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Bahrain Center for Human Rights wins Norwegian Rafto Prize

Bahrain Center for Human Rights wins Norwegian Rafto Prize

BCHR was awarded the human rights prize for its peaceful fight for fundamental rights in Bahrain

Bahrain’s government strangles opposition with impunity

Bahrain’s government strangles opposition with impunity

As Bahrain braces itself for its fourth yearly cycle of revolt, progress looks bleak. The regime continues to target human rights defenders and journalists, Ahmed Ali writes

Free speech roundup: Bahrain edition

Free speech roundup: Bahrain edition

European ministers and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members will meet on Sunday in Bahrain to discuss the future of their political and economic relations from 2013-2016. Bahrain's free speech violations in recent weeks should also be up for discussion, says Sara Yasin

What free speech means to Bahrain

What free speech means to Bahrain

In the last week, Bahrain's treatment of its citizens and their right to free expression has been repeatedly in the news. Sara Yasin reports on a spate of developments that raise questions about the Bahraini government's commitment to free speech.

Doubts over Bahrain “dialogue” as teenager protester killed on anniversary of uprising

Doubts over Bahrain “dialogue” as teenager protester killed on anniversary of uprising

Second anniversary of Bahrain uprising is marked amid violence and scepticism over talks. Sara Yasin reports

Bahrain is Britain’s shame

Bahrain is Britain’s shame

At her speech in the House of Commons, Maryam Alkhawaja asked MPs to put pressure on Bahrain to commit to reforms and free political prisoners, including her father and sister. Here, the prominent human rights defender denounces Britain’s indifference

Bahrain: Verdict in trial for 13 activists postponed

Bahrain’s Court of Cassation today postponed issuing a verdict in the appeal of 13 opposition activists, including well-known human rights activist and Bahrain Center for Human Rights founder Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. The verdict will now be issued on 7 January, a request to release the activists pending the verdict was rejected. The

Bahraini activist acquitted of Twitter charges but remains in prison

Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was today acquitted of insulting the Sunni citizens of the island of Muharraq on Twitter. Rajab was sentenced to three months in prison on 9 July for his remarks on the site. However, the activist remains in jail after being sentenced to three

Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab re-arrested

Index on Censorship award winner Nabeel Rajab was re-arrested yesterday for allegedly insulting citizens of a predominantly Sunni village on the popular social networking site, Twitter. According to prosecutors, Rajab was taken into custody to investigate charges filed by citizens of Muharraq, who are accusing the activist of publicly insulting them

Index award winner released from Bahraini prison

Index award winner released from Bahraini prison

Index on Censorship welcomes yesterday’s release of prominent rights activist and Index 2012 Award winner Nabeel Rajab, and calls for all charges against the activist to be dropped

Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab released on bail

Prominent rights activist  and head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Nabeel Rajab was released on bail this morning according to his lawyer. Rajab was arrested upon his arrival to Manama’s international airport earlier this month. The activist was released on bail of 300 BD (£500), but still

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab granted bail, but remains in prison

Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is to remain in prison, despite being granted bail. Rajab, who was arrested earlier this month, was granted bail on the charge of “insulting an official authority”, but remains in prison on a second charge of “organising illegal demonstrations”. The Bahrain Center for

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