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Dear Mr Al Khawaja,

We have never met but I hope one day in the free Bahrain we will. I truly believe that day will come soon and because of people like yourself who stand up for the basic rights currently denied to the people of Bahrain it will come sooner than later. I will be honoured to shake your hand.It was through your daughter Maryam that I really started to learn the  truth about the Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain. This was back in 2008 when my husband Dr Mike Diboll taught her at UoB. She caught his attention as an outstanding student even then and he brought home a speech she had written about the years of oppression that manyBahrainis had been struggling against. Until then, I was quite ignorant of what had been going on; expats, as you well know, are shielded  from the truth through the national media and pro regime talk often bandied about in the clubs and bars on the island.

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Money Control, By Alan Baldwin, 18 April 2012


MANAMA (Reuters) - The wife of a jailed Bahraini activist on hunger strike has accused Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone of ignoring her husband’s plight ahead of Sunday’s controversial grand prix in the troubled country.

Pausing occasionally to wipe away tears and gather composure, Khadija al-Mousawi told Reuters in an interview in her apartment outside Manama on Wednesday that she supported Bahrain having the race.

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26 Oct 2011

Bahrain has sentenced 13 more people, including a Kuwait-born Canadian citizen, to prison for their alleged involvement in pro-democracy protests that have been sweeping the country since February.

Mohsen al-Alawi, a defense lawyer in the Persian Gulf kingdom, announced a civilian court on Tuesday sentenced Canadian Nasser al-Ras to five years in prison on charges of participating in anti-regime demonstrations, the Associated Press reported.

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25 Oct 2011

MANAMA, Bahrain — A defense lawyer in Bahrain says 13 people, including a Kuwaiti-born Canadian, have been sentenced to jail terms for links to anti-government protests and unrest in the Gulf kingdom.

Lawyer Mohsen al-Alawi says a civilian court Tuesday sentenced Canadian Nasser al-Ras to five years in prison on charges stemming from the Shiite-led demonstrations for greater rights from the ruling Sunni monarchy.

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23 Oct 2011

A group of Bahraini doctors and nurses - convicted of trying to overthrow the government - are preparing to appeal their sentences.

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23 Oct 2011

DUBAI — Twenty Bahraini medics handed long jail terms for their role during anti-regime protests launched an appeal on Sunday, authorities and a defendant said.

The doctors, nurses, and paramedics were initially tried and convicted in the military-run National Safety Court on September 28 on a raft of charges, including incitement to overthrow the regime.

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23 Oct 2011

Associated Press, MANAMA, Bahrain — A civilian court Sunday began the retrial for 20 Bahraini medical personnel whose previous conviction on protest-related charges brought outcry from international rights groups and U.N. officials about crackdowns in the Gulf kingdom.

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22 Oct 2011

Medical staff convicted by a military court of alleged serious crimes during the period of anti-government protests in Bahrain in early 2011 were subjected to abuse and torture in detention. Given the fundamental unfairness of the trial, including that civilians were tried in a military court, Bahrain’s High Court of Appeals should reverse the convictions of 20 medical staff when they hear their appeal on October 23, 2011, and order an independent investigation into the defendants’ allegations of abuse and torture.

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Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have rearrested the Vice President of Bahrain Teachers Association, Jalila al-Salman, in an overnight attack on her house.

19 Oct 2011

Regime forces broke into Jalila al-Salman’s home at 3:00 a.m local time on Wednesday and detained her without an official notice or arrest warrant.

Witnesses say more than 30 masked security forces in civilian clothes were involved in the operation.

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18 Oct 2011

In this special edition of FirstCast, we interviewed Jaleela Al-Salman just days before she was rearrested. She describes how the Bahraini security forces tortured her while in detention. Subscribe now!

In this special edition of FirstCast, we feature the voices of two brave women who have been detained the longest in Bahrain in connection to the crackdown of pro-democracy advocates. Roula al-Safar is a nurse, a humanitarian, and the head of the Bahrain Nursing Association who was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jaleela al-Salman is a teacher and vice president of the Bahrain Teachers Association. She was sentenced to three years in prison and was awaiting an appeal under civilian court.

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18 Oct 2011

Washington, DC – Human Rights First is concerned for the safety of Bahraini teacher Jaleela Al Salman, who was rearrested in a night raid conducted early this morning. She is Vice President of the Bahrain Teachers Association and reports indicate that she was seized by masked men who entered her home around 3 a.m. The security forces who took her did not show a warrant for her arrest.

On September 25, Al Salman was sentenced to three years in prison. She was convicted following an unfair military court trial and was at home while she waited for her appeal, currently scheduled for December 11. It is understood that neither Al Salman nor her lawyer received an official notice prior to her arrest. She was taken to Isa Town police station and is expected to be transferred to jail today.

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The families of six of the hundreds of people given long jail sentences speak out about the “abuse of justice”.

18 Oct 2011

Teachers, professors, politicians, doctors, athletes, students and others have all appeared in Bahrain’s military courts. In just two weeks, 208 people were sentenced or lost appeals, leading to a cumulative total of just less than 2,500 years in prison.

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11 Oct 2011

A court in Bahrain has fined the chief editor of one of the kingdom’s leading independent newspapers and three of his colleagues for publishing false reports about abuses during a crackdown on Shi’ite-led protests earlier this year.

The court on Tuesday found the four from Al Wasat newspaper guilty of disseminating misleading news and fined them about $2,650 each.

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5 Oct 2011

Many of you will have been following the fate of the 20 Bahraini doctors and other health professionals caught up in the prodemocracy demonstrations in February. After being arrested and in some cases tortured, the doctors were then put through what Amnesty International has called a “sham” trial, and despite international pressure on Bahrain’s government, they were last week given “ludicrous” sentences of up to 15 years (doi:10.1136/bmj.d6336). Another 27 health professionals are facing lesser charges and awaiting verdicts.

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