressed intention to visit Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - A prominent Bahraini cleric and activist, Sheikh Maytham al-Salman discussed the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain with the UN Special Rapporteur, Michel Forst. Following their meeting on Thursday, Sheikh Salmam tweeted…

Saudis still besieged Shia town after clashes

SHAFAQNA - Posters of sumptuous villas and palm-fringed boulevards hang in the battle-scarred old quarter of Awamiya, symbols of a controversial Saudi plan to redevelop the Shia-majority town which triggered months of deadly clashes. Saudi…

The Status of Shi'a Muslims in Bahrain, Saudia Arabia and Pakistan - EVENT

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SHAFAQNA - Time: Tuesday 17th October; 18.15 - 19:15 Venue: Committee Room 20, Upper Committe Corridor, Palace of Westminster, House of Commons The All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Belief and the Al-Khoei Foundation…

Bahraini female detainees declare hunger strike

SHAFAQNA - The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) reported that a number of female detainees held at Bahrain’s Isa Town Detention Centre launched an open-ended hunger strike in protest over new restrictions. Earlier prison…

Syed Hassan, a teenager guarding a Majlis of Imam Hussain in Birmingham has been stabbed multiple times

  SHAFAQNA - Syed Hassan, a teenager guarding a Majlis of #ImamHussain in Birmingham (England) has been stabbed multiple times and is in intensive care. The likely suspects are Salafi thugs who were trying to force their way in. This…

Shiites condemn ban on IMN activities in Sokoto, Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Shiites yesterday, picked holes in the decision by the Sokoto State Government to ban the activities of the Islamic group, saying that the action is unconstitutional. The Shiites…

“They Are Not Our Brothers” Hate Speech by Saudi Officials

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SHAFAQNA - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia traces its origins to a 1744 pact between a religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and the Al Saud family, under which al-Wahhab’s movement enabled the Saudi rulers to expand their political rule…

Bahraini Shiite clerics forbidden from referring to Sheikh Isa Qassim during Ashura sermons

SHAFAQNA - A number of Shiite clerics in Bahrain’s northwestern village of Diraz are being warned against mentioning the name of the country’s highest religious authority, Sheikh Isa Qassim, during their Ashura sermons. Over the past…

No respect, no justice, no equality in Saudi Arabia

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    SHAFAQNA - A Riyadh University professor, who preferred not be to named, said, "The people of Arabia have no common vision of a nation-state called Arabia - no sense of citizenship. The mosque and the soccer team are about…

Manama targeting family of late Al-Wasat co-founder

SHAFAQNA - The UK-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) accused Manama of targeting the extended family of the late Karim Al-Fakhrawi, who co-founded Bahrain’s only independent newspaper, Al-Wasat. Al-Fakhrawi was tortured…

Nearly 2 million Yemenis displaced: UNHCR

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    SHAFAQNA - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said ongoing conflict in Yemen has left nearly 2 million Yemenis internally displaced. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report posted Monday…