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.
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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.