Bahrain Freedom Movement
: حركة أحرار البحرين الإسلامية) is a London based Bahraini
opposition group which has its headquarters in a north London mosque. Its main mouthpiece is the website which was blocked for several years by Batelco
, Bahrain's sole Internet service provider
, on orders from the Ministry of Information.
The BFM played a leading role in the 1990s uprising in Bahrain
It is led by Said Shehabi
, who was formerly a member of Bahrain’s main Shi'a
Islamist party, Al Wefaq Islamic National Society
but resigned along with several other members in September 2005 after it made the decision to end its boycott on parliamentary elections. Shehabi is a columnist with the London based Arab newspaper, Al Quds Al Arabi
The Bahrain government’s political reforms in 2001 saw two of the BFM's most prominent leaders leave the movement. Under the reforms all exiles were invited to return to the Kingdom to participate in the political process, and leading members returned to their homeland.
Although all of its members have received political amnesties and most have returned to Bahrain to participate in the political process, several remain in London where they hold the status of asylum seekers.
In 2010 the reforms that started in 2000 ended and most of the political activists in Bahrain prosecuted, tortured & jailed.