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For the first time since his mysterious disappearance more than two years ago, outspoken Bahraini opposition blogger Ali Abdulemam has reemerged in public. T...
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Ali Abdulemam, founder and creator of BahrainOnline.org and a leading social media activist in the Gulf region, has been missing in Bahrain since March 2011. Just a few weeks before Ali went missing, he was released from prison as a result of the widespread protests at Pearl Roundabout in Bahrain. ...
Bahraini dissident Ali Abdulemam disappeared last year after the protests. Madison Shimoda on the still-missing blogger.
Ali Abdulemam is a leading Bahraini blogger and founder of Bahrain's popular BahrainOnline forum. He a pioneer among Arab activists, using the internet to mi...
....It is a story that demonstrates the continuing human rights crisis in Bahrain and the price paid by those who have dared to stand up against the regime. Although victims of violations in a state ruled by a royal family from the Sunni minority have mainly come from the country's majority Shia Muslim population, groups such as Amnesty have reported that anyone who expresses opposition to the ruling family is at risk of arrest, ill-treatment or other abuses.....
In any case, he did not find out the charges against him for weeks, during which time he says he was tortured and abused, and told to sign a false confession. "They said I was part of an organisation planning to bring down the state," he told the Guardian from an undisclosed location in the UK.
"They didn't tell me the charge until two days before my court appearance. I was not allowed a lawyer and when I tried to speak the prosecutor, he would not accept my answers...."They raided my house again two days after martial law was announced, after Saudi forces came into Bahrain....
Now he feels that the world is ignoring the situation in Bahrain. "It is not that the world has forgotten Bahrain. The west and the international community has turned its back on us.
"People have died in jail. Our mosques have been damaged. People have been shot in the street. There is no justice. You see their blood in the road. The west's response is that they see good reforms. But the reality is that people have no human rights. No civil rights."
Ali Abdelemam is a prominent opposition figure in Bahrain. He is a blogger and human rights activist who was included on a list of 20 opposition figures trie...
Ali Abdulemam, an extremely active blogger and cyber activist from Bahrain, was arrested and then imprisoned on the 4th September after being accused by the authorities of posting false information on the portal BarhainOnline.org, one of the Kingdom's most popular sites, which incidentally has been inaccessible ever since. There has been huge reaction to his arrest on the web.
A Facebook group supporting Ali Abdulemam was set up soon after his arrest. Several hundred web users have joined and are determined to fight for Bahrain's right to freedom of speech. The group is circulating these posters online calling for people to mobilise support for Abdulemam.
Web users who wish to take part in the campaign can, amongst other things, download these banners expressing support for the imprisoned activist, and then display them on their blogs or social networks.
The mobilisation has moved on to a global scale. Many bloggers, from Morocco to Bulgaria, as well as Ecuador, have taken up Abdulemam's cause and are demanding the Bahrain authorities free him as soon as possible. Web users can also send messages directly to the country's Foreign Minister via his Twitter account.
Meanwhile, this blogger says the arrest comes at a time when Bahraini activists' are facing increasing repression. And he voices concern that Abdulemam will be tortured by the authorities.
According to several NGOS present in Egypt, this fear is justified. "Human Rights watch" and "Reporters without Borders" have published these reports online, saying the torturing of prisoners is common place in the country.