Human Rights

The Ambassador Speaketh

The Ambassador Speaketh

9 Jan, '110 Comments

Interesting interview in Al-Wasat this morning in which its editor-in-chief interviewed the departing American Ambassador to Bahrain Mr Adam Ereli. The interview had three axes: reflections on his tenure in Bahrain, Freedoms of Expression as exercised (or lack thereof) in Bahrain and the Internet in particular and lastly human rights. It’s surprising and refreshing to […]

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“It’s a snafu, honest!”

6 Jan, '112 Comments

BAHRAINI authorities yesterday claimed to have blocked a number of websites and blogs by mistake. The Information Affairs Authority (IAA) claimed a technical error resulted in blocking of several sites, but said in a statement it was fixing the problem. […] She said her site www.sillybahrainigirl.blogspot.com was blocked on Tuesday after being incorrectly categorised as […]

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The efficacy of Internet filtering

The efficacy of Internet filtering

5 Jan, '113 Comments

If there ever was a reason not to trust Internet filters, even from a world authority like McAfee in this case, then the blocking of my friend Amira Al-Hussaini’s website is a case in point. For some reason, the “smart filter”, which is purportedly used by most telcos in the Gulf, has mistakenly categorised her […]

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Another site blocked in Bahrain

Another site blocked in Bahrain

4 Jan, '119 Comments

With the strange blocking of Silly Bahraini Girl, I can no longer speculate as to what the government’s policy, standards or strategy employed other than a heavy handed approach in stifling speech and them hoping – or actually believing – that such methods actually work in this day and age. Amira Al-Hussaini’s blog’s content is […]

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Confused about Human Rights Societies in Bahrain?

Confused about Human Rights Societies in Bahrain?

17 Sep, '104 Comments

I was a bit confused reading the newspapers this morning regarding two human rights societies. You might’ve been too, so let me remove some of the confusion: There is the National Human Rights Commission which is different from the Bahrain Human Rights Society. The first is a government organisation established by Royal Decree and the […]

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