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Activist Nabil Rajab appeals for ‘serious dialogue’ in Bahrain

Activist Nabil Rajab appeals for ‘serious dialogue’ in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DUBAI - Prominent Bahraini Shiite activist Nabil Rajab issued an appeal on Sunday for "serious dialogue" in the Sunni-ruled kingdom following his release after serving a two-year jail term.

Rajab was arrested in the wake of the crackdown on a month of Shiite-led protests in 2011 demanding political reforms, and was jailed for taking part in "unauthorised" demonstrations.

He was freed on Saturday, and is now calling for a fresh round of dialogue between the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty and the opposition representing the Gulf archipelago's Shiite majority....

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Bahrain national dialogue collapses

Bahrain national dialogue collapses | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....The talks were intended to resolve tensions after the government repression of mass protests in 2011.

Dozens were killed and many opposition supporters were jailed in the unrest.

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With the arrest of leading figures in the opposition and their subsequent decision to boycott the dialogue, the government's suspension of talks will have come as no surprise.

... And critics of the government will say that hardliners who never wanted the talks in the first place have achieved their aim of scuppering the project while placing the blame for its failure on the opposition.

Al-Wefaq, the main Shia opposition movement, pulled out of the talks last September after a prominent Shia figure, Khalil Marzooq, was arrested on charges of inciting terrorism.

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Shia leaders say the government has not enacted the reform it promised to heal the scars and end the instability in the wake of the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations.

Inspired by the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt earlier in 2011, thousands took to the streets to demand fairer political representation.

The protesters were demanding more rights and an end to discrimination against the majority Shia community by the Sunni royal family.

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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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Anti-regime demo held in North Bahrain

Anti-regime demo held in North Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Anti-regime demo held in North Bahrain
Anti-government protesters have held another demonstration in northern Bahrain, despite the regime's continuing crackdown on demonstrations.
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Fault Lines - The US and the New Middle East: BAHRAIN - Pt 1.

Oil, the 5th Fleet, Arms deals, & combating Iran: The REAL motivations behind US policy towards Bahrain. View the Saudi sacrileges, hear the US foreign policy personel rationalize our policies, witness the American hypocrisy!
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Bahrain's abuse of dissenters: four detailed cases

Bahrain's abuse of dissenters: four detailed cases | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama referred to them in his speech last week on the Middle East, in which he pointedly told Bahrain that
"you can't have a real dialogue when parts of the peaceful opposition are in jail."

A detailed examination of Bahrain's arrest and treatment of the dissidents shows widespread and systematic abuse that raises questions about whether the country's Sunni Muslim government has crossed a line beyond which it can't restore social peace in the predominantly Shiite Muslim country.
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EU Parliament calls for Bahraini medics release — Irish Medical Times

EU Parliament calls for Bahraini medics release — Irish Medical Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The European Parliament has issued a call for innocent prisoners in Bahrain to be released and for parties to engage in productive dialogue, with a view to conflict resolution.
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Bahrain opposition draws up roadmap for national dialogue

Bahrain opposition draws up roadmap for national dialogue | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Dubai — Bahrain's Shiite-dominated unveiled Saturday a roadmap for restarting national dialogue talks suspended last month, and renewed demands for a constitutional monarchy in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
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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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The Stream - Bahrain: The social media battle continues - Suhail Algosaibi & Zainab Al-Khawaja

The battle over Bahrain's future is raging online between government loyalists and opposition supporters. The Stream hosted a debate between Zainab Al-Khawaja and Suhail Algosaibi....

 

Suhail sounded like a regime troll, Zainab sounded like a humanrights activist/democracy reformer!  I flowed all arguments to Zainab's rebuttals and give her the victory!    Very brave, to call for the arrest of the Khalifas for crimes against humanity on camera from within Bahrain!  WOW!

Excellent...a must watch!

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Bahrain Urged to Walk the Road to Reformon

Bahrain Urged to Walk the Road to Reformon | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain Urged to Walk the Road to Reform...


The report calls upon the United States and other Western governments to suspend security assistance, including commercial sales of military and police equipment to Bahrain. Such assistance and sales should be suspended until the Bahrain government "ends its human rights violations and takes genuine steps toward meaningful political dialogue," says the International Crisis Group.
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Bahrain Protests: Tens Of Thousands Demonstrate Against 'National Dialogue'

Bahrain Protests: Tens Of Thousands Demonstrate Against 'National Dialogue' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, July 29 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands marched outside Bahrain's capital Manama on Friday to protest against the results of a "National Dialogue" they said had failed to bring real democratic reform in the Gulf island kingdom.
Shouting "We want freedom" and waving Bahraini flags and banners that read "No to dialogue", protesters marched along Budaiya highway as helicopters from the security forces buzzed overhead. ...
The government thought the results were great. We thought they were nothing. There's no fully elected government, no reforms to the voting system -- it's a one-sided deal," said Wefaq leader Sayed al-Mousawi.
Shi'ite Bahrainis have long complained of discrimination in jobs and services and accuse the government of gerrymandering electoral districts, charges the government denies.
Some began to shout "Down, down (King) Hamad" in the Friday march, which organisers entitled "The people are the source of authority."
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Bahrain: the crisis of the Al-Khalifa monarchy | openDemocracy

Bahrain: the crisis of the Al-Khalifa monarchy | openDemocracy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In reality, the Al-Khalifa now have no legitimacy in the eyes of the majority of the Bahraini population. Most of Bahrain's people are still Shi’a, despite the government’s determined attempts over the past decade to manipulate the sectarian imbalance by trying to naturalise large numbers of invited Sunni immigrants. The understandable Shi’a resentment at such policies and the discrimination they represent have since February 2011 been expressed in protests, most of which have been put down with bloody force.
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Freedom House: Ongoing Abuses in Bahrain Delegitimize Upcoming National Dialogue | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Freedom House: Ongoing Abuses in Bahrain Delegitimize Upcoming National Dialogue | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“By continuing to proceed with hasty prosecutions in military courts of leading opposition political figures and pro-democracy activists, the Bahraini government is in effect removing its political competition,” said Charles Dunne, Freedom House’s senior program manager for the Middle East and North Africa. “These actions strongly suggest that the National Dialogue will not be an opportunity to advance political freedom in Bahrain, but rather a ploy to prevent criticism of its human rights record.” -- PROPHETIC!
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Bahrain opposition fears reform talks not serious

Bahrain opposition fears reform talks not serious | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's opposition said on Wednesday the first session of a national dialogue for reforms in the Gulf island kingdom raised questions over whether talks aimed at easing tensions after...
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