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Noor Mattar

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14 March 2015

Bahrain's Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Prison for ISIS Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

As life grows increasingly intolerable for the country's Shia majority, one of the few people prepared to defend their rights faces jail.

Bahraini Human Rights Defender Awaits Sentence

21 November 2014

Bahrain Will Stamp Out Popular Protests, but Not Support for ISIS

The cyber-crime unit which arrests bloggers and human rights activists did not arrest the publishers of videos such as those calling for support of ISIS and inciting sectarian violence

17 October 2014

When Journalism Isn't Quite Enough

The Bridge

In writing about subjects that demand a passionate response, classic journalistic style can be a very blunt tool.

9 October 2014

Bahrain Joins US Air Strikes, but Still Tortures Americans and Silences ISIS Critics

Bahrain, along with four other Arab countries, has joined the coalition against the militant group ISIS, as it silences its own critics.

7 October 2014

UK Court Revokes Immunity of Bahraini Prince Accused of Torture

Bahrain's Prince Nasser Bin Hamad AlKhalifa, who often travels to Europe for equestrian competitions, was the target of a recent Twitter campaign #torturePrince.

1 October 2014

Bahrain's Prominent Human Rights Activist Arrested for Criticizing Police Defectors Who Joined ISIS

Global Voices Advocacy

Bahrain's most prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab is back in jail for his tweets, for the third time.

ISIS Recruits Fan Bahrain's Sectarian Flames With YouTube Call to Arms

Four Bahrainis who have joined the terrorist group ISIS called on the Sunni population in Bahrain to take up arms and join the fight against their ruling “tyrants.”

22 August 2014

Why Bahrain's Largest Opposition Bloc Wants People to Have More Babies

Al Wefaq says native Bahrainis could become a minority. Bahrain's Sunni Muslim monarchy has been accused of naturalising foreigners to prop up their own rule of the Shia Muslim-majority country.

12 August 2014

Nine More Political Dissidents Are Stripped of Their Nationalities in Bahrain

One man's sister said he was tortured before the sentencing. A special commission found that Bahrain tortured and mistreated opponents of the regime in the past.

10 August 2014

Leaked Data Suggests Bahrain's Government Hacked Its Own Fact-Finding Commission

The government's bloody crackdown against a popular uprising spurred the creation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Investigation, which concluded authorities have practiced systematic torture against dissidents.

2 August 2014

Electronic Witch-Hunts in Bahrain, Israel and the ISIS

Scores of people were arrested and tortured in Bahrain after an online witch-hunt to identify protesters. Today, the same tactic is being used by Israel and the ISIS.

31 July 2014

Bahrain's Justice Minister Tweeted About Giving His Political Opponents a Political ‘Slap’

Slapping, kicking and other forms of physical violence were found to be part of the government's systematic mistreatment or torture of political opponents since the 2011 uprising.

24 July 2014

Bahrain's Shia Muslims Tense as Politicians and Preachers Pledge Allegiance to ISIS

Back in 2011, Shia-Muslims complained of political and economic marginalization in the country of 1.3 million people, but recent events suggest a growing trend towards complete marginalization.

23 July 2014

Kuwait, the Gulf's Poster Child of Democracy, Strips Opposition Members of Citizenship

Kuwait's decision to revoke the nationalities of opposition members and their families has sent shock waves across the Gulf. Noor Mattar tells us why.

22 July 2014

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Seems to Have Forgotten His Country's Ill Treatment of Journalists

Khalid Alkhalifa took a dig at NBC after it pulled Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza for "doing his journalistic duty." Twitter users quickly reminded Alkhalifa of Bahrain's own shoddy record.

9 July 2014

Bahrain Kicks Out Visiting American Human Rights Official

Bahrain, ruled by the Sunni al-Khalifa family, has faced criticism for its human rights record ever since the military cracked down on Shi'ite Muslim-led protests against the government in 2011.

7 July 2014

Regional Terrorism Reaching Bahrain?

News that hardline Saudi cleric Mohamad Al Arefe will be visiting Bahrain tomorrow has caused controversy in the country, already simmering under sectarian strain.

6 July 2014

Saudi Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abulkhair Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

The sentence is part of Saudi Arabia's continued crackdown on human rights activists. Abulkhair was charged with “insulting general order” and “inflaming public opinion”.

5 July 2014

Ramadan Flavoured Arrests in Egypt

Eleven young men were arrested in Egypt while having a late night Ramadan meal, Suhoor, and accused of illegal gathering. Noor Mattar checks out the Suhoor detainees.

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