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The BCHR launched a campaign called "Wanted for Justice" from Nov. 1 to Nov. 23, which has involved publishing the names and photos of people responsible for human rights violations in Bahrain. Many of these offenses have gone unpunished. What we want is simple: We want their crimes to be known internationally, and the perpetrators must be held accountable and given fair trials.
We've listed 59 people in our report. The allegations range from torturing protesters to arbitrary arrests. The list covers lower level police officers, to Bahrain's King Hamad himself.
Despite promises of reform and the government-commissioned Bahrain Independent Commission for Inquiry (BICI) report, the situation on the ground is still grim. Human rights violations will only continue as long as those responsible for carrying out torture go unpunished. ...
On 23 November 2013, Mr Hussain Jawad was arrested on charges of “inciting hatred against the regime”. He was arrested while lodging a complaint regarding a defamation campaign against a number of human rights activists in Bahrain. Hussain Jawad remains in custody in Dry Dock prison.
Hussain Jawad is Chairman of European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights(EBOHR), an international organisation that works to defend human rights across the Middle East. Hussain Jawad has publicly called for a peaceful struggle to demand democracy in Bahrain.
On 22 November 2013, a number of prominent Bahraini activists were accused in the press of, inter alia, arming opposition militant factions, inciting xenophobic violence, and propagating sectarian discrimination. The state press has engaged in this defamatory media campaign in an attempt to denigrate Bahraini human rights defenders, and EBOHR has accused other organisations of this tactic; namely, Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society, Karama Human Rights Society, and The European-Gulf Centre of Human Rights.
On 23 November 2013, Hussain Jawad went to the Central Province Centre to file a complaint against these media organisations and the Chief Editor of Gulf News, Mr Anwar Abdul Rahman. The Gulf News newspaper has published pictures of human rights defenders as part of this smear campaign.
While at the Central Province Centre, Hussain Jawad was notified that a police patrol was on its way from Naeem Police Station to arrest him. Two police officers in civilian clothing arrived and attempted to handcuff Hussain Jawad. Initially, Hussain Jawad refused to be handcuffed, but after some discussion, he agreed and was escorted to Naeem Police Station to be questioned in the presence of his lawyer, Mr Saeed Sarhan. The interrogation related to charges of “inciting hatred against the regime” in light of a speech he delivered during Ashura season in Manama. Hussain Jawad was later transferred to Hoora Police Station, where he remained in detention overnight.
On 24 November 2013, the Public Prosecutor ordered that Hussan Jawad remain in custody for fifteen days pending further investigation. Currently, Hussain Jawad is being held in Dry Dock prison, the Ministry of Interior's Short-Term Detention Unit in northern Bahrain.
..."The talks are an opportunity to press the human rights case. The international community urgently needs to press for a moratorium on executions and encourage the relevant Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council to seek invitations for the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, to visit Iran.
"Sustainable peace and stability in Iran and the Middle East can not be achieved as long as Iranian people’s human rights are not secured."
While the latest round of P5+1 talks was taking place in Geneva from mid-October, IHR has documented 90 executions. Fifty of these were carried out in ethnic areas of Iran or were members of ethnic minorities executed in central parts of the country. They included three Kurdish and 17 Balochi prisoners convicted of Moharebeh, enmity with God, which is a charge commonly used against opponents of the government.
Many other non-Persian political prisoners are also facing imminent execution, including three Ahwazi Arabs who gave forced confessions on the government’s Press TV channel allegedly following months of torture in the custody of the intelligence services.
Religious minorities also continued to suffer violent persecution while the world concentrated on talks over the nuclear issue. Following raids on 14 Baha’i homes in the Iranian city of Abadeh in October, residents were interrogated by government agents who told them to leave town or face being summoned the occupants for questioning and told them to leave town or they would be knifed to death in the street.
Christians, Alawites and Sunnis are also subjected to continued persecution and state violence in spite of President Rouhani’s pledge to allow greater freedom of worship.
Qadeer Baloch, known as Mama Qadeer is Vice Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Person (VBMP), a non-governmental organization striving for the safe recovery of Baloch missing persons. Mama Qadeer recently launched an historic long march from Quetta to Karachi and marched some 750 kilometers with the family members of 20 missing persons. The long march started on 27 October and reached its destination Karachi Press Club on November 22, 2013. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons(VBMP) claims disappearance of some 18000 Baloch from different walks of life, and 1000 of them have been “Killed and dumped.” Mama Qadeer‘s son Jalil Reiki, information secretary of Baloch Republican Party, was abducted on February 14, 2009 in Quetta , allegedly by secret state agencies and his bullet riddled body was dumped in the Aap Sar area of Turbat on November 24, 2011.....
A news agency investigation says Thai officials have been secretly allowing Rohingya Muslim refugees to be dumped off to human traffickers, who hold them for ransom under brutal conditions.The report by the Reuters news agency said Thai immigration officials were often complicit in the policy toward the Rohingya, who are escaping unrest and religious persecution in neighboring Burma.It said many of the refugees were told by officials they were being deported back to Burma. Only after they were out at sea, did they realize they had been sold to human traffickers.The survivors say they were then sent to camps along Thailand's remote border with Malaysia. Many were said to be beaten, and some even killed. They were only allowed to leave if their relatives paid thousands of dollars in ransom....
Al Wefaq National Islamic Society said no information has been released in the past 5 days on the conditions of a number of prisoners in Juw prison, including Sheikh Mohammed Ali Al Mahfoodh, the Secretary-General of the Islamic Action Society.
This is despite news that has been circulating on the mistreatment of the prisoners in the prison and that two of the prisoners are wounded. However, the families of the prisoners have not received any phone calls from the prison.
Al Wefaq has sent an urgent appeal to the Special Procedures Division in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning the situation of the prisoners in Juw prison.
The Authority in Bahrain is fully responsible for the safety of the prisoners who are facing vengeful measures by denying them their fundamental human rights, Al Wefaq stated. Shockingly, state institutions and foundations concerned for human rights such as the Ombudsman Office, the National Institution for Human Rights, the General Inspector, Public Prosecution Office and Ministry of Human Rights all remain silent towards this situation.
Al Wefaq also notes the Interior Ministry’s silence, even though it is the body responsible for the administration of prisons, stressing that such practices are illegal and considered a serious violation of the rights of the prisoners.
Slavery is rampant and most people are likely to have met a slave without realising it, ....
“The common denominator of all these crimes is the evil intention to strip a human being of their freedom and then to use and abuse them, control and exploit them. One can think that slavery belongs to the history books, but far from that, it’s worse today than ever in history.”....
Prominent opposition leaders, who were jailed in the crackdown which followed Bahrain’s uprising in 2011, are being denied medical treatment for their conditions. They are among a group of opposition activists who received harsh jail sentences as the Bahraini authorities sought to crush resistance to the repression.
Abduljalil Al-Singace (top right), a former professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bahrain, gained his PhD at the University of Manchester in the UK. He has been denied medical treatment for a perforated eardrum and other ailments and family visits because he refuses to wear the prison uniform. He is a leader of Al-Haq opposition movement. His case was recently taken up by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), an international network of academics, which wrote in protest to the Bahraini authorities at his treatment.
Abdelwahab al-Husain (top left) co-founder of the Al-Wafa’ movement, an opposition political movement, was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2011. His daughter Aqeelah contacted MENA Solidarity Network last week:
“My father was severely tortured during his arrest in March 2011 and is now suffering from torture-related injuries that are yet to heal. He is also suffering from numerous medical conditions; my father was diagnosed with non-insulin dependent type II diabetes mellitus and as a consequence of both physical & psychological torture, and being in prison since March 2011, his blood sugar has not been under regular control.”
Abdelwahab is a carrier of sickle cell disease and suffers from chronic anaemia and is also suffering from neuropathic pain, Aqeelah added. Neither of these conditions are being treated properly in prison....
Group of 21 women, including minors, face 11 years in jail for rally, as interim PM defends state response to protests.
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) says the detention of Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), is capricious and arbitrary.
Bahraini human rights defender Hussain Jawad was arrested on Saturday over allegations of inciting hatred against the government, his organization confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.
Hussein Jawad is a human rights activist, and Chairman of European-Bahraini Organization for Human Rights (EBOHR), an international organization that works to defend human rights across the Middle East.
In addition to Jawad, EBOHR declared that “a number of prominent Bahraini activists were accused in the press of, inter alia, arming opposition militant factions, inciting xenophobic violence, and propagating sectarian discrimination during peaceful protests.”
A failure to release Nabeel Rajab on Friday would make it crystal clear that his imprisonment is not about justice or the law but about silencing him. ....
Even in exile, with members of her family incarcerated, the 26-year-old Bahraini activist is optimistic about her country's pro-democracy movement - and she's traveling the world to push it forward.
Weatherby travelled to Bahrain in 2010 and 2011 to observe trials on behalf of the Bar Human Rights Committee. He is a member of the group's executive committee.
Almarzooq was arrested in September after he made a speech critical of the government at a political rally attended by nearly 6,000 people near the village of Saar. He was charged with inciting youth violence and trying to overthrow the government.
Amnesty International called for him to be "immediately and unconditionally released".
"His arrest is yet another blow to the National Dialogue which the Bahraini authorities have been flaunting as a reason to cancel the visit of the UN expert on torture to the country. However harsh his speech towards the authorities, he should not have been arrested for expressing his views," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa deputy director at Amnesty International.
Wefaq said the refusal to allow Weatherby into the tiny Gulf island was "unjustified and unacceptable".
"We view this incident as a clear indicator that the authorities have something to hide from the international community," it said.
"Given that he was allowed entry to Bahrain in the past, it is also shows the lack of progress over reform and in fact the deterioration in the human rights situation."...
Every day, millions of children in India wake up with nothing to look forward to except hours of back-breaking labour working everywhere from stone quarries to carpet factories to rice mills. Children as young as 5 years-old are kept from school, forced to work 7 days a week for up to 18 hours a day and end up with crippling injuries, respiratory disorders and chronic pain.
Because these children are often left illiterate and plagued with health problems, they are - in a cruel twist of fate - less likely to find employment once they reach adulthood. This continued enslavement of children traps generations of Indians in a vicious cycle of slavery, illiteracy and poverty.
Thankfully, the Indian Parliament is considering legislation called the "Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill," which:
This legislation would put an end to the enslavement of children in India but it risks not passing without a demonstration of mass public support.
For every day the bill is delayed, several children remain at risk of being bought and sold to work in unimaginable conditions of sex slavery, bonded labour and domestic servitude. Any further delay in the passage of this historic law ending the enslavement of children in their country is simply unacceptable and we need to build massive public pressure that leaders in India cannot ignore.
Call on the Indian Parliament to immediately pass the Child and Adolescent Labour Abolition Bill and end child slavery in India.
In 2011 Reda al-Fardan watched in horror as Bahraini troops plowed down protestors camped at a Manama roundabout. Now he is among Shiite activists urging greater pressure on the monarchy to implement long-promised reforms.
“It’s a moral choice,” Fardan said, after meeting in Washington with top Obama aide Susan Rice to urge the United States to throw its weight behind activists.
His NGO, Bahrain Watch, is calling for a transparent, accountable government in the nation ruled by the Sunni Khalifa dynasty since the late 18th century, amid fears of a dangerous and growing sectarian divide.
Fardan, 29, grew up in the western Shiite coastal village of Karzakan, and witnessed how the tumult caused by the Arab spring unleashed decades of anger against failure to introduce democratic reforms.
Protests launched on February 14, 2011 led to the Manama sit-in, where Fardan saw Bahraini troops first unleash rubber bullets and tear gas, and followed a few weeks later by Saudi tanks.
“We all know that the government is ruthless and brutal, but seeing it first hand, just each day you see this again and again… things become emotional.”
Around 90 people have died in the protests which have now simmered for almost three years, and about 2,500 people are believed to remain in jail.
Bahrain Watch is leading a campaign called “Stop the Shipment” amid fears a South Korean company, DaeKwang Chemical, is considering supplying some 1.6 million rounds of tear gas to Bahrain — more than the island’s entire 1.2 million population.
Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Deputy Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), who is in custody in Bahrain, sends his Belarusian counterpart on the International board of FIDH, political prisoner Ales Bialiatski words of solidarity.
On 2 December, the day when the court denied his request for early release (for which he has the right under national legislation, as he has served more than three-quarters of the term), Nabeel was able to call from the Bahraini prisons “Jaw” to the International Secretariat FIDH and convey that he is very worried about the fate of Alesi Bialiatski. According to Nabeel, the first thing he would like to do on his release from jail is to meet with the family and the colleagues of Ales as “their problem is my problem”.
Nabeel Rajab passed these words to the worker of the Paris FIDH Bureau Sasha Kulaeva. In a brief telephone conversation, he asked about the health and the conditions of detention of Ales Bialiatski, his family and colleagues from the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, and passsed the words of support to all of them.
As pointed out by Sasha Kulaeva, from the first days of detention of Ales Bialiatski Nabeel Rajab actively defended the Vice President of FIDH and leader of “Viasna”. Since the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, a T-shirt with the inscription “Freedom for Ales Bialiatski” and his portrait hung in his office.
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A Bahraini court refused Monday to free prominent Shiite activist Nabeel Rajab saying he was not eligible for early release from jail where he is serving a two-year sentence, a judicial source said....
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian youth demonstrated in Gaza City Saturday in protest of Israel's so-called Prawer Plan to displace Bedouin residents of Negev.Demonstrators raised posters rejecting the Prawer Plan and other Israeli practices against the Palestinian people.The rally was organized by Gaza Strip's Intifada Youth Coalition in conjunction with an international "day of rage" against the Prawer Plan. ....
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC), in support of freedom for American Indian activist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier...
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The forces had surrounded the woman in her home, while one person stood over her holding her as he pepper-sprayed her face. The woman was trying to protect her son who was severely beaten in front of her by masked civilian forces who raided the house without presenting any legal warrant. The masked forces broke open the door not giving the women in the house a chance to cover themselves. This kind of behavior is considered seriously provocative in the Bahraini society that does not accept degrading treatment of women under any justification. .....