Human Rights and the Will to be free
73.5K views | +0 today
Follow
Human Rights and the Will to be free
Bahrain, MENA & Arab Spring
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain upholds life sentences for protest leaders - AlertNet

The 21 were found guilty of charges including "forming a terrorist group to change the constitution and its monarchical system", collecting and donating money for these activities, inciting sectarian hatred, organising unlicensed protests and collaborating with a foreign country, a reference to Iran.

Amnesty said the appeal hearing lasted five minutes. "After today's all-too-predictable outcome, it is high time for Bahrain's king ... to end this travesty once and for all," regional director Malcolm Smart said.

 

 

[ If 'inciting sectarian hatred' is punishable with life imprisonment , then why are Hamad and all his SF thugs not in cages for life?.....hypocrits]

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain panel: 101 activists on hunger strike

Bahrain panel: 101 activists on hunger strike | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
More than 100 jailed Bahraini activists — including doctors who treated injured protesters during months of anti-government protests and crackdowns in the Gulf kingdom — are on hunger strike, an international panel said Wednesday.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahraini Court Hears Appeals of 21 Activists

Bahraini Court Hears Appeals of 21 Activists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

An appeals court in Bahrain hearing the case of 21 activists convicted of plotting to overthrow the government says it will announce its verdict at the end of September.

Fourteen of the activists appeared in front of the Bahraini security court Tuesday. The court heard their appeals and adjourned until September 28.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Detained activists go on hunger strike in Bahrain, panel says

Detained activists go on hunger strike in Bahrain, panel says | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
At least 101 detained activists have gone on a hunger strike in Bahrain, a panel appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa said Wednesday.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain court hears appeals on protest sentences

Bahrain court hears appeals on protest sentences | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A Bahrain security court on Tuesday heard appeals on behalf of 21 activists sentenced in the crackdown on anti-government protests, including two prominent opposition figures who are on hunger strike, rights activists said.

Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, said the hearing before the special security court with military prosecutors and civilian and military judges took place behind closed doors.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

More detainees join Bahrain hunger strike - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

More detainees join Bahrain hunger strike - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A rights group in Bahrain says more detainees are joining a hunger strike to protest ongoing trials from the crackdown on demonstrations for greater rights by the Gulf nation's Shia majority.
A statement on Saturday by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said the strike now includes nearly 20 doctors who are jailed and face anti-state charges linked to the protests against Bahrain's ruling Sunni dynasty.

The rights group said at least two other prominent activists, Abdul Jalil al-Singace and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, have also begun hunger strikes in solidarity. The activists were sentenced to life in prison in June.
Nabeel Rajab, a spokesman for the group, told Al Jazeera the detainees are insisting that a trial, if any, should take place in a civil court not a military tribunal.

The trials are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.
Rajab said because little change has come into effect despite promises of reform from the government, there are now renewed protests in the prisons and in the streets.

Zainab al-Khawaja says her father, Abdulhadi, and al-Singace, opposition Haq movement member, stopped eating on Tuesday in solidarity with detainees held at Bahrain's Dry Dock prison.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Statement by the spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on ongoing trials in Bahrain’s National Safety Courts | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Statement by the spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on ongoing trials in Bahrain’s National Safety Courts | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Many cases remain in the hands of the ‘Court of National Safety’, set up in the wake of the antigovernment protests this spring. These include those of members of both the medical and teaching professions. The High Representative is of the firm belief that civilians must be tried in civilian courts, with due process, so that their full rights to a fair trial are upheld. The High Representative urges the authorities in Bahrain to follow through on their commitments and bring the use of these courts – and the harsh sentences they have produced – to an immediate end.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrainrights.org: One of the most widespread protests in months, Bahrain buying weapons from Russia and other updates | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Bahrainrights.org: One of the most widespread protests in months, Bahrain buying weapons from Russia and other updates | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

27 August 2011

On night of 26/27 August, the security forces have heavily attacked numerous areas in Bahrain where there were protests, starting with the weekly "rally for self-determination" and we have received news of injuries:
A protester in Duraz got shot in the eye with rubber bullet
Another protester injured in the head in Sitra.

The riot police, according to many of the injuries reported in the past several weeks, are clearly targeting the head and upper body of the protesters. The riot police are extensively shooting teargas into people's homes and this is a picture of a child who was subjected to the teargas.

According to our sources on the streets, alongside the regular teargas the riot police are using a strange looking teargas which is much more powerful and affects the nerves.

So far we know that two boys, 15 and 18 were arrested on that night.

What one person collected inside their home: tear gas collection

Radhi Almosawi's, deputy head of Waad (National Democratic Action Society), sister's home caught fire due to the teargas being shot directly at peoples homes. This is not the first instance of homes burning due to teargas attacks.

With the rising sectarian tension in the country, and especially with people like Adel Fulaifal, former torturer and right hand to Ian Henderson, and Mohammed Khalid, former member of Parliament, calling for violence; the news of Bahrain buying Ak103 Kalashnikovs and grenade launchers from Russia is very disturbing.

There has been news about forming armed "protection units" with Adel Fulaifel in charge of training them in the local media, and this raises concern about a drastic increase in violence we may witness in Bahrain. Adel Fulaifal has been on Twitter for some time, where he writes against the Shiaa, and calls for violence. In one instance he wrote: (translated) AlMuharraq is nothing but an island and soon the corpses of Wali AlFaqih and all his followers will float (in its waters). To read his account: (Arabic) @ADEL_FELAIFIL

The appeal hearing of the 21 prominent figures has been changed from the 9th of September to the 6th.

Zainab Al-Khawaja visited her husband in prison and here is her account of the visit about the torture and his trial amongst others is at the bottom of this email.

As copied from Twitter:
"Visited my husband Wafi a couple of hrs ago at Dry Dock prison, he told me about what happened in court & the charges against him. The charges against Wafi are 8 or 9, among them: participating in illegal gatherings in many places including at the roundabout. Another one of the charges against my husband is: writing msgs that spread hatred against the regime The one Wafi laughed about was "حرض على الصمود والثبات" These are the exact words, they even asked him if he did it. Among the charges against Wafi: asking ppl to go on strikes and spreading information about civil disobedience. There are 13 ppl in the same case as Wafi & with similar charges: Isa Ahmed Thaani Khamis, Hameed Abbas Abdulwahad Al-Saafi, Ali Hassan Salman Hassan Al-Sitri, Jaffar Hassan Salman Hassan Al-Sitrim Abdulla Hassan Abdulla Al-Saif, Mohd Ali Ebrahim Aal-Hmaid Mohammed Hassan Yousef Saif, Hussain Abdullah Yousef, Hussain Ramadan Mohammed, Hamza Hassan Alhawaj, Abdulwahab Nasser Kadhum The 13th person is Canadian citizen. Wafi told us today about when he was detained underground at fort. He was tortured so badly he coudnt stand for days. He had to crawl Wafi said he urinated blood for weeks, and was hospitalized for 4 days after severe torture He says those 4 days in the hospital, every night at 12 police would come in throw them of their beds and beat them badly He said he was electrocuted not only at the fort but also when he was brought to Dry Dock Even tho Wafi hadnt told us much be4 abt being subjected to torture, we assumed that he had been. Most if not all prisoners are"

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

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

21 prominent activists Appeal on 6th of September before a Military court | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) is deeply concerned about the appeal hearing of the 21 prominent activist before a military court.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

"أمن للجميع" : تحية الجمهور للمعتقلين والرموز الوطنية

مهرجان جمعية الوفاق بعنوان "أمن للجميع" يأتي هذا اللقاء الجماهيري الثامن للجمعية بعد تنظيم 7 فعاليات كان آخرها مسيرة حاشدة امتدت من سار حتى الدراز وشارك فيها...

#AlWefaq Festival VIII "security for all," August 5, 2011 - Karzakan village

 

Detained, but definitely not forgotten!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Facebook 'used to hunt down Bahrain dissidents' - Telegraph

Facebook 'used to hunt down Bahrain dissidents' - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A new documentary suggests that Bahraini loyalists used social networks to
trace anti-government protestors during the recent period of social unrest
in the country.

 

Tweet all day, to keep the regime away.....

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Updates: Serious injuries of protesters, medic arrested and student arrested on arrival at Bahrain Airport | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Updates: Serious injuries of protesters, medic arrested and student arrested on arrival at Bahrain Airport | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain Center for Human Rights
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain military court to rule on appeal of jailed opposition activists | Amnesty International

Bahrain military court to rule on appeal of jailed opposition activists | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A military court in Bahrain is due to rule on the appeal of 14 opposition activists jailed for their alleged role in pro-reform protests.  Sept. 28, 2011

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain protesters face continued crackdown

Evidence has surfaced of alleged police brutality in Bahrain. Six months since the crackdown began on the country's Shia led pro-democracy movement, activist...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain medics freed on bail - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Bahrain medics freed on bail - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Special court orders release after more than a hundred detainees go on a hunger strike in protest ongoing trials.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Democratic Opening in Bahrain Needs Release of All Prisoners of Conscience

Democratic Opening in Bahrain Needs Release of All Prisoners of Conscience | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The international community must press Bahrain to drop all charges still pending against prisoners of conscience and to quash the sentences of those that have been convicted.

...

Earlier in the year, President Obama pointed out that "mass arrests and brute force are at odds with the universal rights of Bahrain's citizens" and recalled the necessary constitutional separation of powers -- particularly between the executive and judicial. Reporters Without Borders urges the United States to renew its pressure on Bahrain, a leading U.S. ally in the Gulf, and to secure the support of Saudi Arabia, whose has strong influence over Bahrain. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia must work together to pressure the Bahraini authorities to cease violating their citizens' rights to free expression and assembly by arbitrary arrest and prosecution, to release prisoners of conscience, and to continue the national dialogue in good faith.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

The Arab American News - Bahrain's Wefaq demands military courts close

MANAMA — Bahrain's main Shi’a opposition party, Al-Wefaq, demanded on Tuesday last week the closure of military courts set up during a protest crackdown and condemned an attack on the home of its leader.

Wefaq leader Sheikh Ali Salman: Main Shi’a opposition party demands release of all political prisoners, start of real political reforms in Bahrain.
In a statement distributed to international newswire services, Wefaq demanded the "closure of military tribunals and the repeal of all their verdicts, the release of all political prisoners and the start of real political reforms" in the Gulf kingdom.

...

The party also condemned an attack on Tuesday by "security forces" on the residence of its leader, cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, in a Shi’a part of the capital Manama, damaging his car and surveillance cameras.

Two days earlier, the same residence was shot at with rubber bullets and tear gas, it added, while also lamenting a rise in night attacks that have injured people in several parts of Bahrain.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Children of detained Bahrain medics join hunger strike - storyful

Children of detained Bahrain medics join hunger strike - storyful | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The children of detained Bahraini medics have started a hunger strike to push for their parents’ release from prison.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

AlKhalifa Hypocrite ! Murderer, liar, torturer, .....etc

AlKhalifa  Hypocrite !  Murderer, liar, torturer, .....etc | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

At least 32 people have been killed and hundreds arrested since protests began in February, inspired by other Arab uprisings.
"We would like to emphasize that we do not anticipate putting everyone on trial. There are those who were charged with abusing us and senior officials in Bahrain, and we today announce that we forgive them," said the king in a message for the last part of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
King Hamad also noted that Bahrain's Supreme Court will oversee compensation payments for victims of abuses or for families of those killed during unrest, including security forces.
"There are those who were arrested, and investigations proved that they were the victims of individual behavior and were ill-treated in custody," the king said. "This is not tolerated by God and we do not condone it."
"The last few months were painful for all of us, and even though we all live in the same country, some have forgotten about the inevitability of coexistence," the king said.
He noted, however, that protest-related trials will continue.

[Strange how 'victims of individual behavior' are all Shia, and the Regime doesn't respond to the abuses until after being caught in the act!

Anyone who was a believing Muslim would , at minimum, release all political prisoners,  drop all charges, and then start atoning for their sins to the families and individuals harmed.......

Khalifa two-faced 'forgiveness']

DOWN, DOWN HAMAD | DOWN, DOWN HAMAD |

DOWN, DOWN HAMAD | DOWN, DOWN HAMAD |

more...
Free Bahraini's comment, August 28, 2011 8:29 PM
DOWN, DOWN HAMAD | DOWN, DOWN HAMAD
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain's inquiry chief meets with prisoners

Bahrain's inquiry chief meets with prisoners | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Head of commission discusses arrest, trials and allegations of torture with detainees held under National Safety Law their legal status and detention conditions, the commission has said.

 ...

"Among those were the 14 political prisoners, convicted of collaboration in an attempt to overthrow the Bahrain regime and government. The prisoners were Ebrahim Sharif, Abdul Hadi Al Khawaja, Hussain Mushaima, Abdul Wahab Hussain, Jalil Singace, Mohammad Al Saffaf, Saeed Ahmad, Abdul Jalil Al Moqdad, Salah Al Khawaja, Mohammad Jawad, Abdul Hadi Hassan, Al Hurr Mohammad, Abdullah Al Mahroos and Mohammad Esmail."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain Government Makes U—Turn on Military Courts | Human Rights First

Bahrain Government Makes U—Turn on Military Courts | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“The world needs to take notice that the government of Bahrain has brought back its discredited military courts, which is further evidence that meaningful reform in that country is an illusion,” said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley. “I met with many people in Bahrain last month who had been told their cases would now be heard in civilian instead of military courts. They were lied to.”
More than a dozen doctors and other medical professionals have been summoned to appear before the military court on Sunday August 28, even though the Bahraini authorities announced on June 26 that they were transferring all cases from military courts to civilian courts.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain: Shouting in the dark - YouTube!

Bahrain: An island kingdom in the Arabian Gulf where the Shia Muslim majority are ruled by a family from the Sunni minority. Where people fighting for democracy...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahrain/Dublin: Professor Eoin O'Brien writes in todays Irish Examiner on the findings of the recent humanitarian mission to Bahrain | Front Line

Bahrain/Dublin: Professor Eoin O'Brien writes in todays Irish Examiner on the findings of the recent humanitarian mission to Bahrain | Front Line | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Professor Eoin O'Brien writes in todays Irish Examiner on the findings of the recent humanitarian mission to Bahrain to offer support to imprisoned Bahraini doctors and their families.Three of the imprisoned doctors, Dr Ali Al Ekri, Dr Basim Daif and Dr Ghassan Daif studied in the Royal College of Surgeons in
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Spencer Haskins
Scoop.it!

Bahraini Shia defy crackdown as eight given life sentences

Bahraini Shia defy crackdown as eight given life sentences | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini Shia defy crackdown as eight given life sentences - Hassan Mushaima, head of the opposition Haq movement, was one of eight to get life...
more...
No comment yet.