Is this the Al-Khalifa's 'reforms'
They murder children with teargas, they terrorize the rest with the threat of suffocation in their sleep!
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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.
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.
“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.
BEIJING — A Chinese court convicted a moderate Uighur scholar of separatism and sentenced him to life in prison Tuesday following what human rights advocates called “a show trial” likely to worsen ethnic tensions in the far west of China.
The scholar, Ilham Tohti, had operated a website critical of Chinese policies against Uighurs, Turkic-speaking Muslims who call China’s Xinjiang region their homeland. Authorities arrested him at his home in Beijing in January, following several years of detentions and official harassment.
Along with handing down a life sentence to the 44-year-old economics professor, the court confiscated all of his possessions, according to his lawyers and state media. That means Ilham Tohti’s wife and two young sons may soon be destitute.
Human rights groups deplored the verdict and the trial, which was held last week in a closed court in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital. Several said there was nothing in Ilham Tohti’s writings or recent history to suggest he supports Xinjiang’s independence movement.
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Dharamshala: - In recent years the international community – including the United Nations, European Union, and the US government – has failed to clearly and forcefully raise the issue of human rights during visits to China. This significant issue consistently goes unmentioned in bilateral talks, despite severe human rights violations in Tibet, Eastern Turkestan, and China.
International communities across the world have a long-established demand for respecting human dignity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, after all, has set a common standard of treatment for mankind since 1948....
Nearly 160 civil society groups from more than 60 countries have urged Bahrain's King Hamad to order the unconditional release of human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, Reporters Without Borders announced Thursday.
Khawaja, a director of the Beirut-based Gulf Center for Human Rights, also has Danish nationality and is a daughter of jailed opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.
She was arrested after arriving at Manama airport on August 30 and will stand trial from October 1 for allegedly assaulting a police officer, a charge denied by fellow activists.....
...“After hosting the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, Prime Minister [Ahmet] Davutoğlu's new government has adopted even more provisions to restrict free speech online and the privacy of Internet users,” said Emma Sinclair-Webb, senior HRW Turkey researcher.
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.
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has ended his hunger strike over health concerns for fellow inmates. Meanwhile, his daughter – also a Danish citizen – is facing charges of assault in Bahrain.Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain (29 Aug 14)Jailed Dane begins new hunger strike in Bahrain (26 Aug 14) The Danish-Bahraini activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has called off his hunger strike after a month, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) reported. Al-Khawaja has been held in a Bahraini prison since 2011, serving a life sentence for demonstrating against the government and organising protests during the Arab Spring uprisings. According to the GCHR, al-Khawaja called off his hunger strike out of health concerns for other prisoners who had joined him in his protests.
Tens of thousands of Bahrainis have taken to the streets in the capital Manama to reject the Al Khalifa regime’s proposed reforms.
On Friday, the pro-democracy demonstrators denounced the reforms announced by Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa a day earlier, saying the measures do not represent the people and opposition living in the Persian Gulf country.
On the same day, the leader of Bahrain’s biggest opposition movement, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, said that the new proposal “ignores the legitimate demands of the people,” and the “official position remains rigid.”
“The royal family retains all powers — executive, legislative and judicial, in addition to security, information and wealth,” Sheikh Ali Salman stated, adding, “The solution would be to give up this monopoly of all power and respect the will of the people.”....
We on behalf of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) urge you to immediately stop your hunger strike. We well know your willingness to sacrifice your life for the freedom of the people of Bahrain, as you are about to enter the day 24 of your hunger strike where your life is at grave risk.
We believe that you have achieved the objectives of the protest in terms of reaching and influencing public opinion across the world. You have truly brought attention to bear on the flagrant violations that are happening in Bahrain against yourself, your colleagues who are detained human rights defenders and the rest of citizens in Bahrain.
We call on you to stop the hunger strike forthwith in order to preserve the lives of your fellow human rights defenders, who are forcibly detained in prisons, who continue their hunger strike in solidarity with you. The lives of some of them are in great danger; among them are elderly defenders, one of whom is suffering from heart disease.
Finally, we appeal to you to stop this hunger strike on behalf of the GCHR & BCHR, both organisations that you took the initiative to found. In doing this you created organisations dedicated to the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights in Bahrain and across the region.
We, your supporters, lovers of freedom across the world, hope beyond hope that you respond to this appeal.
A Bahrain regime court ruled Saturday that prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja be kept behind bars for an extra 10 days despite a UN call for her release, her lawyer said.
The Bahraini co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, who also has Danish nationality, was arrested on August 30 on arrival in Manama in connection with an alleged assault on a police officer at the airport.
Such events have become part of everyday life for the inhabitants of Donbass. Independent cameramen are trying to bring the truth to the Ukrainian and Western public but this is no easy task.
Firstly, it is very difficult to publish the videos, because internet connection is now a luxury for Donbass. The Ukrainian army has destroyed not only electricity plants but water pipes and gas lines as well.
Secondly, Ukrainian forces are arresting journalists and people making videos, and treating them as criminals. Kiev has unleashed a real war against freedom of speech. Any video or text criticizing the Ukrainian government is considered as “support for Donbass terrorists.” Making such videos means risking your life or freedom.
This affects journalists beyond Donbass as well. The Security Service of Ukraine (the equivalent of the American FBI) pays regular visits to intractable reporters and throws them in prison with no scruples. Recently my empty apartment in Kirovograd was visited by agents of the Security Service of Ukraine. I was lucky enough to be in Russia but my neighbors were questioned about me.
The desire to smash any kind of resistance in the country has become an obsession of the Ukrainian authorities. The declaration recently made by the head of Ukrainian Officers’ Union, Evgeniy Lupakov, where he said he wanted to hang the “Donbass terrorists” on street poles, is of utmost importance and direst foreboding."