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20th/ 21st/ 22nd September 2013


Bahrain arrests opposition leader; U.S. shrugs
DURING A visit to Washington in February, Bahraini opposition leader Khalil al-Marzooqdescribed for us how his alWefaqparty was seeking to bridge the growing polarization between the Persian Gulf nations Sunni ruling family and its restless, majority-Shiite population. In contrast to some of the groups that supported the popular uprising against the regime beginning in February 2011, al-Wefaq had rmly renounced violence and banned its members from advocating the overthrow or prosecution of the ruling alKhalifa family. The party agreed to participate in a national dialogue with the government beginning in February, and Mr. Marzooq said its aim was a powersharing agreement that would move the country toward constitutional monarchy. Read More instead of denouncing the arrest, a US spokesperson criticized Bahrains opposition groups for withdrawing from a dialogue with the government to protest the arrest. Al-Marzooq is a prominent public gure and a chief interlocutor with Western governments. According to the Public Prosecution Ofce statement, ofcials are holding al-Marzooq for 30 days as they investigate charges of inciting and advocating terrorism. Read More patients have died, said a report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister newspaper. Health ofcials targeted their condemnation of negligence claims and 'hiding the full facts' at local newspapers, TV channels and even MPs. Read More

US Urges Bahrain To Remove Restriction On Political Groups From Foreign Contacts

The United States has urged the Bahraini government to reverse its recent order restraining political groups fromengagement with foreign governments and international organizations and ensure civil society has the space it needs to be a constructive partner. In a statement on Thursday, State Department deputy

spokesperson Marie Harf said Washington calls on the Bahraini government to abide by its commitment to the freedom of expression, to respect due process rights, and to provide transparent and fair judicial proceedings for those charged with crimes. She also urged all parties to clearly and unequivocally repudiate violence. All parties involved in the national dialogue should understand that this is a process that will require commitment and compromise by all, the statement added. Read More

Dispatches: US Thinks Arresting Peaceful Opposition is OK in Bahrain, at Least

The US State Department gave Bahrains ruling family a big assist yesterday in its efforts to suppress the opposition party Al Wifaq. Bahraini authorities arrested Al Wifaqs deputy leader, Khalil al-Marzooq, on what appears to be trumped up charges. But

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Targeting the Healers: When Governments Attack Health Workers in Times of Conflict
When the government of Bahrain responded to peaceful protests in 2011 with a barrage of tear gas, birdshot, and other weapons, nurse Rula AlSaffar rushed to help those in need. She saw abuse against protesters, including the use of live ammunition against a peaceful crowd and the

The Bahraini security forces were deliberately attacking civilians, not merely trying to disperse a crowd that had gathered to support democratic change. But more sinister abuse was yet to come. The Bahraini government arrested, detained, and tortured doctors for providing assistance to the injured, and security forces occupied a hospital and blocked access to health centers for those who needed care. Read More

Bahrain denies medical cover-up

Bahrain's Health Ministry ofcials yesterday hit back at claims they 'cover-up' when medical mistakes happen. This follows a spate of incidents recently where