Bahrain bans opposition seminar on crackdown

AFP , Wednesday 8 Jun 2011

Bahrain bans presentation on 'atrocities of human rights violations' says opposition group al-Wefaq

A Bahraini man passes a graffiti-covered wall, June 1. The graffiti behind the man reads: "We demand prisoners be freed," and in left in yellow, "No dialogue," referring to opening talks with the monarchy, (AP).

Bahrain's main Shiite opposition group said on Wednesday that it had been banned from going ahead with a planned presentation detailing abuses committed during a government crackdown on Shiite-led protests earlier this year.

"Authorities have banned a presentation on 'the atrocities of human rights violations since February 14'," the Islamic National Accord Association (Al-Wefaq) said.

Hadi al-Moussawi, one of 18 Al-Wefaq MPs who resigned from parliament in protest at the March crackdown, told AFP that a security official had called the movement warning that the event was "illegal because authorities were not informed."

Moussawi said the warning was strange as the group had never had to inform authorities of seminars held inside its premises in the past.

The ban on the event came just a week after Bahrain announced the lifting of a state of emergency it imposed in mid-March when it crushed the month-long protests with the help of military intervention by its Gulf neighbours.

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