Bahraini authorities bar rights activist from travelling abroad

November 10, 2016 12:00 pm

Deputy secretary general of the European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights, Fatima al-Halwaji

Bahraini authorities have prevented a human rights activist from traveling abroad in the latest restrictions imposed by the ruling Al Khalifah regime on the movement of political dissidents.
Deputy secretary general of the European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights, Fatima al-Halwaji, was stopped at the airport on Wednesday. It was not clear where she was heading. 
Authorities informed her that she could not travel abroad based on an order issued by the public prosecutor’s office, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.
The order read that Halwaji had been slapped with a travel ban on charges of “spreading false through social media networks,” it said.
It came four days after ’s Unitary National Democratic Assemblage said officials had prevented human rights activist Monzer al-Khor from leaving the country through the King Fahd Causeway, which connects to Saudi Arabia.

Bahraini human rights activist Monzer al-Khor

Enas Oun, head of the Monitoring and Documentation Department at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), was also prevented from attending a human rights workshop in Tunisia on August 22.
In July, lawyer Mohammad al-Tajer, president of the Bahraini Transparency Association Sharaf al-Moussawi, and Zeinab Khamis of Bahrain Human Rights were barred from leaving the country.
Anti-regime protests are almost a daily occurrence in Bahrain where a popular uprising hit the country on February 14, 2011. Protesters are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power.
Troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been deployed to the tiny kingdom to assist in the crackdown. 
Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others been injured. The regime has also arrested and jailed hundreds of protesters and political leaders, subjecting them to torture and other abuse, according to rights groups.  
The US and the UK are among close allies of Bahrain which is home to the 5th American naval fleet.
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