Bahraini Government Crackdown

The government of Bahrain - backed by Saudi Arabia - is cracking down hard on dissent with mass arrests and a ban on demonstrations. Human rights groups say as many as 30 protesters have been killed, hundreds have been detained and that officials are engaging in torture.



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It's Tuesday, April 19th.

Two robots deployed inside Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor returned Monday with the news that radiation levels are still too high to send in repair crews.

Currently, this is only good news for people who had "radioactive robots" in the pool to pick the next Japanese crisis.

This is The Current.

Bahraini Government Crackdown - Batool Al-Khawaja

For Batool Al-Khawaja, it was just a matter of time before the authorities came to the door. Her father, a leading human rights activist in Bahrain, was expecting trouble. It arrived in the middle of the night, and shocked even a family used to being harassed and intimidated. When the authorities finally left, they took Abdul Hadi Al-Khawaja with them, along with Batool's brother-in-law and fiancé .. none of whom have been seen for more than a week.

The uprising in Bahrain is now in its third month and those struggling for democratic reform say they are all but forgotten by the very same Western leaders who have acted to protect Libyan civilians, or applaud changes in Egypt.

For Batool Al-Khawaja that wider fact is playing out in her own family with the men missing her sister on a hunger strike and her own safety in doubt.We reached her in the capital Manama.

Bahraini Government Crackdown - Nabeel Rajab

Nabeel Rajab is a leading human rights activist in Bahrain. He runs the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and he is clearly being targeted by authorities. We were concerned that he wouldn't be available to talk to us today so this interview was recorded yesterday. Nabeel Rajab was in Manama and at this point despite the harassment remains at home.

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