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Bahrain: Maryam al-Khawaja detained, take action now

Leading Bahrain human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja remains in detention in Bahrain after being arrested on 30 August after she arrived to visit her father, a political prisoner who began a hunger strike on 25 August. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is serving a life sentence after a trial widely condemned as unfair, and has suffered severe torture…

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Bahrain: Trade unions and the struggle for democracy

by David Binns (UCU London Retired Members) MENA Solidarity’s Bahrain Briefing, posted on 21 May of this year, drew attention to the activities of a pro­-regime trade union network named the Bahrain Labour Union Free Federation (BLUFF). BLUFF emerged in 2012, in the aftermath of the Bahraini­Saudi joint state assault on democracy campaigners and independent…

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Bahrain: Background briefing and model motion for union activists

MENA Solidarity, advocacy organisation Bahrain Watch and Bahraini human rights activists at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy have worked together to produce a background briefing for trade unionists on the situation in Bahrain. We’ll be distributing the briefing the annual congress of lecturers’ union UCU next week, or you can download copies here.…