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US rights activist denied entry into Bahrain

Associated Press

An American human rights activist, who intended to observe a protest-related trial in Bahrain, was denied entry into the Gulf kingdom on Sunday despite authorities' pledge of transparency.

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Tank at College of Health Sciences, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain

PHR Condemns Bahraini Authorities’ Denial of Entry to PHR Deputy Director on Eve of Doctors’ Trial


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today strongly condemned the actions taken by Bahraini border authorities who refused PHR’s Deputy Director Richard Sollom entrance into Bahrain. Sollom holds a valid visa and has received frequent invitations by senior Bahraini cabinet members to visit the country.

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The Gulf Arab state denied entry Sunday to an official of U.S.-based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) who wanted to attend the trial of a group of medics detained during the protests, the group and a Bahraini activist said.

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Bahrain: a response to the President's Office

Open Democracy

Restoring national unity is paramount to ending the crisis in Bahrain, and as in all countries where serious social and political conflicts exist, real resolutions can only be achieved when the root causes of the conflict are addressed.

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Disappearing Dissent: How Bahrain Buried Its Revolution

TIME Magazine

TIME Magazine talks about the impact of PHR's report on Bahrain and the uproar it caused in Congress, which held up a long planned package of arms sales and training programs worth $53 million to the Bahraini military.

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