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36 Bahraini receive 429 years in prison, 13 stripped of citizenship

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini courts issued, on Monday, sentences against 36 citizens that amounted to 429 years in prison. A court sentenced 3 citizens to 15 years in prison and handed 10 others 10 year sentences, all with a case of political background. In…

Torture in Bahrain - an ongoing reality says Human Rights Watch

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini security forces are torturing detainees during interrogation as regulatory bodies set up after the 2011 uprising "lack independence" and officials are not held accountable, Human Rights Watch said Monday. Bahrain has…

Bahraini Regime Deprives Sheikh Salman's Toddler of Citizenship

SHAFAQNA - The one-year-old daughter of Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has been deprived of Bahraini citizenship on political grounds, Salman’s wife announced. “Today,…

Sheikh Abdullah al-Saleh: Regional Countries Seek Bahraini Revolution to Be Forgotten

SHAFAQNA- Deputy Secretary General of Bahrain’s Islamic Amal Society said certain regional countries are attempting to make the Bahraini uprising a forgotten one. Speaking to IQNA, Sheikh Abdullah al-Saleh said these wealthy countries…

Al Wefaq Condemns Terror Attacks in Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - Al Wefaq National Islamic Society strongly condemns the attacks that took the lives of the innocent people in south Beirut, on Thursday evening. These attacks are carried out by the enemies of humanity and Islam. These hands work…

US Department of State Urges Bahrain to Drop Charges Brought Against Sheikh Ali Salman

SHAFAQNA - The State Department’s spokesperson, John Kirby, has said in a daily press briefing that charges against Sheikh Ali Salman that were brought on the basis of freedom of peaceful expression should be dropped. Sheikh Salman, Secretary…

Bahrain authorities ban opposition societies in support for Palestine

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini Authorities have banned the National Democratic Opposition from holding a peaceful assembly on Friday. The opposition societies have, as usual, filed a notification at the Ministry of Interior for the demonstration…

8 NGOs condemn Bahraini authorities’ decisions to revoke nationality of Bahraini citizens

SHAFAQNA - 8 national human rights organisations condemn the revocation of nationality decisions carried out by the Bahraini authorities. These NGOs are : Bahrain Human Rights Observatory, SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights, Bahrain Center…

Bahrain Gives Life Sentences To Five Shi'ite Muslims

SHAFAQNA - A court in Bahrain has sentenced five Shiites convicted of spying for Iran to life imprisonment, while also revoking their citizenship. The verdict comes amid escalated tensions between Bahrain and Iran. Public Prosecutor…

UN Right Group: Sheikh Ali Salman Detained Arbitrarily

SHAFAQNA-A United Nations rights group says the prominent Bahraini Shia cleric, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been detained arbitrarily, calling on the Manama regime to release him immediately. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention announced…

#IBelong #Bahrain Campaign kicks off on November 6 - Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - November 6th represents the anniversary of the first decision to strip the nationality of Bahraini citizens on account of their political affiliations, stand or desire to oppose injustice in the kingdom island. But Bahrain remembers…

Bahraini embassy's street renamed after journalist tortured in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - In a protest to mark International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (2 November), Reporters Without Borders today renamed 12 Parisian streets after journalists who have been murdered, tortured or disappeared. The…

Manama dialogue participants urged to press for political dialogue between opposition and regime

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SHAFAQNA - Al Wefaq’s Secretary General Sheikh Ali Salman has sent a message to the participants in the Manama Dialogue security summit welcoming them from his prison cell in Bahrain. In his message he said: I hope you receive my message…

Bahrain: Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Zainab Al-Khawaja

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SHAFAQNA - The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests…

Bahraini Activists: Gun Attacks Put Social Security Under Threat

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain is affected by the rise of violence on the grounds of extremism and takfirism against Shia communities in the Gulf and the region, Shaikh Maytham Alsalman said, amid the absence of clear policies and legal measures against…

Bahrain authorities, a source of terror & violator of Shiite religious rights

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain Forum for Human Rights stated that the Bahraini authorities' campaign against Ashura Banners and Slogans reflects "the deep-rooted hatred and discrimination in the government's structure," pointing out that "turning the state…

Bahrain launches aggressive campaign against Ashura

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SHAFAQNA - Activists on social media said that the Bahraini Interior Ministry's security forces continued to take down on Tuesday (October 13, 2015) banners and flags for the Ashura season which the country's Shiite majority commemorates each…

Sheikh Ali Salman is denied access in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, said he is being denied right to discussion with his legal representatives as his appeal approaches on 14th October 2015. The court and prison administration…

The pain and strain of a life in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA - The latest national field study conducted by the Psychiatric Hospital included 1,114 citizens. It was revealed that 51% of them suffer from psychological disorders, 62% of them have troubles in sleeping, 71% suffer from anxiety and…

Bahrain - The trial of Sheikh Salman is rigged

SHAFAQNA - Secretary-General of the main opposition group in Bahrain Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman, said that he wasn't able to consult his defence panel days before his plea hearing scheduled on October 14, 2015. On…

Britain Trade Union calls for audit on Bahrain - The new morality of war

SHAFAQNA -  British trade unions have launched a campaign calling for an independent audit of the UK government aid to Bahrain and an expose of "widespread and systematic" human rights abuses. The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), with…

Champions for Justice: Bahrain’s Imprisoned Politicians

SHAFAQNA - Last year marked the first general elections to be held in Bahrain since the pro-democracy uprising of 2011.  Since the election, which has been named amongst the worst elections in 2014 alongside those in Syria and Afghanistan,…