Bahrain votes for new parliament, but absent from ballot is country’s Shiite-dominated opposition, whose candidates are serving lengthy prison sentences.
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The Saturday’s round of elections in Bahrain will be bogus, because the regime has jailed opposition leaders or forced them into exile.
November 24 scheduled parliamentary elections in Bahrain, are occurring in a repressive political environment that is not conducive to free elections.
Human rights activists say Bahrain government is continuing to target political opponents by using terrorism allegations to strip them of their citizenship.
Sheikh Ali Salman and two other men, all members of now-outlawed Al-Wefaq movement had been acquitted by the criminal court on charges of spying for Qatar.
Two activists have been denied entry to Bahrain after they cited their reason as visiting a prominent Bahraini prisoner
Bahrain announced they would be taking “severe measures” to track down dissidents who use social media
Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to a further five years in jail over tweets critical of the war in Yemen
Shiite protesters took to the streets of Bahrain on Wednesday to mark the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring
Human rights groups have accused Bahrain of clamping down on dissent and violently cracking down on protests