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Saudi Women Rally in Support of Bahrain Revolution Leaders

Saudi Women Rally in Support of Bahrain Revolution Leaders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

QATIF - Hundreds of women staged a big rally in Qatif city in the Saudi Eastern province to shout protest against the court rulings issued by Al-Khalifa courts for Bahrain's revolution leaders and activists.
The Saudi women chanted slogans against the verdicts issued by the al-Khalifa regime's theatrical courts against protestors and revolutionary leaders.
The protestors carried pictures of Bahraini opposition leaders, including Abdulhadi al-Khawajah and Mohammad Mashima, and chanted slogans against Wahhabi extremists in both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule....

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UN chief slams jailing of Bahrain opposition leaders

UN chief slams jailing of Bahrain opposition leaders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Wednesday sharply criticized tough jail terms imposed on 13 leading Bahraini opposition figures, calling on the country's leaders to ensure the right to a fair trial.
"The secretary-general is concerned by the harsh sentences, including life imprisonment, upheld by a Bahrain appeals court," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.
The jail terms, which included seven life sentences, were imposed for charges of plotting to overthrow the Sunni Gulf monarchy during last year's Shiite-led protests.
Ban "urges the Bahraini authorities to allow all defendants to exercise their right to appeal and to ensure that due process is observed."
And he "reiterates his appeal to the Bahraini authorities to ensure the application of international human rights norms, including the right to a fair trial, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly," the statement added.
The UN chief also renewed his belief "that there needs to be an all-inclusive and meaningful national dialogue that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis."

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Bahrain appeal court upholds activists' convictions

Bahrain appeal court upholds activists' convictions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An appeals court in Bahrain upholds the convictions of 20 activists and opposition figures for allegedly plotting to overthrow the state.

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A special military tribunal, the National Safety Court, subsequently convicted 14 protest leaders, along with seven others tried in absentia, of plotting to overthrow the state. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and seven others were sentenced to life in prison.

Human Rights Watch said the offences related to peaceful political activities, such as speeches they made, meetings they attended, documents found on their computers, as well as their calls for and participation in demonstrations during February and March 2011.

It was alleged that the group was held for a significant period of time in detention before being allowed to seek legal counsel. Allegations that the defendants made confessions under duress were reportedly not investigated and evidence obtained under torture was reportedly not excluded from the trial - in contravention of international law. ...

Then in November, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) - a panel of human rights experts asked by King Hamad to look into the unrest - called for civilian retrials for those who had been convicted by military tribunals ....

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WE ARE ALL NABEEL RAJAB ! ! !

WE ARE ALL NABEEL RAJAB ! ! ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain must free Nabeel Rajab, and all prisoners of conscience immediately!  To not do so, is to violate the King's promise to abide by the findings of the BICI commission!

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Free the 2 Remaining #Medics in #Bahrain Jail

Free the 2 Remaining #Medics in #Bahrain Jail | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
We, the UnderSigned, Call on International Governments to Pressure the Minister for Justice in Bahrain to Immediately & Unconditionally Release Mr Hasan Matooq & Mr Ahmed AlMushatat from Bahrain...
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Bahrain: Elderly Men Arrested for “Protecting Women” from Police · Global Voices

Bahrain: Elderly Men Arrested for “Protecting Women” from Police  · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The elderly are not immune to arrest for taking part in "unlicensed" protests in Bahrain, where demonstrations should be sanctioned by the state.
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Bahrain: Tweeting Appalling Conditions at Jaw Prison · Global Voices

Bahrain: Tweeting Appalling Conditions at Jaw Prison · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini netizens are rallying online to draw attention to appalling conditions at the central Jaw Prison, which houses political detainees, among others.
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Al-Khalifa terrorists charge the hospitalized victims of their own crimes! #Bahrain

Al-Khalifa terrorists charge the hospitalized victims of their own crimes!  #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

ONLY IN ‪#bahrain; ‬ You get prosecuted and charged for illegal gathering, while you are in an ICU BED and struggling  to survive.......

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Bahraini blogger still missing a year after trial of activists and government opponents

Bahraini blogger still missing a year after trial of activists and government opponents | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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They included the missing blogger Ali Abdulemam, who was tried in absentia and received a 15-year sentence. His family have had no news of him for months and asked the authorities today in a video recording to provide them with any information they have about him and to drop the charges brought against him. ...

Three of the activists, Al-Singace, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and Hasan Mushaima, decided after testifying that they would not to appear at any further sessions. They did not believe in the impartiality of the system and demanded that they be released immediately, saying they had been targeted because of their activism. ...

Al-Singace, head of the Al Haq pro-democracy and civil liberties movement, was arrested on 16 March this year. He had been detained previously in 2009 for allegedly trying to destabilize the government because he used his blog (http://alsingace.katib.org) to draw attention to discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite population and the deplorable state of civil liberties in the country.

Abdulemam is regarded by fellow Bahrainis as one of his country’s Internet pioneers and is an active member of Bahrain Online, a pro-democracy forum that gets more than 100,000 visitors a day despite being blocked within Bahrain. A contributor to the international bloggers network Global Voices, he has taken part in many international conferences at which he has denounced human rights violations in Bahrain.

 

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Rights organisations alarmed over threats to civil society after trip to UN - Reporters Without Borders

Rights organisations alarmed over threats to civil society after trip to UN - Reporters Without Borders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....During the UPR process, Minister of State for Human Rights Salah Bin Ali Mohamed Abdulrahman, who led the official government delegation, claimed that there are no political prisoners in Bahrain and all prisoners held in the country are being held for criminal activities. "Yet on that very day, our friend Nabeel Rajab was sitting in prison in Bahrain on various free expression-related charges, unable to travel to Geneva to participate in our event," said Ghias Al-Jundi of PEN International, one of the organisers of a side event on 21 May. After Rajab was arrested in May, over 100 groups signed an appeal to free all detained human rights activists in Bahrain.

After having been released from prison on bail on 28 May, Rajab was again detained on 6 June and ordered to be held for a week, pending investigation. “The judicial harassment against Nabeel Rajab shows that the crackdown against those who dare to denounce the human rights crisis in Bahrain is not over,” said Souhayr Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Rajab is the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), as well as FIDH Deputy Secretary General. ....

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Physicians for Human Rights - Retrial Ordered for 21 Defendants in Bahrain Including Hunger Striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Physicians for Human Rights - Retrial Ordered for 21 Defendants in Bahrain Including Hunger Striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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“This is only a positive step if it is a genuine retrial, and not an appeal of a flawed trial where confessions based on torture were admitted as evidence,” said Richard Sollom, Deputy Director at PHR. “We have seen these hollow promises before, when Bahraini medics were ordered to be given a retrial, but instead merely received a chance to appeal their sentences. If this ruling is legitimate, it must be fully enforced,” said Richard Sollom.

Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison last June by a military court and has since led an 82-day hunger strike protesting his imprisonment and torture. Recent reports have indicated that al-Khawaja is being force fed, which amounts to torture.

“Force feeding is a flagrant violation of a patient’s medical autonomy and when conducted by a physician against the patient’s will, it is torture, according to the World Medical Association,” said Sollom. “This weak and vulnerable prisoner of conscious, who’s reportedly being forcibly fed, should be released from prison and given immediate access to independent medical care while he awaits retrial.”

PHR renews its calls for al-Khwawaja’s life sentence to be expunged and his immediate and unconditional release. PHR also calls for the release of the other 13 opposition activists, currently in detention, who are scheduled to be retried before the court of appeals.

PHR remains extremely concerned about the more than 400 current political detainees in Bahrain.

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Bahrain Should Free Protest Leaders Immediately | Human Rights Watch

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(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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BAHRAIN BEHIND BARS

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Our aim is to raise awareness about our beloved ones behind bars by tweeting about what happened to them ..
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Bahrain must free prisoners of conscience after outrageous verdict | Amnesty International

Bahrain must free prisoners of conscience after outrageous verdict | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....“Today’s court decision is another blow to justice and it shows once more that the Bahraini authorities are not on the path of reform, but seem rather driven by vindictiveness,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
“Today’s verdict further engulfs Bahrain in injustice. Instead of upholding the sentences, ranging from five years to life in prison, the Bahraini authorities must quash the convictions for the 13 men who are imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their human rights and release them immediately and unconditionally.” ...

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The long suffering of Shaikh Mohammed Habib Almoqdad at the hands of the Bahraini regime..

The long suffering of Shaikh Mohammed Habib Almoqdad at the hands of the Bahraini regime.. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....The following are some of the violations committed against Al Meqdad during the arrest & investigation phase.  Their behavior with Al Meqdad shows how his arrest was inappropriate for cleric, without any consideration to his religious position or his social statues or his age.

[List of tortures]

1. Depraving him from sleeping for seven consecutive days until he fainted.
2. Standing for hours on his feets which led to fatigue and sometimes fainting.
3. Beating him with batons and kicking him to force him to stand again.
4. He was hanged upside down from his feet. He was being beaten with plastic cables and sticks. He was tortured this way many times for long periods.
5. Using an electric detonator on sensitive area of the body. It has left physical and psychological effects. Many of them still exist despite that it’s been more than a year.
6. Beating him with plastic wire on the back, stomach, thighs and other parts of the body ( After a year now, the marks on his body can still be seen).
7. Kicking him with their legs and stepping on his face, head, neck with their shoes and even sometimes put them inside his mouth.
8. Beating him on the feet with batons after throwing him on the ground. Tightening his handcuffs and beating the legs harshly to the point of bleeding.
9. Handcuffing his hands to the back and blindfolding his eyes.
10. Forcing him to stand for long periods and his hands rose to the top without touching the walls.
11. Pouring cold water on his body and bed inside the prison cell.
12. Spitting on the face and preventing them from wiping it off.
13. Repeatedly, he was forced to open his mouth to spit inside and they made him swallow it before eating.
14. Swearing and cursing his honor. After being tortured they forced other prisoners to testify that Al Meqdad was saying that and not the prison officers. Furthermore, he was forced to call himself inappropriate names such as “I’m an animal, I’m a dog”.
15. Insulting religion and its beliefs and humiliating Muslim leaders.
16. Defaming our religious beliefs like why worshiping the soil (Turba of Imam Hussain)? And calling Shiah with names such as “infidels and traitors”.
17. He was forced to kiss the shoes of officers in prison (many prisoners were forced to do so) and in case he refused to do so, they attack him with beatings and more physical and psychological assaults.
18. Striping him off for long periods along with using black hoses on his back while being stripped. It happened for several times.
19. Threats of assaulting his family
20. Causing noises at nights by clubbing on the iron bars of the cells to prevent him from sleeping.
21. Forcing Al Meqdad to kiss symbols of the Bahraini and Saudi regime (members of the royal families of both countries).
22. Restricting him from using the bathroom and not allowing him to use it when needed . and when it is allowed to be used, he is given a limited time.
23. He was forced to cover his whole body including the face, with blankets when going to the bathroom in order not be seen or recognized by anyone.
24. Prevented from having a shower, or changing his clothes for at least two weeks.
25. Standing under the sun at noon.
26. Violations were made also on the way from and to the military court, opposition leaders were tied with strong ropes on their necks that led to difficulties in breathing and sometimes vomiting while being handcuffed. Also Al Meqdad along with others, were blindfolded and their faces and hands were covered with sacks of cloths on their way to the court.

27. Within the waiting room onside the court, prisoners were mocked and pushed to each other.

28. Deprived from contacting his family during the first period of the detention.

29. Deprived from contacting a lawyer during the investigation and the military prosecution.

30. Put in solitary confinement (it was a small underground cell in the MOI fort). It lasted for three months.

31. Forced to sign a statement (Confessions) during investigations without reading or knowing its content.

32. Denial of medical care, and treatment.

33. Threats of sexual abuse, even sexual harassment occurred for some prisoners, including Sheikh Mirza Al-mahroos, "I have seen how he shouted due to the severe pain to." said Sheikh Al-Meqdad.

34. Psychological torture (Threats and the hearing the shouts of other prisoners from the severe pains).

35. Denial of adequate and acceptable food.

36. Officers deceived prisoners by telling them that they are outside Bahrain, "they tell us you are in Saudi Arabia's prisons, we will sentence you harsh sentences, your heads will be cut with the sword", Meqdad said.

37. Entering dogs inside the prison ward while lights off, the dogs barked and attacked the cells viciously and brutally.

38. Raiding homes of detainees during their arrest, smashing the doors and tampering with the contents of the house. Along with, Stealing and confiscation some of the house belongings, such as computers, mobile phones, money and others.
39. Spreading terror by raising weapons and guns in the faces of women and children during house raids.

40. He was beaten with hands and batons in a military court building, to the extent that on 22.06.2011 he shouted "peacefully peacefully, the people are asking for freedom" in court when the verdict came out. The leaders were tortured and according to them “no one was spared”.

41. According to Al Meqdad: "I was beaten and tortured at the fort Hospital while I was getting treatment and on the hospital bed. He added” that did not prevented them from hitting me and torturing me."
42. Al Meqdad along with other prisoners, were attacked and tortured while sleeping at night. He stated "This has happened to me personally that while I was sleeping, a group of masked men removed the quilt from my face, and began torturing me."
43. Not allowed to exercise their religious rituals, such as restricting prisoners from doing their prayer, reading the holy Qur'an.
44. Al Meqdad was forced to gargle with urine at the Fort Hospital when asked to examine a sample of urine.

45. Forced to do dignifying and revolting things, by which he was ashamed to mention.

Individuals responsible for Al Meqdad’s torture

 

[List of torturers]

1. Prince Nasser bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the son of the country's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa: -
2. Badr Ibrahim Ghaith - a captain at the National Security Agency, He tortured Al Meqdad on the night of his arrest.
3. Yousif Al-Mannai - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency tortured Meqdad on the night of his arrest.
4. Mohamed Owaid (a Jordanian national) - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency, , who has threatened and tortured Al Meqdad. Al Meqdad had seen his face during his current arrest, and recognized him from previous arrests. Owaid told Al Meqdad “ I’m not afraid from anyone, I will shoot whoever come near my house”

5. Abdullah Al Suri - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency , Al Meqdad saw his face while torturing him ( on the same night Nasser Bin Hamad tortured the Sheikh).

6. Major. Basil Siyadi – He knows all torturers who cover their faces with masks to hide their true identity, Al Meqdad demanded that Siyadi should be presented to the law to reveal all information needed about the torturers in the Bahraini prisons.

The above mentioned individuals are among those who tortured Sheikh Mohammed Al Meqdad,

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Sept 4. Bahraini Court Verdicts Could Be Transformative | Human Rights First

Sept 4. Bahraini Court Verdicts Could Be Transformative | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Washington, DC – Human Rights First today said that expected Sept. 4 verdicts in three closely watched Bahraini court cases could make Tuesday a potentially transformative day for human rights in the Kingdom. Among those who will learn their fate on Tuesday are 13 leading dissidents, 28 medics and Zianab Al Khawaja, all prosecuted for exposing the truth behind the Bahrain regime’s false claims of reform.
“It’s hard to remember a day that could – if the right decisions are made – change the human rights picture so radically in Bahrain, “said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley. “If the Bahrain regime has the vision and courage to release these people it could be a game changer.”
Appeal verdicts are expected in the cases of 13 of Bahrain’s most prominent dissidents who, after a show trial in military court, were originally sentenced in June 2011 to terms of between two years and life in prison. That group includes leading human rights activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, as well as Hassan Mshaima’, ‘Abdelwahab Hussain, Dr ‘Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, Mohammad Habib al-Miqdad, Abdel-Jalil al-Miqdad, Sa’eed Mirza al-Nuri, Mohammad Hassan Jawwad, Mohammad ‘Ali Ridha Isma’il, Abdullah al-Mahroos, ‘Abdul-Hadi ‘Abdullah Hassan al-Mukhodher, Ebrahim Sharif, Salah ‘Abdullah Hubail al-Khawaja.. The men were convicted of various charges, including “setting up terror groups to topple the royal regime and change the constitution.” In May 2011, Dooley was denied entry at the courtroom when he arrived to observe the 13 men’s military trial. ...

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Bahrain delays verdict in protest leaders' retrial

Bahrain delays verdict in protest leaders' retrial | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The presiding judge gave no reason for the postponement.

"It looks like the regime can't bring itself to take the hard decisions when it comes to reform and reconciliation," said Brian Dooley, director of the Human Rights Defenders Program at U.S.-based group Human Rights First.

The hearing was attended by a number of foreign diplomats, underlining how the outcome is expected to have a weighty impact on the evolution of the turmoil in the Gulf Arab island state.

After the postponement was announced, angry defendants chanted, "We sacrifice our soul and blood for you, Bahrain", visibly angering the judge, according to Jishi and other lawyers present in the courtroom. ....

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Amnesty briefs U.S. on Bahraini abuses

Amnesty briefs U.S. on Bahraini abuses | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Amnesty International issued a statement to U.S. lawmakers expressing concern over abuses in Bahrain. The organization noted that Bahraini officials have said they were addressing international concerns but the monarchy continues to issue criminal charges against protesters exercising their right to free speech.

"Bahraini authorities have charged, convicted and imprisoned peaceful protestors following non-violent criticisms of the government," read Amnesty International's statement.

The organization said it was calling for the "immediate and unconditional release" of all prisoners of conscience held in Bahrain, stating U.S. lawmakers have a "crucial role to play" in the country.

Washington was criticized for taking a soft line on Bahrain's response to last year's uprising.

 

[The Bahrainis are not alone!  They are like all Americans who are not represented, served, or listened to by the US Gov't     There is a profound need for 'regime change' in Bahrain, AND in America! ]

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Bahrain: Repression intensifies as Revolution is re-invigorated

Bahrain: Repression intensifies as Revolution is re-invigorated | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadhan the Bahraini Revolution has escalated dramatically. At least 25 demonstrations have taken place every day and night with one clear message: The people want regime change. Chanting like “Down with Hamad” has become the standard slogan uttered by the men and women participating in those protests.

The regime’s brutality has also not diminished. The use of chemical gases has intensified dramatically in the past three weeks. While the zeal of the people has intensified, the regime’s repression knows no bounds. Makeshift clinics in towns and villages have offered first aid to the victims who fear for their life to go to the main hospital at Salmaniya which is run by the military. Many observers believe that the situation has reached the point of no-return. The Alkhalifa regime is doomed as the people unanimously refuse to accept to be ruled by tribal hereditary dictatorship. Neither side is in a mood to compromise or engage in any form of dialogue. The hostilities have become so entrenched in the public domain that it is hard to imagine any kind of reconciliation between the two sides.

The Alkhalifa have lost the opportunity to retain any degree of power. They have reduced their choices to one; crushing the people to the ground with no compromise. On 23rd July Amnesty International called on the Alkhalifa to release all political prisoners: Bahrain must release all prisoners of conscience immediately and without conditions, Amnesty, ahead of appeals in the cases of a prominent human rights activist and a group of medical workers. Yet the regime deferred the case of Nabeel Rajab for another session in September. “The charade of justice has gone on too long in Bahrain, and all prisoners of conscience must be set free immediately and unconditionally before these appeals take place,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Programme Director.

“All convictions against them should be quashed.”

Nine months ago the Bissiouni report also recommended that these prisoners be released. None of the serious recommendations of the report has been implemented.

In another development, Bahraini Pro-democracy activists received the malware in Washington, London and Manama, the capital of Bahrain, the Persian Gulf kingdom that has been gripped by tension since a crackdown on protests last year.

Researchers believe they’ve identified copies of FinFisher, (a spyware sold by U.K.- based Gamma Group) based on an examination of malicious software e-mailed to Bahraini activists, they say. Their research, which is being published today by the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs’ Citizen Lab, is based on five different e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News from people targeted by the malware.

On Monday 23rd July The Times newspaper published a one page article about Bahrain titled “Police ‘dodge security clean-up by torturing detainees at secret sites” highlighting the tactics adopted by the regime in its repression of activists.

The detainees whose number now exceeds 1200 are now facing severe crackdown. At the Dry Dock Prison detainees have been attacked at the middle of the night as a means of intimidation and repression. The cooling system has been switched off intermittently and the detainees have been subjected to more torture and beating.

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Free Nabeel Rajab and all Bahraini prisoners of conscience from detentions in Bahrain!

Free Nabeel Rajab and all Bahraini prisoners of conscience from detentions in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The UN has recently stated that internet access and freedom of expression through the internet is a basic human right.

 

See also :  UN on Human Rights:  http://is.gd/O2NBl1  ;

Other Nabeel Rajab petitions:  http://is.gd/tdVscO

 

 

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Bahrain - A wasted year | Front Line

Bahrain - A wasted year | Front Line | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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But 12 months ago it was possible to explain the desperation of Bahrain's rulers as part of a panicked response to seeing hundreds of thousands marching in the streets demanding democracy, human rights and an end to discrimination and corruption. One year on the Government continues to dig itself into a bigger hole. The opportunity of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) which confirmed the systematic use of torture, unlawful killings and unfair trials has been squandered. Those responsible for ordering killings and torture remain in post. Unfair trials continue based on the same fabricated conspiracy allegations and "confessions" extracted by torture. It seems none of the expensively acquired advisors dare tell the rulers in their bunkers that the truth has long been out and that it is time for them to address the reality of the need for change.

Nabeel Rajab, Ali Abdulemam & Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

One year on Abdulhadi Alkhawaja remains in prison. His courage, and the courage of so many others including the medical professionals, Nabeel Rajab, Naji Fateel and Zaynab Alkhawaja has been an inspiration to countless Bahrainis and people around the world. International condemnation of the brutal repression in Bahrain has been widespread. Bahrain's rulers are unwelcome visitors outside the Gulf. The Bahraini economy has been severely damaged. The desperate ploy of greater integration with Saudi Arabia reeks of clutching at straws.

Human rights defenders like Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and Ali Abdulemam (who remains missing after being sentenced in absentia), will be crucial to building a better future for Bahrain.

Time to set them free and get on with the business of dealing with the underlying problems and effecting real change. Enough time has been wasted.....

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Bahrain: Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Nabeel Rajab

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The Observatory urges the authorities of Bahrain to:

1. Guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Nabeel Rajab and all human rights defenders in Bahrain;

2. Release Mr. Nabeel Rajab immediately and unconditionally as his detention seems to merely sanction his human rights activities and is contrary to national and international law;

3. Put an end to any act of harassment, including at the judicial level, against Mr. Nabeel Rajab and against all human rights defenders in Bahrain;

4. Conform in any circumstances with the provisions of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted on December 9, 1998 by the United Nations General Assembly, in particular:

its Article 1, which states that “everyone has the right, individually or in association with others, to promote the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels” ;

its Article 6 (c) which states that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others to study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters” ;

and its Article 12.2 which states that “the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”.

vi. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Bahrain. ...

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BAHRAIN: Mr. Saeed Shehabi joining The Hub on BBC

جانب من مشاركة الأستاذ سعيد الشهابي على قناة البي بي سي الأنجليزية تعليقاً على إسقاط تهم المعارضة في البحرين وعرضهم على المحكمة من جديد 30 April 2012 Mr. Sae...
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Bahrain urged to release Al-Khawaja as appeal of activists announced

Bahrain urged to release Al-Khawaja as appeal of activists announced | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...“Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and the 13 other activists – who are all civilians - should not even be on trial in the first place, let alone tried in a military court” said Ann Harrison, Amnesty International’s Deputy Programme Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“They have done nothing but peacefully express their point of view and must be released immediately.”
Amnesty International considers Al-Khawaja and the 13 other prominent opposition activists held with him to be prisoners of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. ....

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Ban Ki-moon raises fears over Bahrain hunger striker

Ban Ki-moon raises fears over Bahrain hunger striker | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
UN leader Ban Ki-moon has raised concerns over a Bahraini opposition activist who is on hunger strike in prison amid fears about his deteriorating health.

Ban is worried about clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Bahrain and the case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who started refusing food on February 8, his office said in a statement released late Tuesday.

"The secretary-general once again urges the Bahraini authorities to resolve Mr Khawaja's case based on due process and humanitarian considerations without any further delay," the statement said.

Ban called on Bahrain's authorities "to fully respect the fundamental human rights of the Bahraini people, including due process concerning all detainees."......

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