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16 October 2017 - 23:17
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Rasa - Bahraini authorities have prevented a human rights activist from traveling abroad in the latest restrictions imposed by the ruling Al Khalifah regime on pro-democracy campaigners and political dissidents in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
 Prominent Bahraini human rights lawyer Mohamed al-Tajer (Photo by Human Rights Watch)

RNA - Zainab al-Khamees, a member of the Bahrain Human Rights Society, was stopped at Bahrain International Airport on Monday. The authorities did not provide any reason for the restrictive measure, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

 

This is the fourth time that Bahraini officials have not allowed Khamees to leave the country.

 

On September 6, the human rights advocate was interrogated at the General Prosecution in Manama.

 

She was denied the right to have her attorney present during the session and accused of attending an anti-regime protest. Khamees and her attorney were also denied a case number for legal reference.

 

On November 9, 2016, the deputy secretary general of the European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights, Fatima al-Halwaji, was barred from leaving Bahrain.

 

Officials informed her that she could not travel abroad based on an order issued by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Lualua reported.

 

The order read that Halwaji had been slapped with a travel ban on charges of “spreading false news through social media networks.”

 

Halwaji’s case happened only four days after Bahrain’s Unitary National Democratic Assemblage said in a statement that officials had prevented human rights activist Dr. Monzer al-Khor from leaving the country through the King Fahd Causeway, which connects Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.

 

On August 22 last year, Enas Oun, who is the head of the Monitoring and Documentation Department at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), was also prevented from travelling to a human rights workshop in Tunisia.

 

The Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights (BOHR) reported on July 8 that lawyer Mohammad al-Tajer, President of the Bahraini Transparency Association Sharaf Al-Moussawi, and Khamees were barred from leaving Bahrain despite the fact that no official travel ban had been issued against them.

 

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.

 

They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

 

Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any trace of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.

 

Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.

 

On March 5, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.   

 

Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3.

 

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