Female Activist Detained In Bahrain For A Second Time

By Linda Gradstein | The Media Line

July 5, 2017

 The London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said on Tuesday that Ebtisam al-Sayegh was taken into custody by masked, armed police shortly before midnight the previous day. The group says authorities presented no arrest warrant and did not say where the 48-year-old was being taken. Amnesty International has expressed concern that al-Sayegh alleged she was tortured and sexually assaulted during a previous detention in May. The detention is part of an ongoing crackdown on dissent by the small Gulf country. Bahraini authorities did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. The country, which hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, has previously said it is opposed to any kind of mistreatment.

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