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…

Saudi regime storms Shias mosque in Al-Awamiyah

SHAFAQNA - Saudi snipers have opened fire at unarmed women and children in their houses in al-Awamiyah village in the kingdom’s oil-rich and Shiite-populated Eastern Province. At least 31 civilians have been injured by Saudi snipers in al-Awamiyah…

The Rise in Religious Hostility in Bahrain The campaign of inciting sectarian hatred against Shias continues

SHAFAQNA - This report is intended to illustrate how the majority Shia Muslim demographic endures systematic sectarian discrimination in Bahrain. Making the crisis oblivious to the international community, organizations, activists and free…

The Absence of Accountability in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini regime continues to suppress people and denies their rights amid silence of international community. The Bahraini authorities have been carrying out an ongoing crackdown on opposition figures, political dissent, journalists,…

Saudi Arabia to execute 14 Shiite after unfair trial

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia plans to execute 14 Shia civilians following a "grossly unfair trial" over political protests, international rights groups said. "The rise in death sentences against Saudi Arabian Shia is alarming and suggests that the…

Saudis planning to execute 14 Shias after unfair trial

SHAFAQNA - International rights groups say Saudi Arabia plans to execute 14 Shia civilians following a "grossly unfair trial" over political protests. "The rise in death sentences against Saudi Arabian Shia is alarming and suggests that…

Saudi Arabia to behead deaf, blind man, 23, over protest

SHAFAQNA - A disabled man is set to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia after a court upheld a death sentence against him. Munir Adam, 23, is deaf and visually impaired and has been sentenced to death for taking part in a protest. His hearing and vision…

Saudi moves youngest Shiite political prisoner to notorious jail

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has moved the country's youngest political prisoner to a notorious jail in the eastern city of Dammam despite objections by human rights groups and the United Nations. The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights…

Saudi Forces Wreak Havoc in Shiite Residential Areas

SHAFAQNA - New images released by political activists demonstrate the magnitude of destruction caused by the Saudi regime forces’ shelling and gunfire in the Shiite town of al-Awamiyah in the Arab country’s eastern province of Qatif. Saudi…

Diraz Martyrs Families: "We Refuse any Request other than Handing over Bodies in Accordance with Established Customs"

SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BAHRAIN MIRROR -Families of Diraz martyrs said that they refuse to yield to any request by the Bahraini security authorities to bury their sons in the Hura cemetery. In a statement, they explained that they…

SHEIKH ZAKZAKY: A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE AT 66

SHAFAQNA - When the English lawyer Peter Benenson defined "prisoner of conscience" in The Observer of 28 May 1961, as “any person who is physically restrained (by imprisonment or otherwise) from expressing (in any form of words or symbols…

14 Days on: Saudi regime kills its own people in Shia town of Awamiyah

SHAFAQNA - Saudi security forces continue their siege al-Awamiyah, as intense shelling and gunfire is wreaking havoc on the Shiite-populated town in the eastern province of Qatif. Saudi forces started their brutal attack on Awamiyah on May…

Saudi armored vehicle exploded in besieged Shia town

SHAFAQNA - An armored vehicle belonging to the Saudi military has reportedly exploded in the besieged Shia town of Awamiyah, which has been under attack by regime forces over the past days. According to Taqreed al-Ahrar news website, all those…

Saudi Arabia’s ideology of exclusion and genocide

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SHAFAQNA - In yet another grand display of religious repression against Saudi Arabia’s Shiite community, al-Saud monarchy ordered a brutal crackdown against the city of Awamiyah, in the eastern province of Qatif, so that it could play demographic…

Manama must end degrading treatment of prisoners: Rights groups

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SHAFAQNA - A coalition of human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, has called on Bahrain to halt its “cruel, inhuman, or degrading” treatment of political prisoners. In a joint statement released on Sunday, a coalition of…

Rally in London denounces Bahrain's injustice vis a vis Sheikh Isa Qassim

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SHAFAQNA - Protesters gathered this Sunday in London to denounce al-Khalifa's wave of oppression against pro-democracy protesters and the systematic targeting of Bahrain's Shia leadership. Bahrain's most senior and revered Shia cleric, Sheikh…

Bahraini forces detain Shia cleric Sheikh Abdulzahra Karbabadi

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini regime forces have arrested another Shia Muslim cleric as the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown and persecution of the members of the religious community in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. Masked…

Nigerian Shiite: Buhari’s government has worst case of human rights violation

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SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, has called on the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to use his office to order the immediate release of its leader Sheikh Ibraheem El- Zakzaky and his wife from illegal incarceration. IMN gave the…