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Short film portraits of the Martin Ennals Award nominees for 2012-Nabeel Rajab Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

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Bahrain: Authorities Prevent Leading HRD Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja from getting Medical Treatment he needs

Bahrain: Authorities Prevent Leading HRD Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja from getting Medical Treatment he needs | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The GCHR and BCHR call on the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and all other ally governments and international institutions to pressure the authorities in Bahrain to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and all human rights defenders in Bahrain including Nabeel Rajab and Sayed Yousif AlMuhafdhah as they are solely held due to their legitimate and peaceful human rights activities.

2. Immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and all other human rights defenders who have been accused of false charges.

3. Take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, and all other detained human rights defenders.

4. Hold accountable those responsible for the torture of human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and others detainees, according to the recommendations of the BICI report.

5. Ensure that all human rights defenders in Bahrain are able to carry out their human rights work without fear of reprisals and free from all restrictions including judicial harassment.

The 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, recognizes 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 1 which states that: “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”, to article 6 ( c ) “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 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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Bahrain rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja pulls out of UNESCO ceremony over honor to Israel's Peres

Bahrain rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja pulls out of UNESCO ceremony over honor to Israel's Peres | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....“My father always says that when it comes to human rights, there is no grey area, you both stand for human rights everywhere and against perpetrators of human rights violations or you do not,” Al-Khawaja wrote.

“Without any disrespect intended to your esteemed organization, and the important work you do around the world, as a human rights defender I must respectfully withdraw from this event as I cannot allow myself to take part in legitimizing a person who should be tried for human rights violations, not honored,” Al-Khawaja concluded.

Al-Khawaja attached a list of the human rights violations and war crimes in which Peres is directly implicated, including the 1996 “Operation Grapes of Wrath” invasion of Lebanon while Peres was prime minister. Among the most notorious incidents during that attack, which caused hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, was the Israeli shelling of the UN base at Qana killing more than 100 refugees and UN peacekeepers.

UN and international investigations contradicted Israeli claims that the shelling had been an accident and concluded it had been deliberate.

Peres is also renowned as the “father” of Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program, and having held almost every state office in Israel is directly responsible for many policies including colonization of Palestinian land in the occupied territories.

In a 2008 call on the University of Oxford not to honor Peres, PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, stated, “Peres is implicated in the myriad crimes and international law infringements committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory.” ..

 

[see also:  http://is.gd/A4dFNM ; ]..

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Bahrain: Human Rights and Political Wrongs

Bahrain: Human Rights and Political Wrongs | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The crackdowns have only increased, but human rights defenders have gained significant political capital.
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Denmark appeals for release of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Denmark appeals for release of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

- We are highly disappointed that the court review of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja's judgment has not resulted in his unconditional release. We urge His Majesty to pardon Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, says the letter signed by all eight foreign policy spokesmen

- We insist that the basic human rights of all prisoners in Bahrain, including Mr. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, are to be respected and that any prior abuse will be subjected to investigations with legal repercussions to the perpetrators, says the letter. ...

'We need to think about sanctions'
The foreign policy spokesperson of the Prime Minister's party Socialdemokraterne, Jeppe Kofod, calls on the Danish parliament to discuss possible sanctions against Bahrain:

- It is deeply tragic and deplorable. I had hoped the Bahraini rule had deliberated further and released al-Khawaja. It is deeply disappointing, and we need to think about what kind of sanctions we can take against Bahrain, Jeppe Kofod says to Danish newspaper Politiken.

Speaking to Danish news agency Ritzau, the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Villy Søvndal, said the international community must keep its attention and pressure on Bahrain to comply with international human rights standards:

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BCHR: Release of Testimony of former BCHR Director Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

BCHR: Release of Testimony of former BCHR Director Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

26th June, 2012: International Day Against Torture
Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s speech before the Supreme Court of Appeal 22/5/2012 in Bahrain

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Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja, A man sacrifices - the symbol of a freedom fighter

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Khadija Al-Mousawi Press Conference about Zainab & Abdulhadi

www.witnessbahrain.org Khadija Al-Mousawi Press Conference covering her husband Abudlhadi Al-Khawaja, Zaynab Al-Khawaja and ongoing protests in Bahrain...April 30, 2012

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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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Index condemns the arrest of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab | UNCUT

Index condemns the arrest of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab | UNCUT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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While accepting an Index award on behalf of BCHR this year, Rajab called for assistance from the international community, explaining that members of BCHR – which was banned by authorities in 2004 – have been detained, tortured or exiled while attempting to exercise fundamental rights and freedoms including free expression and freedom of assembly (freedom to protest).

The founder of BCHR, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, is in detention awaiting a retrial after been jailed for life by a military tribunal for taking part in peaceful protests. He has been on hunger strike for 88 days. And Rajab’s arrest comes only weeks after the arrest of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja’ daughter, Zainab Alkhawaja, who was detained after protesting for the release of her father during the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Earlier this week an international delegation of free expression organizations – including Index – were denied entry to the country. 

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Physicians for Human Rights - Retrial Ordered for 21 Defendants in Bahrain Including Hunger Striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Physicians for Human Rights - Retrial Ordered for 21 Defendants in Bahrain Including Hunger Striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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“This is only a positive step if it is a genuine retrial, and not an appeal of a flawed trial where confessions based on torture were admitted as evidence,” said Richard Sollom, Deputy Director at PHR. “We have seen these hollow promises before, when Bahraini medics were ordered to be given a retrial, but instead merely received a chance to appeal their sentences. If this ruling is legitimate, it must be fully enforced,” said Richard Sollom.

Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison last June by a military court and has since led an 82-day hunger strike protesting his imprisonment and torture. Recent reports have indicated that al-Khawaja is being force fed, which amounts to torture.

“Force feeding is a flagrant violation of a patient’s medical autonomy and when conducted by a physician against the patient’s will, it is torture, according to the World Medical Association,” said Sollom. “This weak and vulnerable prisoner of conscious, who’s reportedly being forcibly fed, should be released from prison and given immediate access to independent medical care while he awaits retrial.”

PHR renews its calls for al-Khwawaja’s life sentence to be expunged and his immediate and unconditional release. PHR also calls for the release of the other 13 opposition activists, currently in detention, who are scheduled to be retried before the court of appeals.

PHR remains extremely concerned about the more than 400 current political detainees in Bahrain.

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Bahrain urged to release Al-Khawaja as appeal of activists announced

Bahrain urged to release Al-Khawaja as appeal of activists announced | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...“Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and the 13 other activists – who are all civilians - should not even be on trial in the first place, let alone tried in a military court” said Ann Harrison, Amnesty International’s Deputy Programme Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“They have done nothing but peacefully express their point of view and must be released immediately.”
Amnesty International considers Al-Khawaja and the 13 other prominent opposition activists held with him to be prisoners of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. ....

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Bahrain: Human Rights Defender Drugged, Constrained to Bed and Forcibly Fed

Bahrain: Human Rights Defender Drugged, Constrained to Bed and Forcibly Fed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Declaration of Tokyo (1975)"Where a prisoner refuses nourishment ...he shall not be fed artificially" The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) learned today via family members, that Human Rights Defender Mr.Abdulhadi Alkhawaja was drugged, tied to the hospital bed and forcibly fed through a nasoenteric tube this week....

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European Envoy Urges Bahrain to Free Prisoners

European Envoy Urges Bahrain to Free Prisoners | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The head of a European Parliament human rights delegation is urging Bahrain to release political prisoners as a step toward easing an anti-government uprising in the strategic Gulf nation.

The visit comes less than a week after Bahrain's crown prince called for new efforts for talks between the Sunni leadership and the kingdom's majority Shiites, who seek a greater political voice.

Inese Vaidere of Latvia told reporters Thursday that authorities should free all "prisoners of conscience" as a crucial step toward negotiations in the 22-month uprising.

Vaidere said the European team met with jailed opposition leaders including Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been sentenced to life in prison.

More than 55 people have died in Bahrain's near nonstop unrest since February 2011. Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

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Al-Khawaja to receive Politiken's Freedom Prize | The Copenhagen Post | The Danish News in English

Al-Khawaja to receive Politiken's Freedom Prize | The Copenhagen Post | The Danish News in English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The daughter of the imprisoned Danish-Bahraini human rights activist, who has also been awarded for her activism, will accept the award on his behalf next week

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja together with his daughter Maryam. Both will be awarded this year for their role promoting human rights (Photo: Scanpix)
The Danish-Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja will be awarded this year’s Politikens Frihedspris (Freedom Prize).

Al-Khawaja is currently serving a lifetime sentence in Bahrain after being arrested in April 2011 for his activism to promote greater political and individual freedoms in his native country. ...

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مونتاج تضامن مع الأستاذ عبد الهادي الخواجة | Solidarity with Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

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Danish Foreign policy officials petition for the release of AlKhawaja

Foreign Policy Committee
Parliament of Denmark
Christiansborg
DK-1240 København K


Open letter to his Majesty, King Hamad of Bahrain,                  

 4. september 2012


We, members of the Parliamentary Danish Foreign Policy Committee, have written this letter to voice our deepest concerns about the
Bahraini legal authorities’ treatment of the Danish nationals Zainab
al-Khawaja and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.
We firmly firm believe that Zainab al-Khawaja and Abdulhadi alKhawaja have been wrongfully imprisoned while merely using their
inalienable right to freedom of speech and that the charges against
them should be dropped.
We welcome the Cherif Bassiouni report and applaud its critical reflections about the events in Bahrain. In particular we welcome the
report’s recommendation to “To review convictions and commute sentences
of all persons charged with offences involving political expression, not consisting of
advocacy of violence, or, as the case may be, to drop outstanding charges against
them.”
However, we are extremely disappointed that the judicial panel’s review of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja sentence did not result in his unconditional release. We urge his Majesty to use his power to pardon Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.
Further still, we noted with great concern the findings in Cherif Bassiouni report concerning Bahraini officials use of "excessive force"
and that many detainees were subjected to "physical and psychological torture", including being blindfolded, whipped, kicked, given
electric shocks and threatened with rape to extract confessions.
We insist that the basic human rights of all prisoners in Bahrain, including Mr. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, are to be respected and that any 2/2
prior abuse will be subjected to investigations with legal repercussions to the perpetrators.
Sincerely,


Mr. Jeppe Kofod, MP (The Social Democratic Party)
Chairman of the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Social Democratic Party


Mr. Per Stig Møller, MP (The Conservative Party)
Chairman of the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Conservative Party


Mr. Rasmus Helveg, MP (The Danish Social-Liberal Party)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Danish Social-Liberal Party


Mr. Søren Espersen, MP (The Danish People’s Party)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Danish People’s Party


Mr. Christian Juhl, MP (The Red-Green Alliance)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Red-Green Alliance


Ms. Mette Bock, MP (The Liberal Alliance)
Foreign Affairs spokeswoman for The Liberal Alliance


Mr. Holger K. Nielsen, MP (The Socialist People’s Party)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Socialist People’s Party


Mr. Søren Pind, MP (The Liberal Party of Denmark)
Foreign Affairs spokesman for The Liberal Party of Denmark

 

http://multimedia.pol.dk/archive/00675/Folketingets_brev_t_675125a.pdf

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Bahrain appeal court upholds activists' convictions

Bahrain appeal court upholds activists' convictions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An appeals court in Bahrain upholds the convictions of 20 activists and opposition figures for allegedly plotting to overthrow the state.

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A special military tribunal, the National Safety Court, subsequently convicted 14 protest leaders, along with seven others tried in absentia, of plotting to overthrow the state. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and seven others were sentenced to life in prison.

Human Rights Watch said the offences related to peaceful political activities, such as speeches they made, meetings they attended, documents found on their computers, as well as their calls for and participation in demonstrations during February and March 2011.

It was alleged that the group was held for a significant period of time in detention before being allowed to seek legal counsel. Allegations that the defendants made confessions under duress were reportedly not investigated and evidence obtained under torture was reportedly not excluded from the trial - in contravention of international law. ...

Then in November, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) - a panel of human rights experts asked by King Hamad to look into the unrest - called for civilian retrials for those who had been convicted by military tribunals ....

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Meeting Bahrain's hunger striker

Meeting Bahrain's hunger striker | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The BBC's Frank Gardner describes meeting Bahrain's most famous opposition activist, hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, at his hospital room-cum-prison cell.

 

[What a great man!]

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Abdulhadi AlKhawaja’s statement about ending his hunger strike | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Abdulhadi AlKhawaja’s statement about ending his hunger strike | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Internationally prominent Human Rights, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, announced today that he is ending his 110 days hunger strike this evening. Alkhawaja informed his family that in spite of not succeeding in achieving the main demand of his hunger strike: “freedom or death”, he was still able to achieve his overall goal of shedding light on the ongoing human rights situation in Bahrain.

Throughout his hunger strike, which began on the 9th of February he was able to assist activists both inside and outside Bahrain to bring attention to the continuous human rights violations and the situation of the political detainees, this was the ultimate goal.

Taking into account the policy of the Bahraini Authorities in force-feeding him which was imposed since the 23rd of April, a blatant violation and torture according to international regulations, and in response to countless requests from those in solidarity with him, and his inmates in the detention center, Al-Khawaja announced today that he will put an end to his hunger strike. Alkhawaja will comply with a medical program set for him by doctors to return to a normal diet. He informed his family of his appreciation for their support, and his gratitude to those in solidarity with him inside and outside the country. ....

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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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Muftah » Bahrain Authorities Continue to Detain, Target, & Harass Human Rights Defenders

Muftah » Bahrain Authorities Continue to Detain, Target, & Harass Human Rights Defenders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) continue to express grave concern in regards to the targeting of human rights defenders in Bahrain by the authorities. The authorities in Bahrain have used many methods in attempting to prevent and/or limit human rights defenders in Bahrain from carrying out their work of documenting and reporting on human rights violations in the country.

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Lamees Dhaif presents: Shame on You! لميس ضيف تقدم : عار عليكم

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Bahrain Jurisprudence is RIDICULOUS!

Bahrain Jurisprudence is RIDICULOUS! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

[Maryam AlKhawaja]"We are talking about a court which is not fair nor just and it's not independent either," Maryam al-Khawaja told the BBC.

"This is the courtroom that is used by the regime as a tool against people," she added. ....

 

"I think it is ridiculous, what sort of legal process is this?" Khawaja's wife Khadija al-Moussawi told the BBC.

"They are playing for time, and should have transferred his case to a civilian court at the first hearing not the third."

She said they were the same judges in military and civilian courts, "but with different clothes".

"Just let them [the activists] go. The government commissioned the Bassiouni report and that declared that they were prisoners of conscience," she said - referring to an independent inquiry into events in 2011 that delivered a searing indictment of the government, including its treatment of Khawaja.

"They must be freed."

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Bahrain Should Free Protest Leaders Immediately | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain Should  Free Protest Leaders Immediately | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Beirut) – Bahraini authorities should free Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and 13 other jailed leaders of last year’s anti-government protests immediately, Human Rights Watch said today....

“The military court’s original verdict was absolutely mind-boggling – it did not mention a single actual criminal offense beyond acts relating to their basic human rights,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his co-defendants should not have to spend even one more day in prison for so-called crimes of speech and peaceful assembly.”....

The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifain June 2011 and consisting of five international human rights experts, issued its 489-page report on November 23. It confirmed systematic and egregious rights violations by the government in suppressing protests and concluded that a lack of accountability had led to a “culture of impunity.” The commissioners called for judicial review of military court verdicts and said that the government should void convictions of people convicted for peacefully exercising internationally recognized rights of freedom of expression and assembly, and release them.

Human Rights Watch called on Bahraini authorities also to drop all charges against the seven co-defendants not in custody and tried in absentia, for the same reasons.

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