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Princess Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa, of Bahrain, is a TORTURER!

Princess Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa, of Bahrain, is a TORTURER! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

MANAMA, Bahrain, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A Bahrain protester jailed for reading a poem seen as critical of the ruling Khalifa family accused a Bahraini princess of torturing her while in custody.

Ayat al-Qurmazi was arrested in 2011 and said she was held in custody for nine days. She says she was abused by Noura Bint Ebrahim al-Khalifa, an officer in the country's drugs control unit.

Qurmazi's lawyer, Reem Khalaf, told the BBC her client saw the Bahraini princess present when she was abused while in detention.

"Noura was very angry that Ayat had seen her," the lawyer was quoted as saying. ....



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Bahrain: One year on

A year has passed since the killing of a peaceful demonstrator by the security forces as a result of the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters in Bahrain. Despite several announcements on positive steps being taken by the government to ensure accountability, we have not seen any outcome of reported government investigations into allegations of torture and it is unclear how many people involved in human rights abuses have been brought to justice.

Hundreds of people are still facing criminal charges in Bahrain for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Meanwhile, many others, dismissed from their work place or university for exercising these very rights have yet to be reinstated.

This campaign video includes interview with Bahrain poet Ayat al-Qarmezi and Doctors Zahra al Sammak & Ghassan Dhaif

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Freedom to Create - 2011 Finalists

Freedom to Create - 2011 Finalists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

AyatAl-Gormezi : Creative writing, Bahrain

 

Winner announced on 11/19/2011

 

Pray for Ayat!  she's a winner!

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قصيدة آيات القرمزي الجديده وداعاً ايها الشرفُ POEM FROM AYAT

قصيدة الشاعرة آيات القرمزي الجديده .. وداعاً أيها العربي .. هُنـا ضَربوا حَرائِرُنا وداعا أيها العربي مات العــــــــــــــز والشــرفُ وباتت كذبة الأخــــلاق...
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Poet's prison torture claim to be investigated by Bahrain officials

Poet's prison torture claim to be investigated by Bahrain officials | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ms Gormezi had described how for nine days she was punched and beaten with a baton and electric cable so severely that she lost consciousness. She was threatened with rape or sexual molestation, kept in a freezing cell and forced to clean a lavatory with her bare hands. She says she was told by prison guards that one of those beating her was a woman member of the royal al-Khalifa family.
[HMMMMM! An investigation by Khalifas of Khalifas.....
I wonder what they'll find?!.....Any REAL investigation is by a neutral third party with REAL authority to prosecute the scoundrels commiting such acts!.....Not in todays Bahrain.....]
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Poet jailed in protests claims she was beaten by Bahraini royal

Poet jailed in protests claims she was beaten by Bahraini royal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A female member of the al-Khalifa royal family in Bahrain has been accused of repeatedly beating the 20-year-old student poet Ayat al-Gormezi when she was in prison accused of reciting a poem at a pro-democracy protest rally criticising the monarchy.

In an interview with The Independent, Ms Gormezi, who became a symbol of resistance to oppression in Bahrain, said that although her interrogators had tried to blindfold her, "I was able to see a woman of about 40 in civilian clothes who was beating me on the head with a baton". Ms Gormezi later described her interrogator to prison guards, who, she said, promptly named the woman as being one of the al-Khalifas with a senior position in the Bahraini security service.

"I was taken many times to her office for fresh beatings," Ms Gormezi said. "She would say, 'You should be proud of the al-Khalifas. They are not going to leave this country. It is their country.' "
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Bahraini poetess confirms torture

Bahraini poetess confirms torture | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini poetess confirms physical and mental torture while jailed by Saudi-backed Al Khalifa regime.
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Bahrain puts Ayat Al-Gormezi under house arrest

"I hope Bahrain can move away from the crisis to a transition into a better future, without discrimination or sectarianism," Qurmozi told Reuters by telephone.

Bahrain crushed the protests and enforced a fierce crackdown in which hundreds, mostly Shi'ites, were arrested and some 2,000 people sacked from their jobs.
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Qurmozi stepped out of her car Wednesday to hundreds of well-wishers celebrating her release from prison, where she said she was beaten and forced to stick her hands in toilets during interrogations.
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Qurmozi said she was made to sign a paper saying she would remain at home, not join protests and not speak to the media.
"I'm not afraid to speak out though. I have something to say and I won't be afraid because of a paper I signed," she said.
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The Freedom Poet: of the Middle East Ayat Al-Gormezi freed 7/13/11

The Freedom Poet:  of the Middle East    Ayat Al-Gormezi freed 7/13/11 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
To explain why the actions of a US diplomatic in a country most people have never heard of will help get Ayat released, a bit of background:

When Stephanie Williams took over in January 2011 as acting United States ambassador to Bahrain (she is officially known as the Chargé d'Affaires), there was discontent in the country and calls for reform. The Shia majority had long complained of poor treatment in employment, housing, and government representation, while the ruling Sunnis, lead by King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, had the lion's share of all that the island nation had to offer, which takes the form of a large supply of oil and pearls.

On February 14, disaffected Shia took to the streets, gathering at the Pearl Roundabout in Bahrain's capital of Manama. There they camped for a month, holding peaceful rallies and demanding the democratic reforms that citizens in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa called for this past Spring.

In Egypt and Tunisia, protest brought hope of reform. In Bahrain it brought a brutal and bloody crackdown in which almost 40 were killed, over 1,000 wounded and close to the same number arrested.

Among those arrested was 20 year-old Ayat al-Gormezi, a student teacher. Masked police arrested Ayat at her home on March 30 for reciting a poem she wrote that was critical of the Bahraini prime minister and the monarchy. On June 12 she was sentenced to one year in prison.
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فلم يحكي قصة آيات القرمزي ضمن حملةأخرجوا حرائرنا من سجونكم إن كنتم مسلمين منتديات بحرين نيشن

Free AYAT !
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Ayat Al-Gormezi

Ayat Al-Gormezi | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Evil Khalifas sentenced her to 1 year in prison for reading a poem they didn't like!
FREE AYAT AL-GORMEZI !
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Freedom to Create - 2011 Winners

Freedom to Create - 2011 Winners | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Super-big Congratulations to Ayat Al-Gormezi of Bahrain!  Less than what was deserved, more than was probably expected......  WOW! WORLD renowned writer status!

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Freedom to Create - Artists :: Ayat Al-Gormezi

Freedom to Create - Artists :: Ayat Al-Gormezi | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Ayat has become a symbol of resistance to repression in Bahrain, encouraging thousands of young people and women to take to the streets to express their opinions and stand up for justice. Many women believe that ‘they are Ayat’ and feel inspired by her use of creativity to demand equality, justice and equal rights.

 

[Ayat is the World's freedom Poet......very inspirational!]

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King of Bahrain pardons poet jailed for pro-democracy incitement

King of Bahrain pardons poet jailed for pro-democracy incitement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A young poet jailed for a year for his part in protests against the monarchy has been released as Ramadan ends...

 

Ayat pardoned, Hamad al-Khalifa off to the Hague for crimes against humanity......righteous!

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مقابلة آيات القرمزي كاملة

مقابلة آيات القرمزي كاملة على قناة العالم...| Ayat's full interview!
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King of Bahrain failing to restore country's reputation after uprising - Telegraph

King of Bahrain failing to restore country's reputation after uprising - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The King of Bahrain's attempts to restore his island's reputation after a bloody crackdown on opposition protests are crumbling from political attack and repeated allegations of police brutality even from members of the island's middle classes.
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The government's National Dialogue, its forum for negotiation with opposition groups, lay in tatters yesterday after al-Wefaq, the biggest party in parliament, announced it intended to pull out.


Meanwhile, two of the most prominent figures detained in the crackdown have described to The Daily Telegraph a routine of beatings they suffered while in captivity.

One, Ayat al-Qurmezi ....

The other, a senior surgeon at the main Salmaniya Hospital, who has asked not to be identified, said the behaviour of the authorities had alienated the non-political middle classes like himself. He was one of 48 doctors put on trial in the wake of the protests, 20 of whom remain in custody.


He said he was hit round the head, kicked and beaten with a rubber hose until he was forced to confess to inflicting the wounds suffered by protesters he was treating for their injuries, or making them worse.
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CNNArabic.com - البحرينية آيات القرمزي: أجبروني على الاعتذار

CNNArabic.com - البحرينية آيات القرمزي: أجبروني على الاعتذار | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Bahraini woman poet tells of torture while in custody | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Bahraini woman poet tells of torture while in custody | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A young Bahraini woman who was arrested after reciting an anti-government poem to demonstrators in the Gulf kingdom said she was beaten, electrocuted and threatened with sexual assault while in custody.
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Bahrain frees young dissident poet: Ayat Al-Gormezi is free!

Bahrain frees young dissident poet:  Ayat Al-Gormezi is free! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
world news - Authorities in Bahrain have freed 200 political prisoners, including a young woman poet jailed for severely criticising the crown prince during pro-democracy protests.
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Bahrain frees woman jailed for critical poems

Bahrain frees woman jailed for critical poems | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini woman, jailed for reciting poems critical of Gulf kingdom's rulers during a wave of protests earlier this year, was released from prison on Wednesday, her brother said.
Ayat: "We are the people who will kill humiliation and assassinate misery. Don't you hear their cries? Don't you hear their screams?" 7/13/11
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US: Call for the Immediate Release of Bahrain's "Freedom Poet"

US: Call for the Immediate Release of Bahrain's "Freedom Poet" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sign the Petition.....Help free Ayat Al-Gormezi!
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