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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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كلمة نبيل رجب في تجمع حقيقة مداولات جنيف 28-5-2012

كلمة نبيل رجب في تجمع الجماهيري حقيقة مداولات جنيف 28-5-2012 بساحة الحرية بالمقشع...

 

Nabeel slams the regime at the UN Geneva Human Rights Council....

 

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Bahrain: Open letter to the King on the trial of Nabeel Rajab / June 15, 2012

Bahrain: Open letter to the King on the trial of Nabeel Rajab / June 15, 2012 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Excellency,

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), is writing to you to express its deepest concerns over the ongoing judicial harassment against, and arbitrary detention of, Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and FIDH Deputy Secretary General[1]. The Observatory announces its intention to observe the upcoming hearing against Mr. Rajab, scheduled for June 24, 2012 in Manama.

Mr. Nabeel Rajab was most recently summoned on June 6, 2012 by the Public Prosecutor after he tweeted his belief that the Prime Minister had been warmly welcomed by villagers on the occasion of his recent travel to Al Mashraq in exchange for subsidies. On the same day, Mr. Rajab was interrogated and ordered a seven-day imprisonment pending further investigation. On June 13, his detention was extended to June 19. His lawyer requested his release on bail but the prosecution refused without giving any proper argument.

The Observatory

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The case for reforms in Bahrain

The case for reforms in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
We’ll examine the prospects for meaningful change in the country.

 

[This appearnce of Nabeel Rajab via Skype is the reason for re-arrest!  

 

 

Poor Hammy, you can't silence the will to be free with arrests!..... ]

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Bahrain: Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain: Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment  of Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The Observatory urges the authorities of Bahrain to:

1. Guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Nabeel Rajab and all human rights defenders in Bahrain;

2. Release Mr. Nabeel Rajab immediately and unconditionally as his detention seems to merely sanction his human rights activities and is contrary to national and international law;

3. Put an end to any act of harassment, including at the judicial level, against Mr. Nabeel Rajab and against all human rights defenders in Bahrain;

4. Conform in any circumstances with the provisions of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted on December 9, 1998 by the United Nations General Assembly, in particular:

its Article 1, which states that “everyone has the right, individually or in association with others, to promote the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels” ;

its Article 6 (c) which states that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others to study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters” ;

and its Article 12.2 which states that “the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”.

vi. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Bahrain. ...

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Bahrain activists detained after appearing on The Stream

Bahrain activists detained after appearing on The Stream | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist and Mohammad Hasan, a blogger, tweeted that they had been called in for questioning by authorities after appearing on the show on Monday, June 4. Both said they believed the reason for the summoning was due to their participation on The Stream.

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Mass rally outside of Nabeel's home: 7:30Pm

Mass rally outside of Nabeel's home:  7:30Pm | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Receive a mass rally outside the house of Nabil Rajab 7.30 pm .. Tribute to the resilience code editor Nabil Rajab .. We call on the masses of the revolution to participate in the broad public reception in front of his house in the heart of the revolution, "the town of Bani Jamra stationed" at exactly half past seven pm

 

[I will be there in spirit.........]

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NABEEL RAJAB HAS BEEN RELEASED!

NABEEL RAJAB HAS BEEN RELEASED! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

All praise be to Allah.....

 

This is a direct answer to prayer....

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Bahrain Center for Human Rights: List of Cases against Nabeel Rajab and Zainab AlKhawaja

Bahrain Center for Human Rights: List of Cases against Nabeel Rajab and Zainab AlKhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Their 'real crime' is defending the people and supporting human rights of Bahrainis!  

 

The Al-Khalifa terrorists will have none of that.....

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Lawyer: Jailed Bahrain activist granted bail

Mohammed Ahmed said bail was set at 300 dinars ($798) for Nabel Rajab, who was arrested earlier this month as part of the Gulf kingdom's crackdowns on dissent.
Rajab faces charges of using social media to insult Bahraini authorities and encouraging protests. ...
Ahmed said a further hearing is scheduled Tuesday for Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

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Bahrain: A song of freedom is harsh to the regime's ears......

Bahrain:  A song of freedom is harsh to the regime's  ears...... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel's tweets are the melody of freedom for the Democracy protesters....  they are criminal incitement to the regime.

 

To the oppressed, Nabeel's tweets are a path to freedom, for the oppressive regime, they mark the end of their era....

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Countering the Regime's Allegations Against Nabeel Rajab

Countering the Regime's Allegations Against Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The opposition society Al Wefaq, in response, has put out a statement and video of Rajab from March (see top of entry):

We consider his detention for freely expressing his views to be irrational, unlawful and the action of a tyrannical government.
Mr. Rajab is being punished for openly and transparently expressing his views. Under international laws and norms he has the right to free expression free from harassment.

The detention of Mr. Rajab is another dark stain on the already tarnished record of the oppressive authorities in Bahrain. It is an unjustifiable act against a well-known human rights defender who has never attempted to hide his views or actions. Having only behaved within his internationally accepted rights, there are no logical reasons to arrest an activist who has always proven to be willing to interact with and respond to official bodies.

Former MP Matar Matar continues:

This is a video for Nabeel Rajab urging the crowds to stop blocking the roads in villages and not to throw Molotov or even stones on riot police.
He was calling all sides, including the opposition to review, all the events during the last year. He said that the opposition should review the part of their policy that might have played a role in creating fear among the Sunni community. Such massages and others represent consistent strategy by Nabeel Rajab that the movement should adhere to peaceful methods and contains all segments of the society.

Nabeel, and other prisoners of conscience should not be behind bars for their peaceful activities to address their opinion and defense for human rights.

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Plz support Nabeel Rajab , still facing court hearings | Amnesty International

Plz support Nabeel Rajab , still facing court hearings | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:
Welcoming the release on bail of Nabeel Rajab;
Calling on the Bahraini authorities to drop all the charges against Nabeel Rajab since they relate to his legitimate exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and assembly;
Urge them to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly and ensure that all human rights organizations and human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without political interference and hindrance, as recommended by several states during the Universal Periodic Review in May 2012.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 10 AUGUST 2012 TO:

King
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
PO Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama,
Bahrain
Fax: +973 1766 4587
Salutation: Your Majesty
Minister of Interior
Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama,
Bahrain
Fax: +973 1723 2661
Twitter: @moi_Bahrain
Salutation: Your Excellency
And copies to:
Public Prosecutor
Mr ‘Ali al-Bu’ainein
Public Prosecution Office
P.O. Box 450, al-Manama,
Bahrain
Fax: +973 1753 0884
Salutation: Dear Mr ‘Ali al-Bu’ainein

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:
Name Address 1 Address 2 Address 3 Fax Fax number Email Email address Salutation Salutation
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the fourth update of UA 128/12. ...

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Bahrain activist Rajab released: Nabeel Rajab is FREE!

Bahrain activist Rajab released: Nabeel Rajab is FREE! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The prominent Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, is freed after three weeks in detention.
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Bahrain Update: Solidarity Rally for Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain Update: Solidarity Rally for Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrainis gathered yesterday to demonstrate their support for Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Gulf Center for Human Rights.  Mr. Rajab was recently released ...
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Leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab arrested once again - IFEX

Leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab arrested once again - IFEX | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Prior to his first arrest he stated: “Given that Bahrain in essence lacks a judiciary system that is independent and/or fair, and is far from being in line with international standards of a fair trial, I have decided to boycott the trial against myself. The judiciary system in Bahrain, today, is a tool used against human rights defenders and people calling for democracy and justice.” ...

In a hearing on Wednesday, relating to the third case where Nabeel is charged of staging illegal protests, he told the court that all charges against him are "vindictive accusations." "I was targeted because I was exercising my right to defend human rights, which is a right that is stipulated by the Bahraini constitution," he said. This arrest of Nabeel Rajab comes one day after he appeared on Al-Jazeera TV show AJStream and criticized the lack of serious reform and the continuation of violations against the people of Bahrain. ...

GCHR and BCHR respectfully remind you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognises the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals. We would particularly draw your attention to Article 5 (b) which states that: “For the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels: (b) To form, join and participate in non-governmental organizations, associations or groups;” and to Article 12.2, which provides that “the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration.

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Twitter crimes: Nabeel Rajab and Bahrain's social media campaign - Storyful

Twitter crimes: Nabeel Rajab and Bahrain's social media campaign - Storyful | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
He has become a leading voice for human rights in Bahrain, a voice that has been amplified beyond the borders of the small island kingdom, thanks to social media.
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Out of Jail, Bahraini Activists Nabeel Rajab and Zainab Alkhawaja Urge End to U.S.-Backed Crackdown

Out of Jail, Bahraini Activists Nabeel Rajab and Zainab Alkhawaja Urge End to U.S.-Backed Crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
We go to Bahrain to speak with two recently released political prisoners, Zainab Alkhawaja and Nabeel Rajab, both jailed for protesting the U.S.-backed monarchy.
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Nabeel Rajab with his Mother, after his release...

Nabeel Rajab with his Mother, after his release... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thank God for his release and apparent good condition.....

http://is.gd/BlJNiX

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كلمة نبيل رجب بعد الافراج عنه 28/5/2012

[If anyone can provide an english translation I would gladly post it here.....what I wouldn't give to be polylingual!... Anyway, you Nabeel is saying something wonderful, uplifting, and pertinent to the truth in Bahrain!]

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الحنين للدوار - قصيدة احمد السماهيجي 17-5-2012

القصيده التي القاها احمد السماهيجي تعيدنا للدوار وتعيده للزمن الذي القي فيها القصيده في الدوار ونسيم الحريه - ساحة الحريه -الاعتصام التضامني مع نبيل رجب وعبد...    Poem delivered by Ahmed Asamahigi bring us back to the roundabout and return of the time who delivered the poem in the rotor and the breeze of freedom - Freedom Square - sit-in in solidarity with Nabil Rajab and Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and his daughter Zainab 17/05/2017

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We Are All Nabeel Rajab! #FreeNabeel

We Are All Nabeel Rajab!  #FreeNabeel | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

When any one of us isn't free, none of us are......

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Julian Assange’s latest ‘World Tomorrow’ episode covers the overthrow of dictators

Julian Assange’s latest ‘World Tomorrow’ episode covers the overthrow of dictators | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

[Nabeel Rajab] "When I said in my Twitter account that I’m going to meet Julian Assange and I’m going to speak to him in a TV programme, and last night my house was surrounded by almost 100 policemen – armed, machine guns, and they realised then that I was not at home, then they just ask my family to tell me to come to the public prosecutor today at 4 o’clock. Well, I am here…
…I’m going to go back. I mean, I have to face it, you know. I mean, it’s not the first time but this is the struggle, this is the freedom, this is democracy that we are fighting for. It has a cost and that we have to pay the cost, and the cost might be very expensive as we have paid high cost in Bahrain, and we are willing to pay that for the changes that we are fighting for."

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