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9th November 2012

BAHRAIN MEDIA ROUNDUP


Bahrain security boosted around opposition mosque
Security forces have set up checkpoints and red tear gas in apparent efforts to block worshippers from reaching weekly prayers led by a cleric ercely opposing rulers in the embattled Gulf nation. The clampdown comes after authorities blamed Shiite religious gures for helping fuel tensions in strategic Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. The island kingdom has faced nearly nonstop unrest for 21 months between the Sunni-led government and protesters from the Shiite majority seeking a greater political voice. Read More

Shiite teen dead during Bahrain crackdown


A Shiite teenage died on Friday after he was knocked down by a car while being chased by Bahraini police during a crackdown on protesters, the opposition said. Ali Radhi was killed as he headed to Diraz village, west of Manama, to attend prayers led by Shiite spiritual leader

Sheikh Issa Qassim, in response to a call by AlWefaq, the main Shiite opposition formation said on its Twitter page. "Ali Abbas Radhi is a new martyr due to the brutality of the regime," Al-Wefaq said. It said Radhi was "ran over by a civilian car while regime forces were besieging the area and arresting citizens heading to the prayers, chasing them and treating them brutally." Read More red to stop them reaching the village of Diraz.

Bahrain uses teargas to disperse Shi'ites witnesses


Police in Bahrain red teargas and blocked roads on Friday to stop thousands of Shi'ite Muslims joining prayers led by one of their spiritual leaders, witnesses said, amid deepening tensions in the Gulf Arab kingdom and U.S. ally. The island country hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet and has

been volatile since majority Shi'ite Muslims began protesting last year against what they said was widespread discrimination, a charge the Sunni-led government denies. Shi'ite leaders had called for people to turn out in support of Sheikh Issa Qassim in his village of Diraz, west of the capital Manama, after the government warned clerics not to criticise the government or incite violence. Read More

Bahrain police prevent people reaching Shia mosque


Bahraini police have disrupted efforts by opposition supporters to attend Friday prayers at the mosque of the leading Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassem. Several were reportedly hurt as bird-shot and tear gas were

Diraz, which is to the west of Manama, was also surrounded by checkpoints. A 16-year-old boy also died on a nearby road. The authorities said he was run over by accident, but witnesses told the BBC he was being chased by police. Read More

Bahraini teenager killed as he tries to attend Friday prayer

A member of the opposition Wefaq party cited eyewitnesses who claimed Ali Abbas Radhi was chased by police and subsequently run over by a civilian vehicle, as he approached the besieged mosque in Diraz village, west of Manama. Bahrain's Interior Ministry identied the slain Bahraini as a pedestrian who died when a car hit him on a road in the Manama's city center. The Ministry initially said he was Asian, but went on to issue a correction that said he was Bahraini. Read More

BBC World News 09-11-12 Jawad Fairouz and Frank Gardner on Bahrain

family, has continued to simmer. Today, Shiite worshippers clashed with the police as they tried to attend Friday prayers in the village of Diraz, west of the capital. A teenager on his way to the prayers, Ali Al Rahdi, died after a car hit him as he was being chased by the police. More than 55 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since the uprising against the Sunni dominated Government began in February of 2011. Watch Here

A 16-year-old Bahraini was killed Friday as he was trying to enter a mosque blocked by police during weekly prayers, according to opposition sources.

More than 20 months after the protests began in Bahrain, the resentments of the Shiite majority, ruled by a Sunni royal

Bahraini police kill teen headed to Friday prayers - activists


Authorities in Bahrain are being blamed for the death of a 16-year-old boy, as opposition supporters and human rights activists said police prevented people from attending Friday prayers by setting up checkpoints and ring tear gas at the crowds. Ali Radhi reportedly tried to break through police

barricades to get to a mosque, and was then chased onto a highway where he was struck by a car and killed. According to activists, the boy's family blamed the ofcers and the police barricades for their sons death. "He went onto the highway to run away, was hit by a civilian car. We hold the Ministry of Interior responsible for his death," acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Maryam Alkhawaja, posted on Twitter. Read More

Police fire teargas at Shia protest Bahrain


Police red teargas and blocked roads in Manama yesterday to prevent thousands of Shia Muslims joining prayers led by one of their spiritual leaders, said witnesses. The incident comes amid deepening tensions between

the Gulf Arab kingdom and its US ally. Bahrain hosts the US fth eet and has been volatile since majority Shia Muslims began protesting last year against what they said was discrimination, a charge the Sunni-led government denies. Read More

on a highway not far from the village of Diraz, west of Manama.

Bahraini teenager dies after 'fleeing police'


A 16-year-old boy has been hit by a car and killed after running onto a busy road while being chased by security forces, opposition and human rights activists said.

Pictures of the Day: Bahrain and Elsewhere

Maryam al-Khawaja, acting head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said on her Twitter account: "Conrmed from several eyewitnesses: Ali Radhi was chased by riot police. "He went onto the highway to run away, was hit by a civilian car. We hold the Ministry of Interior responsible for his death." Read More permitted the "re-evaluation of nationality" and that the decision was "in conformity with the kingdom's commitments under international law". But the move has bafed even a government ofcial who said he was trying to get answers from the ministry. On Friday, I met up with two of the newly "denationalised" Bahrainis in London. Brothers Jawad and Jalal Fairooz, both former MPs from the mainstream political opposition movement alWefaq, were in a state of bewilderment and despair. Read More

Read More boy was killed by trafc while running away from police.

The interior ministry said the boy, who the opposition named as Ali Radhi, was killed in a "trafc accident"

Another Death in Bahrain as Human Rights Crisis Deepens


After a week of deaths, increased violence, and repression in Bahrain, Human Rights First urges the country to nd a peaceful way forward before the human rights crisis deepens even further. On Monday the government reported that ve home-made bombs killed two people in Manama. Reports also indicate that today a teenage

The human rights crisis is steadily worsening this level of violence and repression cannot become the new normal for Bahrain, said Brian Dooley of Human Rights First. Over the last week several people have been killed, others have been taken into custody, and 31 have been stripped of their citizenship. Today crowds were prevented from reaching a mosque. Bahrain needs to pull back from this crisis before things slide even further. Read More

Bahrain brothers describe shock at losing nationality


What must it be like to nd out second-hand, with no warning or explanation, that the country in which you were born and bred has suddenly stripped you of your nationality? This week, citing a 1963 law, Bahrain's interior ministry announced that 31 opposition gures are to have their nationality removed and effectively become stateless people. A ministry statement said the Citizenship Law

ponders the possible loss of rights and benets as a stateless outcast.

Bahraini lawyers, activists face lost citizenship


Off a road guarded by three police checkpoints, Bahraini lawyer Taimoor Karimi wonders about his future in a country that no longer considers him a citizen. He and 30 other Shiites were stripped of their nationalities this week in the Gulf nation's latest attempt to crush a 21month-old uprising against the Sunni leadership. Karimi

"I have no place to go, nowhere to go," he told The Associated Press during an interview at his home after learning of Wednesday's decision. The kingdom revoked the citizenship of Karimi and other Shiite activists and lawyers as battles appear to be escalating on all sides in the Gulf's main Arab Spring ashpoint. Read More Manama gave the government there reason to ban public demonstrations. Human rights groups criticized the government for revoking the citizenship of 31 civilians for acting out against the state. Social Development Minister Fatima Mohammed alBalooshi called in nongovernmental organizations to ensure they're following the letter of the law. Read More count on the region's reliability as an energy supplier and military partner against Iran. But that could be put to the test as Gulf states attempt to muzzle voices of opposition by adopting sweeping measures, such as protest bans and clampdowns on social media.

Bahrain Revokes Nationality Of 31 Opposition Members


As Bahrains authorities have been overwhelmed by despair about their ability to silence the opposition, they have started to take measures, hoping to contain the storm that threatens to engulf them. Then, they reached at decision to strip the nationality of 31 members of Bahrains opposition.

Abdulhadi Khalaf, an experienced politician of Bahrain, is affected by this decision and is among those who believe that glory can only be brought about by a storm eradicating every tyrant, absolutist and villain, as Abdul Rahman alMuawedah, the poet of the National Union Committee, said years before the Bahraini people rst headed to the Pearl roundabout. Read More

naval base which hosts the Fifth Fleet. Following an October 16 raid on their homes, this week three of the four people raided have received their sentences for breaking the law of criticizing the King of Bahrain: Abdullah AlHashemi (6 months prison), Ali Mohamed Watheq (4 months prison) and Salman Darwish (1 month). The fourth man, Ali AlHayki, is expected to receive his verdict on November 12 and according to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, "the Ministry of Information announced the search for a fth defendant," too. Read More The king promised to implement26 reform recommendations by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry. That promise has gone unfullled. A forthcoming report by the Project on Middle East Democracy nds that only three of the 26 measures have been fully completed. The most important ones on the release of political prisoners and relaxation of controls on free expression have been ignored.. Read More

Bahraini lawyers, activists face lost citizenship


The government in Bahrain said it has zero tolerance for non-governmental organizations that may be working outside the letter of the law. Unrest in Bahrain, coupled with a string of bombings in

In Bahrain You Can Now Be Imprisoned for Defaming the King on Twitter
His Royal Highness in Bahrain is apparently very sensitive when it comes to online chatter about him. For the rst time, the King's handlers have arrested Twitter users for criticizing the King -- something that is an actual crime in the tiny island kingdom in the Persian Gulf which is a close ally of the United States and home to America's largest foreign

Arab spring still smouldering in Gulf


Attempts to muzzle protest has brought criticism but an expert says leaders know they are insulated. The Gulf has been the slow burn of the Arab uprisings. The fraternity of rulers in the oil-rich region has remained intact with tactics ranging from withering force in Bahrain to arrests of perceived dissenters in the United Arab Emirates. And it's been done without too much serious blowback from their Western allies, which

Bahrains broken promise

A YEAR AGO this month the Persian Gulf emirate of Bahrain took an unusual and seemingly important step toward ending a simmering conict between the ruling al"The Western Governments Khalifa family and a mass have taken essentially 'do what it takes' policies with the opposition movement. King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa Gulf regimes," said listened as an international Christopher Davidson, of Durham University in the UK. jurist accused the regime of gross human rights abuses, including excessive police Read More force, torture, coerced confessions and unfair trials.

resumption of peaceful demonstrations as soon as possible.

Support for Bahraini Opposition Political Societies' Declaration of Principles of Nonviolence


We welcome the Declaration of Principles of Nonviolence issued by six opposition political societies in Bahrain on November 7. Publicly committing to nonviolence is an important condencebuilding measure, and we applaud the societies for committing to a non-violent path in order to pursue their goals. We urge the government and these six political societies to engage seriously and practically about ways to allow for the

We have repeatedly called on the Government of Bahrain and all elements of Bahraini society to take concrete steps to create a climate conducive for meaningful national dialogue that is responsive to the aspirations of all Bahrainis. We urge all parties to contribute to fostering a climate of reconciliation. We remain deeply concerned about continuing clashes between police and demonstrators in Bahrain as well as an increase in violent and increasingly indiscriminate attacks on Bahraini civilians and security forces. Read More

Government Crackdown on Opposition Constitutes a Blatant Human Rights Violation


The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) strongly denounces the latest decision by the Ministry of Interior to revoke the Bahraini nationality from 31 political opponents, including former Members of Parliament from Al Wefaq Shia movement, and religious clerics. The Ministry of Interior released

an ofcial statement on November 7th 2012 announcing that it has revoked the nationality of 31 Bahraini citizens according to clause (c) of Article (10) of the Citizenship Law which permits the re-evaluation of nationality when a holder of the Bahraini citizenship causes damage to state security[1]. FIDH recalls that in the 1980s amidst the governments crackdown on political opposition, the former Emir of Bahrain issued a similar decision where he revoked the citizenship of a number of political opponents. Read More in the Gulf Daily News, our sister newspaper.

Bahrain PM vows zerotolerance on security


Bahrain's Prime MInister yesterday pledged zerotolerance against those who threaten the nation's security. His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa vowed that government's work was focused on maintaining security and enhancing development at the same time, said a report

He afrmed the government's strong resolve to bring about more development within a secure and stable environment. The Premier said that the government was serious about putting an end to attempts to harm the homeland and will step up procedures to deal with those who want to undermine the kingdom's security. Read More