Bahraini regime, which has spared no effort to suppress Shiites in the past decade, has imposed new arbitrary restrictions on the travel of Shiites abroad in recent days. While Shiites, who compose majority population in the Persian Gulf kingdom, are preparing to attend the Arbaeen ceremony of Imam Hosseini (PBUH) in Iraq, the Sunni ruling Al Khalifa regime continues its constant hostility against the religious beliefs of the Shiites and intends to prevent them from making a pilgrimage to the Shiite holy places in Iraq as well as in Iran. For this purpose, the Department of Citizenship, Passport and Residency in the Ministry of Interior of Bahrain makes citizens to apply for "Request for Travel Permit" with the aim of restricting and preventing Shiites from traveling to Iraq and Iran.
Abduljalil al-Miqdad, a political detainee and a leading Shiite cleric has been assaulted at Bahrain’s notorious Jau Prison en route to a medical appointment, as the Manama regime keeps up harassment of imprisoned political dissidents.
Nine international human rights organizations called on Pope Francis to call for an end to human rights abuses in Bahrain and denounce injustice and repressive policies of the Al Khalifa regime during his upcoming visit to the Persian Gulf kingdom.
Families of Bahraini political prisoners urged Pope Francis to put pressure on the Manama regime to end human rights abuses across the kingdom, calling on the pontiff to highlight the plight of the inmates by visiting their families and even prisoners themselves.
Bahraini people staged demonstrations and rights groups denounced a “repressive climate” as the West-backed Persian Gulf state holds parliament elections after dissolving main opposition groups and cracking down on dissent.
Bahraini people took to the streets in the tiny Persian Gulf island to condemn normalization of relations with Tel Aviv and express their outrage over Israeli regimes president Isaac Herzog’s upcoming visit to the state.