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Bahrain’s top Shia cleric hospitalized in ‘critical condition’

Bahrain’s most senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim has been taken to a private hospital in critical condition after weeks of suffering from deteriorating health. Sheikh Qassim’s family and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights group confirmed his hospitalization on Monday and said he was in “critical condition.” He has been ...

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Bahrainis mark ‘Day of Rage’ in support of Sheikh Qassim

Bahrainis are holding anti-regime protests in different areas in solidarity with prominent Shia leader Sheikh Isa Qassim, whose health condition has seriously deteriorated under house arrest over the past days. The February 14 Youth Coalition has called Friday the “Day of Rage,” urging the public to protest Sheikh Isa Qassem’s ...

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Ayatollah Qassem in Critical Condition, Stop Collective Punishment against

Prominent Bahraini human rights defender, Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman called on Bahraini authorities to lift siege imposed on the house of Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Al-Qassem, stressing that every moment of delay in treating the prominent Shia cleric is dangerous to his health. In a press conference held in Beirut, Sheikh Salman, ...

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Top Bahraini Shiite Cleric’s Health Worsening: BIRD

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The health condition of Bahrain’s top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim has deteriorated, the UK-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said. According to a statement by BIRD, physicians who had visited Sheikh Qassim in Bahrain’s northwestern village of Diraz said the spiritual leader suffers ...

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Bahrain to try Sheikh Salman on espionage charges: Report

Bahrain is set to try prominent Shia cleric and opposition figure Sheikh Ali Salman this week on a charge of “spying” for Qatar, a media report says. Salman, the secretary-general of the country’s now-dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, would be tried alongside two of his colleagues on November 27, Bahrain’s Lulu TV channel reported on ...

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Bahraini rights activist Rajab just exercising legitimate right to free speech: HRW

Human Rights Watch has strongly censured the Bahraini regime over keeping prominent human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner Nabeel Rajab behind bars over his criticism of the ruling Al Khalifah family and the Wahhabi ideology. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of the New York-based international non-governmental organization, wrote in a ...

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UN urged to help lift Bahraini regime’s siege of senior cleric’s house

The representative of prominent Bahraini cleric Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim in Iran called on the United Nations to get involved in efforts to end systematic human rights violations in the Arab country, including the Manama regime’s military siege on the house of the top Shiite cleric. (tasnim) — Sheikh Abdullah ...

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Bahraini court postpones trial of rights activist Rajab until Nov. 22

A Bahraini court has postponed until November 22 the trial of prominent Bahraini human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner Nabeel Rajab, who has been kept behind bars over his criticism of the ruling Al Khalifah regime and the Wahhabi ideology. The High Court of Appeal, presided over by Judge Badr al-Abdullah, took the decision against ...

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Bahrain orders citizens to ‘immediately leave’ Lebanon

Bahrain has ordered all its citizens in Lebanon to “leave immediately” in the wake of Saad Hariri’s abrupt resignation as the Lebanese prime minister, which was announced from Saudi Arabia. In a statement issued on Sunday afternoon, Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry said, “Due to the current conditions and developments in Lebanon, ...

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Bahraini courts hand down prison terms to three Shia clerics

Courts in Bahrain have separately handed down prison sentences between six months and one year to three Shia Muslim clerics as the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown and persecution of the members of the religious community in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. Informed sources, requesting ...

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