Ebrahim Sarhan gives harrowing account of Bahraini NSA torture

SHAFAQNA - In a personal and harrowing account, Bahraini human rights defender Ebrahim Sarhan described the torture that he endured at the hands of the kingdom’s National Security Agency (NSA) following an on-air interview with the pan-Arab…

Bahrain: Sayyed Al-Mashaal’s detention extended again

SHAFAQNA - Shiite cleric, Sayyed Mohieldin Al-Mashaal, has had his detention extended for a second time since his arrest on August 14. The Public Prosecutor in Manama remanded Sayyed Al-Mashaal in custody on Wednesday, extending his detention…

Last house in restive Shia town demolished: Saudi authorities

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SHAFAQNA - Some 488 homes have been demolished in the historic area of al-Mosawara, in the town of Awamiya in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Saudi authorities confirmed on Wednesday. Authorities in Saudi Arabia confirmed on Wednesday…

Trump silent on imminent unjust 14 Saudi Shia executions

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SHAFAQNA - With the fate of 14 men facing execution in Saudi Arabia hanging in the balance, rights groups and anti-death penalty activists are pushing US President Donald Trump to speak up. All 14 defendants are Shia Muslims, an oppressed minority…

Satellite imagery shows extent of Saudi atrocities in Shiite town of Awamiyah

SHAFAQNA - New satellite imagery (above) has shown the extent of destruction at a Shiite Muslim town in eastern Saudi Arabia currently besieged by the kingdom’s forces. In images widely shared by activists from the city of Awamiyah, one image…

Iran slams terror attack on Afghan Shiite village

SHAFAQNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned terrorists' attack on the Shiite-populated area of Mirza Awlang in the Afghan province of Sar-e-Pul. The Spokesman strongly condemned the terrorists' heinous crime…

Four Bahraini Shia clerics released after one year in prison

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SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini security authorities released on Wednesday (August 9, 2017) four Shiite clerics one year after their arrest over Diraz protest that was forcibly dispersed on May 23, 2017. Activists said the authorities released each…

Bahrain nabs activist over exposing regime’s torture, rape threats

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain's National Security Agency (NSA) has tortured and threatened with rape an online activist, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) reported on 4 August. According to BIRD, Al Khalifa regime's security organization…

Bahraini Shiite to submit complaint against his torturers

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini Tweeter Yousef Al-Jamri said he received a phone call on Saturday (5 August 2017) from the Office of the Inspector-General at the National Security Apparatus (NSA), Mohammed Rashid Al-Rumaihi, asking him to appear and file…

Sheikh Isa Qassem’s home arrest ongoing for 70 days

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain Human Rights Forum stressed that the Bahraini regime has been imposing home arrest on Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem for 70 days, amid strict security measures. The forum added in a statement that the authorities hamper Sheikh…

Bahrain arbitrarily arrested 18 in July last week: Rights group

SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini human rights organisation says 18 people were arrested arbitrarily in the kingdom in the last week of July as Manama presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown on political dissidents. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights…

Hundreds flee Saudi town as regime forces intensify crackdown

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of Saudi citizens have fled a town in Qatif region following the regime’s ongoing crackdown on Shiite Muslims in the eastern province, a report said. The Saudi forces on Tuesday intensified their crackdown on residents…

Bahrainis protest regime's repressive measures

SHAFAQNA - Bahrainis protested Friday in several parts of the country against the imposition of house arrest on Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem who was confined by the regime authorities to his home in al-Diraz, west of Manama, condemning the authorities…

Car bomb explosion near Shiite cleric's home leaves 24 martyrs in Kabul

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SHAFAQNA - At least 24 people have been martyred and 40 other injured by a car bomb in the west of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. A suicide car bomb has killed at least 24 people as well as the bomber and injured another 40 people early on…

Diraz under religious ban in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - The siege on Diraz entered its second year, along with the authorities ban on the biggest Friday prayers held by the Shiite majority in Bahrain. Friday July 21, 2017 marked the beginning of the 53th consecutive week of Diraz siege,…

IMN warns about terror of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria published a statement on Wednesday in which warned a plot to kill their leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. Read the full statement as follows: The Islamic Movement in Nigeria will like to draw the…

Four members of Shia family martyred in southwestern Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA - Heavily-armed gunmen riding on motorcycles have shot dead at least four members of a Shia family and their driver in southwestern Pakistan. Local police chief Mohammad Ishaq said on Wednesday that the drive-by shooting took place…

Partially deaf, blind Saudi man moved into solitary confinement for execution

SHAFAQNA - A disabled man sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for attending a protest has been moved into solitary confinement in preparation for his execution, a human rights group has claimed. A court in the country's capital, Riyadh, sentenced…

Bahraini alleged torture and sexually assault victim arrested

SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini activist was arrested at her home late on Monday by masked and armed state security officers, a month after she complained of being tortured and sexually assaulted when she was summoned for questioning, a London-based rights…

Systematic torture crimes in Bahrain revealed: report

SHAFAQNA - Five human rights organizations issued a report about systematic torture against political prisoners in Bahrain. The report was issued by five human rights organizations on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on…

Bahraini Shiite cleric arrested for 2 weeks pending investigation

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini Shiite cleric Sheikh Hasanain Al-Mhanna arrested for 2 weeks pending investigation and transferred to Dry Dock Prison in Al-Hidd. The prosecution accused him of "inciting hatred against the regime and inciting contempt…

Rights activists call for Sheikh Zakzaky immediate release

SHAFAQNA - An advocacy group, Concerned Nigerians has requested that the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic Movement, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky be released to them. The group further accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,…

Shia Federation condemns killing of Shiite in Parachinar, Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - Shia Federation Jammu has turned tables on Pakistan for encouraging terrorism within country as well as in neighboring countries. The Shia Federation president Aashak Hussian in a statement here today while strongly condemning the…

Bahraini forces launch massive security crackdown on Diraz, expels citizens from their homes

SHAFAQNA - Activists on social media said that Bahraini security forces launched a massive security campaign in the village of Diraz, neighboring the Bahrain International Airport. This led to the expulsion of a number of citizens from their…

Bahraini rights group calls on Al Khalifah to let senior activist see family

SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini rights group has expressed deep concern over the health condition of the country’s prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, calling on the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty to grant him access to his family and lawyers. The…

Nigeria: Group offers to accommodate Sheikh Zakzaky, wife

SHAFAQNA - Concerned Nigerians, a citizen movement, has urged the federal government to release the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife to the group, noting that they are willing to provide…

Bahraini authorities summon 4 Shiite clerics for interrogations

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini security authorities sent four subpoenas on Friday (June 16, 2017) summoning 4 Shiite clerics for interrogations on Sunday. The activists said that the authorities summoned each of "Sheikh Hani Al-Banaa, Sheikh Sadeq…

UN experts warn repression in Bahrain will breed unrest

SHAFAQNA - A crackdown on human rights in Bahrain, including a resumption of executions and suppression of dissent, is likely to spark increased unrest, U.N. rights investigators said on Friday. U.S.-allied Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet…