In a sign of hope that the international community has finally woken up to face the challenge of the Bahrainis human rights crisis, 27 countries have issued a comprehensive statement condemning the Alkhalifa regime for its brutal treatment of Bahrainis and demanding that it stopped serious violations of human rights. “We are particularly concerned about the consequences faced by those who protested for democratic change in a peaceful manner. We call upon the Bahraini government to fully respect their rights of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and especially to ensure the protection of Human Rights Defenders,” reads the two-page statement. It also expresses its desire for Bahrain to agree on a comprehensive cooperation plan with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, plus a permanent presence for an OHCHR office in Bahrain.
The statement, sponsored by Switzerland, has been signed by all EU members except Britain, and several Latin American countries. The USA and Arab countries refused to endorse it. It calls for the release of all political prisoners including the prominent leading figures such as Abdul Wahab Hussain, Hassan Mushaima and others. This is an international indictment of a regime that has relied heavily on the unwavering protection by UK and USA. Both have refused to sign the document.
Meanwhile, the revolutionary fervor in the country has continued with even more determination to pursue the goals of the people including the right to determine their destiny, write their constitution and elect their government. Every night at least 15 demonstrations have taken place in various parts of the country with participation from men and women. Chemical gases are used systematically not only against demonstrators but also people’s houses. More than 40 people have died as a result of inhaling these lethal gases.