Sheikh Bashar al-A’li Released after Interrogations over Speech in Diraz Martyrs’ Eulogy
The Bahraini authorities released (Saturday June 3, 2017) Shiite cleric Sheikh Bashar al-A’li, after almost 5 hours of interrogations.
Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman: Gov’t Seeks Alternative Obedient Political, Civil Society
Bahraini human rights defender of religious freedoms Sheikh Maytham al-Salman, believed that the Bahraini government is seeking the formation of an alternative political and civil society, obedient to it.
Shiite Cleric Released After One Month of Arrest
The Bahraini security authorities released on Friday (May 26, 2017) the Shiite cleric Sheikh Abdulzahraa Al-Karbabadi after about one month of his arrest, according to activists from the village.
Sheikh Isa Al-Moamen Arrested from Court after his 3-Month Jail Term Upheld
The security authorities arrested on Thursday (May 25, 2017) preacher of Al-Kheif Mosque, Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Al-Moamen from the court after his 3-month jail term was upheld over a Friday sermon he delivered.
MoI Asks Diraz Obsequies’ Heads to Intervene, Disperse Sit-In Outside Sheikh Qassim’s House
Information reported that the Ministry of Interior summoned on Sunday the heads of Diraz-based obsequies, and asked them to intervene to disperse the sit-in crowd outside the house of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.
Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman to RFI: Once I Set Foot in Bahrain, Authorities would Ban my Travel if not Arrest Me
In an interview with Radio France Internationale (RFI), Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman noted that meeting with other religious clerics who call for dialogue and respect for political rights is becoming more difficult in Bahrain. He clarified that the Bahraini authorities are banning all forms of civil activities.
Shiite Cleric Faces Unknown Destiny since His Arrest on April 28
Sayed Abbas Shubar, Head of Religious Freedoms Unit in Bahrain SALAM for Human Rights, said that no one knows the destiny of the prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Abdulzahraa Al-Karbabadi since he was arrested on April 28 in a house raid carried out by forces affiliated to the Ministry of Interior.
Ministry of Justice Prepares Law for Preachers and Imams of Mosques
The Under Secretary of the Bahraini Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs, Fareed Al-Muftah, said in a statement to the Al-Ayam local newspaper that he is currently studying a law for preachers and Imams of mosques.
Geneva: Washington Criticizes Bahrain, Urges it to Conduct Political Dialogue & Reconciliation
The United States severely slammed the government of Bahrain and its recent measures against political parties and Shiite clerics.
82 Clerics Residing in Britain Urge Bahrain to Halt Trial of Sheikh Isa Qassim
82 clerics residing in Britain issued a statement in which they urged the Government of Bahrain to stop the trial of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the most prominent religious leader for Shia in the country.
Shiite Cleric, his Sister and Wife Arrested in House Raid at Dawn
Activists on Twitter said that the Bahraini authorities arrested Shiite cleric and his wife at the dawn today from his house in Karbabad, noting that reasons behind the arrest are unknown.
US Report on Religious Freedom: Discrimination Continues in Bahrain, Over 80 Clerics Interrogated, Banned from Traveling
The Al-Wasat local newspaper published a summary of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report which placed Bahrain on its Tier 2 rank on terms of religious freedoms. Bahrain was covered in the Other Countries Monitored section of the 2017 Annual Report, as a consequence of deteriorating conditions of religious freedoms.
King Hamad Forms Legislative Committee to Review Unified Family Law
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has issued a Royal Order 24/ 2017 on the formation of a legislative committee to review the family draft law.
Senior Clerics: Unified Family Draft Law Contains Many Errors, Transgressions of Sects
Senior Bahraini clerics stressed that they continue to demand constitutional guarantees that protect family law, an issue not yet made available.
Authorities Release Sheikh Al-Mansi after Serving his One-Year Jail Term
The security authorities released today (April 15, 2017) Sheikh Mohammad Al-Mansi, who is in charge of the demolished mosques' file at the Ulama Islamic Council, after serving his one-year jail term.
3 Shiite Clerics Summoned for Interrogation
The Bahraini authorities summoned on Tuesday (April 11, 2017) 3 Shiite clerics for interrogation tomorrow (Wednesday) without giving them any explanations.
Court of Appeals Adjourns Case of Sheikh Hassan Isa and Others until May 21
Bahrain’s Appeals Court considered on Monday (April 10, 2017) the case of Al-Wefaq leader and fomer MP Sheikh Hassan Isa, who is sentenced to 10 years in prison along with others, and adjourned it until May 21.
Sheikh Isa Al-Moamen Receives 3-Month Jail Term over Charge of Inciting Hatred against Regime
Bahrain’s minor criminal court sentenced on Thursday, March 30, 2017, Imam of Al-Kheif mosque Sheikh Isa Al-Moamen (60 years) to 3 months in prison and 500 BD fine over inciting hatred against the regime.
Salam: Authorities Revoked more than 410 Citizenships, 15 of Shiite Clerics
Salam Organization for Democracy and Human Rights said that the authorities had revoked the citizenships of 410 Bahrainis, for political reasons, noting that among them 15 are Shiite religious clerics.
Sheikh Al-Daqaq Comments on his Citizenship Revocation: It Targets those Demanding Rights, Particularly Those Defending Sheikh Isa Qassim
Sheikh Abdullah Al-Daqaq, prominent Bahraini cleric and director of Hawza in Iranian City of Qom, commented on the verdict issued by a Bahraini court, sentencing him along with 2 others to 10 years in prison and revoking their citizenship. He stressed that the decision was based on “a vexatious and void trial." "I don’t recognize it," he added. "This trial targets everyone who demands legitimate and just rights for our oppressed people in Bahrain, in particular the ones who defend Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.”