"In Bahrain, state forces fired tear gas at demonstrators near the capital Manama on Wednesday amidst protests over the death of a young activist. Twenty-year-old Sadiq Sabt died this week after being hit by a car last month. Activists say he was deliberately struck. The Bahraini government, meanwhile, has issued new curbs on political groups, ordering them to obtain permission to meet with foreign diplomats and organizations, and to have a government official present at all meetings."
Bahraini antiregime protesters clashed with riot police after a rally demanding to overthrow the regime was suppressed in the village of Abu Saiba, Bahrain, Thursday. Ahmed Alfardan/NurPhoto/Zuma Press
"State forces in Bahrain have cracked down on pro-democracy rallies challenging the U.S.-backed monarchy. On Wednesday, Bahrani police fired tear gas and birdshot at a number of protests in Shiite villages around the capital, Manama. Bahraini opposition activists say more than 60 rallies were organized across the country. The U.S. embassy closed down for the day after activists planned to rally outside. The Bahraini monarchy is a key U.S. government ally, hosting the Navy’s Fifth Fleet."
"Bahrain has barred leading human rights activist Maryam Alkhawaja from entering the country amid a government crackdown ahead of pro-democracy protests planned for this week. On Friday, British Airways blocked Alkhawaja from boarding a flight home due to a request from the Bahraini government. Alkhawaja is acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, which released a statement saying she wanted to visit Bahrain in order to help monitor the situation on the ground and to see her father and sister, activists Abdulhadi and Zainab Alkhawaja, who are both in prison."
"Pro-democracy rallies are being held in Bahrain today in an ongoing challenge to the U.S.-backed monarchy. Ahead of the protests, the Bahraini government sealed off entire neighborhoods and raided dozens of homes while warning activists of “decisive measures.” At least one major demonstration was organized near the U.S. embassy, prompting the embassy to announce its temporary closure."
"A year after their trial started, two years after the alleged incidents, these medics have finally been vindicated after being mistreated or tortured in custody."
Twenty-one medics arrested at a hospital during anti-government protests in Bahrain two years ago have had their convictions overturned.
They had been found guilty last November of misdemeanours after treating protesters injured by police clearing a landmark in the capital. The medics and 28 of their colleagues were arrested in April 2011 when the country was under martial law.
They alleged they were tortured and coerced into making false confessions. The confessions were used to convict them before military tribunals.
Of the 28 others, most have been acquitted by a civilian court but three remain in jail and several of those acquitted have not been allowed to return to their work as doctors.
Antigovernment protesters rallied in Sitra, Bahrain, Wednesday. Clashes erupted in several opposition villages around the kingdom on the eve of the second anniversary of the start of a pro-democracy uprising. Hasan Jamali/Associated Press
An antigovernment protester held a Molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain, Thursday. Street battles left at least one person dead on the second anniversary of an uprising in the Gulf nation, activists said. Hasan Jamali/Associated Press
Shiite women mourned Habib Ebrahim Abdullah in Malikiyah, Bahrain, Sunday. Mr. Abdullah, 88 years old, died after developing respiratory complications. His relatives said his death was due to the inhalation of tear gas that police used during a 2012 protest. Mohammed al-Shaikh/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
"Demonstrations will continue following this type of ruling in the courts. And this kind of ruling will further build the strength for the people who are seeking democracy. We hope that a political solution emerges that gives priority to democracy, human rights and freedom, that will benefit everyone in Bahrain."
Sheikh Ali Salman of the Bahraini opposition party Al Wefaq says protests will continue undeterred in Bahrain despite a court’s decision to uphold the prison terms of 13 top dissidents.
An antigovernment protester prepared to throw a gas bomb at riot police during clashes in the village of Malkiya, Bahrain, Monday. Bahrain’s highest court upheld jail sentences against 20 opposition figures convicted of plotting to ‘overthrow’ the state. Hasan Jamali/Associated Press