Bahrain opposition says gov't barring human rights talk

June 8, 2011 21:59

MANAMA - Bahrain's leading Shi'ite Muslim opposition group said the government barred it from holding a seminar on Wednesday to discuss human rights abuses during weeks of protests that security forces quashed earlier this year.

No immediate statement was available from the government. But a tweet from its interior ministry said: "Wefaq seminar wasn't banned today; the organizers were asked to present notification according to law for being a public meeting."

Wefaq member Sayed Hady al-Mousawi argued such talks were a normal occurrence before Bahrain's Sunni rulers enforced a crackdown on protests in the tiny island kingdom led mostly by the majority Shi'ite population. Bahrain declared emergency law, which it only lifted last week.

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