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Bahrain: The high price of telling hard truths | Amnesty International

Bahrain: The high price of telling hard truths | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Soon after the popular uprising began in Bahrain in 2011, 13 opposition leaders were arrested. Their ‘crime’ was expressing their opinions peacefully: calling for democracy, an end to corruption, opposing the monarchy.

After an unfair trial the men were sentenced to between five years and life in prison. Some say they were tortured, and all are prisoners of conscience. Farida Ghulam, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Ebrahim Sharif, told Amnesty International their story....

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Testimony of #Ebrahim #Sharif w/ regards his torture and imprisonment in #Bahrain

Testimony of #Ebrahim #Sharif w/ regards his torture and imprisonment in #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Ebrahim Sharif Al-SayedThe Statement of the General Secretary of the National Democratic Action Society “Waad” Regarding Torture and Mistreatment5th of June, 2012        Table of ContentsFirst: Why I Was Targeted.. 3Second: Arbitrary Detention.. 3Third: Solitary Ward Number (4). 4Fourth: Torture and mistreatment.5Fifth: Verbal abuse and insults. 6Sixth: Who are the masked men?. 6Seventh: Mistreatment in the prosecution building and the court.6Eighth: Closing remarks. 7          I am the political activist Ebrahim Sharif Al-Sayed, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Action Society “Waad”. I hereby provide my statement to your esteemed court, to document the crimes that have been committed against me during my arrest and trial – as modest contribution towards the effort of not repeating the serious violations of human rights that occurred during the period of the National Safety Decree. 

First: Why I Was Targeted

I am a member of a political organization (Waad) that refused to recognize the legitimacy of the 2002 Constitution, because it was issued through an individual decree by the King without including the people who are “the source of all powers.” This constitution restricted the authority of the people’s representatives and expanded the authorities of the King, making the promises of the Charter about “a constitutional monarchy similar to that seen in prestigious democracies” merely an empty promise. I and the organization to which I belong have taken political stances that have categorically rejected the coup against the 1973 Constitution and the coup against the National Action Charter, which concentrated the three branches of power into the hands of the King and increasingly monopolized public wealth, especially land, by the ruling family. I have contributed through my writing and my lectures to exposing various forms of corruption, where I showed the central role that some members of the ruling family and elite have played, without hesitating to name those who are significantly involved in corruption cases. For these reasons, and for others relating to the organization’s participation in the February 14thmovement, I was personally targeted, and my organization was targeted, burning its headquarter twice, targeting at the same time the house of the Head of the Central Committee, Dr. Muneera Fakhro, numerously assaulting the organization’s branch in Muharraq, and at the same time arresting some organization members and firing them from their jobs. 

Second: Arbitrary Detention

At around 1:50am on Tuesday, the 17th of March 2011, a group of mostly masked men, some of whom carried arms, knocked the door the my house. At first glance, my wife and I thought they were the armed militias “thugs” that used to wander around neighbourhoods and villages during the past few days, assaulting citizens and firing at them. I immediately called my neighbour and his wife so that they could witness what happened. I came out of the front door and headed to the garden gate and asked the officer in civilian clothes, I believe it was the First Lieutenant Jalal Al-Rashid (as was mentioned in the arrest warrant), who told me I was going to get arrested, if he could present to me the order/search and arrest warrant. He answered that according to the National Safety Decree he does not have to present such a document.I was arrested without having my home searched. I was put in small civilian car and handcuffed. Near the Isa Town roundabout, I was blindfolded. The car headed to the Riffa area and continued driving for about 10 minutes. It stopped at location with a parking lot, which I believe was close to the Safra security village. I was taken to a room and had my blindfold removed. I saw masked men and some others in a white medical suit. They checked my blood sugar and blood pressure levels, and I was asked if I suffered from any specific illness. A photo was taken of me and I was blindfolded again. I was lead out of the parking lot and that’s when I began to hear the curses, to be shoved and insulted. They removed my blindfold for a little while to video tape me with a video camera that had a flash light, as I listened to more curses and the insults, “You dog,” “you son of a …” etc. I was then shoved into a van, blindfolded again, and then I heard someone calling the name of brother Hassan Mushaima who was also brought into the car. The car drove off and we reached Al-Qurain prison camp that belong to the Bahrain Defense Force, where the headquarters of the military rehabilitation location was. It was an early hour of the morning. 

Third: Solitary Ward Number (4)

After lining us up in the prison yard, they took each one of us blindfolded to our prison cells. We went through detailed inspection, stripped of all our clothes while still blindfolded. They then roughly shoved me to ward number (4) that had five solitary confinement cells. I was placed in the middle solitary cell number (3). My ward colleagues were: Sheikh Saeed Al-Nouri in cell number (1), Abduljalil Al-Sankees in cell number (2), Abdulhadi Al-Mokhodher in cell number (4) and Al-Hor Al-Sameikh in cell number (5). Each cells is basically a closed room with a small holes at the bottom of its iron door, barred with iron rods, and a similar hole at the top of the door. The area of each cell is about 2 meters by 3 meters. Talking between the prisoners was prohibited. If it happened, the detainees faced the wrath of the masked men. Reciting the Quran or calling for prayer with an audible voice is prohibited. Within two days, we began to know each other, and we began to communicate with a low voice after the guards left the ward. Our favourite hour was after morning prayer, for we had a chance to talk to each other for a few minutes. We were not allowed to bathe until after 10 days.Solitary confinement is an unbearable hell when you are not allowed to speak to anyone, or to read anything, or to even know what time it was. Everything was prohibited, except for the daily sessions of torture.   

Fourth: Torture and mistreatment

There was a program, prepared in advance, to welcome us, in a way that was “suited” for opposition politicians living in a repressive regime that does not respect freedom of opinion nor freedom of expression nor the rights of its citizens. After a few hours of our arrival, we were provided with a bed that was basically a dirty sponge mattress with an even dirtier blanket. As for the pillow, I cannot begin to describe the stains that were on it or the order that it emitted. After a few days of not bathing, our bodies became even dirtier than the beds we slept on, to the extent that the prison guards would come to us with masks on their noses to save themselves from the odors of mold that came as a consequence of the excessive water they had splashed on us exacerbated by lack of showering or change of clothes, as I explain later.I awaited the torture sessions from the very first morning, but instead two or three masked men came in to pour cold water on me and onto everything in the room. The floor was drowned in water, the mattress became wet, and the temperature went down as the air conditioning was on, causing my hands and feet to shiver in the cold. I would be forced to withdraw to a corner away from the direct breeze, waiting for the room and everything in it to dry. The same scene repeated many times with water poured. Sleep became impossible.On the first night, the iron doors were banged with metal tools making very loud sounds. On the second day, the torture sessions began. A large number of masked men entered the small cell. They would occupy most of it cell and surround you from all sides, and take turns to hit, kick, slap, spit, verbally abuse, humiliate and insult me. Torture continued in the following weeks with less people, usually three, and sometimes more. After the end of investigation, the number of torture visits dropped to two or three times a week. Torture also included standing for long hours with arms up in the air. Sometimes they asked us to lift one of our legs up while we stood. On one occasion, I made a complaint to the Prosecution on the 29th of March 2011 about the torture I underwent. On the next day, a masked man came to me in military uniform, slapped me and warned me not to complain again at the Military Prosecution. In the evening of the same day, I was went through more beating, for the same reason. That time they used a thick plastic hose, in addition to punches and fists, to hit me on my shoulder and neck, causing me pain and neck spasm and difficulty in sleeping for quite a few days. I was kicked on the back of my right knee, making it difficult for me to walk for about 8 months. On one night, the lights were turned off and it became dark, and a dog or more were brought in, barking hysterically, scratching the cell doors, in an attempt to terrify us.Sexual harassment was also a form of our torture. We were ordered to bend over like dogs, putting our knees to the ground (kneeling), taking down our pants. They would touch our backsides and chest, suggesting they were about to rape us, using filthy and disgraceful words. 

Fifth: Verbal abuse and insults

Verbal abuse is not limited to the detainee alone, it is also extended to the family, mother, wife, daughters, and in the case of my fellow Shiite inmates: their sect and doctrine were insulted as well. I heard insults within the course of three months that I have not heard all my life, “agent,” “traitors,” “whores,” “fag,” “sons of bitches,” “sons of ‘Muta’a”, “bastards,” “... your mother,” “…. in you,” “Al-Khalifa are your masters,” “Al Khalifa are the crowns on your head,” “you dog,” “donkey,” “illegitimate child,” etc.They were not satisfied with only insulting you, but you would be ordered to participate in insulting your colleagues or cursing at yourself. They would force you to kiss their hands and shoes while they beat you, while they spat on our face and ears. A few weeks later the masked visitors of the dawn came with a batch of the King’s, the Prime Minister’s, the Crown Prince’s and the King of Saudi Arabia’s posters, sticking them on the cell walls. We were ordered to kiss those posters on almost every single visit (those posters were removed prior to the scheduled visit of the investigation team of Bassiouni’s Commission). Hearing your colleagues’ screams, their wailing and suffered abuse, however, seemed to be the hardest form of torture. You are tormented by the torment of your friends. You stand without the courage to protest against what the torturers commit. You feel utterly helpless.I must document here that I have heard many insults against Shias. I can still recall that first morning when I heard one of the torturers yelling at Mr. Hassan Mushaima “Screw you, your sect and your 12 religious scholars.” 

Sixth: Who are the masked men?

Everyone in Al Qurain prison was masked until the end of solitary confinement on the 10th June 2011. We were arrested by masked men, and we were interrogated by masked men from the National Security Agency. Prison guards and torturers were masked. So was the medical staff, the kitchen workers, the maintenance workers and the prison director. During a visit by an official doctor in the middle of April, a masked man sat in the same room to observe me. It is clear that the objective of the mask is to hide the identity of those responsible for torture, or the identities of those who witnessed torture such as the guards or workers or the medical staff, and keep it a secret to escape liability and accountability. These masked men asked us not to look directly into their faces, and directing our attention instead to the wall or the ground in order to make sure that their identities are concealed. 

Seventh: Mistreatment in the prosecution building and the court

Our way towards the Military Prosecution or the military justice building was never free of abuse and insults. It begins by blindfolding us, covering our heads with fetid bags that suffocate us and make us want to vomit, deeming it difficult to breathe for some detainees. Insults were repeated in the premises of the military justice, especially in the waiting rooms, accompanied by beating, kicking, shoving and pulling harshly. While we were in the building of the military prosecutor, they beat us on our heads for not standing while the royal anthem played in a television program. On the 22nd of June 2011, when a verdict came out convicting us, we yelled out a slogan inside the court. The soldiers and officers attacked us, shoved us outside and began to beat us, kick us, and insult us. The Military Prosecution did nothing, despite the numerous complaints that we verbally relayed while we stayed under its jurisdiction throughout the period. 

Eighth: Closing remarks

On the morning of the first day of my imprisonment, I met an officer who introduced himself as a senior officer in the Ministry of Defence, who claimed to have known me since we met during a visit to Kuwait in the 1990s. He did not reveal his name, saying only that he holds a Ph.D. He told me he wanted me to put my hands in the King’s hands. I answered, blindfolded, that I will do so if the King committed to constitutional reforms. He tried to convince me that we were out of Bahrain (in Saudi), perhaps to scare me.During the days before the first session of our trial, a masked man came and said that one of the senior officials wanted to meet me that evening. The meeting did not occur, but I later learned that they brought Dr. Abduljalil Al Singais to meet that “official” who claimed that his name was “Saqr Al Khalifa” and that he was the King’s delegate.My personal experience matches a lot of what was mentioned in the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) (“Bassiouni’s Committee”). In the sixth chapter of the Report titled “Allegations of Human Rights Violations Against the Person”, specifically in section C “Manner of Arrests”, the Commission concluded in paragraph (1174) that “this type of arrest constitutes arbitrary arrest under article (9) of the ICCPR. In all of the cases […] no arrest or search warrant was shown to the person arrested or the person whose premises were searched”. It added in paragraph (1178), “In conclusion, the Commission finds that a substantial number of the arrests made pursuant to the pattern described above violated international human rights law and Bahrain law”. What is more alarming is the Commission’s remark in paragraph (1179) stating that “the very fact that a systematic pattern of behaviour existed indicates that this is how these security forces were trained and how they were expected to act. This could not have happened without the knowledge of higher echelons of the command structure of the MoI and NSA.” Then the Report adds in paragraph (1180) “The failure to investigate these practices effectively, and the failure to take adequate measures to prevent violations by security forces, could constitute the basis for superior responsibility.”Bassiouni’s Committee’s report in Section (D) of Chapter (6) titled “Treatment of Persons in Custody”, concluded that there is definite evidence about the torture of 59 people based on the clinical examinations performed by four medical experts experienced in the documentation of torture and other forms of mistreatment or trauma. The Commission has provided a summary of the forensic evidence in paragraphs (1212-1218), and concluded in paragraph (1230) that there are “clear patterns of behaviour by certain government agencies. […..] In many of these cases, the purpose of mistreatment was to obtain statements or confessions incriminating the detainee in question”, adding in paragraph (1234) a list of the methods of torture, verbal abuse, threats of rape and insulting the detainee’s religious sect (Shia). Paragraphs (1235), (1236) and (1237) explain more about how the detainees were deprived of contact with the outside world and contact with their lawyers for weeks, even months, adding further evidence of violations of the detainees’ rights. In paragraph (1238), the Commission finds that there was “a systematic practice of physical and psychological mistreatment, which in many cases amounted to torture,” and in p

 

 

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Bahrain: The words of Ebrahim Sharif in court today: 6/5/12

Bahrain: The words of Ebrahim Sharif in court today:  6/5/12 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak in this distinguished Court after denying us our right to defend ourselves before in national safety court , despite the gravity of the charges and the vast distance between them and the truth, they cannot claim hide fluency, a claim which was adopted mainly on statements extracted by torture or at the "artificial" confidential sources of national security, which command after the issuance of the report of the Committee of Bahraini fact-finding (Commission Bassiouni "), which have been formulated in order to pass the convictions and preset.

 

This trial court ideas: Dear gentlemen,this trial inception was an attempt to bring ideas and search intent, and to demonstrate the charges they gave on behalf a Group of statements attributed to me like "no legitimacy to kill people," and "not the legitimacy of the Constitution of 2002" and "minus" system or "regime" had no legitimacy and Army is not National bh also the gov are taking the country money for them self and I best Republican system and I ask for dropping the representative Council ". Despite the availability of large amounts of video and audio recordings and writings to me during the popular movement which was launched on 14 February and was accepted by the prosecution failed to prove that I am creating one directory to use violence or work I called to overthrow the Government by force.
Ideas dear gentlemen cannot arrest or assassination, and cannot be defeated in this Court or other State courts. The only court that could prosecute those ideas is the Court of public opinion, and the punishment that courts of public opinion is to defeat the idea and then disappear, or whitewashing and then common.Causes political crisis: we are here today not because of what happened on February 14, the difference was that day in the history of Bahrain as a result of a failure of political system after emerging from a bottleneck and the crisis spread more than two and a half decades since the dissolution of the National Assembly elected in 1975. In February 2001 the great hopes of the Bahraini citizens after the opposition agreement and governance to open new page through the National Action Charter by which King launched a series of commitments to maintain the Constitution of 1973 and parliamentary life and move to a higher stage of democratic notion of "constitutional monarchy as ancient democracy," but the system quickly, broken promises about recoil promises and issued a new Constitution in 2002 will individual ownership of results was to expand Executive powers to the King, and the formation of a Consultative Council and the introduction of a large number of The constitutional amendments were all people power account and its elected Parliament . Since then, gov through legislation or change practices, in return for limited reforms of the Charter, particularly in the area of public freedoms, security and rebuild the State and its various organs specialized in monitoring and trapping and punish dissent.
Resulted in years of political upheaval and the absence of genuine popular participation and rampant corruption in the Central ruling elite to push the country to the brink of a crisis waiting for a spark coming from Arab States spring into violent popular uprising led by youth dreaming of freedom and dignity and believes in the role of sacrificing peaceful protest to force the system to respect the will of the people. "The Commission has noted in paragraph Bassiouni (642) of its report that" the reforms rather than regime change was the basic requirement of the revolution in its infancy, adding that "when not responding to the demands of reform, to evolve and lifted roof claimed to change gov.Bahrain has been waiting for this moment to Explode,gov believed that their machine media propaganda supported by benefit distribution system on the new political class by a pro-Government political groups and representation and municipal and bureaucratic expansion of State organs and bodies, wooed former opponents of promoting policy, Division of society along sectarian lines, and most importantly, strengthen security and intelligence capabilities, all to avoid the abundant potential Bahrainis. Power thought was disappointed because the political and social backlogs on Earth was greater than all the mobilized system to meet a popular uprising. I've missed it governance is causing the biggest instigator and of this revolution, and directories on this many:-growing frustration among the citizens especially shea because of the rapid pace of the naturalization process.Aimed at altering the demographic (population), and the continued discrimination against citizens on the basis of sectarian and fill most of the military sector employment clse doors in the faces of the shea community. -Sharing ruling elite State lands turned into fiefdoms of senior members of the ruling family and their allies.-Corruption in State institutions and the inability of the Office of financial supervision on limiting despite the large number of irregularities which monitored annually in its annual report, and the inability of the State to hold corrupt especially sons of senior ruling family, as is the case in the corruption case aluminum company, Bahrain (Alba) filed with the United States and involved the Alcoa Corporation of America also through corrupt contracts leading to loss of Alba towards billion dollars. We are proud of all our young people did not stop hope on nicer than this day, and in our present system better, and in more rational judgment of judging this judgment. It also inspire revolutions Arab spring with proved and his insistence on peaceful choice to force the system to achieve comprehensive reform, rather than plunging in prisons and detention centres was the duty of the authority a dialogue with young people, which lasted in its Bahraini peaceful despite the power to gun.

 

Moral stance against violence: well it's not based on any facts or acts or statements attributed to me or to the organizational "promised", charged by the prosecution without evidence and she lent me whereby the Tribunals for national safety without cause, a charge contained in the first paragraph of "VI" is an assignment that I promoted the heart and regime change by force through writing and speeches and statements. These accusations sent and baseless, they are not upright with my position and the position of my organization. Let me show you my position and the position of the Association "wade" principled rejection of the use of violence or force as an engine of political change. I believe that means it must be same target. If the aim of the Group seize power in order to establish a totalitarian or authoritarian, surely that means going from same. Violence and force and ask him the blood, everything becomes justified because this approach believe that "the end justifies the means".If the goal is the natural means transformation is invoked for peaceful people's will, either through polls, if available, through peaceful protests and civil disobedience, perhaps. This approach — including myself — consider litigation or the use of violence and force the taboo on damage to the case and their owners. When Mahatma Gandhi was struggling against racist laws in South Africa told supporters "I am ready to die for many issues, but my friends, no one deserves to kill for it, so must be our movement and our political move. In practice I don't need much effort to demonstrate lack of possibility of change by force — if any of the drives this option-serious breach in the military balance of power between the unarmed people doesn't have one weapon and the Government and loyal are heavily supported by regional rapid intervention force within a few hours.I can say that the beneficiary of the violence is the regime, because he'd been opposition from battle of values and ideas that excelled opposition to battle and force dominated system and when used by force and violence to impose the well of each other, the differences between ethical and value are almost disappear and become difficult to remove a strong interest in world peace international legal organizations in the justness of our cause, and exhausted so our needs moral crane to continue their struggle for fair, democratic State. Violence by the totalitarian culture arises, a destructive culture of peoples and communities if adopted by its political opposition.


Charges of violence to suppress dissent and exclusion: that our political history testifies numerous cases involving the ruling power of oppression, violence and exclusion, and opposition has been tried in the 1956 National Union body leaders, Abdul Rahman early and his companions, on charges of "attempting to assassinate the Governor" and "attempting to undermine the kadiba Palace and the airport" and "enter military organizations under the banner of Scout Organization as a nucleus for the overthrow of the Government" and "breach security during demonstrations" and issued judgment already in prison and exile to the island of Saint Helena, a British court headed by Sheik daij bin Hamad Al-Khalifa was on Right and left two others from the same sheikhan ruling family with the militant leaders . The history of Bahrain over the decades prove beyond reasonable doubt that the main source of violence is State security and military organs, sometimes with tribal militia walvdaoih. And the State partially acknowledged by accepting the report "Commission Bassiouni" responsibility to some incidents of violence against peaceful demonstrators killing 5 Palestinians under torture in its prisons. And I have to mention the esteemed Court and that these people are still waiting for Justice and victims of retaliation from their tormentors with given opponents of the system false charges to court and sentenced to harsh because of their political opinions. Malicious charges charges were from the outset malicious unfounded and not supported by physical evidence, the goal was attitudinal and punitive on parts over the years. It is not surprising that an authoritarian regime is using all its organs, intelligence and security forces and judiciary, to filter the account with his opponents. Traditionally these devices smarter in fabrication and transplantation and the presentation of evidence and witnesses to prove the existence of "conspiracy to overthrow the Government by force." But the inefficiency of these devices and expedited sentencing response to orders submitted to us service to demonstrate malicious this case since its inception. Examples of many: EISA Sultan Al-Sulaiti pilot allegations from the national security service registered in the military prosecution record on 30/4/2011 that I have with others to provide material support needed to implement their schemes taking advantage of five ppl in(page 8),And I, according to the allegations pilot Al-Sulaiti who participated in the attack on me.

 

Cabinet: shea constitute 24% of members of Cabinet with the proportion of members of the ruling family 40% and Sunnis (other than the Royal family).

 

The Ministry of the Interior: shea are 10% of senior positions with the sons of the ruling family holds 35% and the suni not royal 55%.

 

defence force: no shea in senior level (brigade or larger) while running sons ruling family half positions and the other half of the suni(non-Royal family).

 

Supreme Defence Council: no shea Council while dominated by sons of the ruling family on 13 of the 14 seats.

 

institutions and governmental bodies: not more than a shea leadership about 7% with running of the ruling family and 29 percent a suni 64%.

 

corporate governmental and mixed: again no more representation of Shea in senior leadership from 8% in representation of non-Bahrainis 19%, and the ruling family 27% the suni 46%.

 

Judiciary and legal: there is no representation for Shea in any judicial and legal bodies with high proportion of members of the ruling family and 33% suni58% and 9% non-Bahrainis.

 

General managers of municipalities: Shea form 20 percent with running sons ruling family and suni rest positions evenly or 40% each. These scandalous figures and its shocking at the same time because this sectarian divide aldes did not exist as such before three decades which show case of discrimination and marginalization of systematic exercise against the Shea who make up at least 50% of the population, mostly for the benefit of the ruling family, which holds leadership positions much more than sites operated by Shea, although their proportion in the population probably not exceeding 30 percent. What is demanded by all citizens, young Shea who lit uprising February 14, is equal citizenship is the basis of any democratic society.

 

IV: insulting the army theme sectarianism and discrimination brings me to what proportions to a national army that is described. Again talk about context graduated acting. He was talking at a symposia did not rely on the neutrality of the army in internal political conflict, and the Bahraini army won't be as Tunisian or Egyptian army. Either reason explained in the symposium by saying that the composition of the army, as shown previously in the statistics contained in table no. (3) devoid of any representation for Shea in the ruling family occupies 50% of senior leadership positions. This makes it difficult to imagine that changing the position of the army or stand on neutrality for the benefit of the people in any conflict between it and the ruling family. He therefore concluded that the current army combination "non-national" in terms of the absence of the representation range constitute more than 50% of the people of Bahrain. Either the Supreme Defence Council in charge of defence policy and security strategy is fully evaluate.Everything that I have said in public forums, and in press statements that I made in the past period that preceded the arrests, came from Hersi public interest, which essentially restored civil peace and social stability, freedom and justice and equal citizenship between components of Bahraini society, and start building democratic civil State, without these constants that upholds humanity cannot lift injustice from different people groups and promote sustainable development in our country develop democratic countries that respect human rights And daily exercise of democracy in its approach.That way the constitutional political crisis afflicting the country through serious dialogue and meaningful between governance and political opposition, preceded by implementation of benefits provision committed himself and was promised since February 2001, in terms of powers of the Legislative Council elected and not compete with him in control which is appointed Board of advice and opinion only, and the transition to a constitutional monarchy similar to democracies. Translate commitments in strict and faithful and Frank for all recommendations of the Commission on the truth, and the implementation of the recommendations of the Human Rights Council advertised in its eighteenth session in may 2012,and engage in transitional justice based on fairness, openness and national reconciliation, including through reparation for victims of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair judgements issued against hundreds of citizens and political activists and Jurists, and reinstating all workplaces which Kano ytbo'onha by unjustly and compensate them for past period.As is the way out of the political crisis in constituencies just reflect the principle of "equal voice for every citizen" in different regions, translated just electoral system simulates all the components of Bahraini society and political, ethnic and sectarian and democratically represent the will of the people, and in an independent and impartial judiciary, security for all, as a clear doctrine is extremely national homeland security of citizen security.

Therefore, dear gentlemen, we stand before you today after trying and suffering lasted more than 14 months and we are sure that "lost thing doesn't give" and the justice system doesn't know cannot be applied. We know in advance as a result of this examination between real justice for the oppressed triumph if weak, fake justice triumph of strong though unjust.

They detained us, but they cannot arrest our dream ... The dream of freedom for our people, and dignity welcomed us thank you for good hearing ...

 

see also:  http://www.aldemokrati.org/ar-BH/ViewNews/5/3308/News.aspx

 

[Peace and mercy and blessings of God be upon you Mr. Ibrahim Sharif prisoner of conscience June 5, 2012]

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Bahrain Should Free Protest Leaders Immediately | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain Should  Free Protest Leaders Immediately | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Beirut) – Bahraini authorities should free Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and 13 other jailed leaders of last year’s anti-government protests immediately, Human Rights Watch said today....

“The military court’s original verdict was absolutely mind-boggling – it did not mention a single actual criminal offense beyond acts relating to their basic human rights,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his co-defendants should not have to spend even one more day in prison for so-called crimes of speech and peaceful assembly.”....

The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifain June 2011 and consisting of five international human rights experts, issued its 489-page report on November 23. It confirmed systematic and egregious rights violations by the government in suppressing protests and concluded that a lack of accountability had led to a “culture of impunity.” The commissioners called for judicial review of military court verdicts and said that the government should void convictions of people convicted for peacefully exercising internationally recognized rights of freedom of expression and assembly, and release them.

Human Rights Watch called on Bahraini authorities also to drop all charges against the seven co-defendants not in custody and tried in absentia, for the same reasons.

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Free Ebrahim Sharif !

Free Ebrahim Sharif ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Now That BICI is released and we now know what we knew already.....

 

Now that the 'king' has promised reforms and has continued his sectarian persecutions as expected...

 

Can't the Regime just see its way clear to release those it has wrongfully imprisoned?

TO RELEASE ALL PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE IN BAHRAIN AS A GESTURE OF GOOD WILL TOWARDS RECONCILIATION.

 

YASQUT HAMAD!

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Letter from Ebrahim Sharif to the Democracy Movement

Letter from Ebrahim Sharif to the Democracy Movement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"I greet you on this occasion, “shake your hands” and say that our party is not a building, headquarters and offices only; rather it is essentially the soul of the martyrs… Mohamed Bu-Naffoor, Mohamed Ghuloom and tens beside them.
It is the solid determination that does not compromise truth to our activists/strugglers and at their helm is the national symbol, Abdul-Rahman al-Noaimi, may God heal him… It is the rejectionist stance our youth took towards the statement that the organization compellingly released after being politically blackmailed."

 

[A great leader....inspirational]

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Ebrahim Sharif’s account of his arrest, torture, and a visit by the National Institute of Human Rights (translated)

The following three articles were written by Ebrahim Sharif (originally in Arabic, translated by his family) from inside Grain Prison, concerning his arrest, torture, and the visit of the National ...
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Ebrahim sharif wife ( ABC Channel)

http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3166624.htm Ebrahimg sharif wife ( ABC Channel) 17-03-2011...


She recounts details of Ebrahim's unlawful arrest!
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Amnesty International, "Bahraini Opposition Leader Ebrahim Sharif Feared Tortured"

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Ebrahim Sharif, one of several prominent opposition leaders detained in Bahrain in March, was transferred on or around 10 April to a military hospital in al-Riffa', central Bahrain. His family has not had access to him since he was detained. Amnesty International fears he might be at risk of torture or ill-treatment.
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Maryam Al-Khawaja - Oslo Freedom Forum 2011

May 2011 لقراءة الترجمة العربية CC اضغط على ايقونة Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja frames her remarks with the stories of individuals who ha...
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Free Ebrahim Sharif

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Testimony of #Ebrahim #Sharif | Part 2 - Torture in #Bahrain !

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Ebrahim Sharif Al-Sayed’s StatementOpening Argument for the Court of Appeals5th of June, 2012      Table of Contents A Trial Against Ideas. 3The Causes of the Political Crisis. 3An Ethical Stance Against Violence.5A Charge of Violence to Suppress Opposition and Exclude It. 6Malicious Charges. 7First: Responding To the Charge of Overthrowing the Regime by Force.8Second: The Charge of Inciting Hatred and Contempt of the Governing Regime  10Third:  The Charge of Broadcasting and Disseminating Fabricated News and Falsified Rumors. 12Fourth:  The Charge of Insulting the Army.. 13      I thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak before this esteemed court, after having been deprived of the right to defend ourselves in front of the two National Safety courts despite of the gravity of the charges that we have been accused of and their vast contrast to the truth – the truth that this articulate prosecution and claim could not hide; a claim that depended originally on statements extracted under torture or statements based on “secret sources” fabricated by the National Security Agency that was exposed following the publication of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry report (“Bassiouni Commission”); a claim that was formulated only to pass pre-decided convictions prepared well in advance.  

A Trial Against Ideas

This trial, gentlemen, has been from the very beginning an attempt to try ideas and navigate intentions. To prove the charges against me, the prosecution quickly piled a number of quotes it has attributed to me such as “there is no legitimacy for a regime that kills its people” and “the 2002 constitution has no legitimacy” and “the regime lacks legitimacy” or “the regime has lost its legitimacy” and “the Bahrain army is not nationalistic” and “the ruling family is an invader” and that it “seizes the wealth of the country” and that I “prefer the Republic system” and that I called for “the fall of representative councils.” Despite the availability of a large number of visual and audio recordings of me, in addition to my own writings during the popular movement that began from the 14thof February and before, the prosecution has failed to provide one shred of evidence that proves that I called for the use of violence or worked to topple the regime by force.Ideas, gentlemen, cannot be assassinated or arrested, and they cannot be defeated in this court or any other tribunal of the State. The only court that can try these ideas is the court of public opinion, and the sentence issued by the courts of public opinion are either the verdict of defeat for that idea and consequently its eradication, or the verdict of its innocence and consequently its prevalence. 

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Free Ebrahim Sharif and all Bahraini Prisoners of Conscience !

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#Bahrain #FreeSharif

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Even Sunnis aren't safe from the terrorism of the Al-Khalifas!

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ALL PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE SHOULD BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY AS PER THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF BICI!

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Yara Ebrahim Sharif Al Sayed talking about her arrested father, Ebrahim Sharif:

By Yara Ebrahim Al Sayed:

 

It was the day after my last exam for the quarter. I was sat having coffee with a friend, telling her how excited I was to take a much needed break from all the stress I was under at the time.

Bahrain was experiencing a lot of political instability, to say the least, and I was struggling to balance between paying attention in class and surfing the web for the latest news on the protests back home.

Mid-meeting, I get a call. “Yara, did your dad get arrested?” my friend said.

“What?!” I replied.

“It’s all over Twitter!”

I called my mother, her phone was busy. It was past 1am in Bahrain. My heart was racing. I called my sister who works in Dubai. She was asleep and hadn’t heard anything. Finally my mother calls back and confirms the news.

My father, Ebrahim Sharif, of the National Democratic Action Society, had been arrested in the middle of the night.

I ask her to tell me exactly what happened as I whip out my laptop and start typing her account of the arrest in English to post it on my Twitter account. Back then I had about 150 followers. It jumped to over 1,000 in just a few days.

This is a link to what was written and posted.

That’s when my life started to really change. For the first month or two, I didn’t know where my father was.

The way he was taken away from my mother gave me a feeling that he was not safe. I immediately withdrew from all of my classes for the next quarter; I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it.

My family advised me not to come back that quarter, no one knew what was going to happen and didn’t want to risk it. I cancelled my spring break plans and flew to a trusted friend in the US.

I spent three weeks with my friend not knowing how to feel. How was I supposed to feel? Depressed? Helpless? Those are not feelings my father had encouraged. Strong? Focused? That is easier said than done.

I remained strong, talking to reporters who contacted me via phone and email and finding ways for them to reach my mother while she was busy doing the same.

Still, it was my father this was happening to, it was my family, it was me. My life had changed and not in a good way. Not in a way a 20-year-old international business student expects. The cold weather didn’t encourage me to leave the house or socialize either, so for a while I felt like my world was crumbling – something I wasn’t used to, at least not to this degree.

Fast forward six months. I am now in Bahrain. I’ve seen my father twice, once at a family visitation day and once during the first day of the appeal process for his five-year sentence. I still don’t know how to feel about it all.

He knows how to calm my heart, but I know what he went through. He spent about two months in solitary confinement. He was verbally and physically abused by masked men. Slapped, kicked, disrespected and beaten with a hose. He stood for hours with his hands in the air in a corner, profanity surrounding him. My grandmother’s honour was insulted along with one of the two main religious sects in Bahrain.

Can you imagine going through this, all alone for so long, with no access to a lawyer or phone calls to loved ones? And all for what? Because he demanded a constitutional monarchy? I don’t see the correlation. My words may seem composed but it has been an emotional struggle; he is the man who raised me and it enrages me to imagine what he had to go through in the past six months.

So how do I feel about all of this? Simple: he is innocent, and it is a continuous burden to see him behind bars when we all know he should be free.

My father’s party has always been a secular moderate one and has made its views known to the public.

The party’s stance during the uprising was simply a repetition of its stance prior to February 14. My father’s role in the uprising was educating the people on what a constitutional monarchy was.

The government used the March crackdown as an opportunity to frame my father as a radical conspirator; they accused him of plotting to overthrow the regime with the help of people he didn’t even know.

Radical was never in my father’s beliefs, but that’s what government sponsored propaganda, such as state television, is for.

Imagine my fury when I heard there was a banner put up in three different neighbourhoods with pictures of political leaders, my father being one of them, the words “no pardoning” and a picture of a noose.

The government successfully brainwashed some people into believing that he should be hanged. What world do we live in?

Bahrain is very different now. A polarized society is not something I wanted to come back to.

My father worked hard to provide us with a comfortable life. I am very lucky to be a part of the minority of Bahrainis who can afford certain luxuries. Being in this circle also means that a lot of people I grew up with will see things differently; if they are comfortable, why complain?

I am flying back to continue my studies in a few weeks. The day after my classes start is the day the judge will issue his verdict in Bahrain regarding my father’s case. I don’t know what to expect, but can you blame me with the current military court system we have?

Overall, I am very proud of my father. He is, was, and always will be a strong and respectful figure in my life and I know in my heart that he will do great things for our country. It is just a matter of time, and patience is a virtue… or so they say.

I’m not naïve, I just believe that good things are worth fighting for, and the suffering that the people went through, including my family, will justify the progress years from now.

I have faith in a better Bahrain for all its citizens, regardless of their beliefs, and I know these hard times have made my family stronger.

“Our freedom is in our dignity,” is something my father always says, and that is how I choose to summarize my life experience thus far.

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21 prominent activists Appeal on 6th of September before a Military court

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Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) is deeply concerned about the appeal hearing of the 21 prominent activist before a military court.
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Radaris: News for Ebrahim Sharif

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News for Ebrahim Sharif... RADARIS
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From the field: The arrest of Ebrahim Sharif (and other opposition figures as well)

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Ebrahim Sharif is a secular reformer, a dignified and serious man who heads Bahrain's National Democratic Action Society (al-Wa'ad).

It is worth reflecting that there are three states in the region that persist in apartheid style discrmination: Bahrain, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. As American applaud the courage of demonstrators across the Middle East, is it not past time to ask why U.S. so avidly abets blatantly repugnant policies?
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Free Ebrahim Sharif

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Ebrahim Sharif is a 53-year old Bahraini politician, businessman, husband, and father — and now, a political prisoner.
He serves as the secretary general of the National Democratic Action Society (also known as Waad), a secular, moderate, and peaceful political opposition group in Bahrain.
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Who is Ebrahim Sharif? « Free Ebrahim Sharif

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