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Bahrain in the news

Two pieces of international news are hitting our screens regarding Bahrain that deserve a mention: The first is that Bahrain has been elected once again to the Human Rights Council – congratulations! The other is that it has slipped 9 places in this year’s Global Peace Index – commiserations. The first, though welcome news, needs to be followed up immediately by the government and parliament with concrete steps and actions in order to institute the required …

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Welcome home Fouad!

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Saudi Jeans reports that Fouad Al-Farhan has been released from custody after a 137 days incarceration, held without any charges. We don’t know the details of his release and what he had to give up or sign for the authorities to finally let him go, I suspect we will hear his stories quite soon – I hope. In any case, I am very happy indeed for his release. Welcome home Fouad! …

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UN HRC UPR absent NGOs

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Damn! Working at the UN must be a version of a wet dream to those acronym aficionados, don’t you think! Anyway, Bahrain came out with flying colours in the first ever Universal Periodic Review (that’s the UPR part) in Geneva’s HQ of the United Nations (yes you guessed it) at their newly created Human Rights Council (HRC) but in the absence of seven Bahraini human rights non-governmental organisations because – it seems – that they were …

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Detainees abuse

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Since December 17th, 2007, the unfortunate day in which Ali Jassim Mohammed died after a demonstration commemorating an unofficial Martyr’s Day, protests have not stopped in Bahrain. These protests resulted in further detentions, some of which have lasted for more than four months. Those detained allege gross abuse of their human rights and have received support from national and international human rights organisations who demanded their release and for the authorities to stop abusing prisoners. Some …

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