21 April 2012
(Reuters) - The daughter of a prominent Bahraini opposition activist who has been on hunger strike for over two months was arrested on Saturday evening for trying to stage a protest in the capital Manama, activists said.
Sayed Yousif al-Muhafda said Zainab al-Khawaja, who has been arrested before only to be released several hours later, was taken by police after she tried to protest near the Financial Harbour in the capital.
She was among protesters who riot police tried to prevent marching inside the city’s market area, a Reuters witness said.
19 April 2012
Bahrain has arrested about 80 leading democracy activists in an attempt to contain anti-government protests ahead of this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix, a rights group said on Wednesday.
"About 80 people from several villages near (the capital) Manama have been arrested since April 14," the president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Mohammed Maskati, told AFP, adding that the "mass wave of arrests is a preventive measure" by the authorities.
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.
Financial Times, Abu Dhabi
By Camilla Hall, 16 April 2012
Bahraini police briefly detained two international human rights officials and scores of Bahrainis on Sunday, as the country struggles to depict a picture of calm ahead of the controversial hosting of the Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend.
Police detained Tom Malinowski, Washington director of Human Rights Watch, and Nadim Houry, the organisation’s deputy director for the Middle East and north Africa, as they observed protests in the village of Duraz. They were not targeted specifically and were released after a few hours, after showing their permission to be in the country, Human Rights Watch said.
Bahrain Freedom Movement, April 12, 2012
One of the two Bahraini nationals on hunger strike has been taken to hospital this afternoon after being found unconscious on the street pavements outside the U.S Embassy in Grosvenor Square.
Ali Mushaima and Musa Abd Ali have now spent two nights outside the U.S Embassy and have been on indefinite hunger strike for the past eight days.
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.
26 Oct 2011
(WNN) Manama, BAHRAIN: Without proper jurisdiction and legal rights, school teacher and Vice President of Bahrain’s Teachers Association Mrs. Jaleela Al Salman has been forced to return to prison by Bahrain police security following her official release from prison while she was waiting for the appeal of her upcoming case set for December 11.
Detained in prison without access to a lawyer from March 29 to August 21, Jaleela faced a Bahraini military courtroom on September 25, 2011 where she was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment on charges of ‘inciting hatred towards the regime.’ Charges also included calling for a teachers strike and attempting to overthrow the ruling system by force. During her days in prison Jaleela later outlined what she calls “beatings” and sexual intimidation under threats of rape that lead her to making a forced confession of guilt before she received her first official day in court.
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.
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.
Tens of thousands of anti-regime demonstrators have taken to the streets near the Bahrani capital, Manama, calling for freedom and an end to the Al Khalifa regime’s brutal crackdown on protests, Press TV reports.
22 Oct 2011
The Friday demonstration was organized by the main opposition group al-Wefaq as part of its weekly protests.
Demonstrators also staged protest rallies in several towns and villages around Manama, calling for the downfall of the regime.
Thousands of protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding political reforms and a constitutional monarchy — a demand that evolved into an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa regime after the crackdown on the popular protests.
Bahraini regime forces have attacked and arrested several peaceful anti-regime demonstrators in a number of villages on the island of Sitra, Press TV has learned.
22 Oct 2011
Activists said that some eight people were detained and many more were injured after protesters took to the street across Bahrain as part of the so-called “Arrows of Dignity” event on Saturday.
Arrows of Dignity has been organized by activists to show solidarity with an unknown number of female prisoners behind bars in the Persian Gulf sheikdom.
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.
Rula al-Saffar, whose appeal hearing is on Sunday, tells how she was tortured and jailed for treating injured protesters
21 Oct 2011
When a Bahraini hospital started to take in casualties from the violent crackdown on protesters earlier this year, Rula al-Saffar was one of the first to volunteer. As a medical professor and president of the Bahraini Nursing Society, she was not on the staff of the overwhelmed Salmaniya hospital, but doctors needed all the help they could get.
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.