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Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations

Internet Access Is a Human Right, Says United Nations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A United Nations human rights body resolution passed this week called Internet access and freedom of online expression a basic human right.

The resolution says that all people should be allowed to connect to and express themselves freely on the Internet. All 47 members of the Human Rights Council, including notoriously censorship-prone countries such as China and Cuba, signed the resolution

 

[This should impact directly upon Nabeel Rajab's case.....]

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Help bring awareness to the plight of the Baloch! Tweet with hashtag: #BalochMissingPersons Nov. 11-13

Help bring awareness to the plight of the Baloch!  Tweet with hashtag: #BalochMissingPersons  Nov. 11-13 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Help humanity, Support BSO (A) shutter down strike by Joining twitter campaign on 11th 12th and 13th NOV. for #BalochMissingPersons

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A Failure of Democracy and Human Rights »

A Failure of Democracy and Human Rights » | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
It is a sad day for democracy when 12 Nobel Peace Laureates write a letter to President Barak Obama urging him to close one of the darkest chapters of recent U.S. history by acknowledging, and then rejecting, the “flagrant use of torture and other violations of international law” that had been conducted with the excuse of “fighting for terrorism” since 2001. That the recipient of the letter is a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate himself makes the situation ludicrous. That he presides over the country purported to be one of the world’s leading democracies makes the situation even more incongruous.

For those of us who used to admire President Obama for his avowed stand on human rights, his reelection seemed to give him the opportunity to fulfill the promises he made regarding the closure of Guantanamo, the use of torture and the killing of innocent people in several countries in conflict.

However, we are still to see a determined action from him on the human rights front, to which he only paid so far lip service. And it makes us wonder who really holds power in the U.S.? How is it possible that the president of the most powerful country in the world is unable to rally the support necessary to end one of the most disgraceful policies of the U.S. government?

Although six months have passed since the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence voted to release its 480-page executive summary of its review of the nation’s “enhanced interrogation” program, the release of the unabridged and uncensored summary has not yet happened.

The reasons for this situation are not a secret. As the Committee’s leader, California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein stated last April, “The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain in our history that must never again be allowed to happen.”
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Iran re-arrests leading human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

(Reuters) - Iranian security forces arrested world-renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and several others on their way back from a protest on Saturday, her husband said.

"While returning from the sit-in outside the Bar Association in Tehran, Nasrin was detained along with several friends and colleagues," her husband, Reza Khandan, said on his Facebook page.

"They photographed and ran identity checks on all the detainees and then released everyone but Nasrin, who is still detained wantonly and without a court order."
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Protest at the Bahraini Embassy - YouTube

CODEPINK protested at the Bahraini Embassy on October 17th, 2014 for imprisioning human rights protester, Zainab al-Khawaja. Zainab was arrested for simply t...
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No one likes Hammy, the idiot, AlKhalifa.......The World shreds this infant's picture because he is an arrogant fool.....Zainab is  a proud soul who only wants what is best for the Bahraini people......clearly the removal of a myopic, deranged simpleton 'king' is what is best.....

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Rallies Erupted in Saudi, Bahrain to Condemn Death Sentence against Sheikh Nimr

Rallies Erupted in Saudi, Bahrain to Condemn Death Sentence against Sheikh Nimr | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Rallies Erupted in Saudi, Bahrain to Condemn Death Sentence against Sheikh Nimr
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Update: Bahrain: Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested

Update: Bahrain: Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested today, 14 October 2014, during a court hearing where she was scheduled to face charges related to tearing a photograph of the King.

According to witnesses present at the trial, Zainab asked to speak, and stated to the court that "I am the daughter of a proud and free man. My mother brought me into this world free, and I will give birth to a free baby boy even if it is inside our prisons. It is my right, and my
responsibility as a free person, to protest against oppression and oppressors." Zainab Al-Khawaja then tore a photograph of the King of Bahrain in the court, and placed it in front of the judge. The court was immediately dismissed, and everyone was made to leave the court room while Zainab Al-Khawaja was placed under arrest.

Zainab Al-Khawaja was taken to Alhoora police station, and was allowed to telephone her family. She is currently almost nine months pregnant, and could give birth at any time.

The charges against Zainab Al-Khawaja are entirely related to freedom of expression, and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Gulf Center for Human Rights reiterate their calls for the immediate dismissal of these cases and all other politically motivated charges against her.
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You have to love Zainab!  What a great spirit!  I think mass destructions of Hammy AlKhalifa's image should be made the rule!  What if Bahrainis in the hundreds of thousands all destroyed poor little Hammy's pictures?!      Poor little Hammy, so vain, and  so impotent....

 

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3 Refugees Say They've Been Hacked by Bahrain

3 Refugees Say They've Been Hacked by Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On Monday three Arab pro-democracy activists went public with the allegation that the electronic tentacles of Bahrain's government had followed them all the way to Britain. It's one of a growing number of cases in which refugees say repressive governments have used malicious software to keep tabs on overseas activists.

"I thought I was safe here in Britain, but the Bahraini government is monitoring me here," Moosa Abd-Ali Ali said in comments carried by London-based Privacy International, which is filing a criminal complaint on behalf of him and two other activists, Jaafar Al Hasabi and Saeed Al-Shehabi.

The complaint, which draws on documents recently leaked to the Internet, alleges that Bahrain's government deployed FinFisher, a powerful espionage program, to break into their computers beginning in 2010 or even earlier.

Bahrain, a tiny island nation ruled by a Sunni Muslim monarchy, has since been rocked by unrest spearheaded by the country's Shiite majority, who are trying to pry greater rights from the royal family. Researchers and journalists have long documented the kingdom's interest in surveillance technology.
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Maryam #Al-Khawaja's Testimony of assault by the #AlKhalifa terrorists in #Bahrain

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Leading Bahraini human rights activist , Nabeel Rajab, arrested....

Leading Bahraini human rights activist , Nabeel Rajab, arrested.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“He is being held under custody with the police and he will be presented tomorrow morning before the Public Prosecution for further investigation," his lawyer Jalila Alsayed told Middle East Eye.

"He might be released – we hope so – or he might be kept under detention pending further investigation and he might be immediately referred to court if they consider putting charges against him. Or otherwise they will decide to close the investigation."

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has released a statement saying the General Directorate of Anti-corruption and Economic and Electronic Security had “summoned Nabeel Ahmed Abdulrasool Rajab on Wednesday to interview him regarding Tweets posted on his Twitter account that denigrated government institutions.”

“Mr. Rajab acknowledged the charges and the case was referred to the Public Prosecutor.”
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In Bahrain, the best citizens are arrested for telling the TRUTH.

In Bahrain, The AlKhalifa terrorists abuse with categorical impunity all of Shiite citizenry. 

 

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Yasgot Hamad !!!!

 

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Tens of thousands sleep out: Massive protest lights up Hong Kong skyline [PHOTOS]

Tens of thousands sleep out: Massive protest lights up Hong Kong skyline [PHOTOS] | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Hong Kong is witnessing one of the city's largest rallies in decades, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets to join a protest movement, widely known as #OccupyCentral, demanding election reform.
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Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Omid Kokabee’s Health in Great Danger, Requires Immediate Medical Treatment

(September 29, 2014) The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Kokabee has multiple serious health problems and requires immediate medical attention. The Campaign has learned that Kokabee’s health is in great danger as he is suffering from heart, kidney, stomach, and dental illnesses.

On September 26, 2014, in an open letter to Iran’s Leader, Ali Khamenei, eighteen physics Nobel laureates called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Kokabee. The letter was published in the leading scientific journalNature.

“Omid Kokabee is an individual who has stood by his moral principles and we urge you to exhibit compassion and allow him to return to his studies in order to fulfill his promising potential,” the Nobel laureates wrote in their letter.

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UK Triples Arms Sales to Bahraini Dictatorship

UK Triples Arms Sales to Bahraini Dictatorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Prominent Bahraini activist says UK business interests are behind London´s support for the Al Khalifa autocracy, in spite of hunting-down pro-democracy activists.

 

British arms sales to Bahrain tripled since the Gulf monarchy cracked-down violently on pro-democracy activists in the wake of the Arab Spring, prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab said on Saturday.

 

Rajab added that UK business interests are behind London´s support to the Al Khalifa autocracy, despite its violation of human rights. He criticized Britain for harassing human rights activists from his country who have sought asylum in Britain.

 

The UK reportedly sold up to US$30 million worth of military equipment to Manama last year, while it currently seeks to sell Typhoon warplanes worth US$ 1 billion.

 

Thousands of Bahrainis staged pro-democracy protests in February 2011, demanding the U.S.-backed Khalifa dynasty gives up power. Attacks by the U.S.-armed Bahraini security forces, aided by the Saudi military, killed scores of activists.

 

The US, like Britain now, drew criticisim from Bahraini pro-democracy groups, for continuing to sell arms to Manama, while violent repression of protests was ongoing. At the time, Bahraini security forces also used armored vehicles from the Netherlands. 

 

Last week, a Bahraini court upheld a five-year jail sentence against nine pro-democracy activists in the ongoing witch-hunt against opposition groups.

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European MPs visit Bahraini activists

European MPs visit Bahraini activists | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“Bahrain is considered one of the most repressive regimes in the world,” said BCHR director Nabeel Rajab on Wednesday, after he brought the delegation to the Belgian capital Brussels for a meeting with the European parliamentarians.

The activist, who has spent two years in an Al Khalifa jail, was highly critical of the European Union and the United States for failing to support the tiny country’s pro-democracy protesters.

“Bahrain has the highest rate per capita of political prisoners… (and) the second highest rate of journalists or photojournalists in jail,” said Rajab.
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Bahrain Court Keeps Top Activist Behind Bars

Bahrain Court Keeps Top Activist Behind Bars | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A Bahrain court ordered prominent activist Nabeel Rajab kept behind bars on Wednesday as it adjourned his trial over remarks posted on Twitter deemed insulting to public institutions.

Rajab appeared in the Manama court, where the judge set a new hearing for Sunday, activists said.

Rajab, a member of Bahrain's Shiite majority, which has been protesting against the Gulf kingdom's Sunni rulers since 2011, was arrested on October 1 after posting comments on Twitter about the interior and defense ministries.
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NCCM

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The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the human rights & civil liberties of Canadian Muslims (and by extension of all Canadians), promoting their public interests and challenging Islamophobia and other forms of xenophobia.

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Bahrainis hold fresh anti-regime demo

Bahrainis hold fresh anti-regime demo | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In Bahrain, anti-regime demonstrators have reportedly taken to the streets of the Persian Gulf kingdom, calling on the ruling Al Khalifa regime to relinquish power.

According to reports, the Bahraini demonstrators held an anti-regime protest rally in the northwestern village of Bani Jamra.

Reports say similar gatherings were also held in the village of Maqaba, located north of the capital, Manama.

Earlier this month, Bahrainis held protests across the country, calling for the boycott of upcoming general elections scheduled to take place next month.
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Potential torture investigation of Bahraini prince puts IOC and AFC on the spot

Potential torture investigation of Bahraini prince puts IOC and AFC on the spot | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A possible police investigation into allegations that the head of Bahrain’s National Olympic Committee was involved in the torture of political detainees, including three national team football players, could prove embarrassing for the president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and a relative of the prince, who has systematically refused to condemn the torture and detention of numerous athletes in Bahrain.

An investigation could also constitute a litmus test for the efforts of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to persuade international sports governance to recognize the inextricable links between sports and politics. It could raise issues for the IOC that are similar to those that have dogged world football body FIFA since the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

In Qatar’s case FIFA executives have been forced by widespread condemnation of labor conditions in the Gulf state to acknowledge that human rights criteria should be taken into consideration in the awarding of future tournaments. In Bahraini NOC head Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa’s case, the question would be whether human rights should be a criterion for eligibility in international sports governance.
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Goofy looking critter!  Looks like it stepped out of a cartoon!

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Bahrain: Maryam Al-Khawaja urges UK to speak out on human rights violations - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship

Bahrain: Maryam Al-Khawaja urges UK to speak out on human rights violations - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

You can imprison a human rights defender, but you can’t stop the human rights cause, Maryam Al-Khawaja told a packed press conference in London on Wednesday, organised by Index on Censorship and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD).

The prominent Bahraini activist and co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights urged UK authorities to speak out about rights abuses in her country, which she said is being run like a business by the ruling Al-Khalifa family. This comes after the arrest of her colleague, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) president Nabeel Rajab. He is facing charges of insulting government institutions on Twitter.

Also on Wednesday, her sister Zainab Al-Khawaja was sentenced to seven days’ detention for publicly insulting King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa by ripping up a picture of him in court. She was in court over charges connected to her previous human rights campaigning....

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Indiastan Balochistan.....

Indiastan Balochistan..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Site seeking accounts and testimonies of the atrocities of the Pakistani Government against the Baloch people.

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Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab to face trial for expressing opinion - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab to face trial for expressing opinion - Index on Censorship | Index on Censorship | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Index is deeply concerned that the UK government has done little to press Bahrain to improve its human rights record. Bahrain's insistence on the prosecution of Nabeel Rajab underlines the abysmal state of free expression in that country....

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Bahrain's radiant future....

Bahrain's radiant future.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The future seen by all who view events in Bahrain with a historical eye for clarity:


1. The AlKhalifa terrorists are cast down.

2. The AlKhalifa terrorists are tried and convicted at the ICC for crimes against humanity.

3. The peaceful, freedom loving citizenry of Bahrain are liberated and their long suffering is ended.

4.  A Democratic Republic is established in Bahrain representing the constituency of the population and all peoples have a voice in Government in proportion to their percentage of the total population.

5. The Pearl Roundabout is rebuilt as a monument to freedom, as a monument to perseverance of the Bahraini people, and as a monument to solidarity.

6. Political prisoners are freed and given unconditional pardons by the new interim State Government.

7. Political reformers who were imprisoned take leadership roles in the new Government.

8. Exiled citizens return, citizens with revoked citizenship are restored.....

9. The police forces are reviewed and brought under civil authority with proper checks and balances to restore order, justice, and servitude to the people.

10, GCC agreements and alliances will be reviewed and made to serve the betterment of the Bahraini people, not enacted to harm them...

11. The US base for the 5th fleet will be revoked and the USA will be kicked out for their crimes against the Bahraini people.

12. The judiciary will be heavily purged.  New appointments will serve the cause of justice, the law, and equality.  Prejudice, preferential treatment, and Nepotism will be outlawed. 

13. The 'king' and 'prime minister'  will spend the rest of their lives in solitary confinement in ICC prisons.  Their highest serving minions will follow them in lengthy prison sentences....

 

SUMMOOOOD ! ! !

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Bahrain election protest: Opposition group 'occupies' capital's downtown

Bahrain election protest: Opposition group 'occupies' capital's downtown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Pouring oil on roads, opposition activists in Bahrain have attempted to occupy central areas of the capital Manama, media reported. In response police closed access to some central streets of the city while an upcoming rally was also banned.
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Saudi regime commits new crime against protesters in al-Qatif

Saudi regime commits new crime against protesters in al-Qatif | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The region of al-Qatif in Saudi Arabia witnessed a “silent” crime a couple of days ago, when the authorities of the House of Saud used live bullets, once again, to disperse a peaceful protest, killing one person and injuring many others.
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The Interior Ministry raided the Showeika neighborhood in al-Qatif in the Eastern Region, shooting live rounds from inside civilian cars at a peaceful protest organized by a group of young men in support of arrested cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. About 10 protesters were injured; they fell to the ground, spilling their blood on the protest signs that they were carrying, as seen in photos shared online by local activists.

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Turkey’s Human Rights Rollback: Recommendations for Reform

Turkey’s Human Rights Rollback: Recommendations for Reform | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
This 38-page report outlines the rollback of human rights and rule of law in Turkey, linked to mass anti-government protests in 2013 and corruption allegations that go to the very heart of the government of the ruling AKP. Human Rights Watch tracked the government’s response to the recent developments and made concrete recommendations, focusing on four areas: strengthening the human rights context of the peace process with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK); reforming the criminal justice system; ending impunity for past and present abuses by state officials and for family violence against women; and ending restrictions on speech, media, Internet, and the rights to assembly and association.
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Bahrain's dirty secret: How the tiny island nation doubled its prison population since 2011

Bahrain's dirty secret: How the tiny island nation doubled its prison population since 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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