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Stories about Bahrain

1 February 2019

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...

6 September 2018

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

Advox

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

7 December 2017

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

Advox

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

23 July 2017

Bahraini Rights Activist Ebtisam Al-Saegh Charged Under Terrorism Law

Advox

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

19 July 2017

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

Advox

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

8 June 2017

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

Advox

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

20 January 2017

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

Advox

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

19 January 2017

Bahrain Intensifies Media Crackdown Ahead of Protest Anniversary

Advox

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

24 November 2016

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."

5 September 2016

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

Advox

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.

5 April 2016

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.

3 April 2016

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.

22 March 2016

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

The Bridge

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

14 March 2016

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."

1 March 2016

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.

16 February 2016

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.

15 February 2016

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."

2 January 2016

Saudi Arabia Executes Top Shia Cleric Nimr Al Nimr Under “Terrorism” Charges

Saudi Arabia today announced it had executed 47 people on "terrorism" charges, among them top Shia cleric Nimr Al Nimr.

26 November 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Tweets Commentary on Global Conflicts, Blaming the US

"[Supreme] Leader in meeting with Russian president: America always try to put rivals in status of passiveness but you neutralized this policy."

8 November 2015

Impact Lesvos Is on a Mission to Help Refugees Arriving in Greece

Four young women are planning to make their way to Lesvos, Greece, to help refugees as they land in Europe. Find out why and how you can help.