France Deplores ShutDown of Al-Wefaq & Calls on Bahrain to Reverse Decision
France deplored the shutdown of the headquarters of Al-Wefaq political opposition group and suspension of its activities.
Index on Censorship Urges UK to Condemn Nabeel Rajab's Arrest, Calls for Stopping Harassment of HR Defenders
index on Censorship condemned the latest arrest of human rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain.
Sheikh Al-Mansi’s Trial Adjourned until May 24 with Continued Detention
Bahrain’s Third Minor Criminal Court adjourned the trial of Shiite cleric Sheikh Mohammad Al-Mansi with continued detention until May 24, 2016.
FCO Annual Report: Concerns over Freedom of Speech in Bahrain Yet Progress Achieved on HR Issues
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that Bahrain achieved progress on human rights in Bahrain throughout 2015, although challenges remain, indicating that the Government of Bahrain continued to take steps to implement its human rights and political reform agenda.
Bahraini Authorities Summon Poet over Reciting Poem in Solidarity with Ebrahim Sharif
The Bahraini authorities summoned the Bahraini poet Ahmad Al-Ajami for interrogation at the Nabih Saleh Police Station, over reciting a poem on February 24 at the National Democratic Society (Wa'ad) headquarters.
U.S. Says More Progress Needed in Bahrain
Bahrain Mirror (Reuters): The United States on Wednesday praised Bahrain's steps toward political reforms but said the country needs to do more, adding that U.S. officials will continue to press concerns over freedom of expression and other related rights.
Ebrahim Sharif at Court: I Demanded Reform...Different Opinions Shouldn’t Lead to Prison
Bahrain Mirror: Bahrain’s High Criminal Court set February 24, 2016 as the date for the verdict in the case raised against the Bahraini opposition leader and Secretary-General of the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad), Ebrahim Sharif, after listening to his and the defense panel’s pleadings as well as the Public Prosecution pleading.
Bahrain’s King Say his Country Enjoys Complete Freedom of Press & Expression
Bahrain Mirror: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said that “Bahrain press today enjoys complete freedom of expression and opinion,” expressing his appreciation of all journalists and columnists for raising key issues which serve the interests of the country.
Local Newspaper: Tweeter “Bou Khamees” Sentenced to One Year in Prison Over Insulting Journalist
Bahrain Mirror: The Bahraini state Al-Ayam newspaper said that a Bahrain court sentenced a tweeter known as “Bou Khamees” to one full year in prison after convicting him of insulting a journalist.
British MPs Condemn Rajab's Sentence and Call for Listing Bahrain as Country of Concern
Members of the British Parliament expressed severe concerns about the ongoing restrictions against free speech in Bahrain; noting the recent findings by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch of "reprisals against individuals exercising their right to free speech in Bahrain."