Shia Rights Watch: 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims in May 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch : The first five months of 2018 stood witness to 2,573 cases of anti-Shiism. Incidents include death, detention, discrimination, and denial of freedoms systematically or culturally. Anti-Shiism is a conflict at…

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.…

Bahrain’s systematic discrimination against Shiite majority

      SHAFAQNA - Leading Bahraini rights activist, Jawad Parweez, told the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva that Manama is continuing its systematic discrimination and persecution of Bahrain’s Shiite…

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…

Bahraini cleric: Saudi Regime no care about popular movements

      SHAFAQNA - Head of Bahrain’s Islamic Action Movement said Saudi Arabia, careless of the growing popular protests in the country, is evilly pressing ahead with its repressive policies both at home and abroad. The…

Bahraini forces arrest 5 citizens within 24 hours

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    SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini security authorities arrested 5 citizens from Karzakan, Sanabis and Samaheej, within 24 hours. Activists said that the authorities arrested Monday night (September 11, 2017) each of "Sayed Hussein…

Amnesty International concerned over Bahraini dissident's situation

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International and other rights groups have expressed concern over Bahrain’s conduct in the case of a dissident who has been detained for over nine months without being charged or put on trial. In a joint letter to Bahraini…

Bahraini police attack prisoners for practicing Shiite religious rituals

    SHAFAQNA - Bahraini Activists on social media said that Jaw Prison police attacked on Tuesday night (August 22, 2017) detainees in building 14 and transferred some of them to solitary confinement for practicing Shiite religious…

What US can do about anti-Shia discrimination in Bahrain

    SHAFAQNA - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was right this week to highlight Bahrain's anti-Shia discrimination. Speaking at the release of the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report, Tillerson correctly noted that…

Bahraini Shiite cleric transferred to prison after undergoing surgery

    SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini security authorities transferred detained Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Al-Qaffas to Dry Dock Prison (Pre-trial detention center) directly after he underwent surgery last Wednesday. LuaLua channel…

Bahraini detainee not allowed to meet his family or lawyer since 8 months of arrest

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SHAFAQNA - Family of detainee Sayed Alawi Sayed Hussein expressed deep concerns over his health and wellbeing following 8 months of arrest, without being allowed to meet his family or lawyer. The family stressed in a statement on Monday (June…

Bahrain is quietly heading towards a ‘total suppression of human rights’

SHAFAQNA - Secular opposition party dissolved by court order and five dead in protests as ruling family cracks down on dissent Overshadowed by the influence of its wealthier neighbours and the drama of the massive conflicts in Syria, Iraq and…

Bahraini Shiite cleric released after interrogations over speech in Diraz martyrs’ eulogy

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SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini authorities released (Saturday June 3, 2017) Shiite cleric Sheikh Bashar al-A'li, after almost 5 hours of interrogations. Al-A'ali was summoned by Hamad Town police Station, along with the administration of Sar Obsequy,…

Bahrainis demonstrate against regime crackdown in Diraz

SHAFAQNA - A demonstration was held on Friday in Diraz in west of the Bahraini capital of Manama as protestors held the photos of the five martyrs who fell while defending the residence of Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem against the regime crackdown…

U.N. Rights Chief calls for investigation of protestor deaths in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday called on the Government of Bahrain to promptly launch an independent, effective investigation into the deaths of five protestors during a security operation…

Endless violence of Al Khalifa and resistance of Bahrainis

SHAFAQNA - As the suppressive policies of Al Khalifa continue against Bahraini citizens, including killing, execution, taking the dead bodies of the martyrs hostage, compulsory burial, and prevention of holding funerals, the deputy general-secretary…

Bahraini forces seize control of house near Sheikh Qassim’s domicile, expel its owners

SHAFAQNA - The incidents of the bloody attack carried out on Diraz at the morning of (May 23, 2017) that left at least 5 martyrs and more than 100 injuries, 8 of whom are in the intensive care, haven't come to an end yet. The attack, in…

Bahrain Clerics Call for Participation in Marches Voicing Support for Families’ Right to Receive Bodies of Martyrs

SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BAHRAIN MIRROR - Clerics in Bahrain called for participating in marches to voice support for families' right to receive the bodies of martyrs. "We shall all be questioned about our loyalty to this blood [that…

Saudi Arabia Defends Bahrain’s Crackdown Which Left 5 Protesters Dead

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday defended the actions of Bahraini authorities who opened fire on a protest by supporters of a top Shiite cleric, killing five people. The security of Bahrain “is an integral part” of Saudi security,…

Struggle to defend religion just started: Bahraini clerics

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini clerics have hailed the endeavors made by anti-government protesters who resist the Al Khalifah regime's heavy crackdown on dissent, saying their struggle to save their religion has just started. "The battle for the…

Activist Ibtisam Al-Saegh Admitted to Hospital due to Nervous Breakdown after 8 Hours of Interrogations

SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BAHRAIN MIRROR -Human rights activist Ibtisam Al-Saegh was admitted to hospital on Friday (May 26, 2017) due to nervous breakdown after 8 hours of interrogation by the national security apparatus. Sources…

Human rights activists call for international action against Bahraini regime

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SHAFAQNA- UK rights activists have gathered outside Bahrain’s embassy in London to call on the British government and the rest of the international community to stand up to the Bahraini regime and stop its brutal treatment of anti-government…

"Detention of Sheikh Qassim done with US support", says Daqaq

SHAFAQNA - The representative of the prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim in Iran underlined that the verdict for detaining Sheikh Qassim was issued after the Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa received the green light from Washington. "After…

Human Rights Watch condemns Bahrain’s brutal attack on protesters

SHAFAQNA - A global human rights group has condemned the use of brutal violence by Bahraini regime forces against protesters in a northwestern village. Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Tuesday, "Yet again the architects of bloody destabilizing…

5 people killed as Bahrain police storm Shia cleric's town

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SHAFAQNA- Bahrain's Interior Ministry has announced the death of five people in raids on protesters gathering in the northwestern village of Diraz. On Tuesday, over 280 people were also detained during the attack, according to the ministry. Earlier…

Sheikh Qassim’s Commuted Sentence Proves Al Khalifa Losing Ground in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - This week Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies conducted an interview with Tasnim news Agency to discuss Bahrain, and Sheikh Isa Qassim's sentence. Following is a transcript of the interview: In the interview Shafaqna…

Bahraini regime court gives top Shia cleric suspended jail term

SHAFAQNA - A court in Bahrain has sentenced distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim to one year in prison, suspended for three years, and ordered him to pay a fine. The court issued the ruling on Sunday against Qassim, the spiritual…

Scholars urged Bahrainis to gather in mosques before Sheikh Isa Qassem trial

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini scholars issued a statement calling on the men and women of the country to fill mosques in all regions in Bahrain on Saturday night (May 20, 2017), on the eve of scheduled trial of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassem on Sunday (May…