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Bahrain: The words of Ebrahim Sharif in court today: 6/5/12

Bahrain: The words of Ebrahim Sharif in court today:  6/5/12 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak in this distinguished Court after denying us our right to defend ourselves before in national safety court , despite the gravity of the charges and the vast distance between them and the truth, they cannot claim hide fluency, a claim which was adopted mainly on statements extracted by torture or at the "artificial" confidential sources of national security, which command after the issuance of the report of the Committee of Bahraini fact-finding (Commission Bassiouni "), which have been formulated in order to pass the convictions and preset.

 

This trial court ideas: Dear gentlemen,this trial inception was an attempt to bring ideas and search intent, and to demonstrate the charges they gave on behalf a Group of statements attributed to me like "no legitimacy to kill people," and "not the legitimacy of the Constitution of 2002" and "minus" system or "regime" had no legitimacy and Army is not National bh also the gov are taking the country money for them self and I best Republican system and I ask for dropping the representative Council ". Despite the availability of large amounts of video and audio recordings and writings to me during the popular movement which was launched on 14 February and was accepted by the prosecution failed to prove that I am creating one directory to use violence or work I called to overthrow the Government by force.
Ideas dear gentlemen cannot arrest or assassination, and cannot be defeated in this Court or other State courts. The only court that could prosecute those ideas is the Court of public opinion, and the punishment that courts of public opinion is to defeat the idea and then disappear, or whitewashing and then common.Causes political crisis: we are here today not because of what happened on February 14, the difference was that day in the history of Bahrain as a result of a failure of political system after emerging from a bottleneck and the crisis spread more than two and a half decades since the dissolution of the National Assembly elected in 1975. In February 2001 the great hopes of the Bahraini citizens after the opposition agreement and governance to open new page through the National Action Charter by which King launched a series of commitments to maintain the Constitution of 1973 and parliamentary life and move to a higher stage of democratic notion of "constitutional monarchy as ancient democracy," but the system quickly, broken promises about recoil promises and issued a new Constitution in 2002 will individual ownership of results was to expand Executive powers to the King, and the formation of a Consultative Council and the introduction of a large number of The constitutional amendments were all people power account and its elected Parliament . Since then, gov through legislation or change practices, in return for limited reforms of the Charter, particularly in the area of public freedoms, security and rebuild the State and its various organs specialized in monitoring and trapping and punish dissent.
Resulted in years of political upheaval and the absence of genuine popular participation and rampant corruption in the Central ruling elite to push the country to the brink of a crisis waiting for a spark coming from Arab States spring into violent popular uprising led by youth dreaming of freedom and dignity and believes in the role of sacrificing peaceful protest to force the system to respect the will of the people. "The Commission has noted in paragraph Bassiouni (642) of its report that" the reforms rather than regime change was the basic requirement of the revolution in its infancy, adding that "when not responding to the demands of reform, to evolve and lifted roof claimed to change gov.Bahrain has been waiting for this moment to Explode,gov believed that their machine media propaganda supported by benefit distribution system on the new political class by a pro-Government political groups and representation and municipal and bureaucratic expansion of State organs and bodies, wooed former opponents of promoting policy, Division of society along sectarian lines, and most importantly, strengthen security and intelligence capabilities, all to avoid the abundant potential Bahrainis. Power thought was disappointed because the political and social backlogs on Earth was greater than all the mobilized system to meet a popular uprising. I've missed it governance is causing the biggest instigator and of this revolution, and directories on this many:-growing frustration among the citizens especially shea because of the rapid pace of the naturalization process.Aimed at altering the demographic (population), and the continued discrimination against citizens on the basis of sectarian and fill most of the military sector employment clse doors in the faces of the shea community. -Sharing ruling elite State lands turned into fiefdoms of senior members of the ruling family and their allies.-Corruption in State institutions and the inability of the Office of financial supervision on limiting despite the large number of irregularities which monitored annually in its annual report, and the inability of the State to hold corrupt especially sons of senior ruling family, as is the case in the corruption case aluminum company, Bahrain (Alba) filed with the United States and involved the Alcoa Corporation of America also through corrupt contracts leading to loss of Alba towards billion dollars. We are proud of all our young people did not stop hope on nicer than this day, and in our present system better, and in more rational judgment of judging this judgment. It also inspire revolutions Arab spring with proved and his insistence on peaceful choice to force the system to achieve comprehensive reform, rather than plunging in prisons and detention centres was the duty of the authority a dialogue with young people, which lasted in its Bahraini peaceful despite the power to gun.

 

Moral stance against violence: well it's not based on any facts or acts or statements attributed to me or to the organizational "promised", charged by the prosecution without evidence and she lent me whereby the Tribunals for national safety without cause, a charge contained in the first paragraph of "VI" is an assignment that I promoted the heart and regime change by force through writing and speeches and statements. These accusations sent and baseless, they are not upright with my position and the position of my organization. Let me show you my position and the position of the Association "wade" principled rejection of the use of violence or force as an engine of political change. I believe that means it must be same target. If the aim of the Group seize power in order to establish a totalitarian or authoritarian, surely that means going from same. Violence and force and ask him the blood, everything becomes justified because this approach believe that "the end justifies the means".If the goal is the natural means transformation is invoked for peaceful people's will, either through polls, if available, through peaceful protests and civil disobedience, perhaps. This approach — including myself — consider litigation or the use of violence and force the taboo on damage to the case and their owners. When Mahatma Gandhi was struggling against racist laws in South Africa told supporters "I am ready to die for many issues, but my friends, no one deserves to kill for it, so must be our movement and our political move. In practice I don't need much effort to demonstrate lack of possibility of change by force — if any of the drives this option-serious breach in the military balance of power between the unarmed people doesn't have one weapon and the Government and loyal are heavily supported by regional rapid intervention force within a few hours.I can say that the beneficiary of the violence is the regime, because he'd been opposition from battle of values and ideas that excelled opposition to battle and force dominated system and when used by force and violence to impose the well of each other, the differences between ethical and value are almost disappear and become difficult to remove a strong interest in world peace international legal organizations in the justness of our cause, and exhausted so our needs moral crane to continue their struggle for fair, democratic State. Violence by the totalitarian culture arises, a destructive culture of peoples and communities if adopted by its political opposition.


Charges of violence to suppress dissent and exclusion: that our political history testifies numerous cases involving the ruling power of oppression, violence and exclusion, and opposition has been tried in the 1956 National Union body leaders, Abdul Rahman early and his companions, on charges of "attempting to assassinate the Governor" and "attempting to undermine the kadiba Palace and the airport" and "enter military organizations under the banner of Scout Organization as a nucleus for the overthrow of the Government" and "breach security during demonstrations" and issued judgment already in prison and exile to the island of Saint Helena, a British court headed by Sheik daij bin Hamad Al-Khalifa was on Right and left two others from the same sheikhan ruling family with the militant leaders . The history of Bahrain over the decades prove beyond reasonable doubt that the main source of violence is State security and military organs, sometimes with tribal militia walvdaoih. And the State partially acknowledged by accepting the report "Commission Bassiouni" responsibility to some incidents of violence against peaceful demonstrators killing 5 Palestinians under torture in its prisons. And I have to mention the esteemed Court and that these people are still waiting for Justice and victims of retaliation from their tormentors with given opponents of the system false charges to court and sentenced to harsh because of their political opinions. Malicious charges charges were from the outset malicious unfounded and not supported by physical evidence, the goal was attitudinal and punitive on parts over the years. It is not surprising that an authoritarian regime is using all its organs, intelligence and security forces and judiciary, to filter the account with his opponents. Traditionally these devices smarter in fabrication and transplantation and the presentation of evidence and witnesses to prove the existence of "conspiracy to overthrow the Government by force." But the inefficiency of these devices and expedited sentencing response to orders submitted to us service to demonstrate malicious this case since its inception. Examples of many: EISA Sultan Al-Sulaiti pilot allegations from the national security service registered in the military prosecution record on 30/4/2011 that I have with others to provide material support needed to implement their schemes taking advantage of five ppl in(page 8),And I, according to the allegations pilot Al-Sulaiti who participated in the attack on me.

 

Cabinet: shea constitute 24% of members of Cabinet with the proportion of members of the ruling family 40% and Sunnis (other than the Royal family).

 

The Ministry of the Interior: shea are 10% of senior positions with the sons of the ruling family holds 35% and the suni not royal 55%.

 

defence force: no shea in senior level (brigade or larger) while running sons ruling family half positions and the other half of the suni(non-Royal family).

 

Supreme Defence Council: no shea Council while dominated by sons of the ruling family on 13 of the 14 seats.

 

institutions and governmental bodies: not more than a shea leadership about 7% with running of the ruling family and 29 percent a suni 64%.

 

corporate governmental and mixed: again no more representation of Shea in senior leadership from 8% in representation of non-Bahrainis 19%, and the ruling family 27% the suni 46%.

 

Judiciary and legal: there is no representation for Shea in any judicial and legal bodies with high proportion of members of the ruling family and 33% suni58% and 9% non-Bahrainis.

 

General managers of municipalities: Shea form 20 percent with running sons ruling family and suni rest positions evenly or 40% each. These scandalous figures and its shocking at the same time because this sectarian divide aldes did not exist as such before three decades which show case of discrimination and marginalization of systematic exercise against the Shea who make up at least 50% of the population, mostly for the benefit of the ruling family, which holds leadership positions much more than sites operated by Shea, although their proportion in the population probably not exceeding 30 percent. What is demanded by all citizens, young Shea who lit uprising February 14, is equal citizenship is the basis of any democratic society.

 

IV: insulting the army theme sectarianism and discrimination brings me to what proportions to a national army that is described. Again talk about context graduated acting. He was talking at a symposia did not rely on the neutrality of the army in internal political conflict, and the Bahraini army won't be as Tunisian or Egyptian army. Either reason explained in the symposium by saying that the composition of the army, as shown previously in the statistics contained in table no. (3) devoid of any representation for Shea in the ruling family occupies 50% of senior leadership positions. This makes it difficult to imagine that changing the position of the army or stand on neutrality for the benefit of the people in any conflict between it and the ruling family. He therefore concluded that the current army combination "non-national" in terms of the absence of the representation range constitute more than 50% of the people of Bahrain. Either the Supreme Defence Council in charge of defence policy and security strategy is fully evaluate.Everything that I have said in public forums, and in press statements that I made in the past period that preceded the arrests, came from Hersi public interest, which essentially restored civil peace and social stability, freedom and justice and equal citizenship between components of Bahraini society, and start building democratic civil State, without these constants that upholds humanity cannot lift injustice from different people groups and promote sustainable development in our country develop democratic countries that respect human rights And daily exercise of democracy in its approach.That way the constitutional political crisis afflicting the country through serious dialogue and meaningful between governance and political opposition, preceded by implementation of benefits provision committed himself and was promised since February 2001, in terms of powers of the Legislative Council elected and not compete with him in control which is appointed Board of advice and opinion only, and the transition to a constitutional monarchy similar to democracies. Translate commitments in strict and faithful and Frank for all recommendations of the Commission on the truth, and the implementation of the recommendations of the Human Rights Council advertised in its eighteenth session in may 2012,and engage in transitional justice based on fairness, openness and national reconciliation, including through reparation for victims of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair judgements issued against hundreds of citizens and political activists and Jurists, and reinstating all workplaces which Kano ytbo'onha by unjustly and compensate them for past period.As is the way out of the political crisis in constituencies just reflect the principle of "equal voice for every citizen" in different regions, translated just electoral system simulates all the components of Bahraini society and political, ethnic and sectarian and democratically represent the will of the people, and in an independent and impartial judiciary, security for all, as a clear doctrine is extremely national homeland security of citizen security.

Therefore, dear gentlemen, we stand before you today after trying and suffering lasted more than 14 months and we are sure that "lost thing doesn't give" and the justice system doesn't know cannot be applied. We know in advance as a result of this examination between real justice for the oppressed triumph if weak, fake justice triumph of strong though unjust.

They detained us, but they cannot arrest our dream ... The dream of freedom for our people, and dignity welcomed us thank you for good hearing ...

 

see also:  http://www.aldemokrati.org/ar-BH/ViewNews/5/3308/News.aspx

 

[Peace and mercy and blessings of God be upon you Mr. Ibrahim Sharif prisoner of conscience June 5, 2012]

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Way back in 2011, when the Arab Spring began and protests spread across the country, demanding more democracy and better representation for Shiites, Obama himself pressed for change in Bahrain. In February 2011, as protesters massed in the tens of thousands at Manama’s Pearl Roundabout, the president issued a statement welcoming reform plans — which, alas, were never really carried through — announced by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Obama reaffirmed that it was the U.S. position that Bahrain’s stability would be ensured through “respecting the universal rights of the people of Bahrain and reforms that meet the aspirations of all Bahrainis.”

The king, however, answered Obama’s call for reform with more repression. On March 14, he invited in troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to help put down the protests. Thousands of security forces stormed the Pearl Roundabout demonstrations on March 16, clearing the protest camp and arresting its leaders. Two days later, the Pearl Monument at the center of the roundabout, which had become an icon of the protests, was demolished, and closed the area off to the public.

In the aftermath of the crackdown, Obama’s tone on Bahrain noticeably toughened. The message was clear: Stability must depend on respecting the rights of the people, not on foreign troops. When the president gave a major speech on the Middle East in May 2011, he was even more critical of Bahrain and its policy of repression: “We have insisted both publicly and privately that mass arrests and brute force are at odds with the universal rights of Bahrain’s citizens, and … such steps will not make legitimate calls for reform go away.”

Later in that speech, he said that Shiites “must never have their mosques destroyed in Bahrain,” raising one of the most explosive aspects of how the Sunni government has attempted to suppress protests by the Shiite majority.

In Obama’s September 2011 address to the U.N. General Assembly, the tiny country got a whole paragraph. The president said that the United States “will continue to call on the government and the main opposition bloc — the Wifaq — to pursue a meaningful dialogue that brings peaceful change that is responsive to the people.” He also said that reforms had been made, but that “more is required” — three words that amounted to a clear message that the monarchy was falling short. The White House was not about to let the king off the hook — and the president himself was raising the issue, not some spokesperson.

What has happened since then? Not much.

There has been little or no progress in Bahrain — domestic tensions have instead risen higher. Everything President Obama demanded has been refused. In June 2011, an independent commission was established to examine the events during the early months of the uprising, and in November it reported its findings to the king. Its recommendations, however, were roundly ignored: In 2012, the commission’s chairman, law professor Cherif Bassiouni, delivered what George Washington University’s Marc Lynch termed a “scathing critique of its failure to undertake any deeper political or social reforms.”

Bassiouni has given the government credit for taking a number of his recommendations — even as he laid out Manama’s failings to resolve the underlying grievances of the protests. “There are very, very fundamental social and economic issues involved in the Shiite population that need to be addressed, and have not been addressed,” he said in a 2014 interview. “When you have people who do not have the hope of seeing themselves as equal citizens, as having equal opportunities in a particular country, living in mostly economic underprivileged areas in high-density population areas, they explode.”

Others are even more critical. In May 2014, Human Rights Watch issued areport finding that, despite the king’s promised reforms, “members of security forces are rarely prosecuted for unlawful killings, including in detention, and the few convictions have carried extremely light sentences.”

The Bahraini government has also adopted new methods to silence opposition voices. In January 2015, it stripped 72 citizens of their nationality, renderingmany of them stateless. As Amnesty International pointed out, the authorities included human rights and political activists on the same list as Bahrainis who allegedly went to fight with the Islamic State (IS). So the government of Bahrain is trying to equate peaceful protest with jihadi terrorism.

While the government is painting all protesters as “terrorists” who support the Islamic State, its own policy appears to be one of promoting sectarian divisions.

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