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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.

April 19 - Bahrain riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades at anti-government activists on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix.

(Reuters) - Bahrain was under tight security on Saturday after violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters overshadowed this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix race meeting in the Gulf state.

20 April 2012

The protesters, mostly from the majority Shi’ite Muslim community, blame the Sunni ruling elite for shutting them out of opportunities, jobs and housing, and are keenly aware of the attention the motor race has focused on Bahrain, which in 2004 became the first country in the region to host Formula One.

Organisers have rejected calls from human rights groups to cancel Sunday’s race because of what activists see as continuing political repression. The cars take to the track again on Saturday for practice and qualifying sessions.

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26 Oct 2011

(Reuters) - The United States pressed Bahrain on Wednesday to make good on its pledges to address any human rights violations committed during a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests earlier this year.

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8 Oct 2011

Amatuer video out of Bahrain shows a funeral service for a teenager who died from shotgun pellets after clashes with police. The government said it was investigating the incident would make the results public. The funeral for Ahmed Jaber comes at a time that the island’s Shi’ite majority are demanding more political rights and an end to what they say is discrimination in the Sunni-ruled country. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights says about 30 people, mostly Shi’ites, died when the protest movement erupted in February. They now say ongoing clashes have pushed that number to more than 40 Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

* Resolution is rare challenge to US arm sales

 * Lawmakers seek to halt arms sales until rights improve

(Reuters) 7 Oct 2011 - U.S. lawmakers, concerned about the Bahraini government’s response to a popular uprising, on Friday introduced a rare measure that would halt a $53 million arms sale to the Gulf Arab state.

 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 to prevent the sale of U.S. weapons to Bahrain “until meaningful steps are taken to improve human rights” there.

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By: Andrew Hammond, 7 Oct 2011

Reuters - A Bahraini teenager was killed during clashes with police on Thursday night, opposition activists said, and the government of the restive Gulf Arab state said it was investigating the cause of death.

 

The island’s Shi’ite majority are demanding more political rights and an end to discrimination from the monarchy, which put down a pro-democracy uprising earlier this year. Many Shi’ite areas are witnessing almost nightly clashes with police.

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6 Oct 2011

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is likely to step in and help Bahrain plug a budget hole next year if oil prices keep falling as ratings downgrades in the wake of social unrest make it costly for the island state to issue foreign debt and the Saudis seek to keep restive elements in the region in check.

 

Saudi troops have already been brought in this year to help quell Bahrain’s worst social revolt since the 1990s, which left at least 30 dead and pushed Bahrain’s economy to its first quarterly contraction in January-March since the global financial crisis in 2008.

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 (Reuters) - Bahrain’s Sunni rulers hope their reform promises and tough punishments will deter more pro-democracy protests, but majority Shi’ites are still seething, seeing scant progress on their demands for change in the deeply polarised Gulf island.

 In a sign of Shi’ite radicalisation, activists in the February 14 Youth Coalition have called for civil disobedience.

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3 Oct 2011

Bahrain handed out life sentences Monday to 14 men for killing a Pakistani national during pro-democracy protests led by the Gulf kingdom’s Shi’ite majority earlier this year, the state news agency BNA said.

A military court also sentenced 15 others to 15 years in prison each for the attempted murder of a soldier, vandalizing buildings at the University of Bahrain and “inciting hatred of the ruling system,” the agency said.

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* Military court jails 46 over unrest

* Youth group calls for protest escalation (Adds new verdicts, details; changes dateline from DUBAI)

By Andrew Hammond, 26 Sep 2011

MANAMA, Bahrain on Monday sentenced 32 men to 15 years in jail over violent anti-government protests and handed the head of a teachers’ union a 10 year prison term for calling for the overthrow of the Gulf Arab monarchy.

A military court ruled that the 32 men, whose names suggested they were all Shi’ite Muslims, set fire to fields and robbed farmers’ homes “with a terrorist intent” and took part in illegal gatherings, the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.

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