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Human Rights abuses continue in Bahrain..........12/17/2011

Human Rights abuses continue in Bahrain..........12/17/2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On Thursday, prominent human rights blogger Zainab al-Khawaja was roughed up, handcuffed and dragged off into custody from the same roundabout for refusing to end a sit-in. Protesters had massed along the highway after the funeral of a protester who opposition supporters say died during a rally. Witnesses say the man was hit by a police car.

Ali Salman, the leader of Bahrain's main Shia opposition group al-Wefaq, has called on the Gulf kingdom's authorities to release al-Khawaja.

"After the report, they return to the same methods... they kill more people they put more people in prison," said Salman.

"It sends a bad message from the regime that it does not respect the recommendations of the report."

Salman also said he is to hold talks with the British minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, on Monday in London.

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Bahrain: A Bloody National Day, a Funeral and More Suppression · Global Voices

Bahrain: A Bloody National Day, a Funeral and More Suppression · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On the same day the Bahraini regime celebrated National Day, a funeral procession was due to take place for protester Ali Ahmed Radhi Al-Gassab, who was run over during protests a day earlier.
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An ANGRY woman writes about (@angryarabiya) Zainab Al Khawaja, Bahrain’s Alice Paul. Tears are not enough, speak up!

An ANGRY woman writes about (@angryarabiya) Zainab Al Khawaja, Bahrain’s Alice Paul. Tears are not enough, speak up! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Today I salute all the brave people of Bahrain not only Zainab. And today I address my speech to the world leaders and wonder, aren’t Bahrainis humans? Online photos and videos of Bahrainis being dragged on the ground do not shake you?

I really don’t count on you (political leaders) of this world.

I count on the nations you rule, those who you constantly misrepresent. I count on humans all around this world, those who see what violations of basic human rights happen to us here and stand against it. And YES! I count on God.

I, now, demand the immediate release of Zainab Al Khawaja and all the political prisoners. I demand giving people their rights. ALL THEIR RIGHTS!

I demand HUMANITY, HUMANITY FOR GOD SAKE!!!

I refuse to sit back, watch the injustice and think that all I can do is cry and weep. I choose to speak up, how about you?

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Yasqot Hamad! Zainab runs Hamad out of town! #Bahrain

Yasqot Hamad!  Zainab runs Hamad out of town!  #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

You should have halted your SF henchmen on this protest Hamad!  Now you have the whole World watching your stupidity as you try to fabricate charges against the great family of Al-Khawaja!   Don't run him over Zainab!  Just run him out of town.....

 

Follow Zainab Al Khawaja @angryarabiya on twitter.....

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Zainab Alkhawaja is assaulted by Hamad's security forces during her peaceful protest!

Zainab Alkhawaja is assaulted by Hamad's security forces during her peaceful protest! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

World renowned Human Rights activist, Zainab AlKhawaja, is abducted and brutalized by the illegal Khalifa regime in Bahrain!  This is outrageous!

All media outlets and foreign Governments need to be told  of this immediately!   I'm on it!......

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Human Rights Champion, Zainab AlKhawaja, standing against the oppressive Khalifa regime!

Human Rights Champion, Zainab AlKhawaja,  standing against the oppressive Khalifa regime! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Zainab if a force of nature!  Don't get in the way.......

 

Foolish Khalifas think they can detain her.....they have only delayed her body!  Her spirit is now stronger than ever and spreading around the World via electronic media!

This infectious spirit will be the downfall of the weak Khalifas!

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Bahrain Nicholas Kristof الوضع في البحرين للصحافي الأمريكي Interview w/ Zainab AlKhawaja !

In Bahrain, Protests and Police Action The Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof returns to Bahrain to witness the protests against the dictatorship there. At one point, he is briefly detained by the police.

 

Kristoff:  'Why not just fire the PM after 40 years?'

 

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Meet Zainab Al-Khawaja !: On the Front Line in Bahrain....WOW! powerful!

Interview with Bahrain human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja, daughter of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who was the former Front Line Defenders Protection Coordinator for the Middle East & North Africa. Zainab, known on twitter as AngryArabiya, talks about family, human rights, Abdulhadi and the difficulties of struggling for human rights in Bahrain.

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Impressionistic art: Angryarabiya & the SF's

Impressionistic art:  Angryarabiya & the SF's | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Kelly Alison: PORTRAIT OF COURAGE, @angryarabia in #Bahrain Zainab Al-Khawaja facing down riot police.

 

This captures the bold heroism of a tiny woman,  Zainab AlKhawaja  

see:  http://twitpic.com/7ozb13

 

[ Tiny in Physical stature,  Gargantuan champion of Human Rights! ]

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Zainab al-Khawaja: Yates' Job Is Bahrain 'Propaganda

Pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja (aka angryarabiya) criticises former (British) Met cop's decision to accept job overseeing police reforms in Bahrain.
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An Activist Stands Her Ground in Bahrain

An Activist Stands Her Ground in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An interview with Zainab Alkhawaja, an activist whose Angry Arabiya Twitter feed documents the protest movement in Bahrain.
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BAHRAIN: Zainab Alkhawaja vs SF's

BAHRAIN:  Zainab Alkhawaja vs SF's | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Smart money is on Zainab!  

 

In the title fight it is Zainab vs 'The Khalifas' !  Again, smart money is on Zainab!

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Angry has been Arrested! : A'ali, Bahrain

Angry has been Arrested!  :  A'ali, Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

3 days after BICI release, and less than that for the 'king' saying that reforms are underway........This is what Bahrain gets!  More persecution of the Alkhawaja family for standing for the people of Bahrain, for standing for Human Rights, for standing for justice and dignity!  

 

UPDATE:  She is free again!  Thank God!     follow on twitter @angryarabiya

 

Yasqot Hamad!  Yasqot Hamad!  Yasqot Hamad!

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Bahrain: Blogger Zainab Al-Khawaja Brutally Arrested

Bahrain: Blogger Zainab Al-Khawaja Brutally Arrested | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini blogger Zainab Al-Khawaja, whose tweets @angryarabiya are keeping the world up-to-date with atrocities committed by the Bahraini regime against protesters, was brutally arrested on Friday.

 

There is no silencing 'the will to be free'

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Repressing Democracy, With American Arms

Repressing Democracy, With American Arms | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Zainab al-Khawaja, 28, whose husband and father are both in prison and have been tortured for pro-democracy activities, according to human rights reports. Police officers have threatened to cut off Khawaja’s tongue, she told me, and they broke her father’s heart by falsely telling him that she had been shipped to Saudi Arabia to be raped and tortured. She braved the risks by talking to me about this last week — before she was arrested too.

Khawaja earned her college degree in Wisconsin. She has read deeply of Gandhi and of Gene Sharp, an American scholar who writes about how to use nonviolent protest to overthrow dictators. She was sitting peacefully protesting in a traffic circle when the police attacked her. First they fired tear gas grenades next to her, and then handcuffed her and dragged her away — sometimes slapping and hitting her as video cameras rolled. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights says that she was beaten more at the police station.

Khawaja is tough as nails, and when we walked alongside demonstrations together, she seemed unbothered by tear gas that left me blinded and coughing. But she worried about her 2-year-old daughter, Jude. And one time as we were driving back from visiting a family whose baby had just died, possibly because so much tear gas had been fired in the neighborhood, Khawaja began crying. “I think I’m losing it,” she said. “It all just gets to me.”

Since the government has now silenced her by putting her in jail, I’ll give her the last word. I asked her a few days before her arrest about the proposed American arms sale to Bahrain.

“At least don’t sell them arms,” she pleaded. “When Obama sells arms to dictators repressing people seeking democracy, he ruins the reputation of America. It’s never in America’s interest to turn a whole people against it.”

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#Zainab is being charged with: illegal gathering, assaulting a female officer, & inciting hatred against the regime Imprisoned Activist's Daughter Detained in Bahrain - ABC News

Along with her father, al-Khawaja's three other male relatives have been convicted in bogus court proceedings and imprisoned during Bahrain's uprising, including her uncle, her brother-in-law and her husband, the father of her 2-year-old daughter. The 28-year-old activist has campaigned relentlessly for their release and went on a hunger strike for 10 days earlier this year to protest their detention.

 

[1. The only 'gatherings' allowed in Bahrain are 'security' forces and thugs wh swarm neighborhoods to kill babies, the elderly, and the infirm.

2. Far from assaulting a female officer, Zainab was assaulted BY the female officer!

3. No one has to foster hatred of the regime,  just becoming informed of the murderous, lying, thieving, sacrilegious Khalifa regime naturally foments hatred of the regime.  

 

No crime......acquit.....    Now, bring the regime to trrial at the ICC for murder, crimes against humanity, and numerous Human Rights violations!]

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#Bahrain police detain Zainab Alkhawaja, @angryarabiya. Lookout Hamad! You're playing with fire NOW!

#Bahrain police detain Zainab Alkhawaja, @angryarabiya.  Lookout Hamad!  You're playing with fire NOW! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Police in Bahrain detain prominent blogger and rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja during a protest near the capital Manama, reports say.
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Freedom House: Freedom House Calls for Release of Bahraini Activists Al Khawaja and Al Sayed

Freedom House: Freedom House Calls for Release of Bahraini Activists Al Khawaja and Al Sayed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Freedom House condemns the arrest of three democracy activists during a peaceful demonstration in Bahrain today and calls on authorities to immediately release the two that remain in custody, Zainab al Khawaja and Masooma al Sayed.
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The Great Bahraini activist ‘Angry Arabiya’ has been arrested by the criminal Khalifa regime!

The Great Bahraini activist ‘Angry Arabiya’ has been arrested by the criminal Khalifa regime! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Activist Zaynab al-Khawaja, known for her outspoken tweets on human rights abuses, has been arrested in Bahrain.
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اعتقال زينب الخواجه بطريقه وحشيه - البحرين المحتله | Arrest of Zainab Khawaja in brutally occupied Bahrain.

اعتقال زينب الخواجه بطريقه وحشيه والأعتداء عليها من قبل مرتزقة النظام - البحرين المحتله...

 

The great Human Rights Activist, Zainab AlKhawaja, was brutally assaulted and arrested today for exercising her right to speak freely!

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Abdulhadi AlKhawaja : Bahraini Prisoner of Conscience tortured!

Abdulhadi AlKhawaja :  Bahraini Prisoner of Conscience tortured! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The independent report, which was commissioned by the Bahraini government, outlined how al-Khawaja had been hit, kicked, thrown down stairs, had his jaw broken, and sexually abused while in prison.
Al-Khawaja has previously worked for Amnesty International which has since called on the Danish government to push for his release.

“We now have it in black and white that the Danish citizen Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has been subjected to torture, sexual abuse, violence and degrading treatment,” Lars Normann Jørgensen, the general secretary of Amnesty International Denmark, told Berlingske newspaper.

“The Danish government needs to use every diplomatic opportunity to overturn al-Khawaja’s life sentence and have him unconditionally released,” Jørgensen said. “He is the definition of a political prisoner who has been tortured and sentenced simply because of his peaceful fight for reforms and human rights.”

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Sovndal: Prosecute torturers in Bahrain

Sovndal: Prosecute torturers in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Foreign Sovndal (SF) will tomorrow criticizing the treatment of the well-known activist, when he meets with his foreign colleague from Bahrain in Germany to an international conference on Afghanistan. And Sovndal will raise a new claim over the regime in the small Gulf state - namely, that those responsible for a prolonged and systematic torture against al-Khawaja is being prosecuted.

"Those responsible must be prosecuted, and I will make clear to the Bahraini Foreign Minister, as I get the chance to meet tomorrow (Monday, ed.)," Says Sovndal.....

"Now we have black and white that the Danish national Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has been subjected to torture, mock executions, sexual abuse, violence and degrading treatment. The Danish government must take all diplomatic options in use to overturn al-Khawaja life sentence and have him released without conditions. He is the definition of a political prisoner who is tortured and convicted solely because of his peaceful struggle for reforms and human rights, "says Lars Normann Jørgensen. ....

So far, 3,730 Danes by Amnesty International's website wrote a letter to the Bahraini king with a request to release al-Khawaja.

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Extended Interview with Zainab Alkhawaja - Video Library - The New York Times

Extended Interview with Zainab Alkhawaja - Video Library - The New York Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
More of an interview with Zainab Alkhawaja, an opposition activist in Bahrain whose Angry Arabiya Twitter documents the protest movement.
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Bahrain - Adam Shapiro finally gets to Meet jailed HRD Abdulhadi Al Khawaja | Front Line

Bahrain - Adam Shapiro finally gets to Meet jailed HRD Abdulhadi Al Khawaja | Front Line | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I finished the day by going to another village, Aker Sharqiya, to observe a protest march. The villagers had asked for human rights organisations to come, knowing that we were here, in part, because of the Bassiouni report. The plan was for the entire march to be in the interior of the village so as to avoid provoking the riot police from attacking. Walking through the village, after the protest, Zainab came up and showed me a rendering of her father’s face on a wall. On another wall in the village it had been painted over by riot police, but this was relatively new. The man I had earlier seen for minutes during his prison visiting time, who has 18 metal plates and 26 screws holding his jaw and face together as a result of the beating and torture he was subjected to, was staring at me from the wall in this poor village with a helicopter buzzing overhead, watching, monitoring.

 

[Free Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and all the Prisoners of Conscience NOW!

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Zainab AlKhawaja at arrest!

Zainab AlKhawaja at arrest! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

She is very brave!  A relentless and defiant supporter of Bahrainis Human Rights!

 

Arrested while blocking SF vehicles......protecting others!  That's Zainab!

 

[Her face covered to protect from teargas....]

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