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Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab faces jail for a tweet

By David Binns, UCU Retired members branch Leading Bahraini human rights and pro-democracy activist Nabeel Rajab is once again on the receiving end of the repression which is one of the enduring specialisms of the gulf dictatorship. The latest of Nabeel’s arrests took place at the beginning of October, shortly after his return from an…

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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.…

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Bahrain: Torture survivor faces deportation from UK

Via Bahrain Watch Bahraini NGOS call on UK Home Office to urgently halt deportation of Isa Al-Aali to Bahrain Isa Haidar Al-Aali, 19 years old has been detained by UK immigration authorities for over three months. Isa’s application for asylum has been refused twice and a deportation order was issued last week for immediate deportation…

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Bahrain: Massive protests mark anniversary of uprising

Via Bahrain Center for Human Rights Friday, February 14th, marked the third anniversary of the pro-democracy protests in Bahrain, and hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets over the weekend to demand their right to freedom and democracy. The government responded with a heavy use of teargas and the use of shotguns loaded…