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US-Backed Bahraini Forces Deport 2 American Peace Activists Acting As Human Rights Observers

democracynow.org - On Saturday, Bahrain arrested and detained two American citizens, Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath, for their role in recent protests. They were deported Sunday and returned to New York last night. Both Arraf and Sainath are human rights activists and members of the Witness Bahrain initiative, which places international observers in the country in the hopes of preventing violence by security forces. Their arrest comes just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the popular uprising against the U.S.-backed monarchy. In the past year, Bahraini security forces have killed dozens of demonstrators, and hundreds more have been arrested or fired from their jobs. "[We are] also were getting reports of journalists and human rights organization representatives being denied entry into the country in the lead up to the first anniversary of the Bahrain revolution and this caused great alarm, that the government was planning to escalate its oppression of the people," says Huwaida Arraf.

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Huwaida Arraf refusing to cooperate with police in Manama, 11 February 2012

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Bahrain Center for Human Rights: Urgent Appeal: HRD Alkhawaja Hospitalized, two US lawyers deported.

Zainab Al-Khawaja just arrested while attempting to reach Pearl Square

Human rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was today arrested while attempting to reach Pearl Square. The march to the now demolished square was organised by Nabeel Rajab. Numerous reports of injuries and arrests as peaceful protesters attempted to reach pearl square where reinforcements were sent in the past 2 days. Eye witnesses also claimed they saw Saudi troops being sent over the bridge into Bahrain. More details will follow.

 

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja : Freedom or Death.

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, internationally prominent human rights defender, and an EU (Denmark) citizen, was hospitalized two nights ago because of his deteriorating health due to the hunger strike. Alkhawaja almost went into a coma and was admitted to the hospital on the 31st of January due to low BP and blood sugar from his hunger strike. Family members and colleagues are concerned about his continued detention and hunger strike as well as his previous history with torture, and believe that his rapidly deteriorating health will be fatal.

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American Citizens Arrested in Bahrain during Peaceful Protest | Witness Bahrain

(Manama) – US Citizens Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath were arrested by Bahraini security forces in Manama on Saturday during a peaceful protest in near the Standard Chartered Bank downtown. Protesters had marched into the city center to reestablish a presence of nonviolent, peaceful protest leading up to the 1-year anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising in Bahrain.

Huwaida and Radhika were in Bahrain as part of an international solidarity effort aimed at providing an international civilian presence to report and monitor the situation on the ground. Leading up to February 14, Bahraini authorities had prevented journalists, human rights observers and other internationals from entering the country, leading many to fear a brutal crackdown. The two women are part of the Witness Bahrain initiative (www.witnessbahrain.org), which arrived in Bahrain in response to a call by Bahraini democracy activists for international observers.

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Twitter: @WitnessBahrain
Facebook: WitnessBahrain
YouTube: Witness Bahrain

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