Obama Hides Meeting with Top Bahraini Leader — And Mutes Criticism of Ongoing Crackdown

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Democracy Now!
June 9, 2011

Amidst an intensifying crackdown on anti-government protesters in the tiny Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain, President Obama met Tuesday with Crown Prince Salman bin Isa al-Khalifa, a visit that was not announced beforehand. We speak with Nabeel Rajab, president of Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights, based in Manama.

“On the ground, we don’t see anything, any signal, that makes us optimistic that the government has the willingness to go for a dialogue with the opposition and to listen to the grievances and the demands of the people,” says Rajab, noting that soldiers from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain continue to arrest protesters and the doctors treating those injured during pro-democracy demonstrations.

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Nabeel Rajab: Bahrain situation beyond explanation + Protesters sentenced to death

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on May 22, 2011

An emergency appeals court in Bahrain has upheld the death sentences of two men accused of running over two police officers during anti-government protests.

Interview with Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights

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Detained Bahraini Medics: Brutal Crackdown against Pro-democracy Movement by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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April 21, 2011
Manama, Bahrain

Prestigious college slammed for silence over detained Bahraini medics

The families of medics unlawfully detained in Bahrain have accused the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) of putting financial investment interests above human rights after the college refused to make a public statement concerning the fate of Bahraini members held incommunicado by the regime.

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Bahraini rulers play sectarian card in bid to trump pro-democracy movement By Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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April 18, 2011
Manama, Bahrain

Increasing attacks on Shia mosques in the Bahraini state’s withering crackdown against the pro-democracy movement is a deliberate attempt to isolate the political opposition and amounts to a campaign of “sectarian cleansing”, say human rights groups.

Over the past four weeks since the Saudi-led Gulf Peninsula Shield military intervention in Bahrain, there appears to be a concerted drive by pro-state Sunni forces to target repression at the Shia population and in particular Shia mosques and other religious sites, such as cemeteries and meeting places known as Mattams.

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