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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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....
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."
Prominent Bahraini activist Maryam al-Khawaja was arrested after arriving in the island nation over the weekend.
Spencer Haskins's insight:
She is arrested only for being an Al-Khawaja! The Failed terrorist AlKhalifa regime is without any morality whatsoever!
Maryam al-Khawaja, who campaigns against abuse in Gulf state, charged with insulting king and assault on arrival.
The prominent Bahrain human rights activist and critic of the ruling family, Maryam al-Khawaja, has been arrested by authorities on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport.
Posts on the Twitter account of Khawaja said she had been charged with insulting the king, assaulting police officers, and faced charges for her involvement with the rights campaign, Wanted For Justice.
Khawaja, the co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, is the daughter of Shia Muslim activist Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail al-Khawaja, who has been in custody in Bahrain since 2011 and is on hunger strike.
The Reuters news agency reported her mother Khadija al-Musawi as saying her daughter would be transferred to the public prosecution court on Sunday.
A later post on her Twitter account stated that she would be held for seven days and was not allowed to see a lawyer before her interrogation.
Khawaja, who has lived abroad for several years, had returned to Bahrain to see her father, who recently decided to go on a new hunger strike. Her sister, Zainab, had been released from custody on Friday pending further investigation.
...Al-Khawaja, a dual citizen of Denmark and Bahrain, has been in a Bahraini prison since 2011, serving a life sentence for demonstrating against the government and organising protests during the Arab Spring. Along with eight others, he was convicted on charges of terrorism and attempting to overthrow the government. While jailed in Bahrain, al-Khawaja has been subjected to torture, violence and sexual abuse....
‘As you know there are many in Balochistan. They believe that Balochistan’s occupation is being maintained through the barrel of gun; hence, Balochistan liberation will also flow through the barrel of gun,’ says Hyrbiar Marri. Son of the late Khair Bux Marri, Hyrbiar is a known spokesperson for Baluchistan national struggle. Read on:
Basically what in your view is Balochistan’s problem?
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.”....
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.