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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…

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.…

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…

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…

Bahrain: Campaign stops tear gas statement

via Bahrainwatch, 7 January 2014 International Campaign Led By NGOs Succeeds in Pressuring Korean Regulator To Cancel Shipment Advocacy group Bahrain Watch announced today that the #StopTheShipment campaign it launched two months ago to prevent a massive shipment of tear gas to Bahrain, has achieved a major milestone.  The Financial Times reported today that South…

Bahrain: Jailed opposition leaders denied medical care

Prominent opposition leaders, who were jailed in the crackdown which followed Bahrain’s uprising in 2011, are being denied medical treatment for their conditions. They are among a group of opposition activists who received harsh jail sentences as the Bahraini authorities sought to crush resistance to the repression. Abduljalil Al-Singace (top right), a former professor of Mechanical…