USCIRF: Bahrain Continues Discrimination against Shiites in Employment and Services
An annual report issued by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) found that the government continued its discrimination and repression of the Shi'a Muslim community on the basis of their religious identity in certain areas, indicating that Shiites were denied employment.
Former MP Sheikh Hamza Al-Dairy Released after 1 Year Imprisonment
Bahraini authorities released on Thursday (January 10th, 2019) former member of parliament Sheikh Hamza Al-Dairy, after serving a one-year prison sentence.
MoI Tells Preachers: Reciting Imam Hussain Martyrdom has Terrorist Purpose
A ridiculous joke was widely circulated on social media after the arrests of Sheikh Hani Al-Bana’a and Sheikh Yasin Al-Jamri on September 16 (6th of Muharram).
US Officials Urge Bahrain Gov’t to End Discrimination against Shiites, US State Department Report
The US State Department issued its annual report on international religious freedom, 2017, which comprised a chapter on Bahrain.
Bahrain Chief of Public Security Meets with Lebanese Journalist Known for his Anti-Shia Attitude
Lebanese journalist Jerry Maher tweeted on his personal Twitter account a photo of his meeting with the chief of public security in Bahrain Tariq Al-Hassan.
Open Democracy: Bahrain, An Oasis of Religious Freedom in the Middle East?
Bahrain Declaration of Religious Tolerance stands in such stark contrast to remarks made by US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, where he cited Bahrain as one of the world’s leading violators of the right to freedom of religion or belief.
Interior Minister Accuses Shiites of Refusing to Integrate into Society, Admits “Bahraini Identity was Affected after 2011”
The Bahraini Interior Minister Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa said that “there is a false ideological education, inflammatory approach, directed foreign media, and isolationist behavior that refuses integration,” referring to the Shiite population in Bahrain.
Al-Salman Calls on European Parliament at Hearing to Demand Putting End to Discrimination against Shiites
European Parliament committee held a hearing on religious persecution on Wednesday (November 22, 2017) during which the persecution of Shia citizens in Bahrain was discussed. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief attended the hearing.
European Parliament to Hold Public Hearing to Discuss Shia Persecution in Bahrain
The European Parliament is set to hold a public hearing on Freedom of religion or belief: the situation of persecuted minorities on Wednesday (November 22, 2017) at its headquarters in the Belgian capital Brussels.
BCHR Documents Ashura Violations in Bahrain: 67 Summoned and Detained including Clerics
Bahrain Center for Human Rightsurged US authorities to emphasize, in its dialogue with Bahraini authorities, the need for concrete changes in upholding Bahrain’s obligations to guarantee the freedom of religion and belief.
VIDEO: Interior Ministry Forces Attack Shiite Religious Event in Bahrain’s Diraz
Bahraini Interior Ministry forces attacked late Monday (November 6, 2017) a number of citizens, who were participating in a Shiite religious event held in the town of Diraz.
Bahraini Shiite Cleric Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Shiite cleric Mohiddin Al-Mashaal
A Bahraini court sentenced on Wednesday (November 1, 2017) Shiite cleric Mohiddin Al-Mashaal to one year in prison on charges of "insulting the (Prophet’s) companions."
Bahrainis Pray at Site of Al-Alawiyat Mosque, Demolished by Authorities in 2011
A number of Bahrainis performed evening prayers on Saturday (October 21, 2017) at the site of Al-Alawiyat Mosque, which was demolished by the authorities in 2011.
Eulogy Reciter Mahdi Sahwan Released after Serving Six-Month Sentence for Participating in Diraz Sit-in
The Bahraini security authorities released eulogy reciter Mahdi Sahwan on Saturday (October 7, 2017), after serving 6 months in prison for participating in the Diraz open sit-in.
Professor at University of Bahrain Mocks Shia Twelfth Imam
Bahraini citizens denounced the insulting and derogatory remarks made by the Syrian Assistant Professor in the Arabic Language Department at the University of Bahrain, Dr. Munther Al-Ayashi, against the twelfth Imam of Muslim Shiites.
Jaffaria (Waqf) Endowments: Registration of 312 Ashura Food Stands Completed
Bahrain’s Jaffaria Endowments (Waqf) directorate said that it has completed the registration of 312 Ashura food stands, since the directorate announced opening the door for registration on September 10.
Banning Ashura Commemoration in Dry Dock Prison Leads to Hunger Strike
Dry Dock Prison administration’s banning of Ashura commemoration by detainees prompted angry chants of condemnation and a hunger strike.
Ban on Holding Largest Shiite Friday Prayers in Bahrain Continues for 60th Consecutive Week, Security Presence at Imam Sadiq Mosque in Diraz
Security authorities in Bahrain prevented the country’s Shiite majority from holding their largest Friday prayers for a 60th consecutive week, by continuing to impose a siege on the town of Diraz.
PHOTOS: Marches Staged Across Bahrain Calling for Lifting Ayatollah Qassim’s House Arrest
Hundreds of Bahrainis took to the streets in different areas across Bahrain, demanding that the authorities lift the house arrest imposed on spiritual leader of the Shiite majority, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.
Al-Salman: Discrimination against Shiites has become “State Doctrine”, Washington Must Pressure Bahrain to End it
Sheikh Maytham al-Salman, senior advisor at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), hailed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's statement when announcing the United States’ International Religious Freedoms report, calling for putting an end to the persecution of Shiites in Bahrain.