- Thor Halvorssen May 10 2013, 8:39 AM ET - 13/05/2013
After more than two years in hiding, Ali Abdulemam, the globally renowned blogger and free-speech advocate, has been freed from the Kingdom of Bahrain. Abdulemam is now safely in Europe, after a dramatic escape in a secret compartment of a car, and will make his first public appearance in more than two years on Wednesday at the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF).
- Peter Beaumont - 13/05/2013
Bahrain blogger has been in hiding since being sentenced in absentia in 2011 to 15 years in prison for 'plotting a coup'
On 18 March 2011 Ė in the middle of the Arab spring Ė the home of the prominent Bahraini blogger and human rights activist Ali Abdulemam was raided by security forces, along with those of fellow protesters who had taken to the streets to call for reform.
- By Bill Law BBC News - 13/05/2013
Ali Abdulemam, a prominent blogger in Bahrain, has been smuggled out of the troubled Gulf kingdom and taken refuge in the UK, the BBC has learned.
- By Bill Law BBC News - 29/04/2013
The UN special rapporteur on torture has expressed his "deep disappointment" over Bahrain's decision to indefinitely postpone his visit to the county.
Juan Mendez accused the Bahraini government of trying to "avoid responsibility" for the postponement.
- Neil Durkin - 19/04/2013
"Bahrain is on fire, but race goes ahead", said one news headline this week. Yes, it's that time again. It's April, the birds are singing, the trees are in bloom and ... it's time for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
- By Marc Jayson Climaco - 09/04/2013
Watch: Human Rights Firstís Brian Dooley responds to Bernie Ecclestoneís comments on Formula One in Bahrain.
President of Formula One Bernie Ecclestone was quoted in a Reuters piece today saying he has no concerns about the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix becoming a target for protestors.
Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visited Bahrain during his extended tour of the Middle East.
When the so-called Arab Spring wave of unrest first began in 2011, Bahrain was one of a number of states rocked by protests and violence, with the large Shiite majority staging massive protests and demanding the ouster of the ruling Sunni monarchy.
- By Eric Avebury | Mon 8th April 2013 - 8:45 am - 08/04/2013
Bernie Ecclestone is an appropriate person to be the public face of Formula 1, a Ďsportí which is fast becoming known as the event of choice for autocrats who wish to launder their international reputation, as evidenced by the appearance of races in Bahrain and Dubai in recent years
As Bahrain celebrated its ďNational DayĒ holiday on December 16, the frustrated efforts of the Shiite-led opposition to isolate the Khalifa monarchy for its allegedly repressive policies continued to be ever more apparent.
- By Bill Law - 17/12/2012
Bahrain's information affairs minister has accused the opposition of "misusing" a call for dialogue.
Samira Rajab was quoted by the state as saying dialogue would only commence once the opposition "stops violence" and "relinquishes" its conditions.
THE annual mourning for Zein al-Abdin al-Sajjad, an eighth century martyred Shia Imam, is a relatively minor event, even in Iran where Shias hold power. But in the little island kingdom of Bahrain, where the Shia majority chafes at their subjugation under a Sunni ruling family, the Al Khalifas, it has become another excuse to reclaim the streets.
- By Rodger Shanahan - 14 December 2012 9:08AM - 14/12/2012
Australia (and in particular Labor icon Herbert Vere Evatt) was instrumental in drafting key elements of the source documents for the UN, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So it would be interesting to know what Doc Evatt would make of contemporary Australian attitudes to human rights.
- By Jeremy Bowen BBC Middle East editor, Bahrain - 13/12/2012
The chant that has been part of the soundtrack of the uprisings in the Middle East since the beginning of 2011 is a rhythmic rendition of the words in Arabic that mean: "The people want the fall of the regime."
- Reese ErlichDecember 12, 2012 17:12 - 12/12/2012
Frustrated by a lack of progress, a younger, more militant faction of Bahrainís reform movement is threatening the moderates.
MUHAZZA VILLAGE, Bahrain ó After nearly two years of frustration, the Arab Spring uprising against Bahrainís King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, a key US ally, is growing increasingly tense.
- writes Ian Black - 11/12/2012
High profile strategic conference looking at Middle Eastern issues cannot ignore continuing unrest in the Gulf state, writes Ian Black
- Raluca By Raluca Besliu - 11/12/2012
On Tuesday, a Bahrain appeals court cut by a year the prison sentence of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist and opposition leader, condemned for taking part in unlicensed protests.
- By ROBERT MACKEY - 10/12/2012
Bahrainís continuing attempt to change the subject of international conversation about the kingdom away from its crackdown on dissent took an awkward turn over the weekend, when the nationís foreign minister posted a message on Twitter thanking Kim Kardashian for saying nice things about the country during a brief visit to open a milkshake shop.
In the island nation of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, a man by the name of Nabeel Rajab is sitting in jail for the "crime" of peaceful protest. But the government that has imprisoned him is a U.S. military ally, and the Obama Administration has done little to push for his release. When U.S. officials arrive in Bahrain this weekend for a global conference, will they finally change course?
"[I] motored out to see a garden on Budeya road, it was cultivated by some Bahrainis for 30 years & now claimed by old Sheikh Isa's wife who produces a valid document gifting it to her by Isa 20 years ago. He used to give people land without ever seeing it & usually it belonged to somebody. Naturally he is unpopular among the Bahrainis who are the original owners of the island."
Over the past couple of years, Bahrainís international image has been transformed from that of a small, quiet Gulf kingdom into a very different kind of country. Today it suffers from deepening human rights abuses. State-sponsored violence oppresses people who express views which conflict with those of the Al-Khalifa family.