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Bahrain Crackdown: Court Sentences 24 Shiites to Jail, Revoking Citizenship

Continuing its crackdown against Shia citizens, a Bahrain court sentenced 24 of them to prison and stripped them of their nationality after claiming they are guilty of forming a “terrorist group”, a Bahraini judicial source said Thursday. Other claimed allegations included travelling to Iraq and Iran for “weapons and explosives ...

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No Political Solution to Bahraini Crisis: Opposition Figure

Speaking at a round-table meeting held at the Tasnim News Agency’s office in Tehran on the seventh anniversary of Bahrain’s February 14 Revolution, Seyed Morteza al-Sendi said since the beginning of the popular uprising in 2011 to now, there have been numerous developments. The political solution to the Bahraini crisis ...

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Amnesty launches online campaign to demand release of jailed Bahraini activists

Amnesty international has launched an online campaign in solidarity with prominent Bahraini  human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been behind bars over his criticism of the ruling Al Khalifah family, urging Manama to “immediately and unconditionally” release him. Through its online campaign, the London-based non-governmental organization sends an email to ...

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Amnesty urges Bahrain to quash latest death sentences, end crackdown on dissent

Amnesty International has called upon Bahraini officials to overturn recent death sentences passed on six civilians over terror-related charges, and to put an immediate end to the violent crackdown on political dissidents and anti-regime protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. The London-based non-governmental organization announced in a statement on ...

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Bahraini regime forces detain 6 civilians with no charge: Activists

Activists say Bahraini forces have held six civilians, including a woman, without offering any legal justification for their detention as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its repressive measures and heavy-handed crackdown in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. Human rights activists, requesting anonymity, said Fawzia Mashallah had been kept in police ...

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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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