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Truth & Reconciliation

News reports out today suggest that the king has given his blessing to convening a Truth and Reconciliation Workshop by human rights societies in Bahrain which was previously blocked by authorities, with several provisos;Don’t involve foreigners The reconciliation is deemed to have already taken place by the inculcation of laws 10 of 2001 and 56 of 2002 which provided a general amnesty and allowed the expelled to return home The Complaints & Grievances office’s door …

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Red taped social responsibility

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As a human being, when you see a rock on the road that might impede your neighbour or fellow human being and you could move it to the side, I am sure that the majority of people will just move it spontaneously. If they can’t, they’ll try to warn people about it and maybe try to get the municipality to come and remove it. If you see a bird stuck in a net, you would untangle …

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Police’s perspective

Rioters are using weapons that can kill or maim and police have a right to defend themselves, Capt Bu Najma said in an exclusive interview with the GDN. Reaction by the security forces was ‘mild’ in comparison with the violence used by the rioters, he said.“They (rioters) have used Molotov cocktails, sharp sticks, sling shots and even golf balls, which can kill,” said Capt Bu Najma. “The tyres they burn are dangerous as well and …

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Defamation case thrown out by High Court

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The High Court dismissed a defamation case brought by the president of the Arabian Gulf University Dr Rafia Ghubash against journalist Hisham Al-Zayani. I wish to offer my congratulations to Mr. Al-Zayani for winning the case, even though the decision has taken over 2 years to be determined. This rare victory for the written word should be guardedly welcomed as the current Press and Publications Law still allows for the imprisonment of journalists and it is …

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HRW’s letter to His Majesty

Letter to His Majesty Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Abuses Allegedly Committed by Security Forces We write to you with regard to the detention and alleged severe beating of Mr. Ali Sa`id al-Khabaz and Mr. Hassan Yusif Hamid and other abuses allegedly committed by Anti-Riot Police or other security forces on Monday, May 21, in Sanabis. heads up by JaddWilliam. …

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