(AP) MANAMA, 22 April 2012
Bahrain - Under heavy security, Bahrain’s embattled leaders toasted the return Sunday of the coveted Formula One Grand Prix even as riot police used armored vehicles to virtually seal off opposition strongholds and fight hit-and-run clashes in the Arab Spring’s longest-running street battles.
The contrasts put the Gulf kingdom’s divisions in stark relief: The Sunni rulers basking in the F1 glamor at the desert circuit while security forces imposed lockdown tactics against Shiite neighborhoods at the heart of the more than 14-month-old uprising.
18 Dec 2011
Immediately after the huge waves of public demonstrations started in Bahrain in February 2011, the government resorted to violence to stop the unrest. However, the protests continued to spread and people never hesitated to express their legitimate demands openly.
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.
9 Oct 2011
U.S. members of Congress, concerned about the Bahraini government’s response to a popular uprising, introduced a rare measure that would halt a $53m arms sale to the Persian Gulf kingdom.U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and U.S. Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts, both Democrats, said they introduced resolutions in both houses of Congress on Friday to prevent the sale of U.S. weapons to Bahrain “until meaningful steps are taken to improve human rights” there.
4 Oct 2011
TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday that the Bahraini foreign minister had held a meeting with the Iranian foreign minister to explain the situation in the kingdom.
Mehmanparast made the remarks during his weekly press briefing in reference to the fact that Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi came under criticism after he held a meeting with Bahrain Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa in New York on September 26.
30 Sep 2011
A top Iranian diplomat has warned that violent treatment of Bahraini protesters would widen the gap between Bahrainis and the Manama government.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that lengthy jail terms and life sentences handed to Bahraini protesters and medical professionals would further complicate the situation in the Persian Gulf kingdom, Fars news agency reported on Thursday.
30 Sep 2011
TEHRAN – The Bahraini foreign minister has thanked Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi for the efforts he has made to help “normalize” relations between Tehran and Manama, a pan-Arab daily reported.
Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa made the remarks in an interview with the London-based Arabic daily Asharq Alawsat published on Thursday. His comments were later translated into English.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Members of the Iranian Parliament in a statement called on the United Nations to urgently deploy missions in Bahrain and Yemen to halt the brutal clampdown on innocent people and stop human rights violations in both countries.
29 Sep 2011
The lawmakers condemned brutality against the innocent people in Bahrain and Yemen, and urged the UN “to honor its obligations”.
The legislators further urged the United Nations to take up responsibility and start direct interference in Bahrain and Yemen by sending special envoys to these two countries.
28 Sep 2011
TEHRAN – Two hundred and twelve Iranian lawmakers issued a statement on Wednesday calling on the United Nations to send a delegation to Yemen and Bahrain to investigate the situation in these two Asian countries, which are in the throes of crisis.
Following is the text of the statement: Developments occurring in the region, particularly in the two countries of Yemen and Bahrain, have entered a critical phase. The killings of the innocent people in these two countries, given Saudi Arabia’s role in it, signify the weakness of these (countries’) governments and will definitely result in the spread of Islamic uprisings of the people in these countries who are seeking to determine governments which they want to rule over them.
Fars News Agency, 27 Sep 2011
During the meeting which was held upon the request of the Bahraini delegation on the sidelines of the 66th meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York, al-Khalifa expressed concern over the ceased ambassadorial activity between the two countries, and called for the return of the two countries’ envoys to each other’s capitals to revive the normal relations between Tehran and Manama.
Voice of America (VOA), 27 Sep 2011
Tehran says the foreign ministers of Iran and Bahrain have met in New York, in what appears to be the first time since the two countries withdrew their ambassadors in a diplomatic squabble over Bahrain’s crackdown on Shi’ite-led protests.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa held talks late Monday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting.