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…

A Shia Muslim shot dead by 3 Burqa clad Deobandi women

SHAFAQNA - #FazalAbbas a Shia Muslim was shot dead by 3 Burqa clad Deobandi women who sneaked into his house on false pretences. His alleged crime was the “blasphemy” of being critical of Caliph Yazeed Bin Muawiya – a Deobandi icon who…

Bahraini Al-Khawaja's health deteriorates one week after open hunger strike

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SHAFAQNA - The health status of detained Bahraini rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja deteriorated one week after he launched an open hunger strike, reports said. Al-Khawaja started his hunger strike in protest against the "Jaw Central Prison"…

Police fire 'live bullets' at Nigerians urging Zakzaky's release

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SHAFAQNA - Nigerian police have reportedly used live bullets to disperse protesters demanding the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). Local media in Kaduna state said a peaceful…

Fo'aa and Kafraya: Two Syrian Tows Massacred by U.S.- Backed Terrorists

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SHAFAQNA - Syrians took pride in the fact that their country was nonsectarian, secular and united. That is… until March 15th, 2011, when a carefully planned and calculated imposed war invaded their jasmine scented country. Since then, sectarian…

Takfiri terrorists kill Shia Muslim doctor in Karachi, Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - Notorious takfiri terrorists of banned Deobandi outfit ASWJ/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi attacked a Shia Muslim doctor in Lyari Khadda Market Area near Kharadar in district south yesterday. The injured doctor breathed his last, it is confirmed…

Amnesty launches public campaign in support of Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman

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SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International has launched a public campaign, which calls on the Bahraini regime to “immediately” and “unconditionally” release prominent Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. The campaign’s statement, posted…

First Saudi Arabian Shia woman on trial over protests

SHAFAQNA - The Okaz daily said on Tuesday, without identifying the woman, that she was on trial over accusations of involvement in protests in the Shia-dominated region of Qatif. The daily said the woman, aged 43,  was involved in what…

Bahrainis rap death sentences, hefty jail terms for anti-regime activists

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini protesters have staged demonstrations across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom to express their outrage over death sentences and hefty prison terms handed down to opposition figures and political activists. The demonstrators…

Leader of Anjuman Shari Shian concerned about Kashmiri prisoners condition

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SHAFAQNA - Hurriyat leader and president Anjuman Shari Shian Aga Syed Hasan Almosawi concerned plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails. Expressing serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails, senior…