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Bahrain: Hold Police Accountable in Teargas Episode - AlertNet

Bahrain: Hold Police Accountable in Teargas Episode - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The June 27 episode took place after riot police dispersed a demonstration in the village of Buri, near Issa Town. Al-Khawaja said that a policeman fired the tear gas canister directly at her from a distance of "seven to ten meters," hitting her in the right leg. The Associated Press reported that "photos taken shortly after the shooting showed al-Khawaja limping with blood trickling down her right leg." She said that doctors have put a cast on her leg and have recommended long bed rest.

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U.S. Double Standards Crystal Clear In Bahrain

U.S. Double Standards Crystal Clear In Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Voice of Russia June 28, 2012 U.S. double standards crystal clear in Bahrain John Robles  

 

W]here are the calls from the U.S. and NATO for a “humanitarian intervention” or for regime change in Bahrain, a U.S. ally that hosts the headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet? Nowhere. However on May 9, 2012 Hillary Clinton met with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and expressed that “much work remains to fully address ongoing human rights issues.” Where were statements like this in regard to Gadaffi or to Assad?

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Even in today’s world of instant messaging, the Internet, mobile and satellite communications and worldwide mass media, there are still places that exist where events take place unbeknownst to the rest of the planet. There exist countries that do not want the world to know what is going on within their borders or there exist countries that try to control the flow of information coming out of areas where their activities are not within the boundaries of what the civilized world would find as acceptable or appropriate.

Serbia and Kosovo are places where such a media blackout exists and those are places where I believe need more attention from the international community. Another is Bahrain.

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Bahrain was caught up in what has become known as the Arab Spring on February 14th 2011 when protestors took to the streets demanding more political freedom and an improvement in the human rights situation in the country. Originally there was no threat to the monarchy nor were there calls for a regime change in the country. This all changed however on February 17th when police killed four protestors while attempting to clear the Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the central gathering place for most of the protests taking place in the country.

Since then the response and the crackdowns on peaceful and unarmed demonstrators by police and security forces has been described as brutal. Almost 3,000 people have been arrested and more than 70 have been killed, according to the acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Maryam Al-Khawaja, in an interview for the Voice of Russia ( http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_06_28/79576566/ ). There are also widespread reports of torture, beatings and the denial of medical assistance leading to death.

... In Bahrain the majority of the population is comprised of Shiites although the Sunnis control most of the government sectors and politics. There are reports of widespread and institutionalized discrimination in employment, housing and other areas against the Shiites.

According to Ms. Al-Khawaja, there exists a media blackout in Bahrain. The most obvious and pervasive form being a system of filtering and blocking Internet sites that is implemented and executed by the Bahraini Information Affairs Authority (IAA) and which has a noticeable impact on the overall speed of Internet traffic for the country’s more than 250,000 Internet users. According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) there are over 1,000 sites currently blocked in Bahrain including their own.

Bahrain has also seriously cracked down on bloggers and regularly arrests people for posting on Twitter and Facebook. Opposition groups views and opinions have no place in Bahraini media so they resort to the Internet. One such person, Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (http://www.bahrainrights.org/en ), who I interviewed last September (http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/09/20/56438166.html) has been arrested twice and may have been tortured. During one arrest, according to the center, he was beaten and blindfolded and in his own words was threatened with rape and kicked when he refused to say he loved the prime minister.

The situation in the country is getting worse, with many experts saying that the situation may soon explode. According Ms. Al-Khawaja, part of the daily routine for many Bahraini citizens involves being tear gassed and trying to save their children from suffocating.

Human rights organizations all over the world have called for a halt to dozens of widespread abuses in the Kingdom. Some of the most notable being the following: Human Rights Watch has called on Bahrain’s High Court of Appeal to reject the use of confessions possibly obtained by torture. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint program of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), wrote an open letter to the King of Bahrain to state its concerns about the arbitrary detention of Nabeel Rajad.

Amnesty International has issued many statements, in particular with regard to the persecution of medical personnel who were attempting to assist injured protestors. Human Rights First says the persecution of human rights workers is getting worse. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies stated in a report: “The human rights situation in Bahrain in 2011 witnessed unprecedented deterioration at almost all levels, especially in light of the repressive retaliatory action aimed at crushing the popular uprising which demanded far-reaching democratic reforms.” And the list goes on.....

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Zainab Al-Khawaja's injury is third case of targeting activists within a week

Zainab Al-Khawaja's  injury is  third case of targeting activists within a week | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

SHAFAQNA (Shia News Association)— Bahrain Center for human rights activists was hit today, Zainab Al-Khawaja was shot in her leg in the third incidences to target activists within a week. An official in Bahrain Center for Human Rights in monitoring and follow-up Yousif Almahafdah said that "the incidence of serious wound and prolific, but stable condition." ... 

This is the third case, which recorded in a matter of a week the police force targeting activists after the injury Secretary General of "ALwefaq" Sheikh Ali Salman, deputy secretary-general Hassan Marzouq Alouhdodi in protest last Friday. The activists said that a large number of protesters were injured today to disperse a demonstration in Puri.

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AngryArabia shot in the leg by the regime gangsters..she is in hospital

AngryArabia shot in the leg by the regime gangsters..she is in hospital | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Al-Khalifa terrorist's new campaign is attempted assassination of the opposition intelligentsia!  

 

Just remeber Khalifas:  assassination is a two-way street......

 

[That's Nabeel!  HE'S FREEEEEEE!]

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Meeting Bahrain's hunger striker

Meeting Bahrain's hunger striker | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The BBC's Frank Gardner describes meeting Bahrain's most famous opposition activist, hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, at his hospital room-cum-prison cell.

 

[What a great man!]

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Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja, A man sacrifices - the symbol of a freedom fighter

للاستماع والتحميل http://soundcloud.com/dotbh/a4oriyzwyaul...
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Khadija Al-Mousawi Press Conference about Zainab & Abdulhadi

www.witnessbahrain.org Khadija Al-Mousawi Press Conference covering her husband Abudlhadi Al-Khawaja, Zaynab Al-Khawaja and ongoing protests in Bahrain...April 30, 2012

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A letter from angryarabiya: AKA Zainab AlKhawaja !

This is the original Letter.. Page 1 #Bahrain http://t.co/1zPC6eT6
May 23 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

WOW!  She is great!  Facing such tribulations and her only thoughts are for others...remarkable.   Maybe Mahatma-ism is an inheritable trait!

 

See also:  http://is.gd/LIlG10 ; at this site!

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Ma'sooma Isa arrested in #Manama w/ Zainab AlKhawaja

Ma'sooma Isa arrested in #Manama w/ Zainab AlKhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

#lets_march_in_Manama

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الحنين للدوار - قصيدة احمد السماهيجي 17-5-2012

القصيده التي القاها احمد السماهيجي تعيدنا للدوار وتعيده للزمن الذي القي فيها القصيده في الدوار ونسيم الحريه - ساحة الحريه -الاعتصام التضامني مع نبيل رجب وعبد...    Poem delivered by Ahmed Asamahigi bring us back to the roundabout and return of the time who delivered the poem in the rotor and the breeze of freedom - Freedom Square - sit-in in solidarity with Nabil Rajab and Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and his daughter Zainab 17/05/2017

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Khadija Al-Mousawi speaks out about Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s hunger strike ongoing protests in Bahrain

Khadija Al-Mousawi speaks out about  Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s hunger strike ongoing protests in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Khadija Al-Mousawi (@tublani2010), wife of Bahraini hunger striker Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and mother of leading activist Zainab Al-Khawaja (@angryarabiya) gives press conference to discuss her visit to her husband in hospital and daughter in prison. Additionally, Ms. Al-Mousawi discusses the latest legal developments in Abdulhadi’s case in which the Bahraini court declared a retrial without releasing her husband.

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Zainab Al-Khawaja: how one woman stood up to Bahrain’s rulers | Ceasefire Magazine

Zainab Al-Khawaja: how one woman stood up to Bahrain’s rulers | Ceasefire Magazine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Unable to keep her silent, the Bahraini regime has detained Zainab Al-Khawaja for the past ten days. Will it get away with it?...

A few days ago, faced with the serious prospect of Zainab’s father, Abdulhadi finally succumbing to his hunger strike (which had lasted more than 80 days so far), the Bahraini regime removed him from his hospital bed and kept him incommunicado for a week; rejecting all requests from his family and lawyers to see or talk to him. When he was eventually allowed to communicate with them three days ago, he revealed that he had been forcibly-fed (a treatment that falls under the Geneva convention’s definition of torture).

The bahraini regime must release Zainab Al-Khawaja and drop all its absurd charges against her, as well as release all political prisoners in its jails. If you want to help achieve this, please visit the Bahrain Human Rights Centre website. And spread the word about what is happening in the country. The Al-Khawajas’ courage is a testament to human dignity in the face of oppression, the least we can do is tell the world about it.

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Lamees Dhaif presents: Shame on You! لميس ضيف تقدم : عار عليكم

لمزيد من الافلام والدعم تفضلو بزيارة شبكة توبلي الثورية للأنتاج والتصميم https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D8%B4%D8%A8%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%84%D9%...
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AngryArabiya Injured By Bahrain Police | Firedoglake

AngryArabiya Injured By Bahrain Police | Firedoglake | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On June 27, Zainab AlKhawaja (@AngryArabiya) ... and Said Yousif Almuhafda, head of monitoring & evaluation for the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BHCR), were attacked by Bahrain police. Almuhadfa told Daily News Egypt:
we weren’t even protesting, riot police just shot at us [with] sound grenades, pushed me and shot Zainab Al Khawaja.”

Almuhafda and Al Khawaja were documenting the protests for potential police abuses when officers fired sound grenades and injured them. “Fifteen minutes after the protest was over, we were cornered and fired at directly. Zainab was injured and I took her to the hospital.” Almuhafda has filed a complaint against the Bahrain riot police today. He says similar reports have been made but were never investigated.

Almuhafda said there were between 120 and 150 protesters at the rally, held under the title “Right to peacefully protest” named as such, “because police do not allow us to take part in marches” he said. He added the police fired “without giving a warning.”

Zainab was hit at close range on the thigh. Zainab’s sister, Maryam Alkhawaja, reported:

just spoke to zainab, riot police surrounded her and @saidyousif mocking them and one of them gave an order to another to shoot her …
it was a clear order and they targeted her directly, all the police were wearing balaclavas @angryarabiya

Zainab has a fractured femur and serious muscle damage. ....

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US shuns Bahrain condemnation at UN - Marayam AlKhawaja - Aletho News

US shuns Bahrain condemnation at UN - Marayam AlKhawaja - Aletho News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Maryam Al-Khawaja, acting head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, welcomed the ruling.

“This is the first step in showing that the Human Rights Council will not allow the implementation of double standards, although they have allowed it this long,” she said.

However she condemned the decision by the US and Britain to not sign the treaty as evidence of “double standards” on human rights.

“The thing that disappoints us most is the fact that the United Kingdom and the United States decided not to sign, which to us says a lot more about how they are insisting on implementing double standards when it comes to supporting or standing against human rights violations in different countries.”

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Zainab Al-Khawaja is maimed by Al-Khalifa terrorists!

Zainab Al-Khawaja is maimed by Al-Khalifa terrorists! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Zainab Alkhawaja, @angryarabiya's,  wound has caused torn muscles, fractured bone due to close proximity of shot ‪#bahrain‬....

 

The targeting of opposition intelligentsia is an escalation in regime violence and Human Rights atrociites in Bahrain!   

 

Please pray for her speedy and complete recovery!

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BCHR: Release of Testimony of former BCHR Director Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

BCHR: Release of Testimony of former BCHR Director Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

26th June, 2012: International Day Against Torture
Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s speech before the Supreme Court of Appeal 22/5/2012 in Bahrain

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Out of Jail, Bahraini Activists Nabeel Rajab and Zainab Alkhawaja Urge End to U.S.-Backed Crackdown

Out of Jail, Bahraini Activists Nabeel Rajab and Zainab Alkhawaja Urge End to U.S.-Backed Crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
We go to Bahrain to speak with two recently released political prisoners, Zainab Alkhawaja and Nabeel Rajab, both jailed for protesting the U.S.-backed monarchy.
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Abdulhadi AlKhawaja’s statement about ending his hunger strike | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Abdulhadi AlKhawaja’s statement about ending his hunger strike | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Internationally prominent Human Rights, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, announced today that he is ending his 110 days hunger strike this evening. Alkhawaja informed his family that in spite of not succeeding in achieving the main demand of his hunger strike: “freedom or death”, he was still able to achieve his overall goal of shedding light on the ongoing human rights situation in Bahrain.

Throughout his hunger strike, which began on the 9th of February he was able to assist activists both inside and outside Bahrain to bring attention to the continuous human rights violations and the situation of the political detainees, this was the ultimate goal.

Taking into account the policy of the Bahraini Authorities in force-feeding him which was imposed since the 23rd of April, a blatant violation and torture according to international regulations, and in response to countless requests from those in solidarity with him, and his inmates in the detention center, Al-Khawaja announced today that he will put an end to his hunger strike. Alkhawaja will comply with a medical program set for him by doctors to return to a normal diet. He informed his family of his appreciation for their support, and his gratitude to those in solidarity with him inside and outside the country. ....

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Page 2 of Angry's letter to the outside.........SAMOOD!

I know she is super-strong, I kinow she knows what she's doing,  I know she can take it....

 

But, I still want Zainab Alkhawaja back!  #ReleaseAllPoliticalPrisoners

 

[All love and prayers for the Alkhawajas.......they are great!]

See also: http://is.gd/Ii9Kcd ; at this site!

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نشيد راب لعبد الهادي الخواجة / بصوت الشاب اودي Bahrain Rap

وصلتنا هذه النشيدة من شاب بحراني يعيش في دنمارك و قد انشدها الى الاستاذ عبد الهادي الخواجة الى المناضل السجين الناشط الحقوقي عبد الهادي الخواجه (ابو زينب) ما...
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Bahrain Center for Human Rights: List of Cases against Nabeel Rajab and Zainab AlKhawaja

Bahrain Center for Human Rights: List of Cases against Nabeel Rajab and Zainab AlKhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Their 'real crime' is defending the people and supporting human rights of Bahrainis!  

 

The Al-Khalifa terrorists will have none of that.....

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Maryam al-Khawaja's Poem

At Oslo Freedom Forum, Maryam al-Khawaja delevered a very touching poem on the situation in Bahrain and other revolutionary Arab country.
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Interview with Wafi Kamel Al-Majed, husband of Zainab al-Khawaja | Witness Bahrain

Interview with Wafi Kamel Al-Majed, husband of  Zainab al-Khawaja | Witness Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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I asked Wafi about his wife’s current condition and the visit he had to the prison where Zainab is being held. It was just the day before, on Sunday 29 April at 12:30, that he had been allowed his first visit since Zainab’s arrest a week before. He and little Jude, two of Zainab’s sisters, and Zainab’s mother, Khadija, had gone together. A prison guard brought Zainab into the little visiting room and stayed in the room for the duration of the half-hour visit. Zainab told her family how she had been beaten by the police during her arrest. Riot police surrounded her as she kneeled on the ground, and proceeded to kick her with their boots and jab her with their police batons. Although the police filmed her arrest, the camera focused on her face and upper body, while police aimed their attacks at her lower body. Other protesters had also told Wafi that the police filmed the arrest, but not from the ground when Zainab was being abused. Zainab shouted at them, “why are you treating us like dogs” to which a police woman responded by putting her baton to Zainab’s neck and choking her. ...

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Index condemns the arrest of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab | UNCUT

Index condemns the arrest of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab | UNCUT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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While accepting an Index award on behalf of BCHR this year, Rajab called for assistance from the international community, explaining that members of BCHR – which was banned by authorities in 2004 – have been detained, tortured or exiled while attempting to exercise fundamental rights and freedoms including free expression and freedom of assembly (freedom to protest).

The founder of BCHR, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, is in detention awaiting a retrial after been jailed for life by a military tribunal for taking part in peaceful protests. He has been on hunger strike for 88 days. And Rajab’s arrest comes only weeks after the arrest of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja’ daughter, Zainab Alkhawaja, who was detained after protesting for the release of her father during the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Earlier this week an international delegation of free expression organizations – including Index – were denied entry to the country. 

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