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Canada asks Bahrain to free Canadian protester !

Canada asks Bahrain to free Canadian protester ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Canada and Amnesty International calls for the release of Naser Al-Raas, a Canadian citizen arrested in Bahrain during last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations and claimed to be beaten

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Canadian Citizen Tortured in Bahrain… But Harper Government Keeps Silent

Canadian Citizen Tortured in Bahrain… But Harper Government Keeps Silent | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A young Canadian man suffering from a serious heart condition has been abducted and tortured by the Bahraini regime ¬– yet the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has maintained a steadfast silence over his plight.

This lack of action by the Harper government is in spite of the fact that the Canadian Consuls in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are fully aware of the case. The official silence may be due to a bilateral trade deal Canada is in the process of completing with the Bahraini regime, and also Ottawa’s increasing subordinance to Washington’s foreign policy and therefore unwillingness to upset an important US ally in the Persian Gulf.
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Canadian citizen faces five years in Bahrain prison for peacefully demonstrating

Canadian citizen al-Raas was first detained on 20 March, while attempting to leave Bahrain. Prior to his arrest, al-Raas attended protests peacefully, took pictures and tweeted his views. Charged with “inciting to hatred” and “spreading false news,” al-Raas told Index that he was “surprised” by the court’s decision to uphold the sentence, because Public Prosecutor Fadhil Al-Buainain recently said that all charges related to free expression will be dropped. al-Raas believes that his unchanged charges confirms that government officials are “lying.”

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