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Updates on Bahrain, release of prisoners without dropping of charges | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Updates on Bahrain, release of prisoners without dropping of charges | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights will nonetheless continue to urge people to keep faith in the commission and to continue to provide them with cases of human rights violations and documentation.

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Bahrain Escapes Downgrade at Fitch After Political Risk Abates

Bahrain’s creditworthiness escaped a possible downgrade at Fitch Ratings because of reduced near-term political and economic risks in the island-kingdom that contended with anti-government protests earlier this year.

 

Can economic pressure on the Khalifa regime be escalated by using anti-regime protests to lower the Bahraini national credit ratings?  Further de-stabilizing the regime via credit costs?

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Ethiopia camp shelters Somali refugees | Video | Reuters.com

Ethiopia camp shelters Somali refugees | Video | Reuters.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Aug. 11 - The maternity ward in Ethiopia's Kobe refugee camp delivers at least one baby every day as thousands of Somalis fleeing famine and conflict cross the border. Nick Rowlands reports.
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Bomb kills five foreign troops in southern Afghanistan

Bomb kills five foreign troops in southern Afghanistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
KABUL (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed five foreign troops in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, NATO said, less than a week after the coalition suffered its worst single loss in 10 years of war when...
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Bahrain economy lost up to $2 bln due to unrest - report | Reuters

Bahrain economy lost up to $2 bln due to unrest - report | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's economy has lost up to $2 billion due to political unrest that hit the Gulf Arab state in February, the head of the country's chamber of commerce was quoted on Monday as saying.

 

Now that's what I call:  'keeping pressure on the Regime!'  Disrupt tourism and general strikes to further aggravate the economy!  When Sunnis and Shia alike face economic stress, Al-Khalifas will be compelled to respond!

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Bahraini detainees allege torture - UPI.com

He said security forces didn't torture detainees so much as to get information as to "send a message" that they have a "green light" to do whatever they want.

Bahrain Center for Human Rights President Nabeel Rajab was quoted as saying as many as 98 percent of those held by state security forces were abused in some fashion.

"No one was immune," said Rajab. "Very rarely will you find someone who was not abused."

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Baton Rounds or 'Rubber bullets'

Baton Rounds or 'Rubber bullets' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Less-lethal ammunition, also known as riot control ammunition, is a general title for ammunition of various types which may be used in circumstances of civil disturbance to disperse riots or to incapacitate individual rioters, or in hostage rescue or other police operations. It is designed to minimise the risk of death or serious injuries when used as intended. It is important to stress this latter point, as any of these rounds can inflict severe injuries or result in a fatality if used improperly, which is why weapons and ammunition of this type are now known as "less-lethal" (L-L) rather than "non-lethal". Such weapons should only be used by operators who have been trained in the proper use of the particular weapon and type of ammunition being issued. It is essential to obtain and adhere to the guidance issued by the manufacturer of the weapon or ammunition.

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These batons are designed to be fired at the abdomen and legs (the latter particularly at short range), as there is a risk of serious and potentially fatal injury if they hit the chest or, especially, the head. The normal operating range for a baton round is 20-40m, but they may be fired at much shorter ranges in an emergency. Over the period 1970-2005 some 125,000 baton rounds were fired in Northern Ireland. These resulted in 17 deaths, the last being in 1989. This works out at an average of ten rounds per day and one death every two years, or a death rate of 0.0136%.

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AEP L60A1 Impact Round

This was introduced in June 2005 to replace the L21A1. It was developed to reduce the risk of inflicting death or serious injury from a head strike, and achieves this by incorporating a hollow nose. On impact with soft tissue this remains intact, but on striking a hard target like the head or breast-bone, it deforms to reduce the peak impact by between one third and a half. This round is known as the AEP, which stands for Attenuated Energy Projectile. The cartridge case, projectile weight and muzzle velocity remain the same as the L21A1, but the case is painted light grey instead of the black of earlier baton rounds. The AEP is claimed to exceed 95% accuracy against a 400mm x 600mm target at 50m.

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emy bah (@emybah) Posted Sunday 7th August 2011

emy bah (@emybah) Posted Sunday 7th August 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The relesed Prisoners for today:
7th of Aug 2011 #BAHRAIN #14FEB

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لحظة الافراج عن النائب السابق مطر مطر 7/8/2011

The moment of the release of former deputy Matar Matar 7/8/2011

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المرتزق يقدف أمرأة بالغاز السام عمداً8/7/11 سااار

Evil Security Forces attack the innocents with poison gas!  Sacrilege and a crime against humanity!

More evils of the Al-Khalifa regime!

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Dear Aafia Siddiqui......Happy Ramadan!

Dear Aafia Siddiqui......Happy Ramadan! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Write an inspirational postcard to Aafia:

 

'Dear Aafia,

We believe you. We are praying for you and your children and your mother.

Ramadan Mubarak.'

 

It will take you longer to break your fast than it will to write this on a postcard and put a stamp on it, but the joy it will bring to Aafia will last longer than filling an empty stomach.

Aafia's address is:

 

Aafia Siddiqui
90279-054
FMC CARSWELL
FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
P.O. BOX 27137
FORT WORTH, TX 76127

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twittLoad -Letter to CS gas grenade Manufacturers.pdf

twittLoad -Letter to CS gas grenade Manufacturers.pdf | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Here is a letter I wrote for public use.  It is a PDF and can be used as needed to #document CS gas grenade issues to CS manufacturers.  Public Domain

 

see also: http://is.gd/BnsYOu

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Bahrain denies entry for Aljazeera staff: Report

Bahrain denies entry for Aljazeera staff: Report | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

DOHA: Bahraini authorities are so upset with Doha-based Aljazeera TV Channel that they are reportedly not allowing the Channel’s staff — both Qatari nationals and expatriates — into the country.

There is an unofficial entry ban on Aljazeera staff into Manama, say social networking sites in Qatar as well as in Bahrain. The move might be fallout of a documentary English Aljazeera telecast on Wednesday, they suggested.

This, however, could not be independently confirmed by this newspaper since it was a weekend and officials were not available for comment.

The documentary entitled ‘Shouting In The Dark’ aired a shocking account of the pro-democracy protests in Bahrain.

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Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (VIII): Bahrain’s Rocky Road to Reform - International Crisis Group

Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (VIII): Bahrain’s Rocky Road to Reform - International Crisis Group | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Following a spasm of violence, Bahrain faces a critical choice between endemic instability and slow but steady progress toward political reform. The most sensible way forward is to launch a new, genuine dialogue in which the political opposition is fairly represented and to move toward changes that will turn the country into a constitutional monarchy. In order to create an environment in which such talks could succeed, the regime should take immediate steps to address the human rights crisis, including by releasing political leaders jailed for peacefully expressing their views, and reverse the alarming sectarian polarisation that has occurred.

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D.C. firm inks lucrative public-relations contract with Bahrain

D.C. firm inks lucrative public-relations contract with Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As the Gulf monarchy cracks down on an international aid group, it hires Qorvis for $40,000-per-month P.R.

 

Please flood their emails with the facts about the Human Rights abuses of the Evil Al-Khalifa regime!  - Qorvis Communications at:  http://www.qorvis.com/contact-us

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Bahrain Boat Show International 2011 to be held in November | Bahrain Boat Show International | AMEinfo.com

Bahrain Boat Show International 2011 to be held in November | Bahrain Boat Show International | AMEinfo.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Knotika Holding announced that the Bahrain Boat Show International 2011 has been rescheduled will take place at Amwaj Marina from November 23rd to 26th in partnership with the Economic Development...

 

We need to do everything in our power to cause this to not happen, like the F1 race and the Golf Tourny!

Knotika Holding must know of the PR nightmare of dealing with the criminal Khalifa regime!  Please contact Knotika and tell them of the tortures, murders, illegal detentions, etc...

Knotika Holding FZE

Sheikh Zayed Rd. P.O. Box 54070 Dubai, UAE

Tel: + 971 4 303 9999

Fax + 971 4 303 9888

www.knotika.com

 

email: info@knotika.com

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ali jassim's comment, August 9, 2011 10:19 PM
we haraini peaple dont want this in bahrain beacouse the regime killing bahraini peaple
divid's comment, August 11, 2011 1:32 AM
please dont do this show in Bahrain.. our regime is killing us and not giving us our minimum rights
yousif 's comment, August 11, 2011 3:09 AM
no events while regime still killing us
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Cluttons releases Bahrain market update Q2 2011

Cluttons releases Bahrain market update Q2 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Like other real estate properties the retail market too has suffered greatly because of the unrest in the country, reduction in tourist spending coupled with reluctance on the part of retailers to progress with expansion plans. As supply continues to come online, the main challenges facing landlords remain attracting and retaining tenants. To this end landlords have been forced to offer increased incentives to existing and potential tenants.  

 

Protesters must keep tenants thinking twice before leasing in Bahrain....

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Released Bahraini politicians still under threat from government repression | Amnesty International

Released Bahraini politicians still under threat from government repression | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"The release of these government critics is welcome, if overdue, but the Bahraini authorities must ensure that all charges based on their legitimate exercise of freedom of expression or other human rights are also dropped, so that the threat of re-imprisonment is not left hanging over Matar Matar, Jawad Fairouz and others," said Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme

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Bahrain protests: 'The repression is getting worse'

Bahrain protests: 'The repression is getting worse' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sheikh Ali Salman, al-Wifaq's leader, prefers to talk of universal rights. "What Bahrainis want is the same as people elsewhere in the Arab world," he said. "The government succeeded to some extent in portraying what happened here as a Shia-Sunni clash, though it was less successful in convincing anyone that there was Iranian involvement. It also tried to show that the opposition were terrorists. But there is one basic conflict – between those who support democracy and those who want to maintain the current dictatorship."

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LESS-lethal, not NON-lethal, baton rounds

LESS-lethal, not NON-lethal, baton rounds | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Only to be used by trained personel, not a short distances, and only as designed by manufacturer!  Head, neck, and groin shots may be lethal!

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Mattar Mattar and Jawad Fairooz Released! | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية

Mattar Mattar and Jawad Fairooz Released! | Bahrain Justice & Development Movement حركة البحرين للعدالة والتنمية | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Two former MP's from Al Wefaq have been released from prison today, along with other high profile detainees.
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Fighting erupts in Somali capital after rebels say leaving

Fighting erupts in Somali capital after rebels say leaving | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Fighting erupted on Sunday in Mogadishu between government troops and al Shabaab insurgents a day after the rebels said they were leaving the Somali capital and the government declared...
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Gulf Daily News » Local News » 147 detainees 'to be released'

Gulf Daily News » Local News » 147 detainees 'to be released' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA: A total of 147 Bahraini detainees are set to be released within hours, head of the kingdom’s independent commission of inquiry told The Washington Times newspaper in a phone interview last night.
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