Human Rights

False starts are common. Is this another one?

False starts are common. Is this another one?

16 Mar, '174 Comments

Something’s up. I – like the majority of Bahrainis – have become pessimistic and always looking for hidden meanings. This latest feeling descended on me when I heard that a staunch loyalist MP invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad Alhussein to come to Bahrain to personally investigate the situation here […]

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Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

Gratitudes and the Duraz Siege

27 Aug, '167 Comments

Today, I choose to reflect on our village Duraz’s siege from my own perspective. We are having to suffer long queues of cars to report to a police checkpoint – one of only two for a village and an area that hosts over 20,000 residents – to get home.

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How to deal with hate

How to deal with hate

3 Jun, '161 Comment

Here’s a small example of how two brave women took it upon themselves to do the right thing and stood up to a hateful Islamophobe. They give us a clear and good example of how to deal with hate: Both the racist and the young woman were customers at this ice-cream parlour. But the women […]

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The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

The Hostility of the Middle East to Freedom of Expression

12 Sep, '154 Comments

Here’s a riddle: if you heard the following, which country of region or the world would immediately jump up at you? A female artist and activist serving a 12-year prison sentence is facing additional charges, including “indecent conduct,” after shaking her male lawyer’s hand. South America? China? Belarus? Georgia? USA? No. I bet the region […]

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Pop Quiz: How Sectarian are You?

Pop Quiz: How Sectarian are You?

6 Sep, '154 Comments

How sectarian are you, is a question that I’ve often thought of and produced a few traits that might indicate the level of sectarianism in a person. A recent article by Ghanim Alnajjar in Alwasat newspaper; however, has written a good comprehensive list which could be used to judge the level of a person’s sectarianism […]

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