ADHRB Weekly Newsletter #107
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Congressmen Send Letter To Obama Urging Reconsideration Of MNNA Status For GCC

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) strongly supports the recent letter sent to President Barack Obama by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) calling for the U.S. government to reconsider designating Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates as major non-NATO allies (MNNA). 


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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • 22 arrested, including children and woman
  • 103 trials postponed
  • individual sentenced to a total of years in prison
  • Sheikh Ali Salman sentenced to 4 years in prison
  • 14 days added to detention of Taiba Darwish
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters

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Bahrain News and Opinion

Washington Post Editorial Board highlights GCC disregard for U.S. policy in the region. 
Sheikh Ali Sentenced To Four Years
Leading Shiite opposition figure was found not guilty on the most serious charge, but sentenced to four years on other charges. 
Bahrain opposition leader, Ibrahim Sharif, has been released after four years in prison for plotting to overthrow Sunni leaders.  

Arabic Sources

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Saudi Arabia

ADHRB Applauds USCIRF Letter To Saudi King On Prisoners Of Conscience

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) applauds the letter sent by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia calling on him to pardon and release activist Raif Badawi and human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair. 


News from Saudi Arabia

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