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Anger Mismanagement: Bahrain’s Crisis Escalates

Anger Mismanagement: Bahrain’s Crisis Escalates | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Tensions continue to rise in Bahrain between the ruling Sunni family and majority Shia anti-government protesters—and a peaceful resolution is increasingly unlikely.

 

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If the human cost is daunting, so too is the increasing sense that this conflict is on an inevitable path toward escalation. The window for a political solution at home is fast closing. Protesters are expanding their repertoire of resistance to include Molotov cocktails and more direct attacks on police. A counterrevolution against the protesters is also growing stronger and more radicalized. In early April, the first reports surfaced that civilian assailants of one sect were targeting another.

It didn’t have to come to this. More than perhaps any other of the countries touched by the Arab Spring, Bahrain had several critical chances to resolve the crisis without the bloodshed and turmoil that has marred recent events. Yet at every juncture, the opportunity for an exit from conflict was ignored. Part of that story is about a radical polarization of Bahraini society. But equally important are the changing geopolitics of the Arab Spring.....'

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Iran invites Saudi, Bahraini kings to NAM summit - Tehran Times

Iran invites Saudi, Bahraini kings to NAM summit - Tehran Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

TEHRAN – Saudi King Abdullah and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain have received Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation letters to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit through diplomatic channels, the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency reported on Sunday.

The XVI Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement is scheduled to be held in Tehran from August 26 to 31. .......

 

[Imagine the power they would wield if the Arabs and the Persians were united in friendship instead of animosity !!!     This isn't Shiite vs Sunni,  This isn't Persian vs Arab,  This is common geo-political interests......Muslims allied with Muslims! ]

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If you loved the king, nothing bad would happen to you | Witness Bahrain

If you loved the king, nothing bad would happen to you | Witness Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....And the regime denies involvement in torture.....

 

U N B E L I E V A B L E  !  !  !

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Bahrain charging 3 police with murder in uprising deaths, plans payouts to victims’ families

Bahrain charging 3 police with murder in uprising deaths, plans payouts to victims’ families | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain said Tuesday that three police officers on trial over killing demonstrators during street protests last year will now face murder charges and could face the death penalty.

 

[Justice is served when Hamad, the Fat PM, and Nasser are all hauled before the ICC to face the charges of crimes against humanity.    These 3 policemen are sacrificial pawns, the real authority, the real responsibility for all deaths, maimings, and torture lies with the elite Al-Khalifas! ]

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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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Alice Thomas Samaan, Ambassador to UK, lacking any and all credentials.....

Alice Thomas Samaan, Ambassador to UK, lacking any and all credentials..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 H.E. Ms Alice Thomas Samaan #Bahrain, Ambassador to UK,  Resume :  

An embassy where female ambassador has no degrees/experience/training/ insulting to UK.....

 

[Insulting to Diplomats and Diplomacy everywhere......I have fish in an aquarium....can they be Bahrain's Ambassador to Britain?!  ]


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Bahrain: The Dragonfly's Eye

Bahrain: The Dragonfly's Eye | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
I look in the dragonfly's eye, and I see the mountains over my shoulder--- Issa

Bahrain is a small country, and though the story of its own trials and troubles during the past year and a half is intrinsically valuable, it also tells a bigger story,...

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Bahrain Sentences 8 For Iran Ties

Bahrain Sentences 8 For Iran Ties | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahrain court has sentenced eight people to prison terms of up to 15 years on charges of plotting with suspected Iranian agents to topple the kingdom's ruling system.
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Bahrain: The Forbidden Country [Arabic/English Subs]

Report by Stéphanie Lamorré aired on Arte Channel during F1 Grand Prix on 21 April 2012. Original website link: http://videos.arte.tv/fr/videos/bahrein_le_pa...
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#KSAOccupyBAH | Union to be between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

دواعي وآفاق "الاتحاد" المزمع بين السعودية والبحرين، والذي سيطرح للنقاش في القمة الخليجية المقبلة بالرياض يوم الاثنين المقبل تقديم ليلى الشايب تاريخ البث 2012...
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#KSAOccupyBAH No Way!, Not now!, Not ever! Not Happening!

#KSAOccupyBAH    No Way!, Not now!, Not ever!  Not Happening! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

All these crowds carrying flags of Bahrain only and refuses to be a Union between Al-Khalifa and Al-Saud even on her blood!

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Prison Island - By Tom Malinowski

Prison Island - By Tom Malinowski | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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One U.S. commander recently told me, "If there were one-man, one-vote in Bahrain, we wouldn't be here."

In fact, the most prominent leaders of Bahrain's dissident movement say they do not oppose the U.S. military presence in their country. No one knows whether that sentiment will hold in the face of continued repression, but from the U.S. point of view, that is an argument for urgency in demanding reform, not caution. Bahrain's Shiite majority isn't likely to be kept down forever. It is surely in the U.S. interest to be seen supporting its legitimate aspirations before disappointment in the United States devolves into rage.

The problem with U.S. policy toward Bahrain is not that it takes geopolitics into account. It's that U.S. officials may be calculating the geopolitics incorrectly. There is a growing feeling in the Middle East that, however high-minded Obama's rhetoric about democracy may be, the United States will always line up with its autocratic Sunni allies in the Persian Gulf against their opponents, especially if those opponents are Shiite. To many, it looks like the United States opposes dictators like Syria's Assad not for the sake of oppressed people, but to aid one side in a Saudi-Iranian cold war. The Iranian government, as well as every anti-American group in the region, benefits from this perception. Bahrain is the place where America can disprove it.

In May 2011, Obama condemned the Bahraini government's use of "brute force" and said there could be no "real dialogue" in Bahrain "when parts of the peaceful opposition are in jail." The administration should be projecting more of that kind of clarity and urgency today -- for the sake of both principle and national interest. ....

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Bahrain's Epic Fail

Bahrain's Epic Fail | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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This week's Formula One-driven media scrutiny has ripped away Bahrain's carefully constructed external facade. It has exposed the failure of Bahrain's regime to take advantage of the breathing space it bought through last year's crackdown or the lifeline thrown to it by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Iniquiry. That failure to engage in serious reform will likely further radicalize its opponents and undermine hopes for its future political stability.

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Bahraini Ministers of Parliament act to foster terrorism!

Bahraini Ministers of Parliament act to foster terrorism! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The picture demonstrates their complicity......the circles serve to identify the 'Government' terrorists!

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Regime Foisting Hezbollah’s Name in Fabricated Security Actions in Bahrain

Regime Foisting Hezbollah’s Name in Fabricated Security Actions in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

... In a statement released by Hezbollah Media Relations, the party said that Al-Khalifa regime was trying to “foist Hezbollah’s name in fabricated security and military actions in the Persian Gulf island.”

“Bahraini authorities insist on going too far in its unjust campaign against Hezbollah through fabricating accusations of an alleged relation with some military and security actions in Bahrain.”

The party condemned the “Bahraini authorities’ accusations of Hezbollah’s involvement in what they alleged they had discovered of explosive devices in several areas in Bahrain.”

“These allegations indicate that the Bahraini authorities are ill-intentioned towards the peaceful movement of the Bahraini people, through portraying it as violent and related to foreigners, in order to justify the violence against people.”

As Hezbollah denounced the Bahraini regime’s accusations, it stressed that the party “supports the peaceful movement of the Bahraini people and their rightful demands.”  ....

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U.S. Double Standards Crystal Clear In Bahrain

U.S. Double Standards Crystal Clear In Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Voice of Russia June 28, 2012 U.S. double standards crystal clear in Bahrain John Robles  

 

W]here are the calls from the U.S. and NATO for a “humanitarian intervention” or for regime change in Bahrain, a U.S. ally that hosts the headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet? Nowhere. However on May 9, 2012 Hillary Clinton met with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and expressed that “much work remains to fully address ongoing human rights issues.” Where were statements like this in regard to Gadaffi or to Assad?

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Even in today’s world of instant messaging, the Internet, mobile and satellite communications and worldwide mass media, there are still places that exist where events take place unbeknownst to the rest of the planet. There exist countries that do not want the world to know what is going on within their borders or there exist countries that try to control the flow of information coming out of areas where their activities are not within the boundaries of what the civilized world would find as acceptable or appropriate.

Serbia and Kosovo are places where such a media blackout exists and those are places where I believe need more attention from the international community. Another is Bahrain.

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Bahrain was caught up in what has become known as the Arab Spring on February 14th 2011 when protestors took to the streets demanding more political freedom and an improvement in the human rights situation in the country. Originally there was no threat to the monarchy nor were there calls for a regime change in the country. This all changed however on February 17th when police killed four protestors while attempting to clear the Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the central gathering place for most of the protests taking place in the country.

Since then the response and the crackdowns on peaceful and unarmed demonstrators by police and security forces has been described as brutal. Almost 3,000 people have been arrested and more than 70 have been killed, according to the acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Maryam Al-Khawaja, in an interview for the Voice of Russia ( http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_06_28/79576566/ ). There are also widespread reports of torture, beatings and the denial of medical assistance leading to death.

... In Bahrain the majority of the population is comprised of Shiites although the Sunnis control most of the government sectors and politics. There are reports of widespread and institutionalized discrimination in employment, housing and other areas against the Shiites.

According to Ms. Al-Khawaja, there exists a media blackout in Bahrain. The most obvious and pervasive form being a system of filtering and blocking Internet sites that is implemented and executed by the Bahraini Information Affairs Authority (IAA) and which has a noticeable impact on the overall speed of Internet traffic for the country’s more than 250,000 Internet users. According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) there are over 1,000 sites currently blocked in Bahrain including their own.

Bahrain has also seriously cracked down on bloggers and regularly arrests people for posting on Twitter and Facebook. Opposition groups views and opinions have no place in Bahraini media so they resort to the Internet. One such person, Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (http://www.bahrainrights.org/en ), who I interviewed last September (http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/09/20/56438166.html) has been arrested twice and may have been tortured. During one arrest, according to the center, he was beaten and blindfolded and in his own words was threatened with rape and kicked when he refused to say he loved the prime minister.

The situation in the country is getting worse, with many experts saying that the situation may soon explode. According Ms. Al-Khawaja, part of the daily routine for many Bahraini citizens involves being tear gassed and trying to save their children from suffocating.

Human rights organizations all over the world have called for a halt to dozens of widespread abuses in the Kingdom. Some of the most notable being the following: Human Rights Watch has called on Bahrain’s High Court of Appeal to reject the use of confessions possibly obtained by torture. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint program of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), wrote an open letter to the King of Bahrain to state its concerns about the arbitrary detention of Nabeel Rajad.

Amnesty International has issued many statements, in particular with regard to the persecution of medical personnel who were attempting to assist injured protestors. Human Rights First says the persecution of human rights workers is getting worse. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies stated in a report: “The human rights situation in Bahrain in 2011 witnessed unprecedented deterioration at almost all levels, especially in light of the repressive retaliatory action aimed at crushing the popular uprising which demanded far-reaching democratic reforms.” And the list goes on.....

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'By our Unity we will defeat you !'

'By our Unity we will defeat you !' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Psychotic Al-Khalifas have backed themselves into a corner.....now they go the way of Ben Ali, Mubarak, Qaddafi, Saleh and Assad....

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U.S. Hypocrisy on Parade: Washington Arms Bahrain, Denounces Russia For Arming Syria - Forbes

U.S. Hypocrisy on Parade: Washington Arms Bahrain, Denounces Russia For Arming Syria - Forbes | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

It wasn’t that long ago when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Syrian President Bashar Assad was a force for reform. Now she is outraged that Russia is allegedly backing Assad with weapons. At the same time, the U.S. is arming the government of Bahrain, which oppresses its Shia majority.

Duplicity and hypocrisy may be inevitable in diplomacy. However, ostentatious duplicity and hypocrisy are not. Sanctimoniously denouncing Moscow for behaving like Washington tarnishes America’s image abroad.

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Bahrain: 5 Questions for the Kingdom | Human Rights First

Bahrain: 5 Questions for the Kingdom | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

6-18-2012
By Brian Dooley
Human Rights Defenders Program

 

Meaningful human rights reform in Bahrain appears as distant as ever, despite the regime’s repeated promises. The disconnect between the its actions and its words is baffling. Perhaps the regime could clear up the confusion by explaining its approach on human rights. It could begin with these five simple questions.


1. Why did nine medics, officially declared innocent by the Bahrain Court of Appeal on June 14, sign written statements confessing to crimes they did not commit? How did you obtain such statements? These medics, and the 11 others convicted with them by the military court last year, always insisted on their innocence. They tell consistent and credible stories of having been tortured into signing false confessions. Now that their innocence has been recognized by the Bahraini courts, the investigation into their wrongful convictions should begin immediately, and those who tortured them held accountable.


2. Why won’t you let us in? Human Rights First has been denied entry into Bahrain for the second time this year. We were denied access to the country in January and after being granted access for five days in March, we planned to visit again from June 22-29. We notified the Bahrain authorities of our plans on May 3, only to be told last week that “The scheduling of meetings in the period before and after the Holy Month of Ramadan is always difficult, not just for government officials as you suggest, but for the country as a whole. It is important to remember that this calendar date is set far in advance and unfortunately your request in early May was probably too late for administrative purposes.” Despite assurances that international observers are welcome, we are among several NGOs to have been denied entry in recent weeks. In March, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez was told a few weeks prior to his scheduled arrival date that he should not come. In April, Ana Gomes, a Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, was turned away at Manama airport. It looks like Bahrain is uncomfortable with international scrutiny.


3. What are your rules on the use of tear gas? There are increasing numbers of injuries and deaths from the use of tear gas by the Bahrain security forces. In March, a UN spokesperson said, “Reliable sources indicate that the civilians who died from tear gas suffered complications from gas inhalation, and that security forces have been firing metal tear gas canisters from grenade launchers into crowds. We call on the Government of Bahrain to investigate the alleged use of such excessive force.” Since then, more deaths and injuries have been reported. What are the rules governing how much tear gas is issued to individual police personnel, how they are instructed to deploy it, and how they account for what they have used?


4. Why are there continuing reports of detainees, including children, being tortured in your custody? Local human rights organizations and press accounts continue to document cases of people who report having been beaten, threatened, and sexually assaulted in custody. For example, Al Wasat newspaper reported this week that a lawyer filed a criminal complaint claiming that her client had been tortured and sexually assaulted by security officers. In another case, according to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), 13 year-old Sayed Yaseen Sayed Abduljaleel Shubber was arrested by riot police in his neighborhood on 13 April and released two weeks later. Torture marks “were very apparent on his back and face, especially near his eyes. Disregarding the evidence of torture, juvenile court ordered his detention.”


5. Why are you still targeting prominent human rights defenders? Next week human rights defenders including Zainab Al Khawaja, President of the BCHR Nabeel Rajab, leaders of the Bahrain Teachers Association Mahdi Abu Deeb and Jalila al Salman and human rights lawyer Mohammed Al Tajer are all due to face court charges related to the peaceful expression of their views and their human rights work. If Bahrain is serious about human rights reform it should drop the charges against not just these people but against all of the hundreds convicted by the military court last year and all those prosecuted for the peaceful expression of their views.


It would be great to hear answers from the Bahrain authorities to these questions (I have plenty more). Since I’m not allowed into Bahrain to raise these issues in person—unless, of course, they change their minds—I’ll be eagerly awaiting their response in writing. They know where to find me.

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The March of Bahrain’s Hardliners

The March of Bahrain’s Hardliners | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Conservative figures within the Bahraini royal family seem to be redoubling their efforts to subdue the opposition.
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Bahrain The Bleeding Pearl || اللؤلؤة النازفة

هو فيلم وثائقي قصير يسلط الضوء على سياسة التعذيب الممنهج في سجون البحرين والتي طالت فئات واسعة من المجتمع شملت سياسيين وأطباء ومهندسين ونقابيين وصحافيين وطلب...
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USA, Al-Saud's, and Al-Khalifas are HUGE HR abusers!

USA, Al-Saud's, and Al-Khalifas are HUGE HR abusers! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Obama has tainted the reparations he has made to the US International image by allying his regime with the Al-Saud Wahhabi terrorists, and the Al-Khalifa terrorist organization!

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Saudi and Bahrain expected to seek union-minister | Reuters

* Saudi, Bahraini leaders tout Gulf union plan * Bahrain opposition: idea is to dodge protesters' demands *.....

"I expect there will be an announcement of two or three countries. We can't be sure but I have a strong expectation," Samira Rajab, Bahrain's minister of state for information affairs, told Reuters on Sunday. Two of the countries mentioned were Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; Rajab did not name the third.

"Sovereignty will remain with each of the countries and they would remain as U.N. members but they would unite in decisions regarding foreign relations, security, military and the economy."

Despite appearances of unity, there are deep divisions within the GCC, which also includes Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, as its officials meet in Riyadh on Monday for day-long talks.

Saudi Arabia fears that Bahrain's pro-democracy movement has the potential to spill over into its own Shi'ite-populated Eastern Province region, home to major oilfields. ....

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Bahrain is an Independent Nation State!

Bahrain is an Independent Nation State! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain is not a possession of the Al-Khalifas to give....

Bahrain is not a present for the Al-Sauds to accept....

 

Bahrain is an independent sovereign nation state owned by the Bahraini people! 

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Bahrain doctor: If US loses the faith of people like me, it loses the Mideast

Bahrain doctor: If US loses the faith of people like me, it loses the Mideast | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Washington’s tepid response to Bahrain's crackdown on nonviolent protesters has forced me to question what America really stands for. Obama must tell the ruling family to stop attacking protesters and to drop sham charges against medics like me and hundreds of others.

By Nada Dhaif / May 1, 2012

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