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Bahrain Rights Report: Government Used Excessive Force

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of a special commission investigating Bahrain’s unrest says the government used “excessive force” and tortured detainees during its bloody crackdown on protesters earlier this year. Commission chief Cherif Bassiouni also announced Wednesday that the investigation did not find evidence linking Iran to the uprising. Bahrain’s rulers have blamed Iranian interference for stirring up […]

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Bahrain Rights Report: Government Used Excessive Force

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The head of a special commission investigating Bahrain’s unrest says the government used “excessive force” and tortured detainees during its bloody crackdown on protesters earlier this year. Commission Chief Cherif Bassiouni announced Wednesday the findings of a much-anticipated report about the treatment of demonstrators in Shi’ite-led protests calling for democratic reform in the Sunni monarchy. […]

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Sectarian Clashes in Bahrain Ahead of Rights Report

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Bahraini security forces have clashed with protesters in at least two Shi’ite towns just hours before the release of an independent report on the sectarian violence that engulfed the Persian Gulf nation earlier this year. Wednesday’s street battles first broke out in Aali, outside the capital Manama, after a man died when his car smashed […]

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Bahrain Government Admits to Excessive Force Against Protesters

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The government in Bahrain has admitted that excessive force was used earlier this year against pro-democracy demonstrators and says 20 officers are being prosecuted for the crackdown. More than 40 people were reported killed in March when security forces, aided by troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, drove anti-government protesters out of […]

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Bahrain: Alleged Terror Cell had Contact with Iran

Posted November 13th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Bahrain said Sunday five alleged members of a terrorist cell had contact with Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and were planning attacks against high profile sites in the Arab kingdom. Bahrain’s state news agency reported the targets included the Saudi Embassy in the capital, Manama, and a Gulf causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. […]

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Bahraini Protesters Clash With Security Forces

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Security forces in Bahrain have used tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters marching toward Pearl Square in the capital Manama. The protesters had gathered Friday for the funeral of the father of a key opposition leader. There were no reports of casualties. Activists say Ali Hasan al-Dehi was beaten by riot police on Wednesday. […]

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Bahrain Fines Newspaper Staff for False Reports

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Bahrain has fined the chief editor of one of the kingdom’s leading independent newspapers and three of his colleagues for publishing false reports about abuses during a crackdown on Shi’ite-led protests earlier this year. The court on Tuesday found the four from Al Wasat newspaper guilty of disseminating misleading news and fined […]

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Bahrain Youth Killed During Rally

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Bahrain are investigating the death of a teenager who was killed during an anti-government rally. A government statement says the youth, identified as Ahmed Jaber, died late Thursday during violent clashes at a rally in the country’s north. Opposition and human rights groups say he died when a shot from a police pellet […]

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Bahrain Civilian Court to Retry Convicted Medical Staff

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Bahrain has ordered a retrial for 20 medical staff sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their roles in the Gulf island’s political unrest. Bahrain’s attorney general called for a civilian court retrial in a statement issued Wednesday. Last week, the medical personnel were sentenced by a military court to prison terms ranging from five to […]

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Bahrain Sentences More Pro-Reform Activists to Prison

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Bahrain has sentenced more activists to prison for their roles in pro-reform protests, including some who were convicted of trying to burn down a police station. A security court gave 19 people jail terms on Wednesday — raising the total number of activists sentenced over the past week to at least 81. Thirteen activists received […]

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