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Nabeel Rajab, his cellmates denied access to drinking water: BCHR

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SHAFAQNA - The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) voiced its concern over the ill-treatment of its founder and jailed Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab. The BCHR reported on Thursday that Rajab and his cellmates have been denied drinking…

Number of Bahrainis stripped of citizenship surpasses 600 mark

SHAFAQNA - The head of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei reported that the number of Bahrainis stripped of their citizenship in the last six years has surpassed the 600 mark. AlWadaei tweeted on Wednesday…

Bahrain's sanctions against Shia community continues

SHAFAQNA - Manama’s security forces deployed armored vehicles across Bahrain’s northwestern village of Diraz in an apparent bid to enforce a ban on Friday prayers at the local Shiite mosque. Activists posted images online showing police…

Human Rights Bodies Call for Release of Bahraini Political Prisoners

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SHAFAQNA - The letter slammed the terrible conditions the Bahraini-Danish human rights activist and other political prisoners are undergoing, the Manama Post reported. It also called for providing the prisoners with necessary medical care…

Nabeel Rajab says he is ready to die in prison

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SHAFAQNA - Jailed Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab told his son during a telephone conversation on Wednesday that he was “prepared for the worst and death in … prison.” According to his son, Adam Nabeel Rajab, the prominent…

Shiites in Bahrain are barred from praying

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SHAFAQNA - Under international law freedom of religion remains a principle no nation can, in theory at least, violate without fear of serious repercussions. And yet, country such as Bahrain have defied and defiled such law more times than anyone…

Bahrain's regime targets children

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SHAFAQNA - In yet another display of violence, and it needs to be noted, disregard for international law and human decency, Manama has proven willing to target children as part of its repression campaign against pro-democracy activists. The…

Saudis condemned on 3rd anniversary of war, Scores of Bahrainis detained

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SHAFAQNA - The third anniversary of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen has been marked worldwide with indignation, revulsion and calls for an immediate halt of American and British arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.…

Jaw Prison and the policy of religious persecution

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SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s most infamous incarceration center finds itself once again in the middle of controversy as reports pointed to systematic religious-based persecution have surfaced. Shia Muslims detainees - who account for the majority…

Activists mark uprising anniversary by protesting outside Bahraini embassies in Washington, London

SHAFAQNA- Marking seven years since the start of the popular uprising in Bahrain, rights campaigners staged protests outside the kingdom’s embassies in London and Washington DC. Chanting slogans against the regime in Manama, a small group…

Sheikh Isa Qassim placed back under house arrest following surgery

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SHAFAQNA-Bahrain’s highest religious authority Sheikh Isa Qassim was discharged from hospital over the weekend after undergoing surgery. He was returned to his home in Diraz where he remains under house arrest. On Friday, he spent several…

Bahraini Opposition Calls for Rallies Marking 7th Year of Revolution

SHAFAQNA- According to al-Laulau website, a spokesman for the coalition said the Bahraini people, through their awareness, resistance and steadfastness have proved to the world that they will not abandon their legitimate demands, including…

Bahraini court upholds jail sentence against Sheikh Isa Qassim

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s highest religious authority Sheikh Isa Qassim has had his 1-year suspended prison sentence upheld by Manama’s Cassation Court on Monday. The court also upheld a June 2016 ruling that stripped the senior cleric of…

Bahraini Shia scholar "Sayed Hashim" arrested by security forces

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini regime forces, backed by masked militiamen, have arrested a Shia Muslim cleric on the northwestern coast of the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom as the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown and…

Bahraini regime forces jail Shia cleric for supporting Sheikh Isa Qassim

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini regime officials have sentenced a Shia clergyman to one year in prison over his support for prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, who has been stripped of citizenship by the Al Khalifah regime and is suffering from deteriorating…

Activists gather in front of Bahrain’s London embassy protesting imprisonment of Al Khawaja

SHAFAQNA - A group of activists gathered in front of the Bahraini Embassy in London on Monday to protest the ongoing imprisonment of human rights defender Abdulhadi Al Khawaja. The protest was organized by Front Line Defenders, whose executive…

Citizenships of 155 Bahrainis revoked in politically-motivated cases in 2017

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SHAFAQNA - The year 2017 witnessed the revocation of 155 citizenships of Bahrainis, due to politically-motivated cases. On average, that would be 13 citizenship revocations every month. The year 2016 witnessed the revocation of 90 citizenships,…

Bahrain’s jailed opposition leader's family expresses concern over his deteriorating health

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SHAFAQNA - The family of Bahrain’s jailed opposition leader and cancer survivor, Hassan Mushaima, expressed their growing concern over his deteriorating health. According to Mushaima’s loved ones, authorities at Bahrain’s Jaw Prison…

Senior scholar: Death sentences signify Bahrain regime's inability to silence people

SHAFAQNA - A member of Bahrain’s Ulema (scholars) Council said the Al Khalifa regime’s move to sentence six citizens to death in a military court demonstrates the regime’s inability to silence the people. Trying civilians in military…

Al Khalifa forces arrest Bahraini Shiite cleric

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SHAFAQNA - Bahraini Shiite cleric Sheikh Mahmoud al-Ali has been arrested after a Manama court upheld a previous 6-month jail sentence against him. The cleric is the vice-president of Bahrain’s largest Shiite religious and cultural organization,…

2017 one of bloodiest years in Bahrain’s history: Al-Wefaq

SHAFAQNA - The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society designated 2017 as one of the bloodiest years in Bahrain’s history, marred by repression and rights abuses. In a statement released on New Year’s Day, the opposition group asserted that…

Bahraini regime continues ban on holding Friday prayers in Diraz

SHAFAQNA - Armored vehicles were deployed to cordon off Diraz’s Imam Al Sadiq Mosque, which used to host the largest Shiite congregation in the country. Concrete barricades and police checkpoints were also used to restrict people’s freedom…

Sheikh Ali Salman’s trial adjourned until January 4

SHAFAQNA - A Manama court adjourned the trial of Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman until January 4. Thursday’s postponement was the third in the case as the court reportedly waits to hear testimony from a prosecution witness. Sheikh…

Over 500 Bahrainis stripped of their citizenship since 2012

SHAFAQNA - The number of Bahrainis who had their citizenship revoked since 2012 surpassed the 500 mark this week. In recent months, Manama has stepped up citizenship revocations amid an intensifying crackdown on dissent. Many of those who…

Bahrain’s religious scholars call on Manama to cancel death sentences against civilians

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s religious scholars called on Manama to annul Monday’s verdict by the kingdom’s military court, which sentenced six civilians to death. The religious body also demanded that the regime stop trying civilians before…

Anti-Saudi rally in Bahrain in solidarity with oppressed Shia Muslims

SHAFAQNA - According to the Manama Post, Buri, al-Malikiya, and al-Murkh are among the areas in Bahrain that have been the scene of demonstrations against the Al Saud regime’s crimes against Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif and al-Awamiyah. People…

Manama court upholds prison terms against Ahmed Alwadaei’s relatives

SHAFAQNA - Manama’s court of appeals upheld lengthy prison terms against the family members of exiled Bahraini human rights defender and director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei. Alwadaei’s…

BAHRAIN’S REVOLUTION & THE CONCEPT OF PEACEFUL RESISTANCE

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SHAFAQNA - Dr Mohammed Haidar & Jalal Fairouz To understand Bahrain and the drawn-out struggles Bahrainis continue to endure as they strive to achieve political independence and social justice one needs to contextualise Bahrain’s…