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Bahraini regime reforms: 90% lies and 10% PR

Bahraini  regime reforms:  90% lies and 10% PR | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Members of the so-called February 14 youth movement also say they will reject any dialogue until the government releases all of its political prisoners, a group which includes Ibrahim Sharif, the leader of Wa’ad, and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a human rights activist who has spent nearly six weeks on a hunger strike.

They were arrested last year and convicted in a trial which Amnesty International has said did not meet basic standards of due process. “The people who would speak for me in this dialogue, they’re all in prison,” said one activist.

Leaders of Al Wefaq and other parties say they’re willing to resume talks without any preconditions, but acknowledge that political prisoners must be released for those talks to have any legitimacy with activists.

“If we want this dialogue to have a positive reflection on the streets, then the [political] prisoners should be consulted, they should be released,” Fairouz said. “This is not a precondition. But by the end of the dialogue, they must be released.”

The issue of political prisoners is one of more than two dozen recommendations in the BICI report, which urged the government to review the convictions of anyone “charged with offences involving political expression.”...

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In defence of ‘moral exemplar’ on Bahrain

In defence of ‘moral exemplar’ on Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahraini regime paid for their own investigation into events via a Royal Commission of Inquiry. Contrary to Mr Al-Muharraqi’s assertion that this was a UN-style commission, it was anything but. In fact, the royal inquiry had a number of fatal breaches of the standards of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, specifically:
1. The commission was not established by the principle of ‘national choice’;
2. Selection of members of the commission was by the King and not by or from the wider society;
3. There was no formal consultation with NGOs, despite the assertion by the UN High Commissioner that national NGOs have a key role in any truth commission; and
4. The usual role of the UN in establishing and assessing such truth commissions was circumvented.
Nevertheless, the Bassiouni report confirmed what we had reported, and the Bahraini regime was forced to admit to serious breaches of human rights.
However, little has changed in Bahrain. For instance, despite the fact that the report declared weapons charges against Salmaniya medics “unfounded” (para 84) those medics still face those charges in a prolonged and utterly shameful legal battle to void lengthy sentences already handed down by a military court prior to the release of the report itself.
The truth, as they say, is out. The truth is available for all to see on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube. Recent events speak to the truth in Bahrain. For instance, the deportation of Dr Richard Sollum of Physicians for Human Rights and Mr Brian Dooley of Human Rights First from Manama Airport, despite the reassurance of Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Al Khalifa that NGOs would have “unfettered access” to Bahrain.

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BICI Chief calls Government implementation programme a "whitewash" | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية

Professor Cherif Bassiouni, head of the Bahrain Independent Commission, has slammed the actions of the Bahrain Government since the reports publication, calling it a ‘whitewash’.

Speaking to DePaul University TV Show, ‘Good Day DePaul’, he said:

“I think the public is going to come out in the end and say, you know what you’re holding all of these investigations behind closed doors – this is a whitewash and I think they would be perfectly justified in saying so.”
He went on to stress the need for economic, political and constitutional reform in Bahrain as well as being critical of the lack of public condemnation from the United States over Bahrain. He said:

“ I think there is merit in naming and shaming and embarrassing, in pushing, in listing public opinion, domestic and international. This is not the style of Secretary Clinton or President Obama and I’m not sure they’re necessarily doing the right choice.”

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Bahrain: Widespread Crackdown; Systematic Abuse | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Widespread Crackdown; Systematic Abuse | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The BICI found a pattern of serious human rights abuses such as the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and ill-treatment of detainees, and denial of fair trial guarantees.

Following the BICI report authorities promised to implement the commission’s recommendations. Among them were to review “in ordinary courts all convictions and sentences rendered by the National Security Courts where fundamental principles of a fair trial ... were not respected” and to investigate the deaths and allegations of torture that have been attributed to the security forces.

Authorities claim that 48 officers are being investigated for the deaths and allegations of torture and ill-treatment of detainees. However they have not provided any information on the identities and ranks of those officers and whether there are any high ranking security officials among them.

“Justice can only be served by transparent and impartial investigations into the deaths and allegations of torture by security forces and prosecution those responsible regardless of their ranks,” Stork said. “That would send a message that Bahrain will not grant impunity for human rights violations.

[The BICI findings are still ongoing.....systemeatic abuse, torture, illegal detainments, sham trials, killings and gasing peaceful citizenry.  The regime is NOT reforming, the Al-Khalifas are liars, international diplomatic, economic, and legal intervention against this brutal regime is required!]

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Bahrain’s Al-Khalifa regime uses surrogates to commit Human Rights Violations

Bahrain’s Al-Khalifa regime uses surrogates to commit Human Rights Violations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain promised reform and initiated a Commission to investigate Human Rights violations that were alleged against the regime.

 

[My first story at WeSpeakNews.com.....plz give it a read and let me know what you think at my twitter acct:  KC_Spencer  or my email:  email4spencerh@gmail.com ]

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Bahrain: Regime thugs manufacture and transfer molotov cocktails

Al-Khalifas move their retribution and persecution form the uniformed forces to civilian thug forces.  The entirety of BICI compliance is transference of responsibility and maintenance of plausible deniability!  This is NOT compliance or implementation of ANY of the BICI recommendations!  

Al-Khalifas premeditate their next salvo of persecutions and retributions.  This marks an increase in intentionality and the degree of the criminality!   .....ICC!

 #Bahrain-thugs   tag at this site

see also:  http://is.gd/JalDRS    &  http://is.gd/sbBbLA

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Freshfields and leading silks advise Bahrain Govt on human rights reform- Legalweek

Freshfields and leading silks advise Bahrain Govt on human rights reform- Legalweek | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Government has pledged that the BICI's recommendations will be implemented by the end of February this year with some reforms already in place. Key reforms include dropping charges against protestors related to freedom of speech; the removal of law enforcement and arrest powers from Bahrain's National Security Agency; and the creation of a judicial panel to review convictions against protestors.

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Clashes across Bahrain as protesters demand reform | The Associated Press | News | San Francisco Examiner

Clashes across Bahrain as protesters demand reform | The Associated Press | News  | San Francisco Examiner | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The head of a committee set up by the government to study ways of implementing the report's recommendations resigned Saturday, apparently out of frustration with the lack of progress.

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"Ongoing repression in Bahrain is happening amid international silence as people demand democratization and reject dictatorship," said Al Wefaq in a statement.

 

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Categorical inaction of the Bahraini regime in response to the Bassiouni report

Categorical inaction of the Bahraini regime in response to the Bassiouni report | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Indeed, if there is another round of mass protests in the city center (for example, following more deaths as a result of actions by security forces in Shia villages like Aali) and the regime again resorts to violent suppression, it may no longer be able to maintain the precarious status quo. Even with the continued support of its Gulf allies, it will face criticism from much of the international community, who will increasingly regard its rulers as impenitent, incorrigible, and indeed irredeemable. What happens next is unclear, but there can be little doubt that whatever occurs in Bahrain with its political stalemate and sectarian polarization will reverberate in countries with a similarly volatile sectarian mix, such as Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, as well as in the neighboring Gulf kingdoms. As for Bahrain itself, whatever way change is going to come, the record that the Bassiouni Commission stitched together so painstakingly suggests that it will not come easily, nor without a good deal of further suffering and pain.

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Al-Khalifas unmasked at debate : Bahrain's ruling family dealt a blow by debate result | News

Al-Khalifas unmasked at debate : Bahrain's ruling family dealt a blow by debate result | News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DOHA Debates:  Bahrain’s ruling family was dealt a blow last night after an audience made up of mainly young Arabs used a globally televised debate to say the monarchy was unlikely to make good their promise of reform.

The motion was passed by a resounding 78% in favour and 22% against - a slap in the face for a government promising its people long-awaited political reform.

The session, part of the eighth series of the award-winning Doha Debates, a leading platform for free speech in the Arab world, comes just weeks after an official investigation found that Bahraini government security forces had used excessive force and widespread torture against anti-government protesters earlier in the year.

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Bahrain Inquiry recommends prisoner releases, Hamad does nothing!

Bahrain Inquiry recommends prisoner releases, Hamad does nothing! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Ibrahim Sharif, the leader of the secular party Wa'ad, Hassan Mushaima and Abduljalil Singace of the Shia party Haq and the prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja are all serving long prison sentences.

They were convicted of trying to overthrow the government but international observers believe they are innocent of all charges.

There is strong evidence that they were tortured in detention.

The opposition say that releasing the men would be a sign that the king was serious about reform.

They also say that the more than 1,000 people - almost all Shia - who were sacked from their jobs for supporting calls for reform should be immediately re-instated.

"That's not happening," Mansoor al-Jamri told me. Mr Jamri is the editor of al-Wasat, the only independent newspaper in Bahrain. He called the sacking of Shia a form of apartheid.

"Releasing political prisoners, restoring people's jobs - these are easy steps, if the king is serious about meaningful change," the activist told me.

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Bahrain: No More Excuses– Time for Radical Change

Bahrain: No More Excuses–  Time for Radical Change | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 

 

http://is.gd/inLF4e  Here is the link, I can't scoop PDF's!

 

From: HumanRights First !

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U.S. commends Bahrain on reconciliation, sending rights envoy

But there has been no progress in talks between the government and opposition groups on political reforms and the Gulf Arab island state remains tense, with daily clashes between riot police and Shi'ite protesters.

The United States in October said it was delaying the planned arms sale to Bahrain -- designated as a "major non-NATO ally" and a frontline state amid rising regional tensions over nearby Iran -- pending the outcome of the commission report and the government's response to it.

 

[BICI arrived, BICI departed.....only the HR abuses by the illegal Khalifa regime remain.  Washington's foreign policy is as idiotic as the Khalifas if they think anyone is fooled!]

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Bahrain: Killings continue as anniversary of revolution approaches - Bahrain Freedom Movement

The protests continued on daily and nightly basis in almost every town and village of the country with, attended by men and women among the youth. The slogans have now become familiar with calls for regime change and the downfall of the dictator. Last night a particular protest was held in the capital, Manama led by Nabil Rajab, the President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. He was joined by several other activists who marched from several points to converge on the centre of Manama. The Al Khalifa forces, led by John Timoney, launched merciless attacks on them using all means at the their disposal. The right of freedom of expression has been completely eradicated by the Al Khalifa dictatorship and the Al Saud occupiers. The regime has been emboldened by the US support of its crackdown against peaceful demonstrators. Despite the much-hailed Bissiouni report none of its 33 recommendations have been implemented. The American support has been condemned by Bahrainis as complicity in the war against the people, their rights and the principles of justice and human rights.

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Deaths Increase in Bahrain | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Deaths Increase in Bahrain | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Meanwhile, “Professor Cherif Bassiouni, head of the Bahrain Independent Commission, has slammed the actions of the Bahrain Government since the report’s publication, calling it a ‘whitewash’.” Bassiouni is one of many who have condemned the silence of the U.S. regarding the situation in Bahrain. The February 14 Youth Coalition published a letter also condemning the lack of action from the U.S., and said its “silence has been interpreted by the regime in Bahrain as an approval to use brutal methods to crush the peaceful revolution and crackdown on political activists.”

 

[More deaths, more suffering,  more Al-Khalifa regime.....     :-(    ]

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The Royal Stall of the Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain

The Royal Stall of the Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

While unarmed civilians die on Bahrain’s streets, the king of the tiny oil-rich nation continues to tell his people he is eager for dialogue and refuses entry to a prominent human rights champion from the U.S.

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king BullSh*t : Bahrain king promises to expand parliament powers

More lies, PR Bullsh*t, and treacherous deceptions from Hamad, the murderer, Al Khalifa!

 

ALL his reforms leave ALL power in his hands!  THAT isn't reform, THAT is STATUS QUO!

 

Yasqot Hamad!     10 10 T 10

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Religion and Politics in Bahrain: How About That Police Reform?

Religion and Politics in Bahrain: How About That Police Reform? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In short, rather than actual political changes that might alleviate the country's underlying political conflict, the Bahraini government has attempted to make the argument that the main lesson of the BICI report--and the primary "reform" demanded by its conclusions--is the retraining and restructuring of its police and security forces. Such an attempt to address the symptoms of Bahrain's political conflict rather than its causes was already an obvious step in the wrong direction. But now, when it's become clear not only that (1) Bahrain's rulers continue to avoid substantive political reforms by focusing on secondary issues; but also that (2) even those secondary, police-related reforms supposedly initiated are also illusory, now the smoke of obfuscation has finally cleared. The Bahrain of February 2012 is fundamentally the same Bahrain of February 2011.

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U.S. concerned about Bahrain activist, urges probe

U.S. concerned about Bahrain activist, urges probe | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain's largest Shi'ite opposition bloc, al-Wefaq, welcomed the comments by the U.S. official, saying the government needed to be pushed to carry out the panel's recommendations.

"We appreciate this response and the Bahrainis are awaiting actions on the ground," said Wefaq member and former member of parliament Mattar Mattar.

"There is struggle in implementing the recommendations of the BICI and the regime needs to be pressured and monitored to apply it, rather than the international community just believing the regime's fake response, which contradicts the facts on the ground," he added.

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Clashes across Bahrain as protesters demand reform | Regime ignores BICI

Clashes across Bahrain as protesters demand reform |  Regime ignores BICI | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The head of a committee set up by the government to study ways of implementing the report's recommendations resigned Saturday, apparently out of frustration with the lack of progress.
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The 15-year-old killed Saturday, Sayed Hashim Saeed, was from the southeastern Bahraini island of Sitra. He was hit by a tear gas canister and later died at a hospital, said Hadi al-Mousawi, a spokesman for the country's largest Shiite opposition group, Al Wefaq.
"Ongoing repression in Bahrain is happening amid international silence as people demand democratization and reject dictatorship," said Al Wefaq in a statement.
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The special commission that investigated Bahrain's turmoil outlined a number of recommendations. They include allowing some 4,000 workers fired for taking part in protests to return to their jobs, releasing political prisoners who made confessions under abuse, and throwing out guilty verdicts for those tried in state security courts, which have since been dissolved.
The head of the committee tasked with studying the recommendations, Ali Saleh, resigned, saying in a statement Saturday that he was attacked by state media and senior government officials for trying to do his job. He did not elaborate.

 

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In Bahrain’s Hour of Peril, Where Does The U.S. Stand? | The Public Record

In Bahrain’s Hour of Peril, Where Does The U.S. Stand? | The Public Record | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The United Nations’ top human rights official is calling on tiny, oil-rich Bahrain to release prisoners detained for joining peaceful demonstrations earlier this year, and to restore the jobs of thousands of people who were dismissed for joining the protest.
Navi Pillay said in a statement that this action should be taken as a confidence-building measure.
Bahrain’s Human Rights activists applauded her statement. Faisal Fulad, Secretary General of Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society, said in response, “We have expressed all along that the government needs to show its commitment in order to gain the trust and respect of the people.”
He added: “The reforms agreed to in the National Dialogue, and the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) should be implemented immediately and those held for championing democracy must be released.” ...

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Organizations Targeted by Bahrain’s Repression | Human Rights First

Organizations Targeted by Bahrain’s Repression | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The US should acknowledge that Bahrain has made little progress in reforming its repressive behavior and publicly condemn the Bahrain regime’s attacks on civil society. The regime’s disregard of human rights should not be rewarded with an arms sale and US encouragement.
For more details about how Bahrain has failed to comply with BICI report recommendations, see the Human Rights First report: 'No More Excuses—Time for Radical Change.'

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Remarks by US Assistant Secretary Posner on #Bahrain

....In our meetings this week, we reiterated our continuing concerns about the need for tangible action on several urgent issues. These include the need for swift action on the reinstatement of workers unfairly dismissed from their jobs. We discussed our concerns about ongoing court cases against doctors, journalists, former members of parliament, and others, that appear to be based, at least in part, on their criticism of government actions and policies. We also have registered our concerns about proposed media and civil society laws, that could restrict open debate of political issues. And finally, we continue to be concerned about reports of excessive use of force, including tear gas, in response to ongoing street protests. I want to be clear that we also condemn the use of violence by demonstrators which the government has an obligation to stop. We call on all parties to refrain from the use of the violence. We see a need for improved community policing practices, crowd control procedures, and accountability for incidents of excessive use of force. ....

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Bahrain Inquiry: This report is going nowhere.....immobilized by the criminal regime!

Bahrain Inquiry:  This report is going nowhere.....immobilized by the criminal regime! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pictures speak louder than words.......

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Bahrain's murderous king visits one of his accomplices in Britain!

Bahrain's murderous king visits one of his accomplices in Britain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Downing Street said that Cameron "urged the king to deliver swiftly on the commitments he has made to implement the recommendations from the inquiry and to drive forward reform and reconciliation in the country, engaging with the opposition as part of that process". Britain is offering help with judicial reforms.

The opposition's key demand is for the release of prisoners and the reinstatement of people who were sacked after joining anti-government protests.

 

[Swiftly?!  The fact that the sacked are STILL sacked and that all Prisoners of Conscience are STILL imprisoned, is evidence of the Do-Nothing mindset of this fascist dictator!]

 

Yasqut Hamad!

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