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Bahraini, Saudi Shiites to Stage Sit-in Protest against al-Khalifa, al-Saud
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Bahraini, Saudi Shiites to Stage Sit-in Protest against al-Khalifa, al-Saud

A prominent Bahraini activist revealed plans by the Shiite residents of different cities in Bahrain as well as the Eastern province in Saudi Arabia to stage sit-in protests against the al-Khalifa and al-Saud regimes to free the political prisoners.

"The dissident Bahraini parties are these days preparing for holding sit-in protests in different cities and villages of Bahrain concurrently with different parts of the Saudi Eastern province," Abdul Zahra al-Salman told FNA on Wednesday.

He also called on the international human rights organizations to increase their support for the suppressed Bahraini and Saudi nations.

A Bahraini rights group said on Monday that the ruling al-Khalifa regime has resorted to repressive measures, including torture, against political dissidents as it continues its crackdown on activists in the kingdom.

The Bahrain Forum for Human Rights, in its report released on the weekend , documented the gross human rights violations committed against the nation between March 3 and March 11.

The report disclosed that Bahraini regime forces had placed 13 people under arbitrary arrest during the mentioned period, and nine cases of torture were also recorded.

Moreover, Bahraini authorities handed down jail terms amounting to 105 years to five activists for their participation in anti-regime protest rallies.

The report comes as Amnesty International has criticized the Manama regime for keeping political activist, Fadhel Abbas, behind bars and adjourning his appeal hearing for a third time to April 25.

The Britain-based rights organization also called on Bahraini authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Abbas, and reverse his conviction, saying he is being held solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Amnesty also urged Bahraini judicial officials to honor their obligations under international law and repeal rules that criminalize the peaceful exercise of the right to free speech.

Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations on an almost daily basis in Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifah family to relinquish power.

In March that year, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protests.

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested in the ongoing heavy-handed crackdown on the anti-regime rallies.

Amnesty and many other international rights bodies have repeatedly censured the Bahraini regime over the “rampant” human rights abuses against opposition activists and anti-regime protesters.

source: shiitenews

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