December 28, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Iraqi police arrested Ahmed al-Awlani, an MP and prominent Sunni supporter of anti-government protests, on Saturday in the city of Ramadi. Awlani, a member of the Sunni supported Iraqiya bloc was reportedly wanted on terrorism charges along with his brother, Ali. Ali and five bodyguards were ...[read more]
September 6, 2012
by Max Slater
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the government of Pakistan on Wednesday to ensure that minority Shia Muslims in Pakistan are protected from attacks by Sunni militant groups. HRW noted that attacks against Shia communities have increased recently and that 320 Shia have been killed in targeted ...[read more]
August 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A Bahrain court has sentenced a man to two years of imprisonment for making defamatory comments about a wife of the Prophet Muhammad. The 19-year-old man allegedly posted offensive comments on a website that insulted Muhammad's wife Aisha. The Bahrain Information Affairs Authority (IAA) announced ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced a Shia cleric to two years in prison on blasphemy charges. Chief Judge Purnomo Amin Tjahjo of the Sampang district court announced the sentence of Tajul Muluk, whose teachings were deemed to have deviated from mainstream Islam resulting in "public anxiety" ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
A Kuwait court on Monday sentenced a man to ten years of imprisonment for posting insulting and defaming comments about the Prophet Muhammad and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Twitter. Judge Hisham Abdullah found 26-year-old Hamad al-Naqi, a Shia Muslim, guilty on all ...[read more]
March 2, 2011
by Ingrid Burke
Farzana Hassan: "Much of the Arab world is in turmoil. The Shia majority in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain has suffered years of oppression by the ruling Sunni minority and is now demanding freedom. The citizens of newly liberated Egypt and Tunisia suffered economic hardship and repression ...[read more]
October 28, 2010
by Drew Singer
The trial of 25 Shia Muslim opposition activists began in Bahrain on Thursday with the activists pleading not guilty to charges of plotting to overthrow the government and supporting terror cells. The activists said that they were working for an unnamed foreign government. The suspects, who have ...[read more]
September 2, 2010
by Megan McKee
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Wednesday on Bahraini authorities to make a prompt investigation into torture allegations made by four Shia activists who have been detained for more than two weeks. On August 27, after 15 days of solitary confinement, Abd al-Jalil al-Singace, one of the detained ...[read more]
March 3, 2010
by Haley Wojdowski
An Iranian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for a 20-year-old student who took part in anti-government protests in December. Mohammad Amin Valian was convicted of Moharebeh, which means waging war against God and is punishable by death under Iranian law. At trial, Vilian ...[read more]
February 10, 2010
by Jay Carmella
An Iranian court sentenced one person to death and eight others to prison on Tuesday for their involvement in protests last December. The men were arrested for participating in protests that interrupted the Shia Muslim celebration of Ashura. The unidentified man sentenced to death becomes the ...[read more]

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