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Security forces attacked family members protesting at police stations for their loved ones release. There were "continuous reports of protesters being arrested, beaten, (then) released."

AlWefaq political society Women's Affairs head Ahlam Alkhuzaei was arrested at Bahrain airport. She was heading for a conference in Tunisia. She was held overnight and released.

Photojournalist Mazin Mahdi was assaulted. BCHR "strongly condemn(ed) the government's fierce crackdown on whoever exercises freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and the attack on journalists and activists for exposing the crimes committed in Bahrain by the authorities."

Release of those arrested was demanded. Violence against peaceful protesters was denounced.

On August 5, Bahrain's Higher Appeal Court was scheduled to rule on Nabeel Rajab 's lawless three-month prison sentence. A decision was postponed until August 12 or later. 

Rajab serves as BCHR president and Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) director.

He was imprisoned for championing human rights. Bahrainis have none. Washington shows no concern. Police state violence is ignored. 

Previous appeals on Rajab's behalf failed. He's currently at Jaw Central Prison. He's held under appalling conditions. He's denied medical treatment he needs. On July 16, a hearing occurred relating to another case. 

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Rajab is wrongfully accused of "involvement in illegal practices and inciting gatherings and calling for unauthorized marches through social networking sites."

Other pending charges include "participating in illegal gatherings and calling for a march without prior notification." Both accusations were scheduled to be addressed on September 26.

However, his trial was moved up to July 25. It was then postponed until August 5. Proceedings are rigged against all defendants. Guilt by accusation is policy.

BCHR co-founder Abdulhadi Alkhawaja faced brutal persecution. In prison, he hunger struck for 110 days. He's willing to die for justice. His daughter Zainab was arrested and mistreated numerous times. She's become well-known for her social justice activities.

On August 2, she was targeted again. She was arrested for peacefully protesting. She participated with one leg in a caste. She was injured during a previous protest. Security forces struck her with tear gas canisters at close range.

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On August 2, she was verbally assaulted. She demanded to know the officer's name. She wanted to file a complaint. In response, she was handcuffed, dragged on the ground, down stairs, then placed in a police vehicle. She's now detained. She's targeted regularly for courageous activism.

Bahrain is more hellhole than legitimate state. Al-Khalifa rulers rank with the world's worst. They're tyrannical with no legitimacy. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) provided more evidence.

On August 1, they issued a report documenting Bahrain's use of potentially lethal tear gas. It's used indiscriminately against peaceful protesters and others at home.

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