BAHRAIN: Students required to sign pledge of allegiance to government


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The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights released a statement Sunday saying it was “deeply concerned” the country’s leading university had started requiring students to sign a pledge to support the embattled government of King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa.

The state-run University of Bahrain in Sakhir distributed the pledges when students returned to class Sunday, and they were soon posted on Facebook and Twitter.


Students who refuse to sign the pledge might have to withdraw, the group says.

The pledge specifies:’ I acknowledge that not signing this document means I do not wish to continue my education in the University of Bahrain.’

Students said they were required to sign and that the university had “turned into a big prison.’ University officials added metal detectors, surveillance cameras and stationed security guards at each of the school’s colleges this week, according to the leading opposition newspaper, Al-Wasat. They also have suspended many students who joined anti-government demonstrations or posted anti-government views on Facebook.


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-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Cairo