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Bahrain's dirty secret: How the tiny island nation doubled its prison population since 2011

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BAHRAIN, bombs, protests, and prisoners.....and a Totalitarian regime....

BAHRAIN,  bombs, protests, and prisoners.....and a Totalitarian regime.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

There have been protests for years while  great men advocated publicly for peaceful civil disobedience

The regime imprisons Abdulhadi AlKhawaja ,  Nabeel Rajab, Ebrahim Sharif and countless others to attempt to stop the protests against the fascist regime.

 

NOW THE IGNORANT AND IMPOTENT ALKHALIFAS ARE DEALING WITH BOMBINGS!  

I'll wager that these persons being freed would be sufficient to return Bahrain to peaceful civil disobedience !  I'll further wager that the AlKhalifas are too stupid to be able to see this reality! 

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Bahrain: Detainee Mahdi Al-Mousawi’s Health in Deterioration amid Prison’s Unhealthy Conditions

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Bahrain: Detainee Mahdi Al-Mousawi’s Health in Deterioration amid Prison’s Unhealthy Conditions

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The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its deep concern for the authority’s continued mistreatment of prisoners, especially activists and prisoners of conscience and neglecting to provide the necessary health conditions in prison, amidst the utter silence of Jaw’s Central Prison administration which refuses to improve the conditions of detainees or to comment on the complaints about the violations taking place inside.

Confirmed information received by the BCHR indicates that Jaw Central Prison’s shop has not been providing healthy water for the detainees in Ward 1 for more than a month and a half without giving any convincing reason for that. Noteworthy, the detainees in Jaw Prison buy water bottles from the prison shop with their own money, especially in light of the increasing complaints about the poor quality of water provided by the prison for free, in addition to depriving some detainees from their right to reaching the shop to buy what they need and to get clean and healthy water.

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Bahrain arrests 183 protesters, including 31 children in one month - opposition

Bahrain arrests 183 protesters, including 31 children in one month - opposition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A report issued by a Bahraini human rights body says the country saw 745 protests in just December alone. The government’s reaction to dissent, according to the study, included arrests of 31 children, home raids and enforced disappearances.

Out of the 745 “sporadic protests” recorded by the Liberties and Human Rights Department in Al Wefaq Society (Bahrain’s major opposition party), more than a half were suppressed by security forces, according to the organization’s report released Thursday.

Crackdowns on protests were accompanied by arrests, with 183 rally participants ending up behind bars, including 31 children.

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Bahrain: Al Wefaq Writes to HCHR, Concern over Condition of Prisoners

Bahrain: Al Wefaq Writes to HCHR, Concern over Condition of Prisoners | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Al Wefaq National Islamic Society said no information has been released in the past 5 days on the conditions of a number of prisoners in Juw prison, including Sheikh Mohammed Ali Al Mahfoodh, the Secretary-General of the Islamic Action Society.

This is despite news that has been circulating on the mistreatment of the prisoners in the prison and that two of the prisoners are wounded. However, the families of the prisoners have not received any phone calls from the prison.

Al Wefaq has sent an urgent appeal to the Special Procedures Division in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning the situation of the prisoners in Juw prison.

The Authority in Bahrain is fully responsible for the safety of the prisoners who are facing vengeful measures by denying them their fundamental human rights, Al Wefaq stated. Shockingly, state institutions and foundations concerned for human rights such as the Ombudsman Office, the National Institution for Human Rights, the General Inspector, Public Prosecution Office and Ministry of Human Rights all remain silent towards this situation.

Al Wefaq also notes the Interior Ministry’s silence, even though it is the body responsible for the administration of prisons, stressing that such practices are illegal and considered a serious violation of the rights of the prisoners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#Bahrain regime can't stop protests so it attacks its political prisoners!

SOS!  Prisoners in cell #10 in dry dock prison  are under attack since 3am - 8-16-2013   Mercinaries are torturing and throwing Teargas on them ...

What is happening 2 prisoners in cell 10: A  massacre!  There are injuries w/ birdshot, suffocation...

Hamad couldn't stop #Tamarod  movement and  now he is punishing prisoners...

The order is from Ahmed AlAmady , Hisham Al-Zayani & Ebrahim Habiba, mercinaries for the failed AlKhalifa terror regime!

Two serious injuries are reported  from suffocation and torture!  

Mercinaries are rejecting  sending them to the  hospital ...

 

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Bahrain court sentences 31 protesters to 15 years prison each over police attack

MANAMA, Bahrain — A defense lawyer in Bahrain says a court has sentenced 31 protesters to 15 years in prison each for roles in firebomb attacks against security forces during an anti-government demonstration last year.
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Another categorically political move by the failed AlKhalifa regime!  Imprison more innocents in a feeble attempt to retain the power that is slipping through their fingers......I D I O T S !

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Bahraini Prison Authorities Accused of Denying Medical Treatment to Nabeel Rajab

Bahraini Prison Authorities Accused of Denying Medical Treatment to Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....“Nabeel shouldn’t be in prison in the first place, but while he is, Bahrain authorities have a duty to provide him with necessary medical treatment,” said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley. “Nabeel’s wife, Sumaya, told me she just spoke to her husband on the phone. She said whenever Nabeel goes to the prison clinic, he just gets the same inadequate medication and he is forced to sit or lie down most of the day because of the severe pain.”

Rajab says he has had chronic disc problems in his back since a beating by the police eight years ago and that he is being denied proper medical attention and medication. Families of other political prisoners, including that of Mahdi Abu Deeb, President of the Bahrain Teachers Association, also say necessary medical treatment is being denied to detainees.

“It’s hard to see why the Bahrain regime would want to attract more negative attention to itself by failing to treat Nabeel’s injury,” said Dooley.

Rajab is one of the most respected and well known human rights activists in the region. In 2012, Human Rights First awarded the BCHR the Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty.....

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UN Report on Human Rights Defenders - Bahrain

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A/HRC/7/28/Add.1Page 22 ...Observations68. The Special Representative thanks the Government for its detailed replies tothe urgent appeal of 2 February 2007. However, in its replies, the Government did notindicate how the legal basis of the arrests was compatible with international normsand standards. The Special Representative would be grateful for information on theoutcome of the case, and how the measures were compatible with international normsand standards. She reiterates her concern that the charges are related to Mr AbdulhadiAlkhawaja and Mr Hassan Mushaima’s legitimate and peaceful activities in defenceof human rights. The Special Representative regrets that at the time of her finalizationof this report, she did not received a response from the Government to hercommunication of 25 October 2007.69. The Special Representative wishes to refer to the fundamental principles setforth in the Declaration on human rights defenders, and in particular articles 1 and 2which state that everyone has the right individually or in association with others, topromote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights andfundamental freedoms at the national and international levels. She would like toremind the Government that article 5 of the Declaration, especially points b) and c)which provides that for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights andfundamental freedoms, everyone has the right to form, join and participate in non-Governmental organizations, associations or groups, and to communicate with non-Governmental or interGovernmental organizations. ...

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Tell Obama: Urge Bahrain to Release Jailed Dissidents

Dear President Barack Obama: 

In May 2011, you told the Bahraini regime that “the only way forward is for the government and opposition to engage in a dialogue, and you can’t have a real dialogue when parts of the peaceful opposition are in jail.” We agree. 

Now that the dialogue in Bahrain has restarted, we urge you to tell the King of Bahrain to release dissidents jailed under politically motivated charges and allow them to join the dialogue. This includes human rights leaders who called for democratic reforms in the country and medics who were jailed after treating wounded protestors and telling the international media the truth about the Kingdom’s abuses. 

Despite the United States’ muted criticism of the violations committed by the Bahraini regime, human rights defenders and pro-democracy leaders in Bahrain continue to look to the United States for support. If the United States truly wants to be a beacon for democracy in the region, it must match words with action. In the case of Bahrain, this means helping negotiations move forward by urging the Kingdom to release its prominent dissidents. 

Sincerely,

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UN News - UN human rights office disappointed by Bahrain’s decision to uphold conviction of 13 activists

UN News - UN human rights office disappointed by Bahrain’s decision to uphold conviction of 13 activists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 January 2013 – The United Nations today expressed disappointment over Bahrain’s decision to uphold the convictions of 13 pro-democracy activists in spite of concerns raised by an independent human rights panel and appeals by the international community.

“We regret that Bahrain’s highest court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 activists for their role in pro-democracy demonstrations, after two years of trials and despite the conclusions of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and the appeals by the international community concerning the judicial procedure and allegations of torture,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, told reporters in Geneva.

“These persons are political and human rights activists and we are concerned they may have been wrongly convicted for legitimate activities. We are also concerned by the extreme harshness of some of the sentences, including imprisonment for life,” she added....

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Bahrain: Disturbing Updates on the Current Situation of Talib Ali and 4 Other Citizens kidnapped by the authorities

Bahrain: Disturbing Updates on the Current Situation of Talib Ali and 4 Other Citizens kidnapped by the authorities | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) expresses its grave concern over the well-being of 5 citizens of Mehazza, who have reportedly been kidnapped by the Bahraini authorities in Nov 2012 following the siege and house raids on the village (see BCHR report for more detailsbahrainrights.org/en/node/5536). These men were taken by the security forces without any information about their location being known for several weeks, and now they are being detained in Bahraini prisons while sham charges are being brought against them. According to received information, these men are being ill-treated, they are being tortured, and they have been denied access to adequate medical care.....

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Please support the Politcal Prisoners in #Bahrain !

Please support the Politcal Prisoners in #Bahrain ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Bahrain: Rehabilitate Torture Victims | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Rehabilitate Torture Victims | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Beirut) – Bahrain should provide victims of torture with physical and psychological rehabilitation, Human Rights Watch and other human rights groups said today, based on a letter they sent to King Hamad.....

Bahrain accepted the BICI’s finding that its security forces tortured people in 2011, so it should face up to its treaty obligation to help the victims recover.These 13 prisoners should not be in jail in the first place, but that doesn’t mean Bahrain can ignore its obligation to help them recover from torture by its security forces.

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Horrifying sexual torture in Bahrain jails: Prisoners’ families reveal - Intifada Palestine

Horrifying sexual torture in Bahrain jails: Prisoners’ families reveal - Intifada Palestine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Families of Bahraini political prisoners say their children and relatives are suffering from horrible torture and sexual abuse in Al Khalifa regime jails.

A Sunday report by the Bahraini al-Wasat newspaper expressed concern about health condition of several prisoners who have been gravely tortured in jails while they are denied access to any kind of treatment.

Some families said tortures and abuses occurred even at the interrogations in al-Howdh al-Jaf prison.

They said regime forces blindfolded the prisoners there and used electric shocks at their genitals; “They let go of them when they confess to prepared confessions against themselves,” the report quoted a relative of a prisoner.

The paper also quoted several people who spent some time in regime jails as saying that they were forced to stand fully naked for hours of interrogation which in some cases lasted for days.....

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Bahrain: The Administration of the Dry Dock Prison Assaults Children Detained in Prison

Bahrain: The Administration of the Dry Dock Prison Assaults Children Detained in Prison | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

It has recently been reported that a number of detained children in Ward ‘6’ in the Dry Dock Prison – specified for the detained children aged between 15 and 18 years old – were subjected to beating by the police and guards, as well as abusing and cursing them, their cursing was not devoid of sectarian language.

Details of the information received by the BCHR were that on 5 January 2014, a group of police forces and guards stormed Ward ‘6’ specified for children aged between 15 and 18 years old. The detainees were taken aback by the forces who hastily beat them with rods and threw them on the ground for more than half an hour, and then shaved the heads of a group of them in a enforced and insulting manner, and they used phrases and terms that hold sectarian connotations. Among the children known to have been subjected to these inhumane practices are: Ebrahim Al-Shahabi and Ameer Nader Al-Mukhtar from Muharraq Island, and the detainee Ammar Dhaif from the village of Qurayah.

This method of conduct is a violation of Article 31 of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which states, ‘Corporal punishment, punishment by placing in a dark cell, and all cruel, inhuman or degrading punishments shall be completely prohibited as punishments for disciplinary offences’.[1]

The BCHR had documented several cases of organized assault on detainees in Jaw Prison and the Dry Dock Prison. Reports received from the Dry Dock Prison confirm that the prison guards and security forces used teargas and stun grenades inside the closed prison cells last August, which resulted in the injury of at least 40 prisoners[2]. Mrs Sumaya Rajab[3], wife of the BCHR president Nabeel Rajab who is imprisoned for exercising his right to express his opinion[4], stated that the latter eye witnessed last May the torture of at least 8 detainees, among them children, in Jaw Prison in a brutal manner where blood was streaming down their bodies; Mr Nabeel could not help but shout in their face and ask them to stop these practices, and then he asked to see the prison warden, however they took him somewhere else to conceal their crime[5].

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82 arrested in November: Bahrain’s al-Wefaq

82 arrested in November: Bahrain’s al-Wefaq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq, says Bahraini forces have arrested at least 82 people over the past month as the Al Khalifa regime steps up its crackdown on dissent.

In a report released on Wednesday, the Liberties and Civil Rights Unit of al-Wefaq National Islamic Society also said that women and children were among those arrested in November.

The regime forces also raided 125 houses during the mentioned period, it said, adding that several people were tortured by the forces.

“There has been a continued deterioration in the general human rights situation, focusing on arbitrary arrests, house raids and other violations that the country has experienced regularly for 3 years,” the report noted.

The Al Kahlifa regime is under fire for its brutal crackdown on rights activists and pro-democracy protesters....

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Bahrain: Jailed opposition leaders denied medical care

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Prominent opposition leaders, who were jailed in the crackdown which followed Bahrain’s uprising in 2011, are being denied medical treatment for their conditions. They are among a group of opposition activists who received harsh jail sentences as the Bahraini authorities sought to crush resistance to the repression.

Abduljalil Al-Singace (top right), a former professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bahrain, gained his PhD at the University of Manchester in the UK. He has been denied medical treatment for a perforated eardrum and other ailments and family visits because he refuses to wear the prison uniform. He is a leader of Al-Haq opposition movement. His case was recently taken up by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), an international network of academics, which wrote in protest to the Bahraini authorities at his treatment.

Abdelwahab al-Husain (top left) co-founder of the Al-Wafa’ movement, an opposition political movement, was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2011. His daughter Aqeelah contacted MENA Solidarity Network last week:

“My father was severely tortured during his arrest in March 2011 and is now suffering from torture-related injuries that are yet to heal. He is also suffering from numerous medical conditions; my father was diagnosed with non-insulin dependent type II diabetes mellitus and as a consequence of both physical & psychological torture, and being in prison since March 2011, his blood sugar has not been under regular control.”

Abdelwahab is a carrier of sickle cell disease and suffers from chronic anaemia and is also suffering from neuropathic pain, Aqeelah added. Neither of these conditions are being treated properly in prison....

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AIUK : EU should press for prisoners releases as it meets in Bahrain

AIUK : EU should press for prisoners releases as it meets in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

‘It would be a slap in the face for many Bahrainis if EU officials were to visit Bahrain and not publicly call for the release of prisoners of conscience’ - Nicolas Berger

Amnesty International has urged the EU to speak out about prisoners of conscience being held in Bahrain as it hold its annual EU-Gulf states meeting in Bahrain. ....

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Bahrain Shiites protest to demand prisoners be freed

Bahrain Shiites protest to demand prisoners be freed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DUBAI — Hundreds of people from Bahrain's Shiite Muslim majority clashed with police on Friday as they demonstrated to demand the release of Shiite prisoners held by the kingdom's Sunni-dominated government, witnesses said.

Demonstrators, who included women, shouted "Free the prisoners!" and held up photos of people being held.....

 

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Sentences for Bahrain police bombing

Sentences for Bahrain police bombing | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The sentences given the 17 men have angered human rights lawyers in the Gulf island kingdom.

They point to the acquittal of police in the cases of deaths in detention of pro-democracy activists, and the relatively light sentences given recently to two officers who were convicted of manslaughter. In that case the officers received 10 year terms for the beating to death of Ali Saqer, a Shia activist.

Mr Saqer died in custody in April 2011. His body bore marks of severe torture when it was returned to his family....

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VOICES: Forced into Hiding in Bahrain But Speaking Out

VOICES: Forced into Hiding in Bahrain But Speaking Out | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The lack of condemnation or action from influential international players is glaring. Believe me, people here have noticed. Although human rights groups have pressed our case with the U.S. government, we’ve seen double standards from the Obama Administration, which has aggressively condemned crackdowns against peaceful protesters in other Middle Eastern countries. The United States has a military base here and often says publicly that Bahrain remains an important military ally.

Last week, on February 14, we marked the second anniversary of our uprising. The King of Bahrain recently kicked off another round of empty “dialogue” with us. We had one of those in July 2011, and it was just a sideshow.  What’s needed is for the attacks by the police to stop, the political trials to end, and for those opposition leaders and activists convicted with me and more than 1,000 other political detainees to be released.

The senior members of the government who are responsible for ordering or condoning torture must be brought to justice – this is something the U.S. and other countries should be demanding clearly and loudly. It’s hard to imagine real political negotiations while the abuses continue.
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Bahraini protesters rally in support of jailed activists | The Shia Post

Bahraini protesters rally in support of jailed activists | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini protesters have staged demonstrations to show solidarity with over a dozen prominent activists sentenced to jail terms earlier this week.

 

The rallies were held on Thursday in the towns of Bilad al-Qadim and Sitra despite the Bahraini regime’s continuous crackdown.

Bahraini forces tried to disperse the crowd by using tear gas and shot guns. Several people were reportedly injured in the violence.

On Monday, Bahrain’s top court handed 13 opposition figures jail terms ranging from five years to life in prison.

The activists, including prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and opposition leader Hassan Mushaima, were arrested on charges of involvement in anti-regime demonstrations in 2012.....

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Bahraini court verdicts "mind-boggling," says Human Rights Watch

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The United Nations and the European Union on Tuesday slammed a decision by Bahrain's highest appeals court to uphold lengthy prison terms against opposition activists.

UN leader Ban Ki-moon "deeply regrets" the decision and called on Bahrain to carry out promised reforms, his spokesman said. The European Union said the activists should receive amnesties.

"The secretary general deeply regrets the decision of Bahrain's Court of Cassation on January 7 to uphold the harsh sentences, including life imprisonment" against the activists, said Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky.

"He reiterates his firm belief that the only way to promote peace, stability, justice and prosperity in Bahrain is through a national dialogue which addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis," the spokesman added.

"The secretary general also calls on the government of Bahrain to follow through on its recently reiterated commitment to judicial reform."

Bahrain's Court of Cassation on Monday upheld jail terms ordered by a lower court on 13 activists found guilty of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. It also upheld punishments against seven others who are on the run.

Seven defendants are serving life terms, including Abdulhadi Khawaja, who last year staged a lengthy hunger strike against his imprisonment.

The activists took part in anti-government protests which have shaken the Gulf state since February 2011 and which the authorities say are being fuelled by Shiite Iran.

They were convicted by a military tribunal on charges that included "setting up terror groups" to topple the government.

Bahrain's actions have made its Western allies increasingly uncomfortable.

"The EU has repeatedly asked the Bahraini authorities to consider an amnesty for all those arrested last year and tried on charges relating to the expression of their political opinion," said a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Ashton's spokesman Michael Mann said the European Union "fully respects the independence of the Bahraini judiciary" but "remains concerned about the lack of advancement of national reconciliation."

"All sides should engage in a peaceful, inclusive and constructive dialogue, abstaining from all forms of violence and intimidation," he added.

Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East director Joe Stork said Bahrain's highest court "has proven its inability to protect the most basic rights guaranteed in Bahrain's constitution and the international treaties it has signed."

"The mind-boggling verdicts in these cases did not mention a single recognisable criminal offence, instead pointing to speeches the defendants made, meetings they attended, and their calls for peaceful street protests in February and March 2011," he said in a statement.

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European Envoy Urges Bahrain to Free Prisoners

European Envoy Urges Bahrain to Free Prisoners | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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.

The visit comes less than a week after Bahrain's crown prince called for new efforts for talks between the Sunni leadership and the kingdom's majority Shiites, who seek a greater political voice.

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.

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