Bahraini authorities have arrested Nabeel Rajab, the rights activist and foremost critic of the Al Khalifa regime. It comes as the country’s military continues its brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. ...
“I was just detained for almost half a day and then before that I was beaten up in the street. A few months ago, I was kidnapped from my home by masked security persons and taken to an unknown place. After being blindfolded and handcuffed I was tortured, then I was thrown back home,” he said.
“This is something the whole world has to speak out [about] and to condemn what happened, but we've seen the invasion of Saudis to my country with complete silence. The same governments [were] sending troops to Libya to fight the regime and now they are against the Syrian Assad. But when it comes to Bahrain they were [keeping] complete silence,” he told Assange.
The activist has criticized the US many times for arming the Bahrain authorities and turning a blind eye on the violence.
“They [the US] want Bahrain stable as the Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain. They want Bahrain to be very quiet and stable,” he said.
All the more outrageous then, Rajab says, that the US is assuring everyone that the situation in Bahrain is improving.
“America’s representative in the Human Rights Council is saying 'We will not talk about Bahrain this session because Bahrain is improving itself and it is doing better' when people are dying on a daily basis.”