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Larijani Says MPs Hold Important Meeting on Regional Events

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 10 (ICANA) – Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has stressed the need for the Majlis to constantly follow up the developments in the region in the wake of the important revolutions that are taking shape.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 10:04:17 AM
Larijani Says MPs Hold Important Meeting on Regional Events

Addressing the open session of the parliament Sunday, Larijani announced that the MPs had discussed the ongoing events in the Middle East and North Africa in a closed door meeting earlier Sunday.

“We held important discussions in connection with the latest developments in the region,” Larijani announced.

Hossein Sobhani-nia, member of the presiding board of the Majlis (Parliament) told ICANA Saturday that Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili would attend the closed door meeting at the Parliament to brief the MPs on the latest developments in the region.

He said the session would take one hour during which Jalili would inform the legislators on the ongoing uprisings in the region, with particular emphasis on Bahrain.

The Bahraini Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has announced that the number of detained opposition activists in the Persian Gulf state has exceeded 500.

According to BCHR, 17 women are also among the detainees and 18 other activists are reportedly missing, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Since the beginning of the uprising in Bahrain dozens of anti-government protesters have been killed and many others have gone missing. The bodies of the missing are frequently found days after.

The head of BCHR, Nabeel Rajab, says now one in every 1,000 Bahraini is in detention for political reasons.

Witnesses say regime forces are conducting house to house searches to detain opposition activists.

Six opposition leaders have also been arrested and the Manama government has so far refused to provide any information on their fate.

The opposition leaders, five Shia and one Sunni, were rounded up on March 17.

Among the opposition leaders is Hassan Mushaima, the head of the Haq party, who returned to Bahrain from Britain in mid-February after Manama dropped charges against him.

His family members say Saudi troops were among Bahraini forces taking part in the arrest operation.

Reports coming from Bahrain suggest that regime forces backed by Saudi troops have intensified their crackdown on opposition figures and anti-government protesters.

Witnesses say Bahraini forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters in several cities and villages and that pro-regime thugs have been sent to different villages to suppress protests.

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