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Bahrain: Concern over Human Rights Defenders Prosecuted and Sentenced to Prison

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BAHRAIN: The head of the BYSHR is FacingIntimidation tactics Related to lawful protests

BAHRAIN: The head of the BYSHR is FacingIntimidation tactics Related to lawful protests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) strongly denounce the politically motivated charges brought against human rights defenderMr.Mohammed Al-Maskati “president of the BYSHR”

The hearing will be held on June 19, 2013

On 17 October 2012, Mr.Al-Maskati, appeared before Bahrain’s public prosecution on charges of participating in illegal protests. A day prior, he had been summoned to Al Hoora police station, where he was kept overnight before being referred to the prosecutor’s office. Although he has since been released, the prosecution may raise his case again at any time, which we view as a clear form of intimidation against the activist.

It is important to note that during his participation and oral intervention in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Bahrain in Geneva, in the 21st session of the Human Rights Council Mr. Al-Maskati received continuous threats via anonymous phone calls due to his activism and participation at the Council ( http://byshr.org/?p=1178 ). He was threatened with death if “he smeared Bahrain’s reputation in Geneva” ...

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Bahrain: Ongoing judicial harassment faced by Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati / June 19, 2013 / Urgent Interventions / Human rights defenders / OMCT

Bahrain: Ongoing judicial harassment faced by Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati / June 19, 2013 / Urgent Interventions / Human rights defenders / OMCT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment faced by Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati, President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR).

 
According to the information received, on June 19, 2013, Mr. Al-Maskati appeared before the Lower Criminal Court on charges of “participation in illegal protests” in relation to a peaceful gathering held in Manama on October 12, 2012 to call for human rights and democracy in the country[1]. At the June-19 hearing, Mr. Al-Maskati's lawyers asked for the case file, and the judge decided to postpone the case to July 9, 2013. Mr. Al-Maskati could face three to six months' imprisonment.

 
On October 17, 2012, Mr. Al-Maskati had appeared before Bahrain’s public prosecution under these same charges. He had been summoned the day before to Al Hoora police station, where he had been kept overnight before being referred to the Prosecutor’s office. On October 17, he was released on bail, but charges against him have remained pending since then.

 
Previously, on September 23, 2012, Mr. Al-Maskati and other Bahraini human rights defenders who had cooperated with the United Nations (UN) had received threats of reprisals while they were in Geneva to participate in the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Al-Maskati was notably threatened with death through more than a dozen anonymous phone calls[2].

 
The Observatory condemns these acts of harassment against Mr. Al-Maskati, which seem to merely aim at sanctioning his human rights activities. The Observatory also recalls that several human rights defenders remain in arbitrary detention or are subject to judicial harassment in the country....

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Bahrain arrests Mohammed al-Maskati in ongoing crackdown

Bahrain arrests Mohammed al-Maskati in ongoing crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A leading Bahraini rights activist, Mohammed al-Maskati, was arrested on Tuesday for taking part in an unauthorized Manama protest, his lawyer and other activists said. ....

"We are facing a crackdown on human rights activists," Yousif said. "This is the price for protecting human rights inside a country with a repressive regime. We knew this from the beginning, and we are willing to pay that price."

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