A human rights activist in Bahrain has been prevented by the authorities from traveling abroad as the latest restrictions by the ruling Al-Khalifa regime targets the movement of political dissidents.
Fatima al-Halwaji, the deputy secretary general of the European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights, was stopped at the airport on Wednesday.
However, it was not reported where she was heading.
According to Arabic-language Lualua television network, she was informed by the Bahraini authorities that she could not travel abroad because of an order issued by the public prosecutor’s office.
The order said that Halwaji was restricted with a travel ban on charges of “spreading false news through social media networks.”
The news came four days after Bahrain’s Unitary National Democratic Assemblage said officials had barred human rights activist Monzer al-Khor from leaving the country through the King Fahd Causeway, which links Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.
Head of the Monitoring and Documentation Department at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) Enas Oun was also barred from attending a human rights workshop in Tunisia which was held on August 22.
This is while forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been sent to Bahrain to help the regime in its crackdown on dissidents.
Anti-regime protests are held on an almost daily basis in Bahrain where a popular uprising emerged in 2011.