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Bahrain: Repression intensifies as Revolution is re-invigorated

Bahrain: Repression intensifies as Revolution is re-invigorated | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadhan the Bahraini Revolution has escalated dramatically. At least 25 demonstrations have taken place every day and night with one clear message: The people want regime change. Chanting like “Down with Hamad” has become the standard slogan uttered by the men and women participating in those protests.

The regime’s brutality has also not diminished. The use of chemical gases has intensified dramatically in the past three weeks. While the zeal of the people has intensified, the regime’s repression knows no bounds. Makeshift clinics in towns and villages have offered first aid to the victims who fear for their life to go to the main hospital at Salmaniya which is run by the military. Many observers believe that the situation has reached the point of no-return. The Alkhalifa regime is doomed as the people unanimously refuse to accept to be ruled by tribal hereditary dictatorship. Neither side is in a mood to compromise or engage in any form of dialogue. The hostilities have become so entrenched in the public domain that it is hard to imagine any kind of reconciliation between the two sides.

The Alkhalifa have lost the opportunity to retain any degree of power. They have reduced their choices to one; crushing the people to the ground with no compromise. On 23rd July Amnesty International called on the Alkhalifa to release all political prisoners: Bahrain must release all prisoners of conscience immediately and without conditions, Amnesty, ahead of appeals in the cases of a prominent human rights activist and a group of medical workers. Yet the regime deferred the case of Nabeel Rajab for another session in September. “The charade of justice has gone on too long in Bahrain, and all prisoners of conscience must be set free immediately and unconditionally before these appeals take place,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Programme Director.

“All convictions against them should be quashed.”

Nine months ago the Bissiouni report also recommended that these prisoners be released. None of the serious recommendations of the report has been implemented.

In another development, Bahraini Pro-democracy activists received the malware in Washington, London and Manama, the capital of Bahrain, the Persian Gulf kingdom that has been gripped by tension since a crackdown on protests last year.

Researchers believe they’ve identified copies of FinFisher, (a spyware sold by U.K.- based Gamma Group) based on an examination of malicious software e-mailed to Bahraini activists, they say. Their research, which is being published today by the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs’ Citizen Lab, is based on five different e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News from people targeted by the malware.

On Monday 23rd July The Times newspaper published a one page article about Bahrain titled “Police ‘dodge security clean-up by torturing detainees at secret sites” highlighting the tactics adopted by the regime in its repression of activists.

The detainees whose number now exceeds 1200 are now facing severe crackdown. At the Dry Dock Prison detainees have been attacked at the middle of the night as a means of intimidation and repression. The cooling system has been switched off intermittently and the detainees have been subjected to more torture and beating.

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UK firm denies 'cyber-spy' deal

UK firm denies 'cyber-spy' deal | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A British firm offered to supply "cyber-spy" technology used by Egypt to target pro-democracy activists, documents seen by the BBC suggest.

 

Please feel free to express your displeasure with this firm:

 

Gamma International (uk) Ltd
14 Basepoint Business &
Innovation Centre - Caxton Close
East Portway Ind. Est.
Andover
Hamsphire
SP10 3FG
United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0)1264 326 559
Fax: +44 (0)1264 326 562


Email: info@gammagroup.com
Website: https://www.gammagroup.com/Default.aspx

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EU Parliament Takes the First Step to Prevent Sales of Surveillance Equipment Used to Violate Human Rights | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The European Parliament today formally recognized what has become increasingly clear: some European tech companies have been selling to repressive governments the tools used to surveil democracy activists.
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Bahrain’s Use of NSN Technology to Torture Activists Shows Need for Corporate Accountability and Home Government Oversight | Human Rights First

Bahrain’s Use of NSN Technology to Torture Activists Shows Need for Corporate Accountability and Home Government Oversight | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bloomberg’s story is a wake up call – to industry and to home governments. “Business as usual” has given repressive [Mid East] regimes a potent tool to track and suppress dissent, undermining the global community’s shared interest in promoting peaceful democratic transition in the region. It’s time for a new strategy, rooted in respect for human rights and greater transparency and accountability.

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Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens

Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The interrogation of Abdul Ghani Al Khanjar followed a pattern.

 

The spy gear in Bahrain was sold by Siemens AG (SIE), and maintained by Nokia Siemens Networks and NSN’s divested unit, Trovicor GmbH

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Gamma Says No Spyware Sold to Bahrain; May Be Stolen Copy

Gamma Says No Spyware Sold to Bahrain; May Be Stolen Copy | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Gamma International GmbH’s managing director said his company didn’t sell its FinFisher spyware to Bahrain, responding to research that showed activists from the Persian Gulf kingdom were targeted by what looked like the software, which can...

 

[To those affected, it matters little how the software was obtained.....Al-Khalifa terrorists have it and are using it! ]   [#Spyware filter tag at this site ]

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Red Tape - German officials admit using spyware on citizens, as Big Brother scandal grows

Red Tape - German officials admit using spyware on citizens, as Big Brother scandal grows | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A government surveillance software scandal that erupted in Germany this weekend has spread beyond that nation's borders, raising questions about how far government officials around the globe might go to monitor citizens through spyware.
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BCHR Letter to the High Representative Catherine Ashton re Spy Gear Abuses | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

BCHR Letter to the High Representative Catherine Ashton re Spy Gear Abuses | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is writing to you to express its serious concern about the report published by the American magazine (Bloomberg)[1] showing that European companies sold surveillances technologies known as Spy Gear which have been used in countries that practice human rights abuses against activists and politicians; tracing their calls and messages and then torturing them in violation of human rights laws and treaties signed by these countries.

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EU May Probe Bahrain Spy Gear Abuses

European Union legislators asked the EU to investigate whether companies have aided human rights violations by selling surveillance gear to repressive governments.

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The European Commission will revisit the EU’s corporate responsibility strategy this fall, said Cristina Arigho, a spokeswoman for the commission. She said the EU is also considering how to support the implementation of United Nations principles on business and human rights, passed in June, which say corporations have a duty to respect human rights.

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