Verdict in case against Sheikh Ali Salman expected on June 21

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SHAFAQNA - A Manama court adjourned proceedings in the case against Bahrain’s opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman during the latest hearing on Tuesday. The next session has been scheduled for June 21 at which time the court is expected…

Two Shia Muslims martyred in terrorist attack in southwestern Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA - Two Shia Muslims from Hazara community hailing from Balochistan Shia Conference embraced martyrdom while third was injured in a terrorist attack in Quetta's Western Bypass area on Sunday. Police sources said Shia martyrs were…

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…

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…

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…

Lashkar Jhangvi Appeals for Funds to wipe out Shias from Pakistan

    Hate and violent campaign is continuing against Shia community from Takfiri Deoandi network without any hurdle despite big claims of wiping out menace of terrorism made by Punjab government like federal and other provincial…

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,…

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…

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…

Interior and Islamic Affairs Ministries Hunt for Extremist Books in Moroccan Bookstores

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SHAFAQNA - Morocco World News : Commissions from both ministries have begun a campaign in bookstores around the kingdom to search out religious extremist books, especially those whose authors are preachers known for praising terrorism and radicalism,…

Bahrain Cleric’s Trial Postponed

SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini court on Tuesday delayed the trial of Shia cleric Sheikh Muhammad Salih Qashami. According to al-Lulu news network, the court postponed the trial session of Sheikh Qashami, his son and daughter, and three Shia women…

Amnesty International reiterates call for Nabeel Rajab’s ‘immediate’ release

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International reiterated its call for Nabeel Rajab’s ‘immediate and unconditional’ release, just days after his latest court hearing. The Bahraini human rights defender, who was jailed last summer, is currently standing…

UN experts call on Manama to ensure Sheikh Isa Qassim’s rights are respected

SHAFAQNA - Four UN experts called on Manama to ensure that Sheikh Isa Qassim’s human rights are fully respected. The experts welcomed the news that the senior Shiite cleric had been transferred to hospital but expressed concern over the…

Letter of Ayatollah Akhtari to UN Secretary-General and human rights officials on health conditions of Sheikh Isa Qassim

SHAFAQNA - Following the worsening of the physical condition of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, member of the Supreme Council of the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly, the Secretary-General wrote to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and seven…

Bahraini shiite cleric accuses Manama of slowly killing of Ayatollah Isa Qassim

SHAFAQNA - A leading Bahraini Shiite cleric called on Manama to lift the house arrest on Bahrain’s highest religious authority, Ayatollah Isa Qassim, and allow him to receive desperately needed medical care. Speaking to the media in Beirut…

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…

Protests erupt across Bahrain following Sheikh Qassim’s deteriorating health

SHAFAQNA - Protesters marched peacefully through the streets of a number of towns and villages including Karbabad, Shahrakkan, Buri, Abu Saiba, Samaheej, and Al Maqsha. Many waved the Bahraini flag and held up posters of Sheikh Qassim, the…

Sheikh Isa Qassim's health deteriorates

SHAFAQNA - Rights activists have taken to social media to express their grave concerns as to Sheikh Isa Qassim's health, warning that the senior cleric was quickly slipping away due to a lack of adequate medical care. Hounded by Manama regime…

Al Wefaq warns against criminalisation of opposition

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s opposition Al Wefaq party warned that the recent blacklisting of one of its former lawmakers was “extremely dangerous”. A Saudi-led bloc of countries classified Sheikh Hassan Sultan as a terrorist on Wednesday.Saudi…

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…

Free Zakzaky, IMN cries out to Buhari after 700 days of detention

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SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, his wife, Zeenah, and several hundreds of other members from detention. The group said after 700 days, it was heartless…