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Bahrain opposition seeks talks 'consensus'

Bahrain opposition seeks talks 'consensus' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Opposition says any talks with government must be preceded by "guarantees of seriousness" and include jailed leaders.

 

[Life is itself a precondition,  'talks without preconditions' are talks without life, ie., dead talks. Ebrahim Sharif, AlKhawaja, Mushaima, et al....all must sit at the table for these talks.  The regime must face the faces of their crimes.  Only when confronted with the atrocities of their behaviors can they repent in reform! ]  

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Bahrain opposition urges talks with the illegitimate Government of Hamad al-Khalifa

Bahrain opposition urges talks with the illegitimate Government of Hamad al-Khalifa | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"It is not acceptable to talk about the outcome of the so-called 'national dialogue' as a suitable foundation for the wanted reforms because it is void of any real constitutional and political reforms" the statement said.
The groups include the Arab nationalist and leftist Waed party, whose Sunni leader Ibrahim Sharif remains in prison since the crackdown on protests and has been convicted along with other leading opponents of plotting to overthrow the regime.
The opposition groups also condemned the recent heavy-handed response to small protests breaking out in villages of the Shiite majority.
"We strongly condemn the campaign of collective oppression and terrorism practised by security forces against peaceful demonstrators," the statement said.

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Al-Khalifa regime threatened by children and monuments.......

Al-Khalifa regime threatened by children and monuments....... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Today, 9/23/2011, Ministry of the Interior in Bahrain threatend Alwefaq opposition Party that they'll attack the gathering if they didn't remove the pearl mock-up!

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Letter from Ebrahim Sharif to the Democracy Movement

Letter from Ebrahim Sharif to the Democracy Movement | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"I greet you on this occasion, “shake your hands” and say that our party is not a building, headquarters and offices only; rather it is essentially the soul of the martyrs… Mohamed Bu-Naffoor, Mohamed Ghuloom and tens beside them.
It is the solid determination that does not compromise truth to our activists/strugglers and at their helm is the national symbol, Abdul-Rahman al-Noaimi, may God heal him… It is the rejectionist stance our youth took towards the statement that the organization compellingly released after being politically blackmailed."

 

[A great leader....inspirational]

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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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Bahrain protests draw thousands to UN office in Manama, Bahrain

Bahrain protests draw thousands to UN office in Manama, Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Several thousand people have held a protest outside the United Nations' offices in Bahrain's capital, Manama.

The demonstrators chanted "Down, Down, Khalifa" - a reference to long-serving Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman al-Khalifa, activists said.

They also carried banners urging the UN to "intervene to protect civilians".

Witnesses said that police allowed the peaceful demonstration to proceed without interference, while a police helicopter hovered overhead.

One activist told the BBC: "Today the police were good. They didn't close off roads, they didn't attack us as they usually do with tear gas and stun grenades."

Observers say the police might have behaved with restraint because of a rare public rebuke by the United States last week over police tactics and the beating of a well-known human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab.

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Waad speaks out in favor of Bahraini Women's Rights!

Waad’s Women’s Affairs Office Condemns Unjustified Violence Against Female Protesters

Women’s Affairs Office at The National Democratic Action "Waad" expresses its deep concern regarding the excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators yesterday and today as well as arbitrary arrests exercised against women in specific. The Office demands the immediate release of all detainees in the rallies that began from Bahrain’s villages demanding democracy and human justice.

The decision made by the prosecutor to imprison 38 women for 45 days and 7 girls (minors) for 3 days pending investigation, is a violation of all norms and human rights that give every citizen the right to express their opinion through peaceful means. The Women’s Affairs Office also condemns the unnecessarily repressive and violent approach that was adopted by the Ministry of Interior against the protestors during their arrest, treating them like criminals and publishing their photos in the official media in flagrant violation of human rights enshrined in the Constitution and all international conventions on Human Rights, which affirm that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Insisting on using security and force in addressing political and constitutional issues instead of serious dialogue as demanded by political opposition, will cause the country more political and sectarian tension, ultimately leading into a complex and dangerous phase that will be difficult to solve.

The state of law and institutions should apply the law on everyone without any discrimination. Moreover, the Constitution, the National Action Charter and all international charters grant citizens the right to express their opinions in all peaceful means. These charters impose the protection of demonstrators, as opposed to confronting them with excessive violence, collective punishment, tear gas, sound bombs, live bullets and internationally-forbidden shotgun bullets.

Women’s Affairs Office

National Democratic Action Society "Waad"

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Bahrain opposition leader al-Nuaimi dies after years in coma

Bahrain opposition leader al-Nuaimi dies after years in coma | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, Bahrain — Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi, founder of one of Bahrain’s leading opposition groups, died Thursday after more than four years in a coma, political leaders said. He was 67.
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Bahrain by-poll to go ahead despite opposition boycott

MANAMA - Bahrain has confirmed that the planned by-election will take place on time next month despite the decision of some political groups to boycott it.
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Free Ebrahim Sharif

Free Ebrahim Sharif | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Ebrahim Sharif is a 53-year old Bahraini politician, businessman, husband, and father — and now, a political prisoner.
He serves as the secretary general of the National Democratic Action Society (also known as Waad), a secular, moderate, and peaceful political opposition group in Bahrain.
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