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Bahrain: Rehabilitate Torture Victims | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Rehabilitate Torture Victims | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Beirut) – Bahrain should provide victims of torture with physical and psychological rehabilitation, Human Rights Watch and other human rights groups said today, based on a letter they sent to King Hamad.....

Bahrain accepted the BICI’s finding that its security forces tortured people in 2011, so it should face up to its treaty obligation to help the victims recover.These 13 prisoners should not be in jail in the first place, but that doesn’t mean Bahrain can ignore its obligation to help them recover from torture by its security forces.

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Depoliticizing Bahrain's Uprising: The Rhetoric of Human Rights

Depoliticizing Bahrain's Uprising: The Rhetoric of Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The BICI report established that Bahrain is facing huge and real challenges. Its findings revealed that gross human rights violations were systematic and based on a particular training pattern received by those responsible for the implementation of the law. The report also found that senior members of the Bahraini regime had ordered these transgressions. Essentially, the inquiry disclosed that the violations were carried out:

With similar methods at different interrogation centers. Torture—at times leading to fatalities—arbitraryarrests, beatings, verbal abuse, and looting of property were common practices;During a lengthy time period spanning February to June 2011; and,Against a wide range of targets, as it affected thousands of people and most of the areas inhabited by the opposition and the Shia majority. The violations also included arbitrary dismissal of workers, the demolition of mosques, and incitement and spread of terror by the local official media.

All this confirmed that Bahrain was facing unusual challenges. Yet for the last thirteen months, the debate has remained centered on determining “the nature” of these challenges as opposed to actively addressing the source of the problem: the complex political system itself. Framing the violations of the last two years solely within a human rights lens de-politicizes the concerted anti-revolution strategies of the regime and its allies while reinforcing the view that reform and dialogue are the way forward. The regime can thus easily address the human rights perspective through adequate police training, improving the conditions of detention, and punishing discrimination against Shia citizens. Tackling the “political crisis” in Bahrain, however, would require a complete restructuring of the entire ruling infrastructure based on ideals of the 14 February Revolution, namely, equality, social justice, and democratic political participation, all of which the regime has and will continue to fight tooth and nail.

These institutional transformations necessarily extend to the furthest reaches of the executive bodies in the state. Indeed, for the full implementation of the Bassiouni recommendations, this restructuring must include:

Nationalizing the security apparatus by eliminating its dependency on foreign mercenaries and opening it up to all Bahraini nationals regardless of sect, gender, political affiliation, etc. and in the process forging a more unitary notion of citizenship;Reforming the intelligence bodies and implementing safeguards to guarantee their operation within the provisions of the Constitution;Developing an impartial and functional judiciary system;Eliminating the control of the royal family over the national media; and,Most importantly, working to remove the army from politics and reorient its mission toward the defense of the country and not the rule of the Khalifa family.....
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POMED_BahrainReport_web-FINAL.pdf

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One year later, as tensions in Bahrain continue to escalate, any understanding of
the current crisis must include an honest, accurate assessment of the progress in
implementation of the BICI recommendations. In this report, we have strived to
carefully carry out such an assessment, although the task was made considerably more
difficult by the lack of transparent, relevant information from Bahraini government
officials, as well as the very limited access provided to independent organizations,
researchers, and journalists. If the government is making substantially more progress
on implementing the BICI recommendations than it appears based on publicly available
information, then they must more transparently provide evidence to support such
claims and allow access for outside observers to confirm such claims independently.
We have found that the Government of Bahrain has fully implemented three of the
BICI report’s 26 recommendations. Two other recommendations were impossible for
us to properly evaluate due to a lack of available information, and 15 recommendations
have only been partially implemented. Finally, the government has made no meaningful
progress toward six of the recommendations, which are precisely the most important
steps that need to be taken – accountability for officials responsible for torture and
severe human rights violations, the release of political prisoners, prevention of sectarian
incitement, and the relaxation of censorship and controls on free expression......

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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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Post BICI Report Part II.pdf - More on the Al-Khalifa lies and hypocrisy...

Post BICI Report Part II.pdf - More on the Al-Khalifa lies and hypocrisy... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

http://is.gd/j7fIxf ; on Google docs

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Conflict Risk Alert: Bahrain

Conflict Risk Alert: Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Beneath a façade of normalisation, Bahrain is sliding toward another dangerous eruption of violence. The government acts as if partial implementation of recommendations from the November 2011 Independent Commission of Inquiry (the Bassiouni Report) will suffice to restore tranquillity, but there is every reason to believe it is wrong. Political talks – without which the crisis cannot be resolved – have ground to a halt, and sectarian tensions are mounting. A genuine dialogue between the regime and the opposition and a decision to fully carry out the Bassiouni Report – not half-hearted measures and not a policy of denial – are needed to halt this deterioration.

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Nabeel Rajab: 'King of Bahrain is not keeping promises'

Nabeel Rajab: 'King of Bahrain is not keeping promises' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nabeel Rajab, one of Bahrain's most outspoken human rights activists, tells Stephen Sackur that the commission of inquiry set up by the King to look into last year's violence in the country was not independent.

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Bahrainis Demand More Than Cosmetic Reforms - IPS ipsnews.net

Months after an independent commission presented damning evidence of the Bahraini government's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, thousands press on with a reinvigorated protest movement for genuine reform.

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#Bahrain Minute - 2 Years on The BICI Report

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BAHRAIN: REFORM SHELVED, REPRESSION UNLEASHED

‘The Secretary-General reiterates his appeal to
the Bahraini authorities to abide fully by
international human rights standards, including
respect for freedom of expression and peaceful
assembly and association.…’
Spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary-General, 1 November 2012
The human rights situation in Bahrain has markedly deteriorated over recent months, with
repressive practices increasingly entrenched and more and more flagrant government
disregard for the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI),
set up to investigate widespread human rights violations during the 2011 uprising. The
blanket ban issued in late October 2012 on all protests, and the increasing harassment and
arrest of human rights activists, has meant hope for an improved human rights situation in
Bahrain is fading. ....

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Bahrain violations being reviewed by US Congress committee

Bahrain violations being reviewed by US Congress committee | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The human rights situation in Bahrain is in question again, now most recently by the United States Congress.

A high level hearing on the “implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report” was held on Wednesday, inside room 2237 of the Rayburn House Office Building at the US Congress, according to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC).

The TLHRC is a committee in US Congress that advocates for human rights and the BICI report at the centre of Wednesday’s hearing was issued last November. ...

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Bahrain Commits $500K To 'International HR NGO's'

Bahrain Commits $500K To 'International HR NGO's' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This isn't about reconciliation!  This isn't about freedoms or democratic reforms in Bahrain!    This is an economic pittance doled out to appease International HR groups.....This is comical and tragic simultaneously!  This bogus regime has no intention of complying with the BICI recommendations as promised by the 'King.'   This regime is a liar, a HR abuser, and a murderer of innocents!  

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Bahrain: 'The Post BICI Report' | Human rights violations AFTER the report...

Bahrain:  'The Post BICI Report'  |  Human rights violations AFTER the report... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Here is the link to the full PDF:  http://is.gd/hzfOzN

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BCHR Report on Human Rights Violations Since the BICI Recommendations 3/26/2012

BCHR Report on Human Rights Violations Since the BICI Recommendations 3/26/2012 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

http://is.gd/hzfOzN

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Bahrain: Vital Reform Commitments Unmet | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Vital Reform Commitments Unmet | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Beirut) – Bahrain’s government has not carried out critical recommendations by the independent commission that looked into extensive human rights violations during the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. ...

“Bahrain has taken some positive steps, but the Bahraini authorities can hardly claim that the BICI’s recommendations have been implemented as long as hundreds of people remain behind bars solely for speaking out and demanding a change of government,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “And it seems that no high-ranking officials have been investigated for their roles in rampant torture or unlawful killings.”

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Resigned MP Ali Alaswad Open Letter to Cherif Bassiouni | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية

Resigned MP Ali Alaswad Open Letter to Cherif Bassiouni | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ali Alaswad, a resigned Bahraini MP, has written an open letter to Cherif Bassiouni, the Head of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, criticising his claim that there is no more torture in Bahrain.
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