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JURIST - Bahrain files suit to suspend main opposition group

JURIST - Bahrain files suit to suspend main opposition group | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] on Sunday filed a lawsuit seeking to suspend all activities of the main Shi'ite opposition group for three months. The move comes after leaders of theAl-Wefaq party [GU Berkley Center backgrounder] were charged recently withholding an illegal meeting[JURIST report] with a US diplomat from the State Department [official website]. The lawsuit, however, does not mention the meeting, but rather seeks to suspend the party[AP report] for violating quorum and transparency requirements. Al-Wefaq leader Ali Salman said his party plans to challenge the move [Reuters report].

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Bahrain: Al Wefaq Writes to HCHR, Concern over Condition of Prisoners

Bahrain: Al Wefaq Writes to HCHR, Concern over Condition of Prisoners | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Al Wefaq National Islamic Society said no information has been released in the past 5 days on the conditions of a number of prisoners in Juw prison, including Sheikh Mohammed Ali Al Mahfoodh, the Secretary-General of the Islamic Action Society.

This is despite news that has been circulating on the mistreatment of the prisoners in the prison and that two of the prisoners are wounded. However, the families of the prisoners have not received any phone calls from the prison.

Al Wefaq has sent an urgent appeal to the Special Procedures Division in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning the situation of the prisoners in Juw prison.

The Authority in Bahrain is fully responsible for the safety of the prisoners who are facing vengeful measures by denying them their fundamental human rights, Al Wefaq stated. Shockingly, state institutions and foundations concerned for human rights such as the Ombudsman Office, the National Institution for Human Rights, the General Inspector, Public Prosecution Office and Ministry of Human Rights all remain silent towards this situation.

Al Wefaq also notes the Interior Ministry’s silence, even though it is the body responsible for the administration of prisons, stressing that such practices are illegal and considered a serious violation of the rights of the prisoners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bahrain summons head of Shi'ite opposition for questioning | #SheikhAliSalman

Bahrain summons head of Shi'ite opposition for questioning | #SheikhAliSalman | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Bahrain police have summoned the head of the main Shi'ite Muslim opposition group al-Wefaq for questioning on Sunday, a source at the interior ministry said on Saturday.

Unrest has dogged Bahrain, a Western ally which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, since the 2011 uprising led by majority Shi'ites demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty.

The revolt was put down with the help of Saudi intervention but protests later resumed and remain frequent.

The ministry source had no details of what the questioning of Wefaq Secretary General Sheikh Ali Salman was about.

Wefaq's website confirmed the summons but said the reasons had not been revealed. "It is believed to be part of the political blackmail and revenge against the peaceful opposition that is asking for democracy," it said in a statement.

The deputy leader of Wefaq, Khalil al-Marzouq, was arrested in September and is now on trial on charges that include inciting terrorism, although has since been freed temporarily until his next hearing on November 18.

His arrest prompted Wefaq to suspend its participation in talks with the government aimed at ending continued Shi'ite opposition protests in the small Gulf Arab island state.

Bahraini authorities also shut and dismantled an exhibition on anti-government protests staged by Wefaq on Wednesday, saying it violated the law and incited hatred.

Talks between the government and its opponents began in February but have failed to resolve the political crisis, with the two sides still mistrustful and apparently far apart on the opposition's main demand for an elected government.

Wefaq, which says it advocates non-violent methods, demands a constitutional monarchy with a government chosen from within a democratically elected parliament.

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Sheikh Salman: Conflict in #Bahrain "No Longer Political"

Sheikh Salman: Conflict in #Bahrain "No Longer Political" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"The mercenaries, not the Bahrainis, have been always taking the high posts in the ministries of defense, information, interior and foreign affairs since the state was established".

"We must not give up as we are not weak. We can resort to the samples of people who achieved victory after confronting the challenge. "

Sheikh Salman asserted the importance of education to cope with the blackout and called on social as well as economic collaboration to protect the country and to defend it against the division conspiracies....

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Bahrain: Sheikh Ali Salman’s comments in Wednesday’s press conference

Bahrain: Sheikh Ali Salman’s comments in Wednesday’s press conference | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Salman blamed the regime for the current situation and all what happened since 14th February. He said the regime is refusing the people’s demands for reform. He added, the ruling dynasty refuses to share power with the people in a democratic political state, the regime is responsible for any consequences for escalating measures in the political and security frameworks.
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If the regime thinks suppressive clampdown might make the political societies or the people surrender, this is an illusion. We call for a national mature state to reach a swift political consensus that achieves the aspirations of the Bahraini people. If the regime refuses the voice of reason, we, the political societies with our people will continue our revolution and we will not respond to any kind of violence and provocation by the regime.

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Bahrain opposition calls for interim govt.

Bahrain opposition calls for interim govt. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the major opposition bloc in Bahrain, made the appeal during a demonstration in the country on Wednesday. 

"The solution to end the crisis starts with the establishment of a transitional government, which represents different national factions in the Bahraini society," a spokesperson of the group said. 

The group also called on the ruling Al Khalifa regime to put an end to the “ongoing crackdowns and media campaigns against dissidents."


The opposition group’s demands come ahead of the second round of the National Consensus Dialogue, which is scheduled to be held on February 10.......

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‘Bahrain uprising cannot be suppressed’

‘Bahrain uprising cannot be suppressed’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Head of Bahrain’s opposition party says the revolution cannot be suppressed, and that it will continue until the demands of Bahrainis are met.



Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary general of al-Wefaq party on Saturday criticized the Manama regime for cracking down on the popular uprising across the kingdom.....

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أوركسترا الثورة البحرينية - شمعة وطن - Home's Candle

Bahraini revolution Orchestra - Candle homeland - February 18, 2012
artwork An_ak_i shows an important aspect of the demands of the Bahraini people for freedom and democracy. The true picture and symbolic about the reality of oppression by the authority to the categories of the Bahraini people demands for democracy.
includes working son of a martyr and my rights and political and doctor detained and poet.
An art singing workTel showing an important aspect of demands sought by the majority of Bahraini people in their pursuit of freedom and democracy; also, the artistic work provides a true depiction of oppressive practices committed by the regime to numerous categories of Bahrainis whilst pursuing democracy; the work includes contributions from son of a martyr, a human rights defender, a politician, a physician, a detainee and a poet. contributions from son of a Martyr, a human rights defender, a politician, a physician, a detainee and a poet.

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Bahrain government to sue AL WEFAQ over banned march

Bahrain government to sue AL WEFAQ over banned march | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

MANAMA (Reuters) - Authorities in Bahrain said on Saturday they would take legal action against the opposition  ....

The opposition has defied government bans on demonstrations before, but this is the first time the authorities have threatened legal action since a protest movement dominated by majority Shi'ite Muslims erupted last February.

The United States has called on Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, to engage with the opposition and hold more talks with its representatives.

It was not immediately clear what the action might entail, but the move appeared to represent an escalation of government attempts to put pressure on Al Wefaq, a group it has threatened to ban in the past.

Opposition parties led by Al Wefaq are demanding full powers for the elected parliament so that it can legislate and form governments. Many Shi'ites complain of being politically and economically marginalized ....

 

[After attempts to assassinate the opposition, after attempting to imprison all opposition intelligentsia, now the AlKhalifa terrorists attempt to outlaw all opposition organizations.....Unbelievable idiocy !]

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Bahrain bans opposition rallies, dialogue efforts continue

Bahrain bans opposition rallies, dialogue efforts continue | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Senior Wefaq member Abduljalil Khalil decried what he said was a new policy to end the use of the street to demand reforms.

"This will lead to more escalation since people now feel no hope. There is no chance to practice their freedom, they have cornered everybody now," he said.

Amnesty International criticized the bans on Thursday, saying the government was violating fundamental rights. A government statement said the interior ministry was working on identifying "approved locations" for rallies.

Since April the authorities have stepped up efforts to crack down on unrest. Activists cite an increased use of shotgun pellets, whose use authorities have declined to confirm or deny. ....

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Slow motion: Bahrain Authorities Targeting opposition leaders

Security forces target Al Wefaq General Secretary and other opposition leaders by shooting directly at them The Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society was today targeted by the security forces who shot at him with tear gas directly canisters and rubber bullets, injuring him in the shoulder and back. He was participating in a peaceful protest under the banner 'We will defeat you with our peaceful movement'. The forces targeted anyone who was moving on the ground with brutal and barbaric repression. Amongst the injured were other opposition leaders who were leading the protest including Hasan Al-Marzooq who received a rubber bullet to the neck and bled profusely. Jawad Fairouz, Al Wefaq's First Vice-Secretary General and former MP, was also injured in the attack. The police forces Besieged the area of protest, blocking all routes leading to it. serious injuries, arrests, incursions and attacks on private property Bahrain: The system uses violence ADULT and suppressed brutally peaceful march to demand democracy suppression system in Bahrain with all the brutality and violence, adult move towards a peaceful march called for by opposition forces in the region of the country's old today Friday, June 22, 2012 and the neighboring regions, causing the deaths of numerous injuries, some serious due to excessive violence used by the forces towards the citizens. and wounded citizens seriously injured was among them young man was wounded in the head injury a direct result of a gunshot by the security forces used excessive force to suppress the demonstration, and worsened his condition and still in extreme care as a result of injury direct bomb thrown by the security forces on it. also arrested this forces many citizens, peaceful, and assaulted on a number of houses and broke into the other and destroyed its contents and Mnicoladtha, has also attacked the cars of citizens milling and vandalism and their homes. and proceeded security forces in Bahrain, the problem in most of the elements of mercenaries Astjlabhm from abroad to the suppression of the citizens, the beating of a number of citizens and pedestrians within the campaign Ktvtha to prevent the demonstrations and the expression of opinion and within the framework of a systematic system in the suppression of citizens and prevent them from their legitimate rights. forces assaulted the brutality and are outside the framework of humanitarian leaders of the opposition in Bahrain who participated in the peaceful demonstration and were carrying roses in exchange for carrying troops to arms and tools of repression, and wounded some of them seriously injured as a result of repression official, was among them injury of the Secretary-General of the Islamic National Accord Association, Sheikh Ali Salman in his back and shoulder, as well as injuring the First Deputy of the Secretary-General of the Association of National Assembly Unionist good Marzouq in the chest and leg, along with sporadic outbreaks of a number of leaders opposition, including former MP and member of the General Secretariat of the Association Accord Jawad Fairouz. and security forces intensified their presence heavily in the vicinity of where the launch of the demonstration and in entrance areas, leading her and tried to prevent the access of citizens to prevent them from their right to express their opinion in the context of the arbitrary use of powers illegally , leading to jams big disrupted dozens of streets after closing by the security forces, leading to disable the interests of citizens and residents. also suppressed these forces with poison gas and suffocating and bombs and weapons destined for the demonstration of citizens in all the surrounding areas, and imposed checkpoints and detained citizens and chased the others in the the roads are crazy cars and Mrtgelin, to avenge them for their insistence on the presence of the expression of their opinion.

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Bahrain says group follows violent Shi'ite cleric

Bahrain says group follows violent Shi'ite cleric | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain justified moves to ban a small Islamist group on Monday by saying a radical Shi'ite cleric based abroad was its spiritual leader, while the move was seen by some as a renewed warning to leading Shi'ite opposition party Wefaq.

 

[Sayed Hadi al-Modarresi an extremist?!  I think NOT!  ]  

See: http://is.gd/SEx7dk

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Bahrain opposition seeks talks 'consensus'

Bahrain opposition seeks talks 'consensus' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Opposition says any talks with government must be preceded by "guarantees of seriousness" and include jailed leaders.

 

[Life is itself a precondition,  'talks without preconditions' are talks without life, ie., dead talks. Ebrahim Sharif, AlKhawaja, Mushaima, et al....all must sit at the table for these talks.  The regime must face the faces of their crimes.  Only when confronted with the atrocities of their behaviors can they repent in reform! ]  

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Bahrain opposition leader 'arrested'

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The main Shia opposition movement in Bahrain, al-Wefaq, says its leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been arrested.

In a statement, the group said Mr Salman was in detention after what it called a series of illegal measures by the prosecuting authorities.

It is unclear whether he has been charged with any offence.

Al-Wefaq won 18 seats in the last election in 2010 but its MPs resigned the next year after a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations.

Dozens died when the government moved to quash protests in Bahrain in February 2011. The protesters were demanding more rights and an end to discrimination against the majority Shia community by the Sunni royal family.

Al-Wefaq said a number of people were arrested on Saturday during a demonstration outside Mr Salman's home against his detention. It denounced the "excessive amount of toxic tear gas" used against them.

There was no immediate response from the authorities on the reported arrest.

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Bahrain charges opposition leader with ‘insults’ over uprising museum raided by riot police

Bahrain charges opposition leader with ‘insults’ over uprising museum raided by riot police | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Riot police last week raided the museum-style hall opened by Al Wefaq that included depictions of alleged torture and attacks against protesters since the uprising began in February 2011. Authorities said the displays incited “hatred” even though most of the scenes had been reported in international media or in a government-backed report on the unrest in late 2011...

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The only 'insults' the criminal AlKhalifa regime faces are the truths of their own behaviors!  To attack Sheikh Ali Salman with these charges is a blatant attempt of the regime to silence the truth, silence opposition, and to whitewash their own crimes against humanity!

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Bahrain forces raid opposition party headquarters | #Al-Wefaq

Bahrain forces raid opposition party headquarters |  #Al-Wefaq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahraini forces stormed the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, on Wednesday, the political group said.

According to a statement by al-Wefaq, “heavily armed forces, backed by civil militias, have raided the building of al-Wefaq National Islamic Society in Qufool in the capital Manama” early on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident came as al-Wefaq confirmed it would continue its boycott of a national dialogue due to the government’s crackdown on dissent.

Security forces surrounded the building and placed security tape around the premises, preventing people from reaching the area, al-Wefaq said.

#AFP, #AP #Reuters Wires photojournalists were banned from covering police incursion alwefaq headquarter in qfool #Bahrain

— nazihasaeed (@nazihasaeed)October 30, 2013

Al-Wefaq’s lawyer has also been prevented from entering the building. The raid team refused to show legal warrants or justification for the intervention, al-Wefaq said.....

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#AlKhalifa terrorists attack #Wefaq HQ in #Bahrain

#AlKhalifa terrorists attack #Wefaq HQ in #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The attack which was carried out in early hours of Sunday, left burn effects and minor damages in the building. Also, provocative pro-regime slogans were, written on the walls.        

The terror attack comes just days after the building’s walls were sprayed with provocative slogans. It also comes in conjunction with the systematic hatred campaign carried out by official and semi-official media including blatant threats, incitement of hatred and terrorism. The campaign is full of sectarianism and threats against al-Wefaq and its leading members, the Islam Times reported.

The attack on al-Wefaq headquarters comes following the arrest of Khalil al- Marzouq, the Political Assistant of Al-Wefaq’s Secretary-General Sheikh Ali Salman.

On September 18, al-Wefaq boycotted national reconciliation talks in protest against the detention of Marzouq.

Sheikh Ali Salman made a speech in support of the detained former opposition lawmaker on Friday declaring, “We will persist in this revolution until the end. You have detained Khalil al-Marzouq, you can detain me for the rest of my life.”

Antigovernment protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.

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Bahrain regime protects torturers in defiance to international institutions

Bahrain regime protects torturers in defiance to international institutions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 Circulated footage showed the current Prime Minister of Bahrain assuring an officer, who is accused of torturing detainees, that “the law cannot be applied to him” and thanking him for his “good work”.

Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society in Bahrain said that this is a message from the regime to the international community that the authority is supporting the culture of impunity and the law is only used to persecute dissidents. This is an honest and direct statement made by the top official in the illegitimate government, al-Wefaq added.

Al-Wefaq stated that this is a dangerous official declaration admitting that state institutions, including the judiciary, are not independent, but rather cosmetic tools.  The people of Bahrain have long raised the demand for an independent and impartial judiciary....

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Bahrain's King Hamad calls on opposition groups to return to talks - The National

Bahrain's King Hamad calls on opposition groups to return to talks - The National | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain’s opposition parties have agreed to an invitation by the king to join new political talks, however the ruling family will not be directly involved. Elizabeth Dickinson reports....

“But unfortunately it’s not a direct dialogue with the rulers,” he said, expressing his concern that the ruling family was not directly involved.

“That means [the government is] just trying to press on idea that the dispute in Bahrain is just between the people, not between the people and the ruling family.”....

Despite the plan for new talks, a youth coalition of opposition activists under the umbrella name February 14, the anniversary of the demonstrations, called for a protest in Manama tomorrow, according their Facebook page yesterday.

The group has also called for a general strike on the demonstration’s two-year anniversary.




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Bahrain opposition welcomes talks call

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Bahrain's Shiite opposition on Saturday welcomed a call for dialogue made by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, saying it was ready to talk in an effort to so...

 

[Beware of liars bearing only empty rhetoric....]

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Al Wefaq statement on the AlKhalifa terror campaign against the people of Aker, Bahrain!

Al Wefaq statement on the AlKhalifa terror campaign against the people of Aker, Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Launched Wefaq National Islamic Society in Bahrain urgent call to the international community and all human rights organizations and humanitarian, quickly move to rescue citizens in Bahrain are exposed to terrorism organized by the authority in the area, "Aker" south of the capital Manama, as called for a commission of inquiry neutral was being in the area of Aker Over two days and still continues.

The reconciliation that this appeal to anyone who has the conscience of a human and emitter to stop horrific abuses against citizens in Bahrain, which is for all international bodies concerned adopting by what is happening from the process of organization and systematic by the authority toward a slice of citizens in Bahrain under the policy of collective punishment included an entire region, and continue unchecked legal or humanitarian.

She Accord that area Aker trapping completely from all sides and prevents entry and exit, and legalized regime forces in Bahrain for the same violation of the sanctity of homes at any time and cracking and cursing and swearing and physical abuse and insult the religious beliefs of citizens and scorn of their faith, with live people, including the elderly, children and women in horror as a result of the repeated violations by the forces against them continuously, with a semblance of a curfew in an atmosphere reminiscent of an era "emergency" or so-called status of national safety system by March horrific crimes against citizens, can not be conceived without high political orders.

And prevent citizens in the region to go to work for two days أوالخروج any reason or emergency, including treatment in hospitals despite the existence of people in urgent need of treatment, and prevented from acquiring supplies natural food they need, and a ban on all cars catering such as bakeries and food and beverages from entering for the region to provide parents with their needs, as a ban on car cleaning services, and prevent human rights activists and public figures from entering, which raises deep concerns from committing more crimes against our citizens.

The helicopter also participated forces of the security system in the process, and the cars belonging to the forces of trying to run over any individual out of his house, and subjected them to torture and beatings.

The details that raids involving more than 40 raids and incursions into the homes and some have been breached more than once and tampering with its contents and broken and exercise ugliest and أفضع types of violations against their people, and evidenced by the nature of the raids as arbitrary and retaliatory not afford judicial authorization, as recorded cases of fainting and collapse among women and the elderly, including 3 women, while housebreaking barbaric and horrific.

Still the fate of a number of citizens who were arrested unknown to their parents as living in great concern for their lives, were arrested about 7 people and the number is expected to increase in light of the continued siege and continued raids of houses randomly and inhuman since Friday until today Saturday, October 20, 2012.

As part of its blockade of the area, residents Aker stressed that regime forces prevented worshipers from praying in a mosque and ordered based upon close it and not open it, as troops attacked a mosque last broke some of its contents.

This comes against the backdrop of killing a security man in an incident triggered the video photographer who published by the Ministry of Interior a lot of questions about the reality of what happened, while revealing exercise regime in the region they accuse all the people, "Aker" incident which indicates the state of confusion based revenge and revenge and not anything else , which confirms that the Ministry of Interior is not the same civil investigation into the circumstances of the incident, and this underlines the need to an independent, impartial investigating the incident, along with the investigation of violent crime and murder that killed more than 100 citizens were killed by elements of the ministry that now exercise the worst abuses of the entire region.

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Shias in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Shooting the sheikhs - Bahrain Freedom Movement

Shias in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Shooting the sheikhs - Bahrain Freedom Movement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

ANGER is rising in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province after security forces arrested and wounded one of the government’s harshest critics, a Shia cleric called Nimr al-Nimr (pictured).
Two young men were shot dead in the protests that followed. This takes the total number of Saudis killed since the start of the Arab spring a year and a half ago to ten, all from the Shia minority that makes up about a tenth of the country’s 27m-odd people.

Sheikh Nimr has long been a thorn in the side of the ruling family. A warrant for his arrest was first issued in 2009 after he said that if Saudi Shias were not allowed to “live with dignity”, the eastern provinces should secede from the kingdom. Such talk is particularly inflammatory, since most of Saudi Arabia’s oilfields are in the east. ...

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Bahrain: The Opposition radicalizes

Bahrain: The Opposition radicalizes | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On Friday June 6, thousands of Bahrainis gathered on the outskirts of the capital Manama in what was expected to be another huge protest against ongoing government repression. But as the marchers assembled, they began to split into two groups, each trying to pull confused latecomers over to their side.

There were in fact two marches that day. One, which headed west, was sanctioned by the government as an official protest organized by the al-Wefaq political party, while the other, which headed east towards Pearl Square, was illegal and arranged by the loosely organized, more radical February 14.

The former was made up predominantly of middle-aged men and women chanting for political reforms, while the latter were largely young men, many with their faces covered, confronting security forces and calling for the downfall of the ruling al-Khalifa family.

Alaa Shehabi, a rights leader in Bahrain, said the protest was a major moment for the Bahraini opposition. “It was the first time the February 14 Coalition, on the back of al-Wefaq protests, managed not just to mobilize but really to sabotage it and take it in the other direction.” ...

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Al-Khalifa terrorists attempt the assassination of an opposition leader in Bahrain

Al-Khalifa terrorists attempt the assassination of an opposition  leader in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA (Reuters) - The leader of Bahrain's leading opposition party was hit by a rubber bullet and teargas canister during clashes with riot police on Friday, the party said, describing it as an escalation...
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BAHRAIN: AlWefaq & The Feb 14 Youth Coalition, are Titans!

BAHRAIN:  AlWefaq & The Feb 14 Youth Coalition, are Titans! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Might is in the hands of the righteous..........dignity, human rights, and democracy.

 

The Al-Khalifa regime is a skulking pack of rats that attempt to be powerful through acts of cowardice, subterfuge, lies, and criminality.  

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