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…

Court hearing against former Bahraini MP postponed

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SHAFAQNA - A Manama court has postponed a hearing in the case against a former Bahraini MP until October 8. The former deputy leader of the opposition Al-Wefaq bloc, Sheikh Hassan Issa, was arrested in 2015 and sentenced to ten years behind…

Another Saudi young Shia faces execution after unfair trial

SHAFAQNA - Execution of Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, only 16 at time of alleged crime, would be in clear contravention of international law. 83 already executed this year, with political dissidents and Shia minority targeted A young Saudi Arabian…

Bahraini forces assaults on Ashura manifestations

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    SHAFAQNA - As in the recent years, the Bahraini regime troops again carried out a series of assaults on Ashura manifestations in the residential neighborhoods, confiscating flags and removing all the items used to revive…

Rights groups warn of Bahrain human rights abysmal track record

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SHAFAQNA - The Police Ombudsman failed to address extensive, credible evidence of systematic arbitrary detention, torture, and mistreatment committed by Bahrain's Ministry of Interior [MOI] personnel within the last year, and it does not provide…

Friday prayers banned for 61th week in Bahrain

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    SHAFAQNA - Security authorities in Bahrain prevented the country's Shiite majority from holding their largest Friday prayers for the 61th consecutive week, by continuing to impose a siege on the town of Diraz that is resided…

Some 1,500 Bahraini detainees begin open-ended hunger strike

SHAFAQNA - Some 1,500 Bahraini detainees have started an open-ended hunger strike, one of the largest in recent years. The prisoners of conscience are demanding better living conditions and an end to the systematic use of torture and other…

Bahraini activist hospitalized with food poisoning

SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini human rights group says the health condition of prominent Bahraini human rights advocate Ebtisam al-Saegh, who has repeatedly gone on hunger strike in protest at the torture and ill-treatment she has endured in prison,…

Detained Bahraini Shiite Cleric Mohieldin Al-Mashaal to face trial

SHAFAQNA - The detained Bahraini Shiite cleric, Sayyed Mohieldin Al-Mashaal, will be tried on charges of inciting “hatred against the regime” and using sectarian rhetoric. The news comes just weeks after the cleric was detained by Manama’s…