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وثق للبحرين | #Document HR violations page - Al-Wefaq

#Document the Human Rights crimes of the Al-Khalifa regime!  ICC will need the documentation to issues charges.....

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PAKISTAN atrocity: Rats of Shah Dola !

PAKISTAN atrocity: Rats of Shah Dola ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What was the first thing you thought of after looking at above picture? I am sure you must have thought that the guy in picture must be suffering from some genetic disorder or disease which has made him look so woeful. But this is not the case with him or with thousands of his kind, he is one of ten thousands of “Rats of Shah Dola” or “Dolay Shah de Chohay”. Their heads were donned with iron helmets when they were infants to make sure that their head don’t grow naturally and they don’t have a normal healthy life. A very sad and sickening story is on your way.
A saint belonging from Seherwardi School of thought from Aurangzeb Era, Shah Dola in Gujrat (Punjab, Pakistan) claimed that he had the power to punish the disobedient parents in the form of children with small heads. He used to put an iron cap on children and get them to his shrine to help him by begging and getting him money, those ill-fated children were called as “Rats of Shah Dola” or Dola Shah ke Chouhey. From then this sickening ritual actually started. People started to believe that Shah Daula has the power of making incapable women fertile, it was also made famous that those women who were blessed with children after praying at the shrine will donate their first born baby to shrine to be a “Rat of Shah Dola” or the rest of their children will born disabled. So as a result thousands of women visit the shrine every month and hundreds of newly born babies are left at the shrine to become a Rat of Shah Daula’s Shrine, making him mentally handicapped and spending all his life being dependant on others.

There may be above 10,000 Rats of Shah Daulas in Pakistan. Most of them are in Punjab specially in the city of Gujrat who beg for Shah Dola’s Shrine. This is a very sad example of human rights violation that too in the name of religion, people make use of the religion for their personal gains more often than not.
The saddest part is the role of people in this issue. They are too patsy to pray on a shrine to get blessed with a child and leave their newly born babies in the premises of shrine to get his head donned in a steel helmet and to spend his whole life begging for the shrine being a mentally retard. No role of government have been observed lately to stop this inhumane practice and by the look of it, it seems like this practice is going to continue in years and years to come.

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ABUSE TO THE LOWEST DEGREE THAT EFFECTS XHILDREN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES~ WRONGLY JUGDED BECAUSE MOST JUST BY LOOKING WANT KNOW WHY AND MOST WANT TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT! MY GOD  ON THE CHILDREN TREATED AS SUCH AND LORD DEAL WITH THOSE THAT HAVE, IS AND CONTINUE TO HARM CHILDREN IN SUCH INTENTIONALLY INFLICTED HORRIFIC WAYS! FOR WE PLACE THEM ALL IN YOUR HANDS

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Al Khawaja’s Secret Hunger Strike Gone Public in Protest of Torture in a Bahraini Prison · Global Voices

Al Khawaja’s Secret Hunger Strike Gone Public in Protest of Torture in a Bahraini Prison · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini Human Rights defender Abulhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for 24 days in protest of the continuing violations and torture of inmates in Jaw prison as authorities ignore calls for investigation.
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Open Letter from Nabeel Rajab to President Obama

Open Letter from Nabeel Rajab to President Obama | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
From: Nabeel Rajab
President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Isa Town Detention Center
Bahrain

Dear President Obama,

I write to you from a Bahraini jail cell, and this message was never meant to go beyond its walls. Even though I have never advocated for violence nor harmed another living soul, I have spent 28 of the last 36 months in a Bahraini prison for actions that can only be counted as crimes in a nation that stifles free expression and criminalizes open assembly. I have documented my government’s use of torture. I have reported on civilian casualties in Yemen. I have held a different opinion than that of a king. In retaliation, I may spend the next ten years of my life in jail.


While my government punishes me for demanding an end to its assault on civil and political rights, other GCC states, especially Saudi Arabia, subject human rights defenders to harsher abuse. Their repression can be seen in the flogging of free speech activist Raif Badawi and the death sentence against the religious scholar and human rights advocate Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi courts even sentenced Raif’s lawyer, Waleed abu al-Khair, to 15 years in prison. We as human rights defenders are targeted for giving voice to the marginalized, people seeking to take the reins of their own destiny; our governments do everything in their power to prevent us from acting upon the best ideals of our conscience.

The message you directed toward your Gulf allies last week laid the foundation for real change. Your words tacitly acknowledged what we in the region understand: only democracy can bring stability to the Middle East. And while democracy may take time to develop, the process cannot begin unless our right to free speech is protected. Right now, our governments divide us along religious lines, preventing us from collectively challenging extremism within our societies. As well, our rulers aggressively punish critics of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. We simply ask, however, for greater democratic participation in our nation’s affairs, and the ability to freely express our contempt for violence and extremism.

I thank your administration for calling for my release, and the release of my fellow human rights defenders. I urge you to defend our right to free speech when you meet with the monarchs of the Gulf, and call for:

The immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners;
An end to the criminalization of free speech and expression, including any laws against criticism of government institutions or defamation of a king;
The cessation of all acts of torture and reprisal in GCC detention centers; and
The protection of free and open civil society space capable of fostering long-term stability and growth in the region.
The citizens of Bahrain and her neighbors have extraordinary potential. With unshackled voices, we can build stability and challenge extremism. What we need today is space for tolerance, plurality, and honest dialogue, the foundations of a democratic process that the reprisals against me and my colleagues seek to undermine.

 
Yours Sincerely,

Nabeel Rajab
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US: Human Rights Watch Sues Over Surveillance | Human Rights Watch

US: Human Rights Watch Sues Over Surveillance | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
(Washington, DC) – Human Rights Watch filed suit on April 7, 2015, against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for illegally collecting records of the organization’s telephone calls to foreign countries.

The DEA disclosed the existence of its mass surveillance program in January 2015, after a federal judge ordered the government to disclose more information about the program. The agency made the disclosure in a criminal case against a man accused of violating export restrictions on goods to Iran.

“At Human Rights Watch we work with people who are sometimes in life or death situations, where speaking out can make them a target,” said Dinah PoKempner, general counsel at Human Rights Watch. “Whom we communicate with and when is often extraordinarily sensitive – and it’s information that we wouldn’t turn over to the government lightly.”

Human Rights Watch is represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has filed a series of legal challenges against unconstitutional government surveillance.
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Bahrani Professor’s Abrupt Citizenship Revocation Violates Universal Human Rights Declaration

Bahrani Professor’s Abrupt Citizenship Revocation Violates Universal Human Rights Declaration | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain's Interior Ministry revoked Dr. Masaud Jahromi's citizenship without notice or opportunity to respond, on grounds of "terrorist activities" or "advocating regime change through illegal means." OUR PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES The Jahromi Archive Jahromi, Chair of the Ahlia University's Computer Science Department, has never participated in either of these. CCS wrote protesting such arbitrary denial of his basic human right to his nationality and deplored Jahromi being associated with known terro
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Is Bahrain the New Apartheid State?

Is Bahrain the New Apartheid State? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
It's an obvious analogy: There is a minority (mostly Sunni) elite ruling over a (mostly Shia) majority. The last few years have seen systematic discrimination, a repression of fundamental rights, and torture and deaths in custody. People aren't divid...
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Text of Swedish diplomat's speech not given before the Arab League

Secretary General, Excellencies, dear friends,

It is a great honour for me to be standing here today. To be here in Egypt, in Cairo, in this building - the House of Arabs, is special. Egypt has always played an indispensable political, economic and cultural role in the region. And it is here that the Arab world, Africa and Europe meet.....

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ACLU: Snowden Proved NSA Internet Spying Harms Americans

ACLU: Snowden Proved NSA Internet Spying Harms Americans | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The suit filed in federal court in Maryland accuses the NSA of scooping up virtually everything sent via the Internet between Americans and people outside the United States, and then scouring it to identify and monitor foreign intelligence targets.

A similar challenge was turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court, which said the plaintiffs couldn't prove they'd been harmed. This lawsuit says that's changed since the government confirmed the surveillance after its scope and details were leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

This "upstream" surveillance of the Internet's "backbone" of digital networks reaches far beyond any individuals the government is targeting to combat terror attacks, and violates constitutional protections of free speech and privacy, the plaintiffs say.

ACLU staff attorney Patrick Toomey said Tuesday that Snowden's leaks changed the whole legal paradigm.

"We believe the Snowden disclosures will make an immense difference in how this case will play out," Toomey said. "Prior to Snowden, the public had never heard of upstream surveillance. But based on those disclosures and what the government has acknowledged itself, we know the government isn't just surveilling its targets, its surveilling everyone."
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Bahrain : Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain : Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), FIDH Deputy Secretary General and a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East Division.URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY New Information BHR 001 / 0812 / OBS 048.14 Judicial harassment Bahrain March 5, 2015The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the (...)
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 14, 7:49 AM

JUDICIAL HARASSMENT REALLY EXISTS! ALL ACROSS THE WORLD!!

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PressTV-‘Int’l silence emboldens Bahrain regime’

PressTV-‘Int’l silence emboldens Bahrain regime’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An activist says the silence of the international community on the atrocities of the Bahraini regime has emboldened it.
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Citizenship revoked: Key US ally Bahrain strips dissenters of their nationality

Citizenship revoked: Key US ally Bahrain strips dissenters of their nationality | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that “everyone has the right to a nationality,” and “no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality....."

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Al-Wefaq Urges Int’l Community to Save Bahrain, Work for Sheikh Salman Release

Al-Wefaq Urges Int’l Community to Save Bahrain, Work for Sheikh Salman Release | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Al-Wefaq Urges Int'l Community to Save Bahrain, Work for Sheikh Salman Release
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PressTV-Bahrain clamps down on anti-regime demo

PressTV-Bahrain clamps down on anti-regime demo | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini forces attack protesters during the funeral ceremony for one of the victims of the regime's crackdown.
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Bahraini Political Prisoner Ibrahim Sharif Released after “Completing his Sentence” · Global Voices

Bahraini Political Prisoner Ibrahim Sharif Released after “Completing his Sentence” · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In a surprise move, Bahrain released politician Ibrahim Sharif, jailed in March 2011, following massive anti-government protests. Is Bahrain moving towards actual reform?
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Sudan Used Cluster Bombs on Civilians, Human Rights Watch Charges

Sudan Used Cluster Bombs on Civilians, Human Rights Watch Charges | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Human Rights Watch has accused the government of Sudan of using banned cluster bombs on civilian areas in the southern part of the country.
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Human rights court: Beating at G-8 summit was torture - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Human rights court: Beating at G-8 summit was torture - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
STRASBOURG, France — Europe’s top human rights court ruled Tuesday that the unpunished police beating of a 62-year-old man during the 2001 protests at the G-8 summit in the Italian city of Genoa amounted to torture, vindicating hundreds of protesters who claimed they were brutally abused during a police raid.

The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights awarded Arnaldo Cestaro $48,900 and said Italy must change its laws to criminalize torture.

The 2001 summit was marked by violent confrontations between black-clad protesters and police, and resulted in the first shooting death of an anti-globalization activist by police fire.
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 14, 7:19 AM

CHANGE ALL AROUND THE WORLD!  CRIMES AGAINST BLACK PROTESTERS BY POLICE IN ITALY IS NOT TOLERATED EVEN IF IT TAKES YEARS TO BRING THE FINDING DECISION "BLACK LIVES" DO MATTER !! STOP THE POLICE VIOLENCE!

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NASUWT: NASUWT denounces continued imprisonment of Bahraini teachers leader

NASUWT: NASUWT denounces continued imprisonment of Bahraini teachers leader | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has called for the unconditional release of a teachers’ trade union leader on the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment by the Bahraini authorities.

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, President of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA), was arrested in 2011 for nothing more than his commitment to organising and representing the interests of teachers and calling for quality education for all children and young people in Bahrain.
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 14, 7:32 AM

MAN CAN DO UNJUST THINGS BUT GOD JUSTICE WILL REIGN ON ALL JUST WAIT A WHILE.GOD WILL SET THE UNJUST IMPRISONED BY MAN FREE WATCH AND SEE! THE TIME IS COMING NO MAN CAN STOP GOD!

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Bahrain arrests activist Rajab over tweets - ministry

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain police arrested prominent democracy activist Nabeel Rajab on Thursday for comments he made on his Twitter account seen as harmful to civil peace, the kingdom's interior ministry
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Balochistan: 17th of March demonstration

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Rights Group: Inmates Injured in Clashes at Bahrain Prison

Rights Group: Inmates Injured in Clashes at Bahrain Prison | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini security forces tear-gassed and beat inmates at a prison on Tuesday while trying to quell clashes that erupted during family visits, a local human rights group said, causing some injurie...
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 14, 7:35 AM

INJURIES EVEN DURING FAMILY VISITS DOCUMENTED! WHY NOT IN SOME PRISONS IN THE U.S. LIKE RIKERS ISLAND

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PressTV-Bahrain women face discrimination

PressTV-Bahrain women face discrimination | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain’s female activists say women in the country face discrimination, marginalization and exclusion under the rule of Al Khalifa regime.

The Women Affairs Unit in Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq, called on human rights organizations and campaigners to shed light on the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.

“As the world celebrates International Women Day on 8th March, Bahraini women continue to suffer from marginalization, exclusion and discrimination for raising demands for legitimate rights to democracy and justice in Bahrain,” the women activists said in a statement.
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Secret CIA Black Sites In American Heartland For 'Disappearing' Citizens - YouTube

"Two former senior Justice Department officials are calling on their colleagues to investigate a secretive warehouse used for interrogations by Chicago polic...
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 14, 7:47 AM

ARE BLACK CITIZEND DISAPPEARING OR NOT? IF NOT WHERE ARE THEY BEING WAREHOUSED? IS IT SLAVERY OR NOT?WAS PLANTATIONED BUT NOW WAREHOUSED NAMED CHANGED SOLD OR COULD BE JUST ORGANS SOLD BECASE DEAD PEOPLE CANT TALK BUT THEIR BODY ORGANS BRING MAJOR DOLLARS ON THE BLACK MARKET ORGAN SALING MATCH IF YOU GOT THE ORGAN WE GOT THE DOLLARS DOWN LOW. THE LAST PERSON BEING LOOKED FORAND CONSIDERED AS DEAD IS BLACK PERSON UNLESS THERE IS A FUSS AND OR DOLLARS BACKING AND IN THAT CASE THEY GOT THEWRONG ONES AND IT IS LABELED AS A MISTAKE OR ERROR AND HE OR SHE WAS MISTAKEN AS SOMEONE ELSE. ALMOST DEAD BUT ORGANS IN TACT.

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Bahrain strips Shiite activists of citizenship amid unrest - CNN.com

Bahrain strips Shiite activists of citizenship amid unrest - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The groups said they had "grave concern over the systematic targeting of prominent political activists, former members of parliament, clerics and others. The Bahraini authorities did not provide substantial evidence as to why these individuals' citizenships have been revoked."

Rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch similarly condemned the move.

"The authorities have provided the vaguest of reasons for the deprivation of nationality, which appears to have been taken on the basis of the victims' political views," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's director for the Middle East and North Africa.

"Most worryingly, the authorities are making some in the group stateless. This, as well as any arbitrary deprivation of nationality, is prohibited under international law," he said.
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How Obama Caved on Bahrain

How Obama Caved on Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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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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Bahrain: arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and torture of Mr. Hussain Jawad, Chairman of the European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR)

Bahrain: arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and torture of Mr. Hussain Jawad, Chairman of the European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary detention, judicial harassment and torture of Mr. Hussain Jawad, Chairman of the European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR). On February 21, 2015, Mr. Jawad appeared before the Public Prosecution for another case brought against him (see background information). He appeared to have suffered from physical and psychological torture and ill-treatment. He was allegedly beaten, threatened with death, and (...)
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