Pope Francis Calls for End to Death Penalty and Religious Discrimination in Bahrain Visit
Pope Francis urged the authorities in Bahrain on Thursday to abolish the death penalty and commit to guaranteeing basic human rights for all citizens as he arrived in the island kingdom of Bahrain, where systematic discrimination against its Shiite majority has been reported by human rights groups.
US State Department Reports Religious Freedoms Violations in Bahrain in 2021
The U.S. State Department published its 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom: Bahrain. What is clear after reading this report is the ruling family in Bahrain uses religious discrimination as a tool in the preservation of its authoritarianism.
Jaffaria Endowments Decides to Open Matams on Religious Occasions during Month of Ramadan for the Vaccinated
The Jaffaria Endowments Directorate in Bahrain amended its decision regarding the opening of Matams (Shia congregation halls) during the month of Ramadan.
Jaffaria Endowments Announces Opening Matam Halls for Men Only, with 10 people Capacity, Special Arrangements for Commemoration of Imam Ali Martyrdom
The Jaffaria Endowments Directorate in Bahrain announced its decision to limit opening Matams (Shia congregation halls) to men only, allowing no more than 10 people to attend in each hall, including broadcast and administrative staff.
Editorial: Why do You Want Ashura Commemoration to be an Issue of Conflict?
Questions that need to be answered: Why is this incomprehensible insistence on preventing religious activities? Why is there this serious threat to the administrators of obsequies and Husseiniyas? Why is the media being used to incite as well as underestimate people's religious dignity? W
USCIRF in its Annual Report: Restrictions Imposed on Shia Happen in Context of Broader Campaign against Opposition
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom said that the restrictions imposed on the Shiite sect in Bahrain are happening in the context of a broader campaign against the Bahraini opposition.
Editorial: Ashura Isn’t Just a Black Cloth
Ashura is not just a black cloth or merely a story, memory or tear. Under all this blackness, there is an idea, and ideas cannot be killed by bullets, nor extracted in interrogation, torture and detention chambers.
USCIRF Concerned about Preventing Shia Prisoners' Access to Religious Books in Prison
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed its concern by reports that the Bahraini government is preventing Shia prisoners' access to prayer books and other religious texts in its prisons.
“Religious Persecution in Bahrain” Conference Held Today in Beirut
Bahrain Interfaith Center organized a conference on "Religious Persecution in Bahrain" that was held in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to highlight the severe deterioration of religious freedoms witnessed in Bahrain and the abuses that Bahrainis are subjected to in particular.
NIHR President Tells US Delegation: We didn't Observe Any Targeting against Any Sect in Bahrain
The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR)'s President Maria Khoury told the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)'s delegation that NIHR did not observe any discrimination against any sect or community on the basis of faith or creed.
Largest Church in Bahrain to be Constructed in Awali Area at 30M Dollar Cost
Bahrain has started constructing the largest Catholic church in the North Arabian Gulf region at a cost of $30 million.
Collective Punishments against Jaw Prison Detainees over Commemorating Religious Occasion: Letter from Prisoners
Jaw Prison detainees sent a letter in which they complained about being banned from practicing religious rituals inside prison and the punishments imposed by the prison administration against anyone who violates the rules by practicing these rituals.
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Mussali Released Yet Trial Continues
The security authorities released on Sunday (November 18, 2018) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Mussali with his continued trial.
Ashura 2018: Multiple Arrests of Preachers, Eulogy Reciters, Mourners and Obsequies’ Organizers
Arrests continued over the 10 days of commemoration. Many Ahura participants, preachers, eulogy reciters and organizers were arrested.
BCHR: Bahraini Authorities are Fighting Shiite Rituals in Ashura
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said that the security authorities in Bahrain target freedom of religion and belief through imposing restrictions on the commemoration of religious rituals and Ashura rituals in Bahraini villages and cities.
Bahrain: Shotgun Injuries as Security Forces Remove Ashura Banners by Force
Pictures posted on social media showed citizens who were injured by shotgun pellets (birdshot) as they tried to prevent security forces from taking down Ashura banners.
US Department of State in Religious Freedom Report for 2017: Intense Persecution against Shia Clerics by Authorities
US Department of State indicated in its annual report on religious freedoms for 2017 that Bahraini government continued to question, detain, and arrest Shia clerics, community members, and opposition politician.
US Commission Demands its Government to Apply “Global Magnitsky Act” on Bahraini Officials Involved in Discrimination against Shia
US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said that religious freedom conditions did not improve for the majority Shi’a Muslim community amid an ongoing stifling of dissent and a deterioration of human rights conditions generally.
Bahrain’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Receives Delegation from US Commission on Int’l Religious Freedom
The Assistant Foreign Minister, Abdullah Al-Doseri, met on Thursday (March 22, 2018) a delegation from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, on the occasion of the delegation's visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Public Security Chief Receives USCIRF Delegation, Says Bahrain Guarantees Freedom of Religious Practice
Chief of Public Security Tariq Al Hassan received a delegation of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), claiming that Bahrain continues seeking “to reinforce dialogue between different cultures and religions.”