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The Price of Freedom and Democracy: Defiant Bahrainis and the Arab Spring | Wilson Center

The Price of Freedom and Democracy: Defiant Bahrainis and the Arab Spring | Wilson Center | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel Rajab, one of the founders of the human rights movement in Bahrain and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights will receive the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award on Thursday, 1 December, as part of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Workshop “The Price of Freedom and Democracy: Defiant Bahrainis and the Arab Spring” at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.

 

[Congratulations Mr. Rajab!  very much deserved, great work! ]

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Wael Ghonim in the running for Nobel Peace Prize | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt

Wael Ghonim in the running for Nobel Peace Prize | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring, which has displaced regimes in the Middle East and North Africa, will dominate this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the International Peace Research Institute said.

 

[I would like to nominate Nabeel Rajab !  ]

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'Crackdowns fuel Bahrain protests'

'Crackdowns fuel Bahrain protests' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An exclusive interview with Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights...
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نشيدة هذا البحراني جنن الشغب أهداء إلى شعب البحريني

أنتاج شبكة ذو الفقار الإسلامية تهدي هذا العمل إلى الشعب البحريني و نبيل رجب...
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Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Summoned by Police | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Summoned by Police | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), was summoned to a police station on August 19 for telling the truth!

 

“This is only one of a lengthy campaign of targeting human rights activists like Nabeel Rajab who is one of the leading activists in the country,” Maryam al-Khawaja comments.

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US and British-Backed Bahrain Regime: the Use of “Toxic Terror” in Collective Punishment

US and British-Backed Bahrain Regime: the Use of “Toxic Terror” in Collective Punishment | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Five civilians, including women, physically disabled and a five-year-old boy, have died so far from suffocation resulting from regime forces firing tear gas canisters into homes. In such attacks, the dwellings quickly become thick with the acrid smoke released by these weapons. The elderly and weak cannot escape from the lethal exposure.

In the last two weeks, state military forces have stepped up attacks on family homes in mainly Shia villages, which are seen as supportive of the pro-democracy movement.

“This is a deliberate, systematic tactic of terrorising people,” says Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. “This is not just a case of a few officers behaving randomly. We are seeing entire villages coming under sustained attack with thousands of gas canisters thrown into homes by uniformed riot police who ride into villages in Ministry of Interior jeeps. These deadly attacks could only be carried out on the orders of the regime’s rulers.”...

Both Washington and London backed a Saudi-led invasion force into Bahrain in mid-March to crush the peaceful protests. Since then, military from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have supported Bahraini forces in a brutal crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. The crackdown has resulted in some 40 civilians deaths, over 1,000 illegal detentions, torture of detainees and hundreds of show trial prosecutions held in military courts.

Among those prosecuted are doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers and journalists, who have been charged with ludicrous crimes such as “inciting hatred against the rulers” and “subversion on behalf of a foreign enemy” (implying Iran). ...“This shows that the repression by the regime and its allies has failed,” says Rajab. “They have not intimidated the people from demanding their democratic rights.”

Rajab, who last month was awarded the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award by the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for his human rights work, says that the inability to suppress calls for democratic change is why the Bahraini regime has now resorted to a new tactic of “collective punishment” of civilians.

“Despite extrajudicial killings, mass incarcerations and routine torture, the regime realises that these methods have failed to defeat the popular opposition. Now they have moved to collective punishment by going into villages and terrorising people with deadly use of tear gas,” says Rajab.

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Pakistani troops aid Bahrain's crackdown - Features - Al Jazeera English | Boycott: Fauji Foundation

Pakistani troops aid Bahrain's crackdown - Features - Al Jazeera English |  Boycott: Fauji Foundation | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In the following two months, on the back of visits to Islamabad by senior Saudi and Bahraini officials, sources say at least 2,500 former servicemen were recruited by Bahrainis and brought to Manama, increasing the size of their national guard and riot police by as much as 50 per cent.
"We know that continued airplanes are coming to Bahrain and bringing soldiers from Pakistan," Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera.
"We do not know the exact number, but we know that it is much more than 1,500 or 2,000 people."
Recruited into the special forces, the national guard, and the riot police, the Pakistani citizens are tasked with suppressing Shia protesters that are reportedly demanding equal rights after years of alleged oppression at the hands of the royal family, part of Bahrain's Sunni minority.
"Our own Shia cannot join the security forces, but the government recruits from abroad," said Rajab.
On the ground in Pakistan, the recruitments were handled by the Fauji Foundation, one of the largest conglomerates in the country with close ties to the Pakistani military. In addition to the Overseas Employment Services, which is tasked with providing job opportunities for retired military personnel, the foundation owns large cereal and gas companies, sugar mills, security firms, as well as hospitals and universities.

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Defending the right to practise — Irish Medical Times

Defending the right to practise — Irish Medical Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“The IMO upholds the right of medical personnel to ‘non-combatant’ status in any conflict zone and insists that prompt due process be available to any personnel detained in the course of their work in all such zones,” a spokesperson said.
While the RCSI last week said it was not commenting on the issue, the College has previously said punishing doctors or nurses for treating patients, irrespective of their background, was completely unacceptable. The RCPI, which went on a fact-finding mission in Bahrain to gather “first-hand, albeit limited” information, said it was supporting calls for justice for doctors arrested in Bahrain.
A human rights activist had forwarded Prof McCormack’s email to numerous other individuals in Ireland, and through that contact the surgeon made contact with Front Line Defenders in Blackrock, whom he described as a “fantastic NGO”.
“They [Front Line] agreed to declare the doctors human rights defenders defending the right to health, which they are, and so they got on board.”
Front Line has taken up the cases of all the arrested doctors, including the Irish-trained doctors, Dr Ali Al Ekr, Dr Basim Dhaif and Dr Ghassan Dhaif, whom the NGO says are currently being subjected to an unfair trial before a military court on unsubstantiated charges. For more than two months after their arrest, the doctors were denied access to their families or lawyers, and there is credible evidence of torture, according to the NGO.
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:Nabeel Rajab, the world renowned human rights advocate, is held in Bahrain

:Nabeel Rajab, the world renowned human rights advocate, is held in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nabeel Rajab, the world renowned human rights advocate, is held in Bahrain and not allowed to freely travel! He has been a tireless champion of human rights for decades, and for all peoples. The Bahraini regime is stopping his travels abroad: What do they fear? Why do the Khalifas worry that such a gifted soul should travel abroad and risk himself for the freedoms of others? What are the Arab leaders hiding that they don't want exposed by such a champion of humanity? NABEEL RAJAB MUST BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL FREELY, HE MUST BE ALLOWED TO FUNCTION AS THE HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPION THAT HE IS!

LET US ALL DO WHAT WE CAN TO HELP HIM TO BE FREE, FOR IT IS HIS JOB TO HELP ALL OF US BE MORE FREE!
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http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com :Nabeel Rajab: Bahrain situation beyond explanation + Protesters sentenced to death « Dandelion Salad

http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com  :Nabeel Rajab: Bahrain situation beyond explanation + Protesters sentenced to death « Dandelion Salad | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An emergency appeals court in Bahrain has upheld the death sentences of two men accused of running over two police officers during anti-government protests.
Interview with Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights
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Nabeel Rajab President of Bahrain Center for Human Rights was beaten, blindfolded and detained | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab President of Bahrain Center for Human Rights was beaten, blindfolded and detained | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini security forces briefly detained the outspoken head of the country's main human rights group on Sunday, days after a crackdown that drove mainly Shi'ite protesters off the streets.

"At around 1:30 a.m., around 25 thugs wearing civilian clothes came inside the house and were running from room to room, while around 20 more in security forces' uniforms waited outside," Nabeel Rajab told Reuters by telephone.

Rajab had spoken to media about the crackdown and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights put out statements this week accusing Bahraini forces and their Saudi and Emirati allies of "massacres."

Rajab said he was blindfolded and handcuffed and put into the back of a car.

"They beat me and threatened to rape me and they kicked me when I refused to say I love the prime minister," he said.
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Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini Human Rights Activist, Accused Of Faking Beating Photos

Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini Human Rights Activist, Accused Of Faking Beating Photos | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DUBAI, April 11 (Reuters) - Bahrain accused a prominent activist on Monday of fabricating images of a corpse on the Internet and summoned him for questioning in an ongoing crackdown following pro-democracy protests the state put down by force.
MORE BOGUS KHALIFA LIES!
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تحية الجمهور للحقوقي الأستاذ نبيل رجب

البحرين مهرجان الوفاق في كرانة مطالبنا وطنية - حكومة منتخبة 8-7-2011...| Bahrain Festival karrana reconciliation in our demands and the national - elected government 08/07/2011- Mr. Nabeel Rajab
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حوار

حوار http://www.france24.com/ar/taxonomy/emission/7555 http://www.france24.com...

 

Nabeel Rajab on the events in Bahrain!

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Nabeel Rajab speech at the International Conference in Montreal Canada

Nabeel Rajab speech at the International Conference of the organizations of civil society in Montreal Canada...

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'KSA, US hindering democracy in Bahrain'

'KSA, US hindering democracy in Bahrain' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An exclusive interview with Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahraini Center for Human Rights...

Rajab:" Well, you have to take something into consideration. Any democracy in Bahrain will have an impact in Saudi Arabia. And democracy in Saudi Arabia is something that they don't want to see.

Iraq becoming a democracy is a threat, which is not as close as Bahrain. Now, in Bahrain, which is walking distance from Saudi Arabia, democracy is reaching a close distance and is very dangerous to the Saudis. This is how they view it.

From the other side, you have to take something else into consideration, that we have realized those revolutions in the Arab Spring, that the Saudis influence in some European countries and the United States is more than the influence of those European countries and the United States on Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.

That's why we have seen how much Saudi Arabia could silence, and the Americans could silence some of the European countries into saying anything or taking any strong decision on the Bahraini situation.

We have seen how much crime is being committed by specific countries and ignored by other countries. Unfortunately, we have realized that democracy in the United States and some European countries are important only to those countries they have a problem with, but not to those dictators whom they have a good relationship with, like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

See how much Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries come when the American president speaks and criticizes the situation in the Arab region when he talks about democracy, human rights, values and principles.

Saudi Arabia is always ignored, although Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest human rights violators in the region. But it is almost always ignored. Why? Because of the Saudi influence.

Unfortunately, the Saudi influence is very strong in the United States. It's very strong in Europe. That's why they could silence those countries in criticizing Bahrain. That's why for many months people were killed, a thousand people were fired, mosques were being demolished, people were arrested, systematic torture, houses being robbed by the army...in complete silence from the Western countries and the United States. Unfortunately, this is something you have to take into consideration.   .... "

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مقابلة نبيل رجب مع الجزيرة حول إضراب الأطباء عن الطعام

مقابلة نبيل رجب رئيس مركز البحرين لحقوق الإنسان مع قناة الجزيرة الإنجليزية (مترجمة) حول إضراب الأطباء البحرينيين المعتقلين والعديد من النشطاء عن الطعام احتجا...
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Open Letter to Bassiouni مترجم: رسالة مفتوحة لبسيوني

الشعب البحريني لديه حالة "الوضع الظاهر" ضد نظام آل خليفة. دعاوي التعذيب المنتشرة وتقارير منظمات حقوق الإنسان تظهر بأن الحكومة كانت على علم بالتعذيب المنتشر و...

 

Report of the Prima Facie case of Human Rights Violations,  torture, and violations of the Geneva Converntion in Bahrain.  Discourse that has occured between Nabeel Rajab and Bassiouni.

 

http://www.supportbahrainrights.com/

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Updates: Serious injuries of protesters, medic arrested and student arrested on arrival at Bahrain Airport | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Updates: Serious injuries of protesters, medic arrested and student arrested on arrival at Bahrain Airport | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Nabeel Rajab Awarded the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab Awarded the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights has been awarded the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award by the Washington based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

What a great man! So deserved.....how long until he gets the Nobel Peace Prize?
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Saudi Sacrilege: Demolishing Mosques, Arresting & Torturing People of Bahrain

[9 April 2011] News Analysis - Saudi Sacrilege: Demolishing Mosques, Arresting & Torturing People of Bahrain | Guests: Nabeel Rajab (President of Human Right...
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Nabeel Rajab: News & Videos about Nabeel Rajab - CNN.com

Nabeel Rajab: News & Videos about Nabeel Rajab - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain lifted state of emergency laws Wednesday that had allowed for a crackdown on political leaders and journalists, but at the same time continued its crackdown on the country's major Shiite political opposition movement and stifled the latest...
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Bahrain: Slandering campaign against Mr. Nabeel Rajab and Ms. Maryam Al Khawaja / June 30, 2011 / Urgent Interventions / Human rights defenders / OMCT

Bahrain: Slandering campaign against Mr. Nabeel Rajab and Ms. Maryam Al Khawaja / June 30, 2011 / Urgent Interventions / Human rights defenders / OMCT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the slandering campaign launched against Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), and Ms. Maryam Al Khawaja, Head of the Office of Foreign Relations at the BCHR and daughter of the prominent human rights activist Mr. Abdulhadi Al Khawaja.

According to the information received, an anonymous defamatory campaign against Mr. Nabeel Rajab and Ms. Maryam Al Khawaja was launched in early May 2011, with the active and passive support of the Bahraini authorities.
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Interview of Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Deputy Secretary General of FIDH. - FIDH - Worldwide Human Rights Movement

Interview of Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Deputy Secretary General of FIDH. - FIDH - Worldwide Human Rights Movement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Could you tell us briefly what the situation is like on the ground ? What is the extent of the current mobilisation?
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وفد البرلمان الأوربي يلتقي البلوشي ونبيل رجب كلاً على حدا - صوت المنامة - البحرين (Powered by Alhajar portal)

وفد البرلمان الأوربي يلتقي البلوشي ونبيل رجب كلاً على حدا - صوت المنامة - البحرين (Powered by Alhajar portal) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The European Parliament delegation to meet al-BALUSHI, Nabil Rajab both individually-Manama-Bahrain.
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