Bahraini mourners hold up posters bearing the images of Ahmed al-Mesgen, 16, and Ali Abbas, 18, as they chant slogans during their funeral in Meqsha, Bahrain, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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The UN's religious freedom monitor on Thursday urged Sunni-ruled Bahrain to halt discrimination against its Shiite majority and its spiritual leader, who was expelled from the Gulf kingdom this week.The case of Sheikh Hussein al-Najati was a stark illustration of the broader mistreatment of Shiites in Bahrain, UN expert Heiner Bielefeldt said in a statement.He said that he had contacted Bahrain's government to press his "grave concerns" over what he said appeared to be "religiously motivated discrimination" against Najati.Bahrain's interior ministry this week accused Najati -- born in 1960 to Iranian parents in Bahrain -- of collecting and distributing funds in the name of Sistani despite not being an official representative of a party.
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