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Bahrain Tragicomic

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Evil Khalifas killing the Dove of Peace/Freedom !

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Beyond Bahrain's Dialogue

Beyond Bahrain's Dialogue | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In addition, the forum has been constructed in such a way as to make the opposition a small minority. Representatives of seven legally recognized opposition political societies, including Wefaq, were allocated only 35 out of the 300 seats at the forum. The rest went to NGOs, professional associations and trade unions (which have been purged of protestors and people who went on strike), as well as representatives of the media (which routinely self-censors and avoids criticizing the government), and "prominent personalities." There are no representatives of the youth protestors, many of whom are now in prison. Overall, the forum is even less politically representative than the country's parliament, and has even fewer powers to implement any of its decisions.
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More Bahraini opposition groups may quit reconciliation talks - Monsters and Critics

More Bahraini opposition groups may quit reconciliation talks - Monsters and Critics | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Cairo - Bahrain's liberal opposition Monday hinted it may quit reconciliation talks just days after the Sunni-ruled country's key Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq, decided to withdraw.
Three liberal opposition groups, encompassing pan-Arabs, communists, and Baathists, said in a joint statement that none of the opposition's concerns or recommendations to ensure more political freedoms had been addressed or adopted since the talks, known as national dialogue, began on July 2.
They added that the talks would be hard to carry out amid the continued detention of political activists, an 'aggressive sectarian media campaign,' and failure to reinstate those who had been sacked from their jobs for allegedly taking part in pro-reform protests.
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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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Bahrain's main opposition quits national dialogue | World | Reuters

Bahrain's main opposition quits national dialogue | World | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's largest Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq said on Sunday it planned to pull out of a national dialogue, which was aimed at reforms after mass pro-democracy protests rocked the Gulf Island...

"Wefaq tried with all seriousness to offer political solutions and it was always responded to with rejections, or it was ignored," he said.

Mainstream opposition groups such as Wefaq have called for a more representative parliamentary system and greater powers to the elected lower council, whose powers are neutered by the upper Shura council, appointed by the king.

But hardliners calling for the abolition of the monarchy have gained popularity since the crackdown by Bahrain's Sunni rulers. Security forces crushed weeks of protests in March led by the country's majority Shi'ite population, who were demanding a greater say in government.
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Human rights groups push Bahrain to investigate worker dismissals

More than 2,000 workers in Bahrain have been fired from state-linked firms and government jobs in apparent retribution for participating in pro-democracy protests earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said Friday.
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Stripping perceived opposition supporters of their jobs would mark an expansion of the crackdown by targeting people’s livelihoods as a warning to others not to return to the streets.

The New York-based rights group said more than 2,000 workers and union activists were dismissed from jobs at government ministries, schools, hospitals and firms that include the state-run Bahrain Petroleum Company.

“The dismissals may have violated Bahraini labor laws as well as international standards, in particular those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of political opinion,” the rights group said in a statement calling on Bahraini authorities to investigate and reinstate unlawfully dismissed workers.
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Human Rights Watch also said Bahrain’s Education Ministry has fired 111 employees since April and the government also disbanded the Teachers Association.

Last month, the Geneva-based International Labor Organization sharply criticized the dismissal of workers and urged Bahrain to reinstate them.

In May, a major U.S.-based labor group asked Washington to suspend a free trade pact with Bahrain in response to the purging of union leaders accused of supporting pro-reform protests.

Bahrain’s Shiites account for about 70 percent of the kingdom’s population, but they claim systematic discrimination, including being blocked from top military and political posts. Their revolt in February – inspired by other Arab uprisings around the region – has been by far the biggest domestic challenge to any Gulf ruler in decades.

At least 32 people have died and hundreds of protesters, opposition activists and Shiite professionals like doctors and lawyers have been detained during five months of demonstrations and crackdowns. Dozens of them have been tried in a special security tribunal, including eight prominent opposition figures who were convicted of anti-state crimes last month and sentenced to life imprisonment.
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The so-called national dialogue began July 2. Earlier this week, the delegates of the main opposition party, Al-Wefaq, threatened to pull out of talks because they said the government is not willing to discuss political reform.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2011/Jul-16/Human-rights-groups-push-Bahrain-to-investigate-worker-dismissals.ashx#ixzz1SDwINPLH
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
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Thousands rally for political reform in Bahrain | World | Reuters

Thousands rally for political reform in Bahrain | World | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of Bahrainis shouting "one man, one vote" attended a rally for political reform held by a leading opposition party Friday, days before the group decide whether to pull out of national reform talks.

Bahrain's Sunni rulers have launched a national dialogue to discuss reforms and heal deep rifts in the Gulf island kingdom after ending a four-month crackdown on weeks of protests led by the Shi'ite majority early this year.

Waving Bahraini flags and raising their hands, some 30,000 people gathered to hear a speech by Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the largest Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq. He said the group would decide Sunday whether to withdraw and called for reforms to ensure the people had a greater say in government.
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Shiite opposition mulls pulling out of Bahrain National Dialogue - Monsters and Critics

Shiite opposition mulls pulling out of Bahrain National Dialogue - Monsters and Critics | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Cairo - Bahrain s leading Shiite opposition grouping al-Wefaq said Tuesday that they were considering withdrawing from the national dialogue talks that began earlier this month.
Pull-out accomplished! Another Khalifa sham!
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Bahrain's main Shiite opposition will partially pull out of dialogue - Wefaq

Bahrain's main Shiite opposition will partially pull out of dialogue - Wefaq | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain's main Shiite opposition party, Al-Wefaq, said Friday that it will partially pull out of workshops of the so-called National Consensus Dialogue, declaring the talks' conclusions appeared to be pre-ordained. ....
"It must be noted that the authorities designed the dialogue so that all opposing views are diluted," al-Mosawi told CNN. Only about 35 of the 300 participants represented the opposition, and the agenda "has been set so that it is directed towards a pre-determined outcome," he said.
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المسيرات السلمية تتواصل في البحرين / الدراز

6\6\2011 تواصلت المسيرات السلمية في البحرين للحفاظ على الثورة حيث خرج الأحرار في قرية الدراز في مسيرة سلمية Peaceful march in Bahrain refusing the fake dialogue...   Diraz

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Disturbing wave of prosecutions on eve of national dialogue - IFEX

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Disturbing wave of prosecutions on eve of national dialogue - IFEX...
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Spotlight on Ebrahim H. Abdulla and Abdulla M. Hussain (GFBTU-Bahrain) - ITUC-CSI-IGB

Spotlight on Ebrahim H. Abdulla and Abdulla M. Hussain (GFBTU-Bahrain) - ITUC-CSI-IGB | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“We are calling for the dismissed workers to be reinstated and for an end to the attacks on trade unions” Bahrain's national trade union centre (...)...
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Bahrain National Dialogue | Participants' List

Free dialogue with regards governmental reform cannot/should not take place with primary participants in prison over bogus charges! Abduhadi Alkhawaja is but one example.....
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After Opposition’s Withdrawal, U.S. Urged to Declare its Position on National Dialogue in Bahrain | Human Rights First

After Opposition’s Withdrawal, U.S. Urged to Declare its Position on National Dialogue in Bahrain | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Washington, D.C.—[/i]The U.S. government should immediately and publicly declare whether it still supports the Bahraini government’s National Dialogue after the country’s main opposition party, Al Wefaq, has officially withdrawn, said Human Rights First today.[/i]
“A wide range of human rights defenders in Bahrain told us last week the dialogue is cosmetic, and the U.S. government is losing credibility by being associated with it,” said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley, who just returned from a fact finding mission in Bahrain. “Even as the dialogue sessions meet, the Bahraini government continues to shoot at civilians, detain opposition members, torture human rights defenders and intimidate all those who speak out.”
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Bahrain says talks to go on despite opposition exit - AlertNet

Bahrain says talks to go on despite opposition exit - AlertNet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Wefaq and six other political opposition groups, which were invited to take part in talks, have complained that their proposed political reforms would never be put into effect because the opposition received only 35 out of 300 seats at the talks
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Wefaq said on Sunday it would withdraw because its views were not being taken seriously in talks it accused of being dominated by pro-government representatives. That decision still has to be ratified by the movement's higher council.
Wefaq and six other political opposition groups, which were invited to take part in talks, have complained that their proposed political reforms would never be put into effect because the opposition received only 35 out of 300 seats at the talks
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The United Nations said on Monday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes authorities in Bahrain need to create the right conditions so that as many people as possible, including Wefaq, can participate fully in the dialogue.
That would enable the dialogue to lead to "the kind of reforms that the Bahraini people are looking for," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.
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King of Bahrain failing to restore country's reputation after uprising - Telegraph

King of Bahrain failing to restore country's reputation after uprising - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The King of Bahrain's attempts to restore his island's reputation after a bloody crackdown on opposition protests are crumbling from political attack and repeated allegations of police brutality even from members of the island's middle classes.
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The government's National Dialogue, its forum for negotiation with opposition groups, lay in tatters yesterday after al-Wefaq, the biggest party in parliament, announced it intended to pull out.


Meanwhile, two of the most prominent figures detained in the crackdown have described to The Daily Telegraph a routine of beatings they suffered while in captivity.

One, Ayat al-Qurmezi ....

The other, a senior surgeon at the main Salmaniya Hospital, who has asked not to be identified, said the behaviour of the authorities had alienated the non-political middle classes like himself. He was one of 48 doctors put on trial in the wake of the protests, 20 of whom remain in custody.


He said he was hit round the head, kicked and beaten with a rubber hose until he was forced to confess to inflicting the wounds suffered by protesters he was treating for their injuries, or making them worse.
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Religion and Politics in Bahrain: Better Late Than Never: Al-Wifaq Outicially Out of the Dialogue

Wefaq is finally out of the Regime's monolgue 'dialogue'
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What's The State of ... Bahrain's Protests?

What's The State of ... Bahrain's Protests? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Maryam Al-Khawaja, the 24-year-old director of foreign relations for the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, is one of the few Bahrani activists speaking about the uprising outside the borders of the tiny, oil-rich island nation.
..." The regime is going to try and play a very smart game-- cracking down as severely as possible, and then suddenly making very artificial progress, which is what they’re doing right now by releasing a few prisoners, stopping the torture, allowing family visitations. But the youth are not buying into it this time. They remember what happened in 2001 – it’s not that long ago. They say, ‘You know what? Even if you’re going to make these artificial changes, we’re still going to protest and demand our rights.’
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AFP: Bahrain opposition may pull out of talks

AFP: Bahrain opposition may pull out of talks | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
n a speech, Al-Wefaq chief Sheikh Ali Salman reiterated its demand for "radical reform centring on a government elected by the people and a parliament with full legislative powers."
He said the movement was not calling for the fall of the regime in Shiite-majority Bahrain, which is ruled by the Sunni Muslim Al-Khalifa dynasty.
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Bahrain's opposition to submit evidence to commission, undecided on talks - People's Daily Online

Bahrain's opposition to submit evidence to commission, undecided on talks - People's Daily Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain'slargestoppositiongroupsaidonWednesdaytheyhavedocumentedthousandsofcasesofciti...
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Shiite politicians walk out of talks with Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, calling them meaningless

Shiite politicians walk out of talks with Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, calling them meaningless | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, Bahrain — Two senior members of Bahrain’s biggest Shiite party say its delegates have walked out of talks with the island kingdom’s Sunni rulers, saying they are not serious about addressing Shiite demands for greater rights and political...
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Religion and Politics in Bahrain: Al-Wifaq to National Dialogue: "We're Out, Baby!"

Religion and Politics in Bahrain: Al-Wifaq to National Dialogue: "We're Out, Baby!" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Radio Sawa

Wefaq displeasure with the non-representative nature of the Bahraini Monologue! Cynical about the efficacy of the talks......
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"Bahrain natl. talk is merely a monolog"

"Bahrain natl. talk is merely a monolog" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
"Bahrain natl.talk is merely a monolog"...Free the political prisoners!
Free Sharif! Free Al-Gormezi! Free Alkhawaja!
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Secretary-General welcomes start of national dialogue in Bahrain

Secretary-General welcomes start of national dialogue in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“As the dialogue process gets under way, he urges the Government to do everything possible to ensure a genuine, all-inclusive and meaningful dialogue that will lead to tangible political, economic and social reforms which meet the legitimate aspirations of all Bahraini people,” according to a note released by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General. ===> WHERE ARE ABDULHADI ALKHAWAJA & EBRAHIM SHARIF?! REAL DIALOGUE? !
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