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In Bahrain, British diplomacy is an insult to real democrats

In Bahrain, British diplomacy is an insult to real democrats | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

... Maryam al-Khawaja - Acting President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights -... Her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja , is a leading Bahraini human rights activist who has been tortured by the regime and jailed for life as a political dissident. The question she sent to me to ask Phillips was a simple one: “Are they [the British government] going to continue with silent diplomacy after two years of utter failure? Or will they actually promote human rights [in Bahrain]?”

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This seemed an odd response to a question asked on behalf of a woman whose father is serving a life sentence for his non-violent calls for democratic reform, and who says he has been tortured and threatened with sexual assault while in custody. Last Friday, Maryam’s sister Zainab was jailed for three months for her political activism . Perhaps she and her father should join the former ambassador in welcoming their jailers’ commitment to political discourse? As Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has asked : "How can you have a dialogue if representatives of the groups you mean to dialogue with are in prison?"

“What more Britain can do” in these circumstances seems reasonably obvious. Rather than talking up the regime’s “National Dialogue”, Britain should publically acknowledge that, as Amnesty International says, talks will be an “empty exercise” unless all prisoners of conscience are unconditionally released, and all restrictions on freedom of expression are lifted. Instead of welcoming regime pledges of reform, and disingenuously saying as Phillips did to me that the extent of those reforms is “something we can debate”, Britain should acknowledge the fact that (to quote Human Rights Watch ), “no progress” has been made, and that “all [the regime’s] talk of national dialogue and reform mean nothing”. In short, Britain could stop parroting its ally’s obfuscatory narrative .

If the monarchy does not change course, the British government should cancel the UK-Bahrain defence agreement (with its reported focus on "internal stability" ) that was signed with minimal coverage last October. It should put an immediate and complete end to all arms sales and any continuing training of Bahraini security forces . And it should reverse the contemptible decision to rename the Mons Hall at Sandhurst military academy after the King of Bahrain, following a £3m donation. The hall was originally named after a First World War battle that claimed the lives of 1,600 British troops, the betrayal of whose memory speaks volumes about the squalid relationship between the British state and the Bahraini royal family.

In the absence of such measures, Britain will not merely have failed to promote democracy in Bahrain but will to all intents and purposes have sided with the oppressor. As Maryam al-Khawaja told me in response to Phillips’ comments, “the UK needs to hold its allies accountable for human rights violations. As long as the international state of immunity for the Bahraini regime continues, the human rights situation will continue to deteriorate”.

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Obama continues HIS human rights abuses....

Obama continues HIS human rights abuses.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has repeatedly asked Congress to exempt its military effort against the Islamic State from a longstanding ban on U.S. assistance to torturers and war criminals, highlighting doubts about finding "clean" American allies in a region wracked by ethnic animosity and religious extremism.
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Prison in Bahrain: A Tale of Torture · Global Voices

Prison in Bahrain: A Tale of Torture · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Following the death of Hasan Alshaikh due to torture, Global Voices author Mohamed Hassan details his own experience being tortured by Bahrain authorities.
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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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Remove the criminal minded judges from the judiciary of KPK province of Pakistan and the judiciary of Pakistan.

Remove the criminal minded judges from the judiciary of KPK province of Pakistan and the judiciary of Pakistan. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pakistan is the country where the threat to humanity , peace , security and well being of not only innocent pakistanis but also the threat to humanity, peace, security and well being of the rest of the world has been thriving . While army operations have been effective in controlling these intolerant and violent talibanic elements yet these operations have also dispersed the threat and pushed these talibanic elements into hiding. The presence of sympathisers and rogue talibanic elements  in police, intelligence bureau, special branch police, traffic police, FIA, bureaucracy, academia , schools and universities, other security agencies and the judiciary of Pakistan at the district level of Karak, Bannu, D.i.khan and from the judges of the supreme court , high court and the administrative and clerical staff of the judiciary is a threat to the peace , national and international security. The inaction of the chief justice of Supreme court of Pakistan and the involvement of the judges of the supreme court of Pakistan in supporting these antihumanity talibanic elements is going to determine the fate of the national and international security and wellbeing of the world.I request the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take serious action into demands of the chairman of the political party PTI and conduct a fair and thorough investigation to solve the crisis going on in Pakistan for the last so many months.

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The family that protests against Bahrain's brutal regime - Telegraph

The family that protests against Bahrain's brutal regime - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
With her father imprisoned for life and her pregnant sister facing giving birth in jail, Maryam Alkhawaja explains why they keep on protesting for democracy
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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

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

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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