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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…

Saudi Arabia set to brutally execute Shia Muslims - UN calls foul

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SHAFAQNA - In yet another display of complete disregard for human rights, Saudi Arabia is said to be ready to carry out the execution of 13 Shia Muslims on the basis they represent a threat to national security. Under Saudi Arabia’s strict…

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…

Amnesty calls on Manama to drop charges against Ebtisam al-Saegh

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International called for a show of solidarity with Bahrain’s Ebtisam al-Saegh on the occasion of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. In a Tweet posted on Wednesday, the group urged Manama “to drop all…

The case of Nabeel Rajab

SHFAQNA - Activists and international rights groups have voiced their outrage over Wednesday’s court verdict, which upheld a 2-year prison sentence against Bahrain’s Nabeel Rajab. Amnesty International described the ruling as ‘shameful’. “He…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Diraz under religious ban in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - The siege on Diraz entered its second year, along with the authorities ban on the biggest Friday prayers held by the Shiite majority in Bahrain. Friday July 21, 2017 marked the beginning of the 53th consecutive week of Diraz siege,…

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…

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,…