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Bahrain: Regime forces shamelessly abuse woman in home raid

Bahrain: Regime forces shamelessly abuse woman in home raid | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahraini woman was attacked by regime forces who raided her house in Aali village, on Wednesday early morning hours. The attack is a moral downfall for these forces who have no deterrent to perpetrate atrocities and violations against citizens in daily practices.

The forces had surrounded the woman in her home, while one person stood over her holding her as he pepper-sprayed her face. The woman was trying to protect her son who was severely beaten in front of her by masked civilian forces who raided the house without presenting any legal warrant. The masked forces broke open the door not giving the women in the house a chance to cover themselves. This kind of behavior is considered seriously provocative in the Bahraini society that does not accept degrading treatment of women under any justification. .....

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Bahrain’s October 2013: more than 1253 Human Rights violations

Bahrain’s October 2013: more than 1253 Human Rights violations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Liberties and Human Rights Unit in Al Wefaq National Islamic Society has documented more than 1253 violations perpetrated by the Bahraini Authority, through its security and military forces, in October 2013. ...

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Appalling Human Rights Abuses in #Bahrain :

Since February 2011, Bahrainis challenged state terror policies heroically. Brutal crackdowns followed. They continue. 

They include mass arrests, imprisonments, torture, kangaroo court trials, and overall ruthlessness. 

Bahrain's ruling Al Khalifa monarchy is a close US ally. Washington provides material support. It's one of the world's most despotic regimes. Ruthlessness defines its policies. More on that below. 

According to the State Department's 2012 human rights report, 
serious human rights abuses persist. 

They include "citizens inability to change their government peacefully; arrest and detention of protesters on vague charges, in some cases leading to their torture in detention; and lack of due process in trials of political and human rights activists, medical personnel, teachers, and students, with some resulting in harsh sentences." 

"Other significant human rights problems included arbitrary deprivation of life; arrest of individuals on charges relating to freedom of expression; reported violations of privacy; and restrictions on civil liberties, including freedom of speech, press, assembly, association, and some religious practices." 

"The government sometimes imposed and enforced travel bans on political activists." 

"Discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, nationality, and sect persisted, especially against the Shia population." 

"There were reports of domestic violence against women and children." 

"Trafficking in persons and restrictions on the rights of foreign workers continued to be significant problems." 

In more detail, the State Department cited: 

• "Arbitrary or Unlawful Deprivation of Life;" 

• "Disappearance(s)" 

• "Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;" 

• Horrific prison and detention center conditions; 

• "Arbitrary Arrest(s) (and) Detention(s);" 

• Lawless arrest procedures and treatment; 

• "Denial of Fair Public Trial(s);" 

• Imprisonment for political reasons; 

• Lawless civil judicial procedures and remedies; 

• "Arbitrary Interference with Privacy, Family, Home, or Correspondence;" 

• Speech, press and other civil liberties violations; 

• Restricted Internet freedom; 

• Restricted academic and cultural events freedom; 

• Lack of freedom of assembly and association; 

• Denial of free internal movement, foreign travel, emigration, repatriation and religion; 

• Sham elections and other political irregularities; 

• Corruption and lack of government transparency; 

• Discrimination and other societal abuses; 

• Violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and 

• Greatly restricted labor rights. 

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“They are retaining my sister as a hostage until I surrender “- Ahmed Sameer for the hostage his sister

“They are retaining my sister as a hostage until I surrender “- Ahmed Sameer for the hostage his sister | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

AlKhalifa regime, which never stepped back doing any type of crime, starting from murder, torture, destruction of  mosques and burning Qura’an , while the whole word is watching its crimes. Even Arab norms weren’t a red line; AlKhalifa regime arrested  hundreds of women and today it scored another crime, by kidnapping sister of youth Ahmed Sameer (20 years old) from Maqaba village.
 
The story started today Friday afternoon 16th of August 2013 when civilians were chasing Ahmed while he was driving on Budaiya Street, he quickly entered Saar village leaving his car and escaping on his feet. Ahmed thought the he is safe –at least temporary- from clutches of the regime, but a phone call comes fast from Budaiya police station telling him to surrender or keeping his sister who was kept as a hostage.
 
“I’m going to Budayia police station, they kidnapped my sister and they will not release her until I surrender.. may God bless you”
 
This was Ahmed’s last message to his friends before going to the police station hoping to release his sister which was arrested only for being a sister of a wanted person. Now, Ahmed Sameer is facing an unknown fate in front of regime’s malice when he will be transferred to torturing rooms which is full of  screams of others who were already there before Ahmed.

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Bahrain: Parliament Moves to Curtail Basic Rights | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain has spent the last two years cracking down on peaceful protest, violating people’s rights from start to finish. Now it’s planning a whole new set of draconian restrictions, effectively creating a new state of emergency, even while peaceful protesters from the last round are sitting in prison with long sentences.


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Why Obama Supports Tyranny Over Democracy in Bahrain

Why Obama Supports Tyranny Over Democracy in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The Bahraini regime's repression has not let up. Human rights groups have documented killings, beatings, torture, arbitrary arrests, disappearances, harassment, the destruction of more than 40 Shia mosques... on and on.

U.S. support has kept up throughout. And it isn't because the Obama administration actually buys into the lie about this being a sectarian conflict. Instead, Bahrain provides the U.S. with one of the most important elements of "power projection" in the world.

Stationed in Bahrain is the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, which gives Washington control over the flow of oil through the Persian Gulf, through which over 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil transits. This represents American Empire writ large, and it is afforded to Washington because it bribes the despotic regime in Bahrain with money and weapons -- a deal that could change if the people have more of a say in their government's policies....."

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Said Yousif Interview: Torture and human rights violations in #Bahrain !

Interview with Bahraini human rights defender, Said Yousif Al-Muhafdha from the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.
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Khadija Almousawi describing with tears what her family went through

Documentation of the human rights violations of the AlKhawaja family by the regime in Bahrain!

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HRW: 'No Space for Political Dissent' in Bahrain

HRW: 'No Space for Political Dissent' in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

New laws and lengthy jail terms for activists have put freedom of association in Bahrain under severe threat, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. 

“The Bahraini authorities are going to great lengths to prevent ordinary Bahraini citizens from freely expressing themselves and associating with others on the streets of Bahrain to press for change," said Human Rights Watch Britain director David Mepham.
 
The 87-page report published Thursday condemns what Human Rights Watch says are major restraints on the Freedom of Association in Bahrain.

It highlights the draft law on civil organizations and institutions, which was approved by the government last year. The report says the provisions are much more restrictive than an earlier draft written in 2007 - and in many respects worse than the 1989 law, which is in effect today.....

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#Bahrain : Sham Trials not Over Against Human Rights Defenders

#Bahrain :  Sham Trials not Over Against Human Rights Defenders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its deep concern for the sentence issued from the Criminal Court (the Court of First Instance) yesterday – 22 May 2013- against Naji Fateel, Zainab Al Khawaja andMasooma Alsayed.

 
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Criminal AlKhalifa regime continues to do evertything in its power to prohibit basic human rights and dignity within the Bahraini nation!  The AlKhalifas violate, international law, The Universal declaration of Human Rights, and the Quran!    The AlKhalifa family operates Bahrain as a terror State, abusing their own people, pitting Muslims against fellow Muslims, and running the Country as their own private money making machine....They are inhumane profiteers and must be deposed!

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What the Hell is going on in Bahrain?

And to what extent is the United States implicated?

an evening with Maryam al-Khawaja, Acting DIrector of the Bahrain Center for Human RIghts & scion of the Nobel-nominated al-Khawaja family

in conversation with

Aryeh Neier
president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations

Ruth Wedgwood
of Johns Hopkins University
U.S. member, UN Rights Committee (2203-2011)

& Sarah Leah WHitson
director of the Middle East division of Human Rights Watch

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Deplorable Bahraini Human Rights Abuses Continue | Global Research

Deplorable Bahraini Human Rights Abuses Continue | Global Research | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) promotes civil, political and economic freedom, ending racial discrimination, disseminating human rights culture, and protecting victims’ rights.

Any Bahraini doing so risks life, limb and freedom. Al-Khalifa despots spurn human rights, justice and other democratic values. Iron-fist governance is policy.....

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UN News - Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims

UN News - Independent UN human rights expert urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi’a Muslims | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

24 April 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Bahrain to stop the harassment and persecution of a Shi’a Muslim leader who was reportedly forced to leave the country following threats from State security agents to arrest him and his son.

Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, said he received reliable information that Hussain Mirza Abdelbaqi Najati was forced to leave for Lebanon on 23 April after being exposed to “enormous pressure and harassment” by Bahrain authorities.

“Targeting the most senior and influential Shi’a religious figure in Bahrain may amount to intimidating and thus discriminating against the entire Shi’a Muslim community in the country because of its religious beliefs,” the expert stated in a news release.

From a statement issued yesterday on the website of Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior, it appears, the news release said, that the decision revoking Mr. Najati’s Bahraini citizenship and the orders to expel him from the country may have been made due to his position as a senior and influential religious authority among Shi’a believers, who make up the majority of the country’s population.

“I have expressed to the Government of Bahrain my grave concerns at what appears to be an act of religiously motivated discrimination, which would seem to impose unjustified restrictions on Mr. Najati’s fundamental human rights, including his right to practice and profess peacefully his religious beliefs,” Mr. Bielefeldt stressed, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for the Shi’a Muslim community in the country.

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#Bahrain | Regime is shooting Bahrainis with live Ammo! 10-21-13

#Bahrain |  Regime is shooting Bahrainis with live Ammo!    10-21-13 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain now.. 21-10-2013

Serious injuries in Karranah village by shotguns used by the regime mercenaries in attack the protesters tonight..

البحرين / كرانة: | ٢١-١٠-٢٠١٣

إصابات في صفوف المتظاهرين بسلاح الشوزن المحرم دولياً المستخدم من قبل مرتزقة النظام في قمع التظاهرات هذه الليلة

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This is banned by International agreements!  Al Khalifas are horrid war criminals!

 

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Bahrain steps up crackdown on dissent

Bahrain steps up crackdown on dissent | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain’s main opposition party says the Al Khalifa regime's harsh crackdown on pro-democracy activists has intensified over the past month, with the highest levels of violence since the uprising began in 2011.



The al-Wefaq National Islamic Society has documented 1,900 cases of human rights violations in a report only in the month of September, including incidents in which regime forces used excessive force or torture. 

According to the report, last month, 214 anti-regime protesters were arrested, including two women and 40 children, the highest number since the revolution began. 

The al-Wefaq report also said that 111 activists, who were convicted by a Bahraini court and given sentences of up to 15 years, were tried based on fabricated charges.  ...

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AIUK : Bahrain: new decrees from King Hamad banning dissent are 'outrageous'

AIUK : Bahrain: new decrees from King Hamad banning dissent are 'outrageous' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

*King Hamad issues decrees hours after meeting Cameron in Downing Street
*Fathers could face jail if their children take part in protests

Two new emergency decrees issued by the King of Bahrain last night - which include the banning of all protests - are a further shameful attempt to completely ban any form of dissent and freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International....

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Bahrain regime keeps raiding protesters' homes

Bahrain regime keeps raiding protesters' homes | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 On Thursday, Bahraini security forces, backed by military choppers and masked men, raided several houses in the western villages of Karzakkan and Al Malikiya.

 The regime has not stopped its crackdown on anti-government activists, though it has arrested key opposition figures, and it has recently stepped up its attacks on people’s homes....

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AIUK : EU should press for prisoners releases as it meets in Bahrain

AIUK : EU should press for prisoners releases as it meets in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

‘It would be a slap in the face for many Bahrainis if EU officials were to visit Bahrain and not publicly call for the release of prisoners of conscience’ - Nicolas Berger

Amnesty International has urged the EU to speak out about prisoners of conscience being held in Bahrain as it hold its annual EU-Gulf states meeting in Bahrain. ....

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Bahrain: An Oasis for Torture | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Bahrain: An Oasis for Torture | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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“Interfere, Restrict, Control”: Restraints on Freedom of Association in Bahrain

“Interfere, Restrict, Control”: Restraints on Freedom of Association in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Bahrain: Ongoing judicial harassment faced by Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati / June 19, 2013 / Urgent Interventions / Human rights defenders / OMCT

Bahrain: Ongoing judicial harassment faced by Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati / June 19, 2013 / Urgent Interventions / Human rights defenders / OMCT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment faced by Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati, President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR).

 
According to the information received, on June 19, 2013, Mr. Al-Maskati appeared before the Lower Criminal Court on charges of “participation in illegal protests” in relation to a peaceful gathering held in Manama on October 12, 2012 to call for human rights and democracy in the country[1]. At the June-19 hearing, Mr. Al-Maskati's lawyers asked for the case file, and the judge decided to postpone the case to July 9, 2013. Mr. Al-Maskati could face three to six months' imprisonment.

 
On October 17, 2012, Mr. Al-Maskati had appeared before Bahrain’s public prosecution under these same charges. He had been summoned the day before to Al Hoora police station, where he had been kept overnight before being referred to the Prosecutor’s office. On October 17, he was released on bail, but charges against him have remained pending since then.

 
Previously, on September 23, 2012, Mr. Al-Maskati and other Bahraini human rights defenders who had cooperated with the United Nations (UN) had received threats of reprisals while they were in Geneva to participate in the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Al-Maskati was notably threatened with death through more than a dozen anonymous phone calls[2].

 
The Observatory condemns these acts of harassment against Mr. Al-Maskati, which seem to merely aim at sanctioning his human rights activities. The Observatory also recalls that several human rights defenders remain in arbitrary detention or are subject to judicial harassment in the country....

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#Bahrain : 16-Year-Old Children Reportedly Beaten in Prison then Moved to Solitary Confinement

#Bahrain : 16-Year-Old Children Reportedly Beaten in Prison then Moved to Solitary Confinement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Jehad Sadeq and Mustafa Al Muqdad are reportedly two of at least 8 youth the detained president of the BCHR, Nabeel Rajab, reported witnessing their torture.

On the 14 of May 2013, Bahraini top activist, Nabeel Rajab, stated in a telephone call from jail that he witnessed the torture of young political prisoners by the guards in Jaw prison and asked his wife to request that the ICRC visit him so he can report what he saw. That night he was removed from his cell (Read: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=419724 ;).

Further reports from Bahrain’s Jaw prison identified some of the youth that were reportedly tortured that day, amongst them two children, Jehad Sadeq and Mustafa Al Muqdad. To conceal what had happened, they were removed from their cells and put in solitary confinement. Their family reported that they have not received any calls from their sons for more than a week now. Jehad did not attend his scheduled appeal hearing on the 21st of May 2013.....

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Bahrain citizens denied basic rights

Bahrain citizens denied basic rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In the U.S., many citizens exercise their right to peaceful assembly. However, in Bahrain this basic human right is being denied. Citizens are subject to ridiculous punishments for peaceful expression and assembly.

In a recent ruling of Bahrain’s Court of Cassation, seven of 13 defendants were sentenced to life in prison simply for expressing their feelings. However, more severe crimes are being given less harsh punishments. For example, a police officer was given only seven years for repeatedly firing his gun at an unarmed citizen.

Bahrain has taken steps to reform its government, though these attempts were never fully carried out....

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