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Allegations of torture against the Bahraini security forces made by the student poet Ayat al-Gormezi in an interview with The Independent are to be investigated by a special committee of the Interior Ministry.

Poem which led to a savage beating...

Bahrain’s protesters had a figurehead – Ayat al-Gormezi, but the poet paid a high price for her bravery, as Patrick Cockburn reports

Leading article: A small step in the right direction

The release of Ayat al-Gormezi, the young woman who has become a symbol of resistance to royal tyranny in Bahrain, is welcome as far as it goes. In June, the courts jailed the 20-year-old for a year for having had the temerity to read out a poem that was deemed insulting to the King of Bahrain.

Poet jailed in protests claims she was beaten by Bahraini royal

Ayat al-Gormezi says she was tortured while in jail for reciting a poem at a pro-democracy protest. Patrick Cockburn reports

Doctors turn on each other as sectarianism tears Bahrain apart

In another sign of the growing sectarianism in the crisis in Bahrain, friends of imprisoned Shia Muslim doctors in the country are circulating lists of Sunni Muslim medical staff whom they claim have been sent to spy on them and to give false evidence against them in courts.

Bahrain releases poet who became a symbol of resistance to regime

The 20-year-old Bahraini poet Ayat al-Gormezi, jailed and tortured for reading a poem critical of the government at a pro-democracy rally, has been suddenly released – though her sentence has not been revoked.

Bahrain reconciliation talks start amid crackdown

Bahrain's Sunni rulers today launched landmark reconciliation talks with the opposition following four months of Shi'ite-led protests for greater rights and harsh crackdowns on dissent in the strategic Gulf kingdom.

Bahraini Shia defy crackdown as eight given life sentences

Anyone who supported the pro-democracy movement is vulnerable to being accused. The activists were accused of having links to a 'terrorist organisation abroad'

Bahraini leadership faces new claims that torture took place in hospital

Group says suspected protesters – and doctors and nurses who treated them – have been systematically abused

Free Ayat now, Amnesty tells Bahrain regime

Amnesty International last night called on Bahrain to free Ayat al-Gormezi, the 20-year-old student who has become a symbol for those who have taken to the streets of the Gulf state to demand greater political freedoms.

Bahrain 'to sue over Independent reporting'

The government of Bahrain claimed yesterday to have commissioned a UK-based law firm to file a case against The Independent for its reporting on the crackdown on protests in the country.

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Judge allows Bahraini medics to be examined for torture evidence

The mass trial of doctors and nurses accused of backing efforts to bring down the government of Bahrain was postponed yesterday amid claims of torture and brutality on the part of the country's security forces.

Poet who became symbol of Bahrain resistance is jailed

The 20-year-old Bahraini poet Ayat al-Gormezi, who has become a symbol of resistance to repression on the island, was sentenced to one year in prison yesterday.

Detained poet 'beaten across the face with electric cable'

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