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…

Nigeria: Hundreds forcibly disappeared to instil fear

SHAFAQNA - Enforced disappearances are being used to instil fear into civilian population living in areas of the country wracked with conflict and insecurity, said Amnesty International as the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared…

Bahraini regime denies imprisoned activist cancer treatment

SHAFAQNA - The family of the Secretary-General of the Bahraini Movement for Rights and Democracy, "Haq", Hassan Mushaima, revealed that Jaw prison's administration continues to deprive him of his right to receive medical treatment. According…

Kabul in mourning as Shiite mosque attack toll rises to 28

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  SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of Shiite mourners began burying the victims of a suicide bomb and gun attack on a Kabul mosque Saturday as the death toll from the atrocity rose to 28. Distraught relatives and friends carried coffins into the…

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…