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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…

BAHRAIN’S REVOLUTION & THE CONCEPT OF PEACEFUL RESISTANCE - Trailer

SHAFAQNA - 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 political history and the influence colonialism…

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…

The Latest Image of Sheikh Isa Qassim in Hospital

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SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Isa Qassem, one of the leaders of Bahraini uprising against the Al-Khalifah regime, was moved to home from hospital only two days after surgery and was again placed under house arrest by the Bahraini government. Source:…

Nabeel Rajab spends most of his time confined to narrow cell, forbidden from reading book, buying winter cloths

SHAFAQNA - Jailed Bahraini human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, spends most of his time confined to a narrow cell and is prevented from communicating with other detainees. His son, Adam Nabeel Rajab, Tweeted on Sunday that the prominent activist…

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…

Bahrain’s scholars call for supplication sessions for Sheikh Isa Qassim’s health

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s religious scholars or the Ulama called on Bahrainis to take part in supplication sessions for the health of Sheikh Isa Qassim. The Ulama asked that the gatherings be organized in a number of locations including mosques…

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…

Conflict Resolution in the Middle East and the Islamic thought

SHAFAQNA - Conflict resolution, or, at the very least, our ability to engage with those parties we disagree with, remains our era’s greatest challenge - even more so if we consider that the Middle East has bled several rivers over the past…

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…

Al Khalifa Playing with Fire

SHAFAQNA-  Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights and Democracy warned about the deteriorating health conditions of the country’s top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim. In a statement, the center criticized the ruling Al Khalifa regime for holding…

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…

7 Bahraini civilians detained in unknown locations

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini regime recently detained in unknown locations seven people, including two minors, amid a brutal crackdown on human rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. The Bahrain Forum for…