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Bahrain targets activists, human rights defenders and anyone demanding rights

An online campaign has escalated in Bahrain to demand the release of dissidents and human rights activists in the prisons of the Manama regime, led by Sheikh Ali Salman, on the occasion of the passage of seven years since his arrest.

Salman, head of the Al-Wefaq Society, the largest opposition bloc in Bahrain, is serving a life sentence for practising his peaceful political activity in calling for establishing a democratic system in which the citizen is a partner in managing the country’s affairs.

Salman’s trial was marred by many legal and human rights violations, including a violation of his right to defend himself, according to the Salam Organization for Democracy and Human Rights.

The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights said that the Bahraini authorities are still targeting activists, human rights defenders, and all those who demand their rights.

The institute stated that what is happening to the opinion activist in Bahrain, Ali Muhanna, is the best evidence of the authorities’ approach based on repression and persecution.

The institute indicated that Muhanna received a new summons for investigation without knowing the reason for the summons, despite his call to inquire from the competent authorities, knowing that he was repeatedly summoned due to his participation in peaceful marches.

Bahrain recently witnessed an escalation of the authorities’ prosecution of opponents outside the country’s borders, against the backdrop of a conference held by the Al-Wefaq Society in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to launch its report on the human rights situation in Bahrain.

The Lebanese government, represented by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior, responded to the Bahraini pressure, and the Lebanese Minister of Interior issued a decision to deport Al-Wefaq members from Lebanon, a decision that the Lebanese security services do not seem to be implemented due to the internal political balances.

Locally, the authorities expanded the decision of political isolation and refused 88% of the candidates of the Saar Charitable Fund and the Old City Charitable Fund from running for the boards of directors of these two funds on the pretext of their previous affiliation with dissolved political societies, and also prevented 10 citizens from running for the elections to the board of directors of the Maameer Sports Club.

Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman has finished 7 years in prison, and human rights organizations, most notably Amnesty International, have called for his release amid a media campaign in which hundreds of citizens and activists participated in social media.

An online campaign has escalated in Bahrain to demand the release of dissidents and human rights activists in the prisons of the Manama regime, led by Sheikh Ali Salman, on the occasion of the seven years since his arrest.

Salman, head of the Al-Wefaq Society, the largest opposition bloc in Bahrain, is serving a life sentence for practising his peaceful political activity in calling for the establishment of a democratic system in which the citizen is a partner in managing the country’s affairs.

Salman’s trial was marred by many legal and human rights violations, including a violation of his right to defend himself, according to the Salam Organization for Democracy and Human Rights.

In 2021, systematic official medical neglect killed political and non-political prisoners in Bahrain. The families’ appeals of sick prisoners and human rights activists were not met, and the result was horrific.

During the first ten months, three political prisoners died, two of them inside the prison and one outside, but his illness and exacerbation were due to medical negligence inside the prison as well. A young criminal prisoner with schizophrenia also died after gross negligence.

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