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I've Been Forced into Exile for Defending Human Rights in My Home Country, Bahrain

I've Been Forced into Exile for Defending Human Rights in My Home Country, Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The BCHR launched a campaign called "Wanted for Justice" from Nov. 1 to Nov. 23, which has involved publishing the names and photos of people responsible for human rights violations in Bahrain. Many of these offenses have gone unpunished. What we want is simple: We want their crimes to be known internationally, and the perpetrators must be held accountable and given fair trials.

We've listed 59 people in our report. The allegations range from torturing protesters to arbitrary arrests. The list covers lower level police officers, to Bahrain's King Hamad himself. 

Despite promises of reform and the government-commissioned Bahrain Independent Commission for Inquiry (BICI) report, the situation on the ground is still grim. Human rights violations will only continue as long as those responsible for carrying out torture go unpunished. ...

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Bahrain Twitter Case Verdict Expected Monday | Human Rights First

Bahrain Twitter Case Verdict Expected Monday | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Washington, D.C. – A verdict in the Twitter case of prominent human rights defender Said Yousif Al-Muhafdah of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is expected on Monday, March 11.

“Said’s prosecution appears to be part of a pattern of judicial harassment and imprisoning of Bahraini human rights activist,” said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley. “These politically-motivated charges should immediately be dropped.”

After he allegedly tweeted about police using birdshot against protesters, Said Yousif was arrested in December 2012 for “spreading false information on Twitter.” He told Human Rights First that he has not been allowed to bring defense witnesses to his trial.  His trial follows last year’s jailing of Nabeel Rajab, President of the BCHR, and of human rights activist Zainab Al Khawaja in February 2013....

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Bahrain: Tweet Leads Human Rights Activist to Prison

Bahrain: Tweet Leads Human Rights Activist to Prison | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sayed Yousif Almuhafda is the Vice President and Head of the Documentation Unit at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). He is also a member of rights groups Front Line Defenders and Amnesty International. He was arrested on December 17th as he was monitoring a non violent demonstration in the capital Manama and reporting about it on Twitter.

Sayed Yousif was charged with spreading false information on his Twitter account. He is being especially accused, among other things, of posting a photo (link contains graphic content, reader discretion is advised) on Twitter on December 17, of an injured young demonstrator actually taken two days earlier.

In a letter sent to Global Voices Advocacy, Sayed Yousif's family says that while he is in good spirit, he believes that his arrest is politically motivated—an attempt to stop him from doing his job as a human rights observer:

Sayed Yousif believes that he was unnecessarily taken [by the police] while performing his job of observing a march in Bahrain […] For such charge he should not be kidnapped by police in civil clothes during the protest and be surrounded by at least 30 riot police. He says that they could have sent him an official request to show in front of a public prosecutor and spare him the jail.

Sayed Yousif believes that his detention is a pure revenge for his job of exposing human rights violations during peaceful protests and he feels that it is a message to him to stop reporting the violations in Bahrain.....

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Bahrain arrests leading rights activist, Said Yousif

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A leading Bahraini human rights activist was detained Friday while documenting police attacks on an anti-government rally, witnesses said.

Said Yousif, the deputy head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), was checking up on protesters injured by riot police in the village of Diraz when he was stopped and taken to a police station.....

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Bahrain extends detention of rights activist held over march | World | Reuters

Bahrain extends detention of rights activist held over march | World | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DUBAI (Reuters) - Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda: Bahrain has extended the detention of a leading human rights activist arrested last week for taking part in a demonstration in the Gulf Arab state by seven days, his lawyer said on Sunday.

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Bahrainis protest against ban on public gatherings — RT

Bahrainis protest against ban on public gatherings — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini police fired tear gas at peaceful demonstrators as a few hundred people marched across the country on Friday protesting a government ban on public gatherings. Police also reportedly arrested prominent activist Said Yousif al-Muhafdah.
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BREAKING: Said Yousif is detained and tortured in front of his children at a checkpoint in #Bahrain

BREAKING:  Said Yousif is detained and tortured in front of his children at a checkpoint in #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Said Yousif is free now and this is a partial recounting of the events:

 

Said Yousif was traveling in his car upon the roads of Bahrain and was stopped by  regime thugs.  They said he was wanted on charges and slapped him in front of his children who were riding in the car with him.  Said Yousif was in possession of a picture of Nabell Rajab which these thugs found.  These thugs fixated on the picture and demanded Said Yousif say bad things about Nabeel Rajab in front of his children, and he refused to lie for them!  When he refused, they punched Mr.Yousif and continued demands for slurs against Nabeel and continued punching him as he refused to lie!  Then they took Said Yousif to a checkpoint in Aali and drove his car there as well.  His wife came to get the children and retrieve the car.  Mr. Yousif was issued a bogus traffic violation and these thugs told him : ' this is an Eid gift.'  The picture/banner of Nabeel Rajab was stolen by these thugs and not returned!  He was taken to central police station and his statement was taken, and his signature/commitment to answer the charges was taken, without counsel present or having had access to counsel.  The arrest was completely arbitrary and was not supported by any arrest warrant from a public prosecutor!  

CORRECTION:  The regime thugs didn't return the car, they stole that too!

 

see also:  http://is.gd/yH61w4

 

Arbitrary arrest, detention, and public torture of an innocent citiizen!  This is the everyday barbarism of the Al-Khalifa regime!  This is the atrocious abuse of power that is the bogus jurisprudence system in Bahrain!

 

[Picture of Said Yousif's beautiful children.  Don't these children deserve better than this abuse by the 'Government' of Bahrain? ]

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Bahrain court acquits Yousif al-Muhafda

Bahrain court acquits Yousif al-Muhafda | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DUBAI: A Bahrain court on Monday acquitted leading Shia rights activist Yousif al-Muhafda who was on trial for spreading false news, his lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi wrote on his Twitter account.

Muhafda, who is the acting deputy head of the local non-governmental organisation, the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was last month released on bail of 100 dinars ($265/198 euros).

He was arrested on December 17 in Manama for tweeting a picture of an injured protester after he clicked photographs of clashes between police and demonstrators.

On December 20, the public prosecution reportedly claimed that publishing the picture resulted in “protests and acts of sabotage that disrupted security and order on the same day.”...

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Bahrain: Charges Against Rights Defender Raise Concerns | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Charges Against Rights Defender Raise Concerns | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Beirut)– Bahraini authorities should provisionally release a human rights activist who faces charges over his tweet reporting about a wounded demonstrator.The activist, Sayed Yusuf al-Muhafadha, has been charged with “willfully disseminatingfalse news”amounting to “incitement to violence.”


In a letter to Attorney General Ali Fadhul Al Buainain, Human Rights Watch expressed concern that al-Muhafadha’s arrest on December 17, 2012, may have been motivated by objections to his work for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and that the circumstances of his case did not appear to justify pretrial detention. A judge has twice rejected requests from al-Muhafadha’s attorney to release him provisionally. Al-Muhafadha had been held for 12 days in November after being arrested while monitoring an anti-government protest but was released without charge.

“Detaining the activist Sayed Yusuf al-Muhafadha twice in as many months raises serious concerns that Bahraini authorities are trying to silence people monitoring human rights,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “If authorities pursue this questionable case, al-Muhafadha should be released pending trial......”

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Bahraini activist arrested for Twitter posts

Bahraini activist arrested for Twitter posts | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- Twitter posts about anti-government protests have landed a human rights activist in Bahrain behind bars.

Said Yousif al-Muhafda is accused of disseminating false information about clashes between security forces and protesters in the country's capital, the state-run Bahrain News Agency said Thursday.

Al-Muhafda, the head of documentation for the Bahrain Center of Human Rights, was arrested Monday during a demonstration, attorney Mohamed Al-Jishi said....

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Bahrain detains human rights activist, Yosuf al-Mahafdha

Bahrain detains human rights activist, Yosuf al-Mahafdha | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Al Khalifa prisons CANNOT house the entire Shiite population of Bahrain!  The Bahraini economy CANNOT sustain a loss of 70% of the population!  Will the Opposition intelligentsia be taken one by one to languish in solitary confinement?  

ALL BAHRAIN IS ABDULHADI ALKHAWAJA,

ALL BAHRAIN IS EBRAHIM SHARIF,

ALL BAHRAIN IS NABEEL RAJAB,

AND ALL BAHRAIN IS SAID YOUSIF !

 

R I S E  U P ! ! !

 

R I S E  U P ! ! !

 

R I S E  U P ! ! !

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Rights Activist , Yousef al-Muhafedha, Detained in Bahrain

Rights Activist , Yousef al-Muhafedha, Detained in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A defense lawyer in Bahrain says a prominent human rights activist is in custody after defying an official ban on protest gatherings in the Gulf kingdom.

The detention of Yousef al-Muhafedha could further embolden Shiite-led demonstrators seeking a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi says authorities Saturday decided to keep al-Muhafedha in custody for at least week while prosecutors study possible charges.

Al-Muhafedha, detained late Friday, has led the Bahrain Center for Human Rights its head, Nabeel Rajab, was arrested earlier this year and is appealing a three-year sentence for allegedly encouraging protests in the nearly 21-month-old uprising.

Bahrain's decision last month to outlaw protests has brought sharp criticism from rights groups and allies including the U.S.

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9-14-2012 | Said Yousif has been arrested without any basis in Salmabad, #Bahrain !

9-14-2012 |  Said Yousif has been arrested without any basis in Salmabad, #Bahrain ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sayed Yousif Al Muhafadha :  Seems #Bahrain HRD Saidyousif has been taken into Alwusta police station on the very day UN cites regime for targeting HRDs.....

There is no legal justification for arrest of @SAIDYOUSIF ! He isn't included in the wanted list & not called up earlier....no warrant for arrest!    It is reported that the SF's  saw a banner of @NABEELRAJAB in his car .....  He has been detained and his keys have been taken.....

 

After an hour of attempting to get @SAIDYOUSIF on the phone w/o answer, it has now been switched off. In #Bahrain that is good reason to worry......

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