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The Royal Stall of the Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain

The Royal Stall of the Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

While unarmed civilians die on Bahrain’s streets, the king of the tiny oil-rich nation continues to tell his people he is eager for dialogue and refuses entry to a prominent human rights champion from the U.S.

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Bahrain’s King Speech : social media reaction!



It was long due and King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain on Sunday finally addressed the nation marred by almost year long protest.  

 

[Personally, I just think he's a liar and should shut-up!]

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Bahrain opposition urges talks with the illegitimate Government of Hamad al-Khalifa

Bahrain opposition urges talks with the illegitimate Government of Hamad al-Khalifa | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"It is not acceptable to talk about the outcome of the so-called 'national dialogue' as a suitable foundation for the wanted reforms because it is void of any real constitutional and political reforms" the statement said.
The groups include the Arab nationalist and leftist Waed party, whose Sunni leader Ibrahim Sharif remains in prison since the crackdown on protests and has been convicted along with other leading opponents of plotting to overthrow the regime.
The opposition groups also condemned the recent heavy-handed response to small protests breaking out in villages of the Shiite majority.
"We strongly condemn the campaign of collective oppression and terrorism practised by security forces against peaceful demonstrators," the statement said.

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The Ongoing Struggle in Bahrain: An Interview with Alaa Shehabi

The Ongoing Struggle in Bahrain: An Interview with Alaa Shehabi | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

So the grievances during this year’s uprising are very much linked to a longstanding struggle for freedom and democracy. You speak to someone on the street in Bahrain today and they know what a constitution is and why they want one. So on February 14, one of the key demands was a new constitution, one where there is “one man one vote,” where it does not matter what your sect is, what your race is, what your color is, or what your religion is. You get an equal vote whether you are a man or a woman in a new parliamentary system. And the parliament needs to have full legislative power. It needs to be able to do something, unlike our current toothless parliament that cannot actually initiate any legislation because an appointed assembly can always override its powers. So people want a fully representative democratic parliament. Historically, that demand has not changed for the last fifty years.

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Bahrain:For this reason we do not trust in the King's dialogue - part1

To end the 90's uprising, the king gave a word to the opposition not to touch or change the Constitution of 1973 during his visit on feb 2001 to one of the opposition leaders, but he did not keep his word, one year later he issued anther Constitution
البحرين : هذا هو السبب في أننا لا نثق في وعود الملك، بعد أن تعهد في مجلس السيد علوي الغريفي بعدم المساس بدستور 1973 انقلب بعدها بعام واحد واصدر دستور جديد من طرف واحد لا يرتقي الى مايطمح له الشعب

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فيلم (صرخة الحرية) قصة الانتفاضة الدستورية في البحرين | Film (Cry of Freedom) The story of the constitutional uprising in Bahrain

فيلم ( صرخة الحرية ) الذي يحكي قصة الأزمة الدستورية والمطالب الشعبية في البحرين سنة 1995م _ 1416هـ .الفلم مزود ببعض مشاهد الأنتفاضة البحرانية المباركة في الت...

 

Film (Cry Freedom), which tells the story of the constitutional crisis and popular demands in Bahrain in 1995, _ 1416. Film documents the Bahraini uprising in the nineties

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Bahrain opposition demands elected government

Bahrain opposition demands elected government | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=48514

 

 

DUBAI - Bahraini opposition groups called in a new declaration on Wednesday for an elected government and for ending ‘discrimination’ against Shiites in order to break the political stalemate.

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Basic demands:

1) an elected government “representing will of the people rather than an appointed government” ;

2) “Fair electoral districts guaranteeing political equality amongst the people and meeting the universal principle of one person, one vote”;

3) “A parliament comprising of a single chamber having sole legislative and regulatory powers, replacing the current bi-cameral arrangement, one elected and the other appointed” ;

4) an independent Judiciary “both financially and adminstratively”;

5) “Security for all via… [the] formation of the army and other security apparatus on the basis of providing security for all, and trained to show respect for human rights at all times, rather than serving wishes of the government in suppressing the opposition.”

 

The document was signed not only by Al-Wefaq, but also by four other political parties including: National Democratic Action Society (Waad), Nationalist Democratic Assembly, National Democratic Assemblage and the Al-Ekha National Society.

 

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Salem Sultan - Disobedience of the Constitution

The struggler Salem Sultan is talking about: the reason of disbandment of National Council, and disable the articles of the constitution 1973 which related t...

 

[A history of Constitutional reform in Bahrain]

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Bahrain Protest for Democratic Reforms

Bahrain Protest for Democratic Reforms | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

When I met with Matar’s colleagues from Al Wefaq in March, they explained they had no interest in toppling the regime. Rather, said Al Wefaq member Khaleel Marzooq, “We want the implementation of the 2001 National Charter, which is supposed to restore the constitution and was accepted by 98.4 percent of the voting public.”

The mainstream opposition seeks to implement the constitutional monarchy that the majority of the country voted for a decade ago.

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Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (VIII): Bahrain’s Rocky Road to Reform - International Crisis Group

Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (VIII): Bahrain’s Rocky Road to Reform - International Crisis Group | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Following a spasm of violence, Bahrain faces a critical choice between endemic instability and slow but steady progress toward political reform. The most sensible way forward is to launch a new, genuine dialogue in which the political opposition is fairly represented and to move toward changes that will turn the country into a constitutional monarchy. In order to create an environment in which such talks could succeed, the regime should take immediate steps to address the human rights crisis, including by releasing political leaders jailed for peacefully expressing their views, and reverse the alarming sectarian polarisation that has occurred.

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Constitutional Options for Bahrain - VJIL Online - Virginia Journal of International Law

Constitutional Options for Bahrain - VJIL Online - Virginia Journal of International Law | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
by Chibli Mallat & Jason Gelbort ~ Apr 12, 2011

This Essay proposes a number of available compromises that refrain from doing away with a monarchy altogether and focuses on the minimal constitutional arrangements needed for a monarchy to be effectively“constitutional,” with “constitutional” understood as democratic in the pattern of countries like the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, and recently Bhutan. In addition to the 2002 Constitution, the 1973 Constitution and the National Action Charter provide a natural source for specific language for a transition to a democratic constitutional monarchy. This Essay has paid particular attention to the deep constitutional tradition of Bahrain asembodied in these three texts.
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ICL - Bahrain Constitution

ICL - Bahrain Constitution | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Read the articles of the Bahraini Constitution and see the violations of the Khalifas to their OWN laws! "Article 8 [Health Care] a. Every citizen is entitled to health care. "
Khalifas have violated medical neutrality and THEIR own Constitution!
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Religion and Politics in Bahrain: Bahrain's "War of Attrition"

Religion and Politics in Bahrain: Bahrain's "War of Attrition" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

King Hamad graced Bahraini viewers yesterday with an address announcing various constitutional amendments. It would be wrong to use the standard adjective "much-anticipated" to describe the speech, for few were expecting much of anything by way of actual political reform. As it turns out, the king did not go even this far, failing altogether to acknowledge the actual demands of the opposition. Instead, the new measures stem (solely, as far as I can tell) from the recommendations of this summer's farcical National Dialogue that readers may have happily forgotten about until now, giving the impression that King Hamad is still living in August 2011. How long does it take to draft a royal decree in an absolute monarchy? This is Bahrain we're talking about; it's not like the amendments had to pass through seven congressional subcommittees.

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king BullSh*t : Bahrain king promises to expand parliament powers

More lies, PR Bullsh*t, and treacherous deceptions from Hamad, the murderer, Al Khalifa!

 

ALL his reforms leave ALL power in his hands!  THAT isn't reform, THAT is STATUS QUO!

 

Yasqot Hamad!     10 10 T 10

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Al-Wefaq leader, Ali Salman, speaks of his vision for the Bahrain of the future!

Democratic reforms unto a Constitutional Monarchy whare ALL are represented!

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WEFAQ protest:

WEFAQ protest: | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain opposition demands elected government with 1 person = 1 vote,  human rights, freedom for the detained doctors and all prisoners of conscience in Bahrain,  and reinstatement of the original Constitution.

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Bahrain: Appeal to U.S. Congress, U.N.

Please require Bahrain to honor its original constitution before sending military aid. The regime has practically suspended it to illegally disenfranchise its population for 30 years.

 

Constitutions:
1973:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_State_of_Bahrain_(1973)

2002:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_Kingdom_of_Bahrain_(2002)

 

Sources:
Bahrain Young Scholars, *The 2002 Constitution*
http://bahrainscholars.org/en/?page_id=42

  

Seerwan Says, *Bahrain's Gerrymandering and the Votes for Wefaq*

http://seerwan.blogspot.com/2011/07/bahrains-gerrymandering-and-votes-for.html

  

International IDEA, *The Role of Constitution-Building Processes in Democratization - Case Study: Bahrain*

http://www.idea.int/cbp/upload/CBP_Bahrain.pdf

 

International Crisis Group, *Bahrain's Sectarian Challenge - Middle East Report N40*
http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/Middle%20East%20North%20Africa/Iran%.....

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Bahrain: Message to Bassiouni | BICI

How do you know this regime will implement any of your changes without outside observers? Do you even care? The Bahraini people have risked their lives in talking to you.

This regime has blatantly lied to the Bahraini people for 30 years regarding the constitution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEQ51iv70iE

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INTERVIEW: Bahrain's main opposition group targets "fake democracy"

INTERVIEW: Bahrain's main opposition group targets "fake democracy" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Cairo - The key target of the struggle for greater democracy in Bahrain is fake democratic institutions, says opposition leader Khalil al-Marzook.

'This struggle will continue through peaceful means and will combat government violence with even more peace,' al-Marzooq, the deputy head of al-Wefaq, Bahrain's main opposition group, said.
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'We were there for five years and couldn't change a single article of the constitution or the political system,' he said. 'This parliament has lost legitimacy in the eyes of the people.'
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Al-Wefaq along with other opposition groups in Bahrain are pushing for an elected government 'representing the will of the people,' fair electoral districts, a wholly elected parliament with no appointees, an inclusive security apparatus that respects human rights, and an independent judiciary.
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'We are asking for an acceptable level of democracy in line with universal rights and principles. So we will continue to demand that the current parliament be dissolved and a constitutional monarchy be installed,' al-Marzooq said.
'Unfortunately, the current formula of representation in parliament cannot yield real reform, because half of its members are appointed.'

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More Al-Khalifa hypocrisy.......

More Al-Khalifa hypocrisy....... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

From the Book of citizenship that is taught in Bahraini schools http://t.co/ulrC4JRx. Seems Al- Khalifa haven't read it in advance. Translation of whats written:

'...
- the right of determination of own future
- democracy ...'

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Bahrain: Divided nation, disputed narratives

10 years of supposed 'reform' and very little to show.  None of the recommendations of the 'Dialogue'  will be voted on by a referendum of the people.  Al-Khalifas lie to the people and attempt to propagandize past the REAL social issues prevalent in the protestations .

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Emir makes himself king of 'democratic' Bahrain

Emir makes himself king of 'democratic' Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain has been ruled by the al-Khalifa family, which adheres to the Sunni branch of Islam, since 1783. The present Emir came to power in 1999 on the death of his father, a despotic ruler who ruled over one of the most repressive regimes in the region. In the Nineties he made a brutal crackdown on a campaign against discrimination by Shia Muslims, the underclass majority in Bahrain.

In the 18 months of Sheikh Hamad's rule he has freed political prisoners, dismantled the hated state security police, invited exiled dissidents – many in Britain since the Seventies – to return to form opposition parties, and appointed women to a consultative shura

 

20 yrears of promises unkept proves the Al-Khalifa monarchy to be nothing more than LIES!

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In Bahrain, Doctors Without Borders Stops Work After Raid

In Bahrain, Doctors Without Borders Stops Work After Raid | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Persian Gulf monarchy is engaged in a heated dispute with Doctors Without Borders, which has accused Bahraini security forces of raiding its premises last week.

 

MSF/Doctors w/o Borders pulls-out of Bahrain!

Regime violates humanrights principal of Medical neutrality, and violates Bahrain's own Constitution guaranteeing medical care for all!

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مجلة فورين أفيرز الأمريكية: ما هو السبب الحقيقي وراء الاضطرابات في المملكة البحرين؟

مجلة فورين أفيرز الأمريكية: ما هو السبب الحقيقي وراء الاضطرابات في المملكة البحرين؟ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...for the first time in the history of Bahrain,  to conduct a study political survey; as agree the majority Shiite population, and with them the year to reject any system of government based or confined to religion only.

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