تمارس قوات الشغب البحرينية عمليات عقاب جماعي على بيوت القرى البحرينية، وفي هذا الفيديو يظهر احد البيوت التي احرقتها القوات بفعل وابل الطلقات على المتظاهرين ا...
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It is not in America’s strategic interest to alienate democracy activists in Bahrain or to be seen as a nation that arms the riot police who shoot at civilians. Such a short-term approach backfired in Egypt when the dictatorship was overthrown. If the United States is looking to protect its long-term strategic interests in Bahrain, its best course is to plant itself firmly on the side of democracy.
Brian Dooley, Silver Spring
The writer directs the Human Rights Defenders Program at Human Rights First
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.
However, having faith in the kings promise is much more risky for victims than it is for Mr Bassiouni and his team. The fact that many released detainees have ongoing legal cases against them also makes them more vulnerable and at risk for repeated detention and torture. Therefore, for the time being many victims are not willing to give their testimonies to the BICI commission.
The violations committed by the Bahraini government at the time of BICI's investigation shows an obvious contradiction, and raises many questions about the intentions of King Hamads decision in bringing an investigation committee to Bahrain.
The BYSHR requests from the committee to investigate the following violations:
1. Torture and ill-treatment in prison, checkpoints, investigation committees in private and public companies, ministries and during arrest.
2. Arbitrary arrest.
3. Targeting the civilian society organisations, and political parties.
4. Targeting local human rights organisations and punishing human rights defenders.
5. Utilising the local media against a certain sector.
6. Unfair dismissal from work (companies, ministries, schools and universities).
7. Withdrawing scholarships at home and abroad.
8. Targeting places of worship.
9. Suppressing protests and rallies that relate to political reform, and targeting religious processions.
10. Targeting health centres, the Salmaniya hospital and the use of ambulances for transporting security forces.
11. Ill-treatment of wounded protestors.
12. Racial discrimination.
13. Targeting migrant workers.
14. Discrimination in employment.
15. Targeting and attacking educational buildings.
16. The use of internationally prohibited weapons (allegations of using nerve gas) and shotguns.
17. Collective punishment on villages and families of the detainees.
18. The use of military courts.
19. The death of four citizens in custody.
20. The death of citizens during protest crackdowns.
21. The use of GCC forces to quell protests.
22. The targeting of children.
23. The targeting of women.
24. Preventing citizens from leaving the country.
25. Targeting local and foreign journalists and prohibiting some journalists from entering the country.
26. Targeting security men.
27. The corruption of security men.
28. Targeting trade unions and punishing trade union members.
29. Unfair trials.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) affirms that since the 14th of February and until now there have been serious human rights violations, and that the responsible persons should be held accountable for these violations and should not be allowed to escape their punishments.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) demands that the committee should prepare periodic reports to expose the human rights violations transparently and credibility, and that the committee should be independent and unbiased in order for its reports to be in the protections, promotions and provide justice for the victims of human rights violations.
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2011 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, ADHRB, is leading a delegation of Bahraini Americans to Washington DC to meet members of Congress and staffers on the hill to discuss the deteriorating political developments and gross Human Rights violations that are taking place in Bahrain.
In a statement released by Husain Abdulla, the director of ADHRB, he stated that: "The Bahraini American community was extremely disappointed with the Obama Administration for its lack of support for the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain. While we supported the positive changes in Tunisia and Egypt, we clearly did not value the Bahraini uprising and somehow considered the demands of the Bahraini people lesser value of the other countries. We are taking this delegation to Washington DC to make a clear case to our policymakers; that a free and democratic Bahrain where people of Bahrain can determine and decide their own political future in which they can elect their leaders in a free and fair election is far much better to our interest in the region; than a Bahrain that violates Human Rights on daily basis which is the case now."
Efforts by the US and British-backed Bahraini regime to repair its international image over human rights violations are in tatters with the revelation that senior members of the oil kingdom’s royal family have been personally involved in torturing hundreds of civilian detainees, including doctors and nurses.
One of the torturers-in-chief is Captain Nasser Al Khalifa, son of the king. He graduated this year “with honours” from the US Marine Corps University at Qantico, Washington.
This criminal rule by inner-circle members of the House of Al Khalifa also exposes Washington and London’s efforts to positively talk up reforms and dialogue by their Persian Gulf ally as a cynical sham. In Libya and Syria, war and sanctions are declared against alleged human rights abusers. But in Bahrain, Washington and London say pro-democracy protesters must embrace the rulers’ so-called initiative for national dialogue.
Revelations of royal family brutality in Bahrain also make a mockery of King Hamad’s announcement last month of an “independent” human rights probe into violations that took place during the Western-backed Saudi-led military invasion of the oil-rich kingdom earlier this year.
The trials of 15 activists convicted over their involvement in pro-reform protests in Bahrain that began in February, were politically motivated and unfair, Amnesty International said today.
A military court in Bahrain’s capital city Manama has over the last few days sentenced the 15 activists, in two separate cases, to between one and four years imprisonment for “participating in illegal demonstrations and inciting hatred against the regime” during popular protests in February and March.
One of the activists, Fadhila Mubarak Ahmad, is the first woman protester to be convicted as a result of the recent unrest in Bahrain. She was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.
“These trials and convictions represent yet further evidence of the extent to which the rights to freedom of speech and assembly are now being denied in Bahrain,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for Middle East and North Africa.
كلمة لسيد جلال سلمان حسن ناصر مدير إدارة تقنية المعلومات في مجلس الشورى البحريني يناشد فيها الضمير العالمي للنظر في قضية المفصولين فصلاً تعسفياً في البحرين. ...
Mr. Jalal Salman Hassan Nasser, Director of Information Technology in the Bahraini Shura Council appeals to the conscience of the world to consider the case of Bahrainis who have been dismissed on a sectarian basis . Human Rights and humanitarian appeal Worldwide for action against the Al-Khalifa regime!
For the College to maintain its links with the regime and to ostensibly play down the Bahraini state’s continuing and serious mistreatment of doctors during the ongoing popular dissent is most regrettable. The College’s public statements on the matter were, in my view, too little, too late, self-serving and inadequate.
I think therefore that it would be impossible for me to teach — of all things — ethics and law in the College at the present time and I must therefore decline the offer to contribute to next year’s MSc.
Dr Simon Mills, Barrister at Law, Law Library, Four Courts, Dublin 7.
In the following two months, on the back of visits to Islamabad by senior Saudi and Bahraini officials, sources say at least 2,500 former servicemen were recruited by Bahrainis and brought to Manama, increasing the size of their national guard and riot police by as much as 50 per cent.