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Bahrain Deteriorating - By Brian Dooley

Bahrain Deteriorating - By Brian Dooley | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

... Right now, Bahraini activists who gave their side of the story in Geneva as part of the UPR are being targeted by government-supporting media in Bahrain. The Al Watan newspaper has featured their names and also published a photo with the activists' faces ringed in red. In Bahrain, such a "ringing is red" is taken as a threat and has often been a precursor to arrest. Newspaper reports suggest the activists have "contributed to the distortion of Bahrain's reputation abroad." One human rights defender, Mohammed Al Maskati, said he received death threats by phone while in Geneva. Such developments signal a further escalation of suspicion about what's happening in Bahrain. The one thing that Bahraini officials, U.S. government leaders, the opposition, and international NGOs all seem to agree on is that things are bad and probably getting worse. ...

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Bahrain: "Eid without Kids"… more than 90 children abused behind bars

Bahrain: "Eid without Kids"… more than 90 children abused behind bars | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain marks Eid Al-Fitr occasion while 90 children , who are below the average legal age, have been kept behind bars treating them like adults by detaining them with accusation that do not go with their age.

All the arrests are related to freedom of expression as many human rights organizations demanded their immediate release as well as the release of all prisoners of conscience specially children.

The regime in Bahrain violates the basic children rights by assaulting and killing them having no regard to their age.

In Bahrain Children's rights violations take many different forms. Children in Bahrain have been arrested, dismissed, injured, and tortured. They have had their fathers arrested, they have had their schools suppressed, they have had their play grounds repressed, they have had their houses raided, they have had their houses tear gassed, they have been deprived from the right of learning, in addition to a long list of basic rights violations.

The regime has gone farther than violating and arresting, the regime is now cold-bloodedly killing children. Husam Al-Haddad is the last victim murdered by the regime forces by shooting him in the back and them barbically assaulting him to death.

The regime has already murdered many children before. The martyr Sayed Ahmed Sayed Sahms, they murdered martyr Mohammed AbdulHussain Farhan, the martyr Ali Jawad Al-Shaikh, The martyr Ahmed Al-Qattan, the martyr Ali Baddah, the infant martyr Sajeda Faisal Jawad, they murdered martyr Sayed Hashim Saeed, the martyr Yaseen Al-Asfoor and the martyr Mohammed Ebrahim Ya'agoob. ....

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Bahrain opposition launch “Gangs of Darkness” Campaign to highlight the constant attacks on homes - Bahrain Freedom Movement

Bahrain opposition launch “Gangs of Darkness” Campaign to highlight the constant attacks on homes - Bahrain Freedom Movement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In a press conference marking the launch of the Gangs of Darkness Campaign, Khalil Almarzooq, political aide to the Secretary General of Al Wefaq, said “The total amount stolen by regime forces during the national safety period exceeds $10 million, whilst the number of houses raided during June and July 2012 is as many as 270”.

He added, “We are talking about groups who can only be described as gangs of darkness for their official adoption of terrifying tactics to scare and intimidate the people. These crimes cannot have been perpetrated without an official will.”

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He added “If this is the number in 2 months, imagine how big it must be since the 15th March 2011 (start of martial law). The King of Bahrain is the one who is responsible for this number, which was read in front of him by Mr. Bassiouni. 270 homes were raided after the release of the BICI report and we ask, where is the role of the judiciary to stop these raids? The regime is still offering impunity to senior officials.

Addressing the Crown Prince he said “270 houses have been violently raided in the country and their residents have been inhumanely abused. We have condemned all forms of violence from the opposition in all of our speeches, it is now your turn to condemn these unjustifiable raids during your Ramadan visits this evening.”

“We ask all Islamic societies and figures, the TGONU, Al Asala, Al Menbar: do these raids march with Islamic ruling?” he asked.

“We call on the UN Secretary General, all officials, all concerned parties worldwide to take note of what is happening in Bahrain....

“$10 million have been stolen during such raids, including cash, electronic equipment, appliances and property.”

“These violations are being perpetrated by those who are supposed to preserve law and order in the country. This situation has been the same for all 42 years of this age-old appointed government. This is the sham security being offered by the government, most of which is from one family. This is the security Khalifa Bin Salman’s government offers. This is absolutely unacceptable.” Almarzooq stressed.

Almarzooq also made clear that these raids are a product of systematic state terrorism. According to the documentation, those who raided homes are masked men, backed by police. Furthermore these masked armed civiliansm, supported by the police, are fixing police badges on their clothing. All documentation proves that police are directly involved in the raiding of homes.

“In this matter we wholly encourage mutual opinions and are ready to cooperate for the sake of our homeland. There are rights that should be respected as was mentioned in the BICI report and of other international organisations. We are looking for all concerned people who want to defend the rights of the people of Bahrain and end their violations.”

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Bahrain: Terrorising citizens into submission......[Not working, Hamad! ]

Bahrain: Terrorising citizens into submission......[Not working, Hamad! ] | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Tension is rising as the regime decides to throttle the people to death, denying them the rights of speech, assembly and association. Despite getting along with the regime’s political agenda for several years, the political societies were snubbed this week when they announced that they were holding a peaceful demonstration scheduled for this afternoon. The ruling family rejected the request and threatened to kill demonstrators. Two weeks ago Alkhalifa Death Squads fired at demonstrators causing injuries and panic. Their policy is to terrorise the people so that they submit to their will. The situation has become so polarised that Bahrain has entered the final phase of the struggle for change. The situation is likely to escalate from now onward.

The sentencing by the Alkhalifa court yesterday of a child to one year imprisonment has shocked the human conscience and exposed the real nature of this oppressive regime. Ali Hassan is only 11 years of age, yet the regime decided to lock him up for one more year for taking part in a peaceful demonstration. He had already been detained for 25 days before international condemnation forced his release. The latest decision is a clear violation of the most basic of human decency, dignity and human rights.

This tragic development came on the day when another child was summarily hanged by members of the Death Squads, operated by the royal court. He was found dead by his family, hanged in his room shortly after Death Squads had been reported to have attacked houses and ransacked some of them. It has now been confirmed that the dictator, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has a fully-fledged team of special forces whose aim is to target key figures in the opposition. Among their victims is Salah who was kidnapped, tortured and skinned on the day Formula 1 started the race in Bahrain on 21 April 2012. They are also responsible for kidnapping, torturing to death Yousuf Mawali earlier this year. His body was then dumped on seaside while the regime claimed that he had drowned. Post-mortem carried out by a special Turkish doctor confirmed that he had received electric torture before his death.

At the World Conference on Human Rights, the American delegation on 3 July delivered a statement outlining US policy in the world. The statement said that the Bahrainis Government “needs to hold accountable officials responsible for human rights violations, including deaths in custody resulting from torture, to drop charges against all persons accused of crimes based on their political expression, and to ensure fair and expeditious trials in appeals cases, such as those of the medical professionals. The Government of Bahrain also needs to prevent the use of excessive force by the police and to diversify police forces to reflect the communities in which they serve. We also urge the Government to respect its citizens’ rights to free expression, free association and free assembly, and to facilitate access to Bahrain for journalists and civil society organizations.”

Another victim of state terrorism is Abdulla Zain, a young Bahraini citizen who was kidnapped earlier this week. He was taken to a horse stable at Budayya Road, severely tortured and then dumped at a remote area. Meanwhile Ali Mawali who was shot two weeks ago at a peaceful demonstration is still fighting for his life as doctors struggle to get him out of coma. He was targeted as he tried to defend a senior political figure at a demonstration on Friday 22 June.

Collective punishment has continued unabated. Death squads are roaming the streets, attacking Bahrainis, targeting their homes, ransacking their contents and arresting citizens. The towns of Jid Ali, Duraz, Sitra, Samaheej and other places were savaged by regime’s brutality. Many citizens were arrested from their homes in the past few days.

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Bahrain: Washington and London Complicit in Crimes against Humanity Committed by Alkhalifa regime

Bahrain: Washington and London Complicit in Crimes against Humanity Committed by Alkhalifa regime | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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In a sign of hope that the international community has finally woken up to face the challenge of the Bahrainis human rights crisis, 27 countries have issued a comprehensive statement condemning the Alkhalifa regime for its brutal treatment of Bahrainis and demanding that it stopped serious violations of human rights. “We are particularly concerned about the consequences faced by those who protested for democratic change in a peaceful manner. We call upon the Bahraini government to fully respect their rights of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and especially to ensure the protection of Human Rights Defenders,” reads the two-page statement. It also expresses its desire for Bahrain to agree on a comprehensive cooperation plan with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, plus a permanent presence for an OHCHR office in Bahrain.

The statement, sponsored by Switzerland, has been signed by all EU members except Britain, and several Latin American countries. The USA and Arab countries refused to endorse it. It calls for the release of all political prisoners including the prominent leading figures such as Abdul Wahab Hussain, Hassan Mushaima and others. This is an international indictment of a regime that has relied heavily on the unwavering protection by UK and USA. Both have refused to sign the document.

Meanwhile, the revolutionary fervor in the country has continued with even more determination to pursue the goals of the people including the right to determine their destiny, write their constitution and elect their government. Every night at least 15 demonstrations have taken place in various parts of the country with participation from men and women. Chemical gases are used systematically not only against demonstrators but also people’s houses. More than 40 people have died as a result of inhaling these lethal gases.

 

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Int'lly banned use of shotguns on people is occurring NOW in #Bahrain

Int'lly banned use of shotguns on people is occurring NOW in #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain_Protest: #Bahrain:Targeting protesters with birdshot today http://t.co/nJc9PwXW...

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Samahej: 6/17/2012 officer assault on an unarmed citizen in his car.

Mercenary: Wanted for Justice at the ICC !

 

Help Identify this animal so that Justice may be served upon him.....

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#Bahrain: None so blind as those that will not see. | Eye4Freedom.org

#Bahrain: None so blind as those that will not see. | Eye4Freedom.org | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Not long after accounts of the first heroes to sacrifice their lives for freedom were broadcast, news of what started to look like a concerted effort to maim peaceful protesters by literally targeting their eyes began to escape the jail that Bahrain had become. ...

 

But it is precisely because of these heroes’ vision – their audacious belief that Bahrain can be governed by the consent of its people – that have cost them their vision, the full use of their eyes, cynically damaged by a ruthlessly vicious police apparatus which long ago lost sight of its supposed mission to protect and serve the people of Bahrain, to enforce laws which are supposed to protect against the wanton use of lethal violence. They’ve become a private hit squad whose sole purpose is to safeguard the blurred vision of the AlKhalifa dictatorship, a vision that sees Bahrain’s riches continuing to flow into their palaces and bank accounts, while those who they think don’t deserve a nation of which they can take ownership kiss the mighty’s rings and bow in submission to what is, for all intents and purposes, a craven, brutal gang of torturing lunatics, drunk on money and living in a dream world that must come to accept an entirely different vision of the future, if Bahrain is to have a future.

There is an old (dating back even before the AlKhalifas began to rule Bahrain) English proverbial phrase that says there are “None so blind as those that will not see.” I cannot think of a more apt description of the dictatorship which would literally seek to steal the vision from the brave people who have risked everything for the sun to rise one day upon a free Bahrain.  ~Tom Rizzo

 

[Blindness for the Al-Khalifas has been caused by their selfishness, hedonism, and lust for power.  Now bereft of all vision, their faculties of reason and morality have clouded as well.....Poor Khalifas, I doubt that they will ever find their way back to humanity! ]

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Rights organisations alarmed over threats to civil society after trip to UN - Reporters Without Borders

Rights organisations alarmed over threats to civil society after trip to UN - Reporters Without Borders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....During the UPR process, Minister of State for Human Rights Salah Bin Ali Mohamed Abdulrahman, who led the official government delegation, claimed that there are no political prisoners in Bahrain and all prisoners held in the country are being held for criminal activities. "Yet on that very day, our friend Nabeel Rajab was sitting in prison in Bahrain on various free expression-related charges, unable to travel to Geneva to participate in our event," said Ghias Al-Jundi of PEN International, one of the organisers of a side event on 21 May. After Rajab was arrested in May, over 100 groups signed an appeal to free all detained human rights activists in Bahrain.

After having been released from prison on bail on 28 May, Rajab was again detained on 6 June and ordered to be held for a week, pending investigation. “The judicial harassment against Nabeel Rajab shows that the crackdown against those who dare to denounce the human rights crisis in Bahrain is not over,” said Souhayr Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Rajab is the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), as well as FIDH Deputy Secretary General. ....

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Al-Khalifa terrorists suffocate women on the streets......

Al-Khalifa terrorists suffocate women on the streets...... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

This gal in an Abaya is just standing by the road or is on foot to her destination.....

 

The Regime in Bahrain is threatened by this and must attempt to gas her into suffocation........UNBELIEVABLE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE!

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Bahrain: mercenaries shooting tear gas inside a home in Aali - 27/5/2012

Bahrain riot police after attacking the peacful march (by our blood, we sacrifice our leaders) in Aali, they shot tear gases inside a home in order to kill i...
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Minister of Interior Threatens UPR Delegates Release

The Bahrain Ministry of Interior today ignored the advice of the President of the UN Human Rights Council, suggesting it will take legal action against civil society representatives who attended the organizations Universal Periodic Review....

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In Bahrain: The regime 'wants to kill us' ......A must watch video!

فلم ( ارادوا قتلنا ) شبابنا ضحايا نظام ال خليفة يروون ما حدث لهم في مجزرة كرانة ليلة الجمعة بسلاح الشوزن واصاباتهم التي لا يمكن علاجها...
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The long suffering of Shaikh Mohammed Habib Almoqdad at the hands of the Bahraini regime..

The long suffering of Shaikh Mohammed Habib Almoqdad at the hands of the Bahraini regime.. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....The following are some of the violations committed against Al Meqdad during the arrest & investigation phase.  Their behavior with Al Meqdad shows how his arrest was inappropriate for cleric, without any consideration to his religious position or his social statues or his age.

[List of tortures]

1. Depraving him from sleeping for seven consecutive days until he fainted.
2. Standing for hours on his feets which led to fatigue and sometimes fainting.
3. Beating him with batons and kicking him to force him to stand again.
4. He was hanged upside down from his feet. He was being beaten with plastic cables and sticks. He was tortured this way many times for long periods.
5. Using an electric detonator on sensitive area of the body. It has left physical and psychological effects. Many of them still exist despite that it’s been more than a year.
6. Beating him with plastic wire on the back, stomach, thighs and other parts of the body ( After a year now, the marks on his body can still be seen).
7. Kicking him with their legs and stepping on his face, head, neck with their shoes and even sometimes put them inside his mouth.
8. Beating him on the feet with batons after throwing him on the ground. Tightening his handcuffs and beating the legs harshly to the point of bleeding.
9. Handcuffing his hands to the back and blindfolding his eyes.
10. Forcing him to stand for long periods and his hands rose to the top without touching the walls.
11. Pouring cold water on his body and bed inside the prison cell.
12. Spitting on the face and preventing them from wiping it off.
13. Repeatedly, he was forced to open his mouth to spit inside and they made him swallow it before eating.
14. Swearing and cursing his honor. After being tortured they forced other prisoners to testify that Al Meqdad was saying that and not the prison officers. Furthermore, he was forced to call himself inappropriate names such as “I’m an animal, I’m a dog”.
15. Insulting religion and its beliefs and humiliating Muslim leaders.
16. Defaming our religious beliefs like why worshiping the soil (Turba of Imam Hussain)? And calling Shiah with names such as “infidels and traitors”.
17. He was forced to kiss the shoes of officers in prison (many prisoners were forced to do so) and in case he refused to do so, they attack him with beatings and more physical and psychological assaults.
18. Striping him off for long periods along with using black hoses on his back while being stripped. It happened for several times.
19. Threats of assaulting his family
20. Causing noises at nights by clubbing on the iron bars of the cells to prevent him from sleeping.
21. Forcing Al Meqdad to kiss symbols of the Bahraini and Saudi regime (members of the royal families of both countries).
22. Restricting him from using the bathroom and not allowing him to use it when needed . and when it is allowed to be used, he is given a limited time.
23. He was forced to cover his whole body including the face, with blankets when going to the bathroom in order not be seen or recognized by anyone.
24. Prevented from having a shower, or changing his clothes for at least two weeks.
25. Standing under the sun at noon.
26. Violations were made also on the way from and to the military court, opposition leaders were tied with strong ropes on their necks that led to difficulties in breathing and sometimes vomiting while being handcuffed. Also Al Meqdad along with others, were blindfolded and their faces and hands were covered with sacks of cloths on their way to the court.

27. Within the waiting room onside the court, prisoners were mocked and pushed to each other.

28. Deprived from contacting his family during the first period of the detention.

29. Deprived from contacting a lawyer during the investigation and the military prosecution.

30. Put in solitary confinement (it was a small underground cell in the MOI fort). It lasted for three months.

31. Forced to sign a statement (Confessions) during investigations without reading or knowing its content.

32. Denial of medical care, and treatment.

33. Threats of sexual abuse, even sexual harassment occurred for some prisoners, including Sheikh Mirza Al-mahroos, "I have seen how he shouted due to the severe pain to." said Sheikh Al-Meqdad.

34. Psychological torture (Threats and the hearing the shouts of other prisoners from the severe pains).

35. Denial of adequate and acceptable food.

36. Officers deceived prisoners by telling them that they are outside Bahrain, "they tell us you are in Saudi Arabia's prisons, we will sentence you harsh sentences, your heads will be cut with the sword", Meqdad said.

37. Entering dogs inside the prison ward while lights off, the dogs barked and attacked the cells viciously and brutally.

38. Raiding homes of detainees during their arrest, smashing the doors and tampering with the contents of the house. Along with, Stealing and confiscation some of the house belongings, such as computers, mobile phones, money and others.
39. Spreading terror by raising weapons and guns in the faces of women and children during house raids.

40. He was beaten with hands and batons in a military court building, to the extent that on 22.06.2011 he shouted "peacefully peacefully, the people are asking for freedom" in court when the verdict came out. The leaders were tortured and according to them “no one was spared”.

41. According to Al Meqdad: "I was beaten and tortured at the fort Hospital while I was getting treatment and on the hospital bed. He added” that did not prevented them from hitting me and torturing me."
42. Al Meqdad along with other prisoners, were attacked and tortured while sleeping at night. He stated "This has happened to me personally that while I was sleeping, a group of masked men removed the quilt from my face, and began torturing me."
43. Not allowed to exercise their religious rituals, such as restricting prisoners from doing their prayer, reading the holy Qur'an.
44. Al Meqdad was forced to gargle with urine at the Fort Hospital when asked to examine a sample of urine.

45. Forced to do dignifying and revolting things, by which he was ashamed to mention.

Individuals responsible for Al Meqdad’s torture

 

[List of torturers]

1. Prince Nasser bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the son of the country's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa: -
2. Badr Ibrahim Ghaith - a captain at the National Security Agency, He tortured Al Meqdad on the night of his arrest.
3. Yousif Al-Mannai - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency tortured Meqdad on the night of his arrest.
4. Mohamed Owaid (a Jordanian national) - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency, , who has threatened and tortured Al Meqdad. Al Meqdad had seen his face during his current arrest, and recognized him from previous arrests. Owaid told Al Meqdad “ I’m not afraid from anyone, I will shoot whoever come near my house”

5. Abdullah Al Suri - a lieutenant at the National Security Agency , Al Meqdad saw his face while torturing him ( on the same night Nasser Bin Hamad tortured the Sheikh).

6. Major. Basil Siyadi – He knows all torturers who cover their faces with masks to hide their true identity, Al Meqdad demanded that Siyadi should be presented to the law to reveal all information needed about the torturers in the Bahraini prisons.

The above mentioned individuals are among those who tortured Sheikh Mohammed Al Meqdad,

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BREAKING: Said Yousif is detained and tortured in front of his children at a checkpoint in #Bahrain

BREAKING:  Said Yousif is detained and tortured in front of his children at a checkpoint in #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Said Yousif is free now and this is a partial recounting of the events:

 

Said Yousif was traveling in his car upon the roads of Bahrain and was stopped by  regime thugs.  They said he was wanted on charges and slapped him in front of his children who were riding in the car with him.  Said Yousif was in possession of a picture of Nabell Rajab which these thugs found.  These thugs fixated on the picture and demanded Said Yousif say bad things about Nabeel Rajab in front of his children, and he refused to lie for them!  When he refused, they punched Mr.Yousif and continued demands for slurs against Nabeel and continued punching him as he refused to lie!  Then they took Said Yousif to a checkpoint in Aali and drove his car there as well.  His wife came to get the children and retrieve the car.  Mr. Yousif was issued a bogus traffic violation and these thugs told him : ' this is an Eid gift.'  The picture/banner of Nabeel Rajab was stolen by these thugs and not returned!  He was taken to central police station and his statement was taken, and his signature/commitment to answer the charges was taken, without counsel present or having had access to counsel.  The arrest was completely arbitrary and was not supported by any arrest warrant from a public prosecutor!  

CORRECTION:  The regime thugs didn't return the car, they stole that too!

 

see also:  http://is.gd/yH61w4

 

Arbitrary arrest, detention, and public torture of an innocent citiizen!  This is the everyday barbarism of the Al-Khalifa regime!  This is the atrocious abuse of power that is the bogus jurisprudence system in Bahrain!

 

[Picture of Said Yousif's beautiful children.  Don't these children deserve better than this abuse by the 'Government' of Bahrain? ]

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Sitra, Bahrain: Injury due to Birdshot use against unarmed protesters!

Sitra, Bahrain:  Injury due to Birdshot use against unarmed protesters! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Another Al-Khalifa crime against humanity.....using internationally banned weapons upon unarmed citizenry!

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If you loved the king, nothing bad would happen to you | Witness Bahrain

If you loved the king, nothing bad would happen to you | Witness Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....And the regime denies involvement in torture.....

 

U N B E L I E V A B L E  !  !  !

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Bahrain Ambassador Declines Dooley’s Invitation for a Public Debate on Reforms | Human Rights First

Bahrain Ambassador Declines Dooley’s Invitation for a Public Debate on Reforms | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley sent a letterto Houda Nonoo, Bahrain’s ambassador to the United States, asking her for a public discussion about human rights reforms in Bahrain.
Ambassador Nonoo responded via her blog, backing out of the invitation and proposing a private meeting instead. ...

Ironically, Dooley planned on travelling to Bahrain this week, but he was denied entry—his second denial over the course of six months. He wanted to speak with government officials about the 20 medics recently prosecuted for treating wounded protesters and for telling the truth about government abuses.
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Talk is cheap. If the Bahrain government truly wants to have a “serious effort” to constructively resolve the situation in Bahrain, then it should provide human rights groups access to the country. Government representatives, including Ambassador Nonoo, should also engage in a public dialogue with human rights groups. Both actions would signal that the country is willing to acknowledge human rights abuses identified in the BICI report and that it is committed to reforms.

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Bahrain: 5 Questions for the Kingdom | Human Rights First

Bahrain: 5 Questions for the Kingdom | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

6-18-2012
By Brian Dooley
Human Rights Defenders Program

 

Meaningful human rights reform in Bahrain appears as distant as ever, despite the regime’s repeated promises. The disconnect between the its actions and its words is baffling. Perhaps the regime could clear up the confusion by explaining its approach on human rights. It could begin with these five simple questions.


1. Why did nine medics, officially declared innocent by the Bahrain Court of Appeal on June 14, sign written statements confessing to crimes they did not commit? How did you obtain such statements? These medics, and the 11 others convicted with them by the military court last year, always insisted on their innocence. They tell consistent and credible stories of having been tortured into signing false confessions. Now that their innocence has been recognized by the Bahraini courts, the investigation into their wrongful convictions should begin immediately, and those who tortured them held accountable.


2. Why won’t you let us in? Human Rights First has been denied entry into Bahrain for the second time this year. We were denied access to the country in January and after being granted access for five days in March, we planned to visit again from June 22-29. We notified the Bahrain authorities of our plans on May 3, only to be told last week that “The scheduling of meetings in the period before and after the Holy Month of Ramadan is always difficult, not just for government officials as you suggest, but for the country as a whole. It is important to remember that this calendar date is set far in advance and unfortunately your request in early May was probably too late for administrative purposes.” Despite assurances that international observers are welcome, we are among several NGOs to have been denied entry in recent weeks. In March, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez was told a few weeks prior to his scheduled arrival date that he should not come. In April, Ana Gomes, a Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, was turned away at Manama airport. It looks like Bahrain is uncomfortable with international scrutiny.


3. What are your rules on the use of tear gas? There are increasing numbers of injuries and deaths from the use of tear gas by the Bahrain security forces. In March, a UN spokesperson said, “Reliable sources indicate that the civilians who died from tear gas suffered complications from gas inhalation, and that security forces have been firing metal tear gas canisters from grenade launchers into crowds. We call on the Government of Bahrain to investigate the alleged use of such excessive force.” Since then, more deaths and injuries have been reported. What are the rules governing how much tear gas is issued to individual police personnel, how they are instructed to deploy it, and how they account for what they have used?


4. Why are there continuing reports of detainees, including children, being tortured in your custody? Local human rights organizations and press accounts continue to document cases of people who report having been beaten, threatened, and sexually assaulted in custody. For example, Al Wasat newspaper reported this week that a lawyer filed a criminal complaint claiming that her client had been tortured and sexually assaulted by security officers. In another case, according to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), 13 year-old Sayed Yaseen Sayed Abduljaleel Shubber was arrested by riot police in his neighborhood on 13 April and released two weeks later. Torture marks “were very apparent on his back and face, especially near his eyes. Disregarding the evidence of torture, juvenile court ordered his detention.”


5. Why are you still targeting prominent human rights defenders? Next week human rights defenders including Zainab Al Khawaja, President of the BCHR Nabeel Rajab, leaders of the Bahrain Teachers Association Mahdi Abu Deeb and Jalila al Salman and human rights lawyer Mohammed Al Tajer are all due to face court charges related to the peaceful expression of their views and their human rights work. If Bahrain is serious about human rights reform it should drop the charges against not just these people but against all of the hundreds convicted by the military court last year and all those prosecuted for the peaceful expression of their views.


It would be great to hear answers from the Bahrain authorities to these questions (I have plenty more). Since I’m not allowed into Bahrain to raise these issues in person—unless, of course, they change their minds—I’ll be eagerly awaiting their response in writing. They know where to find me.

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Members of the Al Khalifa family themselves tortured Shia Doctors & Protesters

Members of the Al Khalifa family themselves tortured Shia Doctors & Protesters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Left to right: Khalifa Bin Ahmed Alkhalifa (General Director of Southern Province Police), Khalifa Bin Abdulla Alkhalifa (Head of the National Security Apparatus), Khaled Bin Hamad Alkhalifa (Son of the king) and Nasser Bin Hamad Alkhalifa (Son of the king)
JNN 16 August 2011 Manama : Bahrain’s ruling Al Khalifa family and the King Hammad Al Khalifa , are themselves involved In the torture of the Shia Doctors , Protesters and the Prisoners , held in the Bahrain Prisons, As per The facts revealed by the Bahrain Center of Human Rights . They even Cursed the Shia Nation , the Clerics and the Leader , which is a worst example of the ruling family of Promoting sectarianism in the Muslim World. .....

 

[Allah knows all, sees all.........I'm sure these monsters will be 'rewarded' accordingly]

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Shia in Bahrain Target of Inhumane Treatment

Shia in Bahrain Target of Inhumane Treatment | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Established in 2011, Shia Rights Watch (S.R.W.)is the world’s first independent organization
dedicated to define and protect the rights of Shia Muslims around the world. SRW is a non- governmental, notfor-profit research entity and advocacy group headquartered in Washington D.C., U.S.A. Shia Rights Watch
aims to draw international attention where Shia rights are violated; the aim is to give a voice to the oppressed
and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. S.R.W. achieves its objectives through strategic
investigations supported with targeted advocacy in order to bring about informed action. .......

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Bahrain: 'This is how the son of the king tortured us' ; Parweez tells the story from inside prison

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1. Mohammed Hassan Mohammed Jawad: 65 years old, born in 1948. He lives in Sitra. He is known by "Parweez”, he has two daughters Ramla and Susan and 4 sons Ali, Hussein, Hamid and Hadi. Arrested 26 times since the sixties until now. Released last time in January 25, 2011. Re-arrested and jailed since March 22, 2011.

2. Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa is the half-brother of the Crown Prince and the fourth son of the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Was born in May 8, 1987, married in September 2009 to the daughter of the Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and has a child named Sheikha Shaima (born in July 16, 2010). On June 19, 2011 the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued a royal decree promoting Nasser to the rank of colonel, has also appointed as commander of the Royal Guard of the Bahrain Defense Force, and also heads the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and the Bahrain Olympic Committee. He became even famous as a torturer after the entry of the Peninsula Shield forces to Bahrain and the imposition of the National Security Law (Martial Law). Via Bahrain TV, he has vowed to pursue all the opponents.

3. Parweez case has been documented in the report issued by the “Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry”. Refer to Annex B: Summary of Torture Allegations / Case No. 2

Link to Arabic copy:  http://is.gd/Nb1HeV

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5-28-12 Bahrain: Dr. Alaa Shihabi's speech about the Geneva UPR deliberations .

كلمة الدكتورة آلاء الشهابي في تجمع الجماهيري حقيقة مداولات جنيف 28-5-2012 بساحة الحرية بالمقشع...
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Bahrain UPR مترجم| جنيف- الجلسة الأخيرة- البيان الختامي

جنيف | مجلس الأمم المتحدة لحقوق الإنسان- جلسة المراجعة الدورية الشاملة- البحرين May 25, 2012 Laura Dupuy Lasserre, President of The UN Human Rights Council ل...
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After UPR Geneva session, Alkhalifa lost legitimacy to remain

After UPR Geneva session, Alkhalifa lost legitimacy to remain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The week’s highlight has been the almost unanimous international verdict against the ruling Alkhalifa dynasty for its brutal violation of human rights. The regime was condemned by most of the EU countries at the Human Rights Council (HRC) meeting in Geneva on Monday 21st May when Bahrain’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was conducted. One of the ministers of the ruling Alkhalifa junta presented the report which failed to convince those present at the session. At least nine EU countries reacted with disgust at the dangerous abuse of human rights by the current dictator and his clique. Last year a commission funded by the regime confirmed that systematic torture and extra-judicial killings had taken place. The HRC then issued 176 recommendations, compared to nine in the earlier UPR session four years ago. The regime had dispatched scores of its mercenaries to lobby for support among HRC member states but it is clear that their mission has disastrously failed. Bahrainis are, however, unconvinced that the Alkhalifa would stop abuse of human rights, especially arbitrary detention, torture and attack on freedom of speech. None of the banned sites are expected to be allowed.

The inability of the regime to respond favourably to the HRC recommendations was immediately visible in the way human rights activists have been treated at Alkhalifa courts where the judge is the adversary. The four most prominent human rights activists remain the torture chambers for their peaceful expression of opinion; Abdul Hadi Al Khawaja, Dr Abdul Jalil Al Singace, Zainab Al Khawaja and Nabeel Rajab. All of them have been tortured at one time or another. The first two have been languishing at the torture dungeons for fifteen months where most horrible forms of torture had been administered on them. Zainab has been charged with various “offences” for opposing the dictatorship and was sentenced yesterday to one month in jail. Nabeel Rajab has also been charged with trumpeted charges intended to keep him behind bars in an attempt to stop the demonstrations. The aim is to reduce the popular revolt and prepare for another round of meaningless and time-wasting one way “dialogue”. Yet Bahraini youth will ensure that the regime goes and that its deception fails to stall the revolution.

On Wednesday 22nd May, Abdul Hadi Al Khawaja, was brought to a court run by a member of the Al khalifa enemy. After the most senior opposition figure, Abdul Wahab Hussain delivered a damning testimony to his torture ordeal, Mr Al Khawaja presented hair-raising description of the abuse he had been subjected to since his arrest in March last year. His torture include breaking his jaws in four places, urinating in his mouth, beating, electric shocks, deprivation of sleep, sexual assault and threat of rape. If the court case continues next week more damning testimonies will come out and the onus will be on the world community to take immediate action against Alkhalifa dictatorship that has administered torture on Bahrainis on a systematic and regular basis since Ian Henderson restructured the Special Branch in 1966 during the British protection era. Many Bahrainis have died under torture since then. The failure of the world to take a stand has allowed the regime to commit these heinous crimes with impunity.

Meanwhile, people’s revolution has continued. Every day and night have seen demonstrations and protests in almost every corner of the country despite the vicious attacks by the forces of Timoney and Yates. Since Alkhalifa interior minister threatened two weeks ago to escalate violence against the people the use of shotguns against protesters has increased dramatically. Everyday tens of Bahrainis are injured, but they cannot seek treatment at hospitals which are under military management and instructions to report any injured Bahraini to the torture dungeons run by Timoney and Yates.

Hopes have been raised that Nasser bin Hamad Alkhalifa, one of the most notorious torturers will be arrested upon his arrival in London for the Olympics. UK’s Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne told MPs that leaders linked to such crimes (torture) will not be allowed into Britain to attend the summer Olympic Games. “Where there is independent, reliable and credible evidence that an individual has committed human rights abuses, the individual will not normally be permitted to enter the UK,” Browne said. Attempts are being made to present this reliable evidence to UK courts in due course to indict this torturer.

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