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  1. European Envoy Urges Bahrain to Free Prisoners

    MANAMA, Bahrain December 20, 2012 (AP)

    The head of a European Parliament human rights delegation is urging Bahrain to release political prisoners as a step toward easing an anti-government uprising in the strategic Gulf nation.

    Inese Vaidere of Latvia told reporters Thursday that authorities should free all “prisoners of conscience” as a crucial step toward negotiations in the 22-month uprising.

    Vaidere said the European team met with jailed opposition leaders including Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been sentenced to life in prison.

    More than 55 people have died in Bahrain’s near nonstop unrest since February 2011. Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

  2. Workers stage protest seeking reinstatement

    Posted on » Friday, December 21, 2012

    A GROUP of dismissed workers and their families yesterday staged a sit-in near the Labour Ministry in Isa Town, demanding their reinstatement.

    More than 30 workers carried placards demanding authorities to fully implement recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report.

    One protester said there were many who were not happy with new terms and conditions set by companies to reinstate employees dismissed during the unrest last year.

    “I have refused to accept the new offer by my company as they have shifted me to another position and this is not fair,” said Sayed Mohammed.

    The workers protested peacefully for an hour with community police surrounding the area.

    Hundreds of Bahraini workers were sacked for taking part in illegal protests during the unrest, taking part in strikes called by the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions on February 20 and March 12 last year and absenteeism or were facing criminal charges in connection with the unrest.


  3. Bahraini activist arrested for Twitter posts

    From Mohammed Jamjoom and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN

    December 21, 2012 — Updated 0355 GMT (1155 HKT)


    Yousif al-Muhafda is accused of disseminating false information about clashes
    A prosecutor points to a photo that went up during a demonstration Monday
    The activist’s attorney says he was observing the demonstration, not participating
    Human rights activists say his arrest is part of a growing crackdown on social media

    (CNN) — Twitter posts about anti-government protests have landed a human rights activist in Bahrain behind bars.

    Said Yousif al-Muhafda is accused of disseminating false information about clashes between security forces and protesters in the country’s capital, the state-run Bahrain News Agency said Thursday.

    Al-Muhafda, the head of documentation for the Bahrain Center of Human Rights, was arrested Monday during a demonstration, attorney Mohamed Al-Jishi said.

    Just before his arrest, the center said a series of posts went out on his Twitter account, describing a shotgun injury, tear gas and “security forces spraying pepper spray on female protesters faces as they mock them/laugh.”

    Al-Muhafda has been using the account for months to document what he says are human rights violations in Bahrain.

    A government prosecutor pointed to one Twitter post, which showed a picture of an injured leg.

    The image, posted Monday, “resulted in protests and acts of sabotage that disrupted security on that same day,” Bahrain’s government news agency said, citing Deputy Attorney General Mohammed Salah.

    The activist’s attorney says he was observing the demonstration, not participating.

    He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

    Human rights activists have criticized the arrest, saying it is part of a growing crackdown on social media posts.

    “The authorities are placing extensive surveillance on social media, and several were arrested because of their online posts in an act that serves to intimidate others to move into self-censorship,” the Gulf Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said in a statement.

    Bahraini authorities imposed a ban on public protests in October, saying it was necessary because “increasing violence has resulted in death and serious injury to many.”

    But Amnesty International said the move breached people’s right to free speech.

    Violent clashes have broken out between security forces and opposition protesters on numerous occasions since protests began in the island nation in February 2011, spurred by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

    Bahrain plays a key strategic role in the Middle East and is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet headquarters.

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