Human rights groups in Bahrain accused their country’s government on Wednesday of being "emboldened by international silence" over the recent arrests and harassment of prominent rights defenders.

The groups, who include the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, issued an urgent appeal after police summoned BYSHR’s director, Muhammad al-Maskati, to report to to the al-Hoora police station in Manama on Tuesday on charges of rioting and participating in an illegal gathering.

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