Newsletter #101

Leading Bahraini Activist’s Detention Extended

Nabeel Rajab has been accused by the prosecution service of “spreading tendentious rumors” about Bahrain

Bahrain on Sunday extended by two weeks the period of detention for prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab, accused of spreading false news, for the second time this month. Rajab’s family say he was arrested on April 2 for posting comments on Twitter denouncing alleged torture in a prison where Shiite activists are held.
The prosecution “ordered that he remain detained for 15 days” pending the results of further investigation, the official BNA news agency reported

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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • More than 17 people arrested, including 4 children
  • 26 people sentenced to more than 327 years in prison
  • More than 31 trials postponed
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters

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Bahrain News and Opinion

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The Struggle for a Democratic Bahrain

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Arabic Sources

Ebrahim Mashkoor: We Witnessed Death

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Additional 15 Days Detention for Individual behind “Resistance Media”

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Saudi Arabia

Warehouse Strike Threatens Aid Delivery

An airstrike by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that destroyed a humanitarian aid warehouse in northern Yemen on April 18, 2015, was an apparent violation of the laws of war. The attack in Saada killed at least one unidentified man outside the facility of the international aid organization Oxfam, which had provided the building’s coordinates to the coalition to keep it from being targeted. Read more here.

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