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The long suffering of Shaikh Mohammed Habib Almoqdad at the hands of the Bahraini regime..

The long suffering of Shaikh Mohammed Habib Almoqdad at the hands of the Bahraini regime.. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....The following are some of the violations committed against Al Meqdad during the arrest & investigation phase.  Their behavior with Al Meqdad shows how his arrest was inappropriate for cleric, without any consideration to his religious position or his social statues or his age.

[List of tortures]

1. Depraving him from sleeping for seven consecutive days until he fainted.
2. Standing for hours on his feets which led to fatigue and sometimes fainting.
3. Beating him with batons and kicking him to force him to stand again.
4. He was hanged upside down from his feet. He was being beaten with plastic cables and sticks. He was tortured this way many times for long periods.
5. Using an electric detonator on sensitive area of the body. It has left physical and psychological effects. Many of them still exist despite that it’s been more than a year.
6. Beating him with plastic wire on the back, stomach, thighs and other parts of the body ( After a year now, the marks on his body can still be seen).
7. Kicking him with their legs and stepping on his face, head, neck with their shoes and even sometimes put them inside his mouth.
8. Beating him on the feet with batons after throwing him on the ground. Tightening his handcuffs and beating the legs harshly to the point of bleeding.
9. Handcuffing his hands to the back and blindfolding his eyes.
10. Forcing him to stand for long periods and his hands rose to the top without touching the walls.
11. Pouring cold water on his body and bed inside the prison cell.
12. Spitting on the face and preventing them from wiping it off.
13. Repeatedly, he was forced to open his mouth to spit inside and they made him swallow it before eating.
14. Swearing and cursing his honor. After being tortured they forced other prisoners to testify that Al Meqdad was saying that and not the prison officers. Furthermore, he was forced to call himself inappropriate names such as “I’m an animal, I’m a dog”.
15. Insulting religion and its beliefs and humiliating Muslim leaders.
16. Defaming our religious beliefs like why worshiping the soil (Turba of Imam Hussain)? And calling Shiah with names such as “infidels and traitors”.
17. He was forced to kiss the shoes of officers in prison (many prisoners were forced to do so) and in case he refused to do so, they attack him with beatings and more physical and psychological assaults.
18. Striping him off for long periods along with using black hoses on his back while being stripped. It happened for several times.
19. Threats of assaulting his family
20. Causing noises at nights by clubbing on the iron bars of the cells to prevent him from sleeping.
21. Forcing Al Meqdad to kiss symbols of the Bahraini and Saudi regime (members of the royal families of both countries).
22. Restricting him from using the bathroom and not allowing him to use it when needed . and when it is allowed to be used, he is given a limited time.
23. He was forced to cover his whole body including the face, with blankets when going to the bathroom in order not be seen or recognized by anyone.
24. Prevented from having a shower, or changing his clothes for at least two weeks.
25. Standing under the sun at noon.
26. Violations were made also on the way from and to the military court, opposition leaders were tied with strong ropes on their necks that led to difficulties in breathing and sometimes vomiting while being handcuffed. Also Al Meqdad along with others, were blindfolded and their faces and hands were covered with sacks of cloths on their way to the court.

27. Within the waiting room onside the court, prisoners were mocked and pushed to each other.

28. Deprived from contacting his family during the first period of the detention.

29. Deprived from contacting a lawyer during the investigation and the military prosecution.

30. Put in solitary confinement (it was a small underground cell in the MOI fort). It lasted for three months.

31. Forced to sign a statement (Confessions) during investigations without reading or knowing its content.

32. Denial of medical care, and treatment.

33. Threats of sexual abuse, even sexual harassment occurred for some prisoners, including Sheikh Mirza Al-mahroos, "I have seen how he shouted due to the severe pain to." said Sheikh Al-Meqdad.

34. Psychological torture (Threats and the hearing the shouts of other prisoners from the severe pains).

35. Denial of adequate and acceptable food.

36. Officers deceived prisoners by telling them that they are outside Bahrain, "they tell us you are in Saudi Arabia's prisons, we will sentence you harsh sentences, your heads will be cut with the sword", Meqdad said.

37. Entering dogs inside the prison ward while lights off, the dogs barked and attacked the cells viciously and brutally.

38. Raiding homes of detainees during their arrest, smashing the doors and tampering with the contents of the house. Along with, Stealing and confiscation some of the house belongings, such as computers, mobile phones, money and others.
39. Spreading terror by raising weapons and guns in the faces of women and children during house raids.

40. He was beaten with hands and batons in a military court building, to the extent that on 22.06.2011 he shouted "peacefully peacefully, the people are asking for freedom" in court when the verdict came out. The leaders were tortured and according to them “no one was spared”.

41. According to Al Meqdad: "I was beaten and tortured at the fort Hospital while I was getting treatment and on the hospital bed. He added” that did not prevented them from hitting me and torturing me."
42. Al Meqdad along with other prisoners, were attacked and tortured while sleeping at night. He stated "This has happened to me personally that while I was sleeping, a group of masked men removed the quilt from my face, and began torturing me."
43. Not allowed to exercise their religious rituals, such as restricting prisoners from doing their prayer, reading the holy Qur'an.
44. Al Meqdad was forced to gargle with urine at the Fort Hospital when asked to examine a sample of urine.

45. Forced to do dignifying and revolting things, by which he was ashamed to mention.

Individuals responsible for Al Meqdad’s torture

 

[List of torturers]

1. Prince Nasser bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the son of the country's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa: -
2. Badr Ibrahim Ghaith - a captain at the National Security Agency, He tortured Al Meqdad on the night of his arrest.
3. Yousif Al-Mannai - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency tortured Meqdad on the night of his arrest.
4. Mohamed Owaid (a Jordanian national) - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency, , who has threatened and tortured Al Meqdad. Al Meqdad had seen his face during his current arrest, and recognized him from previous arrests. Owaid told Al Meqdad “ I’m not afraid from anyone, I will shoot whoever come near my house”

5. Abdullah Al Suri - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency , Al Meqdad saw his face while torturing him ( on the same night Nasser Bin Hamad tortured the Sheikh).

6. Major. Basil Siyadi – He knows all torturers who cover their faces with masks to hide their true identity, Al Meqdad demanded that Siyadi should be presented to the law to reveal all information needed about the torturers in the Bahraini prisons.

The above mentioned individuals are among those who tortured Sheikh Mohammed Al Meqdad,

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BuzzFeed Reveals Letter Sent by Zainab Al-Khawaja about Her Sufferings in Prison with Infant Son Abdulhadi

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The BuzzFeed News website revealed that Maryam Al-Khawaja sent screenshots of a handwritten letter by Zainab Al-Khawaja to BuzzFeed News describing her sufferings inside Isa Town Women's Prison along with her 18-month-old son.
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Bahraini Activist Gets Year in Jail for Ripping Up King's Photo

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The daughter of a well-known Bahraini human rights activist was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for delivering the ultimate insult to her country's king: ripping up a picture of him, Reuters... Crime & Courts News Summaries. | Newser
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Bahrain: Opposition Leader Denied Right to Meet His Lawyers - Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society

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Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, said he is being denied right to discussion with his legal representatives as his appeal approaches on 14th October 2015. The court and prison administration are refusing to respect confidentiality between Salman and his defense panel and, he has not been allowed to receive ...
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A Bahraini doctor — tortured and imprisoned for treating patients — pleads to the US for help | GlobalPost

A Bahraini doctor — tortured and imprisoned for treating patients — pleads to the US for help | GlobalPost | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A letter from severely overcrowded Jaw Prison.
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PAKISTAN atrocity: Rats of Shah Dola !

PAKISTAN atrocity: Rats of Shah Dola ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What was the first thing you thought of after looking at above picture? I am sure you must have thought that the guy in picture must be suffering from some genetic disorder or disease which has made him look so woeful. But this is not the case with him or with thousands of his kind, he is one of ten thousands of “Rats of Shah Dola” or “Dolay Shah de Chohay”. Their heads were donned with iron helmets when they were infants to make sure that their head don’t grow naturally and they don’t have a normal healthy life. A very sad and sickening story is on your way.
A saint belonging from Seherwardi School of thought from Aurangzeb Era, Shah Dola in Gujrat (Punjab, Pakistan) claimed that he had the power to punish the disobedient parents in the form of children with small heads. He used to put an iron cap on children and get them to his shrine to help him by begging and getting him money, those ill-fated children were called as “Rats of Shah Dola” or Dola Shah ke Chouhey. From then this sickening ritual actually started. People started to believe that Shah Daula has the power of making incapable women fertile, it was also made famous that those women who were blessed with children after praying at the shrine will donate their first born baby to shrine to be a “Rat of Shah Dola” or the rest of their children will born disabled. So as a result thousands of women visit the shrine every month and hundreds of newly born babies are left at the shrine to become a Rat of Shah Daula’s Shrine, making him mentally handicapped and spending all his life being dependant on others.

There may be above 10,000 Rats of Shah Daulas in Pakistan. Most of them are in Punjab specially in the city of Gujrat who beg for Shah Dola’s Shrine. This is a very sad example of human rights violation that too in the name of religion, people make use of the religion for their personal gains more often than not.
The saddest part is the role of people in this issue. They are too patsy to pray on a shrine to get blessed with a child and leave their newly born babies in the premises of shrine to get his head donned in a steel helmet and to spend his whole life begging for the shrine being a mentally retard. No role of government have been observed lately to stop this inhumane practice and by the look of it, it seems like this practice is going to continue in years and years to come.

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ABUSE TO THE LOWEST DEGREE THAT EFFECTS XHILDREN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES~ WRONGLY JUGDED BECAUSE MOST JUST BY LOOKING WANT KNOW WHY AND MOST WANT TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT! MY GOD  ON THE CHILDREN TREATED AS SUCH AND LORD DEAL WITH THOSE THAT HAVE, IS AND CONTINUE TO HARM CHILDREN IN SUCH INTENTIONALLY INFLICTED HORRIFIC WAYS! FOR WE PLACE THEM ALL IN YOUR HANDS

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Al Khawaja’s Secret Hunger Strike Gone Public in Protest of Torture in a Bahraini Prison · Global Voices

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Bahraini Human Rights defender Abulhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for 24 days in protest of the continuing violations and torture of inmates in Jaw prison as authorities ignore calls for investigation.
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Open Letter from Nabeel Rajab to President Obama

Open Letter from Nabeel Rajab to President Obama | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
From: Nabeel Rajab
President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Isa Town Detention Center
Bahrain

Dear President Obama,

I write to you from a Bahraini jail cell, and this message was never meant to go beyond its walls. Even though I have never advocated for violence nor harmed another living soul, I have spent 28 of the last 36 months in a Bahraini prison for actions that can only be counted as crimes in a nation that stifles free expression and criminalizes open assembly. I have documented my government’s use of torture. I have reported on civilian casualties in Yemen. I have held a different opinion than that of a king. In retaliation, I may spend the next ten years of my life in jail.


While my government punishes me for demanding an end to its assault on civil and political rights, other GCC states, especially Saudi Arabia, subject human rights defenders to harsher abuse. Their repression can be seen in the flogging of free speech activist Raif Badawi and the death sentence against the religious scholar and human rights advocate Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi courts even sentenced Raif’s lawyer, Waleed abu al-Khair, to 15 years in prison. We as human rights defenders are targeted for giving voice to the marginalized, people seeking to take the reins of their own destiny; our governments do everything in their power to prevent us from acting upon the best ideals of our conscience.

The message you directed toward your Gulf allies last week laid the foundation for real change. Your words tacitly acknowledged what we in the region understand: only democracy can bring stability to the Middle East. And while democracy may take time to develop, the process cannot begin unless our right to free speech is protected. Right now, our governments divide us along religious lines, preventing us from collectively challenging extremism within our societies. As well, our rulers aggressively punish critics of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. We simply ask, however, for greater democratic participation in our nation’s affairs, and the ability to freely express our contempt for violence and extremism.

I thank your administration for calling for my release, and the release of my fellow human rights defenders. I urge you to defend our right to free speech when you meet with the monarchs of the Gulf, and call for:

The immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners;
An end to the criminalization of free speech and expression, including any laws against criticism of government institutions or defamation of a king;
The cessation of all acts of torture and reprisal in GCC detention centers; and
The protection of free and open civil society space capable of fostering long-term stability and growth in the region.
The citizens of Bahrain and her neighbors have extraordinary potential. With unshackled voices, we can build stability and challenge extremism. What we need today is space for tolerance, plurality, and honest dialogue, the foundations of a democratic process that the reprisals against me and my colleagues seek to undermine.

 
Yours Sincerely,

Nabeel Rajab
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US: Human Rights Watch Sues Over Surveillance | Human Rights Watch

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(Washington, DC) – Human Rights Watch filed suit on April 7, 2015, against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for illegally collecting records of the organization’s telephone calls to foreign countries.

The DEA disclosed the existence of its mass surveillance program in January 2015, after a federal judge ordered the government to disclose more information about the program. The agency made the disclosure in a criminal case against a man accused of violating export restrictions on goods to Iran.

“At Human Rights Watch we work with people who are sometimes in life or death situations, where speaking out can make them a target,” said Dinah PoKempner, general counsel at Human Rights Watch. “Whom we communicate with and when is often extraordinarily sensitive – and it’s information that we wouldn’t turn over to the government lightly.”

Human Rights Watch is represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has filed a series of legal challenges against unconstitutional government surveillance.
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Bahrani Professor’s Abrupt Citizenship Revocation Violates Universal Human Rights Declaration

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Is Bahrain the New Apartheid State?

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It's an obvious analogy: There is a minority (mostly Sunni) elite ruling over a (mostly Shia) majority. The last few years have seen systematic discrimination, a repression of fundamental rights, and torture and deaths in custody. People aren't divid...
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Text of Swedish diplomat's speech not given before the Arab League

Secretary General, Excellencies, dear friends,

It is a great honour for me to be standing here today. To be here in Egypt, in Cairo, in this building - the House of Arabs, is special. Egypt has always played an indispensable political, economic and cultural role in the region. And it is here that the Arab world, Africa and Europe meet.....

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ACLU: Snowden Proved NSA Internet Spying Harms Americans

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The suit filed in federal court in Maryland accuses the NSA of scooping up virtually everything sent via the Internet between Americans and people outside the United States, and then scouring it to identify and monitor foreign intelligence targets.

A similar challenge was turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court, which said the plaintiffs couldn't prove they'd been harmed. This lawsuit says that's changed since the government confirmed the surveillance after its scope and details were leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

This "upstream" surveillance of the Internet's "backbone" of digital networks reaches far beyond any individuals the government is targeting to combat terror attacks, and violates constitutional protections of free speech and privacy, the plaintiffs say.

ACLU staff attorney Patrick Toomey said Tuesday that Snowden's leaks changed the whole legal paradigm.

"We believe the Snowden disclosures will make an immense difference in how this case will play out," Toomey said. "Prior to Snowden, the public had never heard of upstream surveillance. But based on those disclosures and what the government has acknowledged itself, we know the government isn't just surveilling its targets, its surveilling everyone."
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Bahrain : Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

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The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), FIDH Deputy Secretary General and a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East Division.URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY New Information BHR 001 / 0812 / OBS 048.14 Judicial harassment Bahrain March 5, 2015The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the (...)
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JUDICIAL HARASSMENT REALLY EXISTS! ALL ACROSS THE WORLD!!

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Bahrain ramps up opposition chief Ali Salman's sentence

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Sheikh Ali Salman's jail term increased to nine years from original four on charges of incitement against government.
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Bahrain: Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Zainab Al-Khawaja - Worldwide Movement for Human Rights

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URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY New information BHR 002 / 0914 / OBS 075.3 Ongoing judicial harassment Bahrain October 13, 2015 The Observatory (...)
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HUMAN Rights are not Allowed in Bahrain!

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Right Moves on Bahrain | Commentary - Beltway Insiders

The 19th Century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard had it right when he said, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

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Bahraini Political Prisoner Ibrahim Sharif Released after “Completing his Sentence” · Global Voices

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In a surprise move, Bahrain released politician Ibrahim Sharif, jailed in March 2011, following massive anti-government protests. Is Bahrain moving towards actual reform?
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Sudan Used Cluster Bombs on Civilians, Human Rights Watch Charges

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Human Rights Watch has accused the government of Sudan of using banned cluster bombs on civilian areas in the southern part of the country.
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Human rights court: Beating at G-8 summit was torture - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

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STRASBOURG, France — Europe’s top human rights court ruled Tuesday that the unpunished police beating of a 62-year-old man during the 2001 protests at the G-8 summit in the Italian city of Genoa amounted to torture, vindicating hundreds of protesters who claimed they were brutally abused during a police raid.

The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights awarded Arnaldo Cestaro $48,900 and said Italy must change its laws to criminalize torture.

The 2001 summit was marked by violent confrontations between black-clad protesters and police, and resulted in the first shooting death of an anti-globalization activist by police fire.
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CHANGE ALL AROUND THE WORLD!  CRIMES AGAINST BLACK PROTESTERS BY POLICE IN ITALY IS NOT TOLERATED EVEN IF IT TAKES YEARS TO BRING THE FINDING DECISION "BLACK LIVES" DO MATTER !! STOP THE POLICE VIOLENCE!

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NASUWT: NASUWT denounces continued imprisonment of Bahraini teachers leader

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The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has called for the unconditional release of a teachers’ trade union leader on the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment by the Bahraini authorities.

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, President of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA), was arrested in 2011 for nothing more than his commitment to organising and representing the interests of teachers and calling for quality education for all children and young people in Bahrain.
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MAN CAN DO UNJUST THINGS BUT GOD JUSTICE WILL REIGN ON ALL JUST WAIT A WHILE.GOD WILL SET THE UNJUST IMPRISONED BY MAN FREE WATCH AND SEE! THE TIME IS COMING NO MAN CAN STOP GOD!

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Bahrain arrests activist Rajab over tweets - ministry

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain police arrested prominent democracy activist Nabeel Rajab on Thursday for comments he made on his Twitter account seen as harmful to civil peace, the kingdom's interior ministry
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Balochistan: 17th of March demonstration

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Rights Group: Inmates Injured in Clashes at Bahrain Prison

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Bahraini security forces tear-gassed and beat inmates at a prison on Tuesday while trying to quell clashes that erupted during family visits, a local human rights group said, causing some injurie...
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INJURIES EVEN DURING FAMILY VISITS DOCUMENTED! WHY NOT IN SOME PRISONS IN THE U.S. LIKE RIKERS ISLAND

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PressTV-Bahrain women face discrimination

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Bahrain’s female activists say women in the country face discrimination, marginalization and exclusion under the rule of Al Khalifa regime.

The Women Affairs Unit in Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq, called on human rights organizations and campaigners to shed light on the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.

“As the world celebrates International Women Day on 8th March, Bahraini women continue to suffer from marginalization, exclusion and discrimination for raising demands for legitimate rights to democracy and justice in Bahrain,” the women activists said in a statement.
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