Bahrain Weekly Newsletter #84

NGOs Call for Immediate Release of Al-Wefaq General-Secretary

On 28 December 2014, Bahraini authorities arrested Shaikh Ali Salman, Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq Political Society. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Americans for Democracy for Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) strongly condemn the Bahraini government’s detention of Shaikh Salman for his peaceful political activities and his work as a leader of the largest opposition political party in Bahrain. The undersigned NGOs are extremely concerned for the well-being of Shaikh Salman, and fear that his arrest will lead to the further deterioration of the human rights situation and may strengthen extremism in the country.

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Updates from the Ground
  • More than 50 people were arrested, including 5 children
  • 15 individuals were sentenced to a cumulative of 117 years in prison
  • 38 individuals had their trials postponed
  • More than 30 protests and sit-ins took place
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters
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