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Stories about Bahrain

Migrant workers face racism and rampant human rights violations across the Gulf

Migrant workers in the Gulf region are being subjected to a fierce campaign calling for their deportation that is riddled with racist speeches and hatred.

Why Bahrain's ‘torture prince’ can still visit the U.K. despite calls for his arrest

Despite allegations that Bahrain's Nasser Bin Hamad personally took part in torturing protesters, he has repeatedly traveled to the UK where he faces calls for his arrest.

Pressure mounts for Thailand to free Melbourne-based Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi

"Australia just gave our highest award to 2 divers for risking their lives to rescue 12 Thai boys from underground caves. We know where Hakeem is. He just needs a...

A lethal combination: How MENA governments use cybercrime laws and spyware to target activists

Gulf governments continue to deploy cybercrime laws as an arbitrary legal cover to target target human rights defenders.

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

Jailed Bahraini Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Additional Fifteen Years in Prison

Rajab is in prison for his human rights-related activities and for freely expressing his opinions.

Bahraini Rights Activist Ebtisam Al-Saegh Charged Under Terrorism Law

Bahraini authorities have constantly harassed Al-Saegh because of her rights activism.

How the Assault on Independent Media in Bahrain Silenced a Trusted Regional Watchdog

"Freedom of expression is under sustained attack here. With the shuttering of Al Wasat, there is no real journalism left.”

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Netizen Report: Bahrain Orders News Outlet to Stop ‘Using Electronic Media Tools’

Israeli lawmakers give nod to ‘Facebook Bill’, Oman suspends free speech cases against Facebookers, and Kenyans fear an election day Internet shutdown.

Bahrain Intensifies Media Crackdown Ahead of Protest Anniversary

On 16 January, the government banned the online edition of the country’s only independent newspaper al-Wasat, from "using electronic media tools".

A Bahraini Mannequin Challenge Tackles the Country's Stereotypes

"In this clip, we do not mean one section [of society]. We mean all of you, all of society."

Bahraini Court Refuses to Release Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Delays Verdict

Rajab faces up to 15 years in jail for tweeting about the Saudi-led war in Yemen and denouncing incidents of torture in a Bahraini prison.

Bahrain's Formula 1 Grand Prix Ends in Tragedy: Teen Killed in Police Arrest

Behind the fireworks, shiny racing cars and celebrations of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain, 17-year-old Ali Abdul Ghani was gasping for his last breath.

7 TidBits from the Bahrain Grand Prix Formula One Race You May Have Missed

Bahrain hosted the Grand Prix Formula One race today. Here are some of the pictures posted by race champions about their experience in the country.

Mutual Self-Interest: Bahrain Celebrates 200 Years of ‘Friendship’ with Britain

Bahrain marks the 200th anniversary of its relationship with Britain with a year of celebrations—and a large dose of historical revisionism.

Bahrain Arrests Activist Zainab Al Khawaja Along With Her One-Year-Old Baby

"#Bahrain seems to be tightening noose on dissidents, just don’t understand why one-year-old child is arrested."

In Bahrain, a Thousand Tears for One Hug

The families of some of Bahrain's estimated 4,000 political prisoners speak up on Twitter calling for better conditions for their loved ones whom they meet behind glass barriers during visits.

In Bahrain, Journalism Is a Crime

American journalist Anna Therese Day was arrested, along with her crew, and deported from the restive country as it marked its fifth anniversary of anti-government protests.

Bahrain's Government Continues to Strangle Dissent Five Years After Uprising Began

"Despite pledges from the authorities to prosecute security forces responsible for human rights violations in 2011, the Bahraini people are still waiting for justice."

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