Bahraini sportspeople-torturing prince should be unwelcome at Olympics


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From Al Bawaba:

Bahraini Prince Should Not be Welcomed in UK, Petition Asserts

Published May 20th, 2012 – 08:43 GMT

The petition drawn up by Avaaz, the world’s largest and most effective online campaigning community for change, will call on the British Prime Minster David Cameron and Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to prevent Sheikh Nasser’s entry to the UK, declaring him as “persona non grata”, the Ahlul Bayt News Agency reported.

Sheikh Nasser, one of six sons to King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain and the President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, had publicly called for “a wall to fall on the heads” of all those who peacefully demonstrated against the Al-Khalifa regime.

He also headed a committee that arrested, imprisoned and tortured 150 sportsmen and sports officials, including a disabled athlete, with some prisoners saying they were personally beaten by Sheikh Nasser himself.

Furthermore, when Mohammed Hubail, Bahrain’s national football team player, was sentenced to two years imprisonment, Sheikh Nasser tweeted, “If it was up to me, I’d give them all life.”

Meanwhile, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Bahrain has urged British Foreign Secretary William Hague to withdraw an invitation to the King of Bahrain to attend the UK Queen’s diamond jubilee event because it lends “respectability to a tyrannical regime.”

Earlier this month, supporters of the Bahraini uprising rallied at British premier’s office in London condemning the Queen’s invitation of the Bahraini dictator for the diamond jubilee celebrations.

The Al-Khalifa regime holds at least hundreds of anti-regime figures including three leading Bahraini human rights activists in custody, while international human right bodies are banned from visiting the country.

The regime has also killed at least 50 activists in the crackdown on protests since February 2011.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty’s over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar – were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.

Bahrain Sports: Mixing Soccer, Football, and Torture: here.

Bahrain: Call for the immediate release of Mr. Al-Khawaja and all other detained human rights defenders and netizens: here.

Bahrain Live Coverage: Regime Says, “This Protest Good, This Protest Bad”: here.

Bahrain’s flashy crony capitalism cannot last. Opposition to the grand prix was fuelled by anger towards the excesses of prestige projects and the squandering of resources: here.

United Nations member states should scrutinize Bahrain’s deplorable human rights record during the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council on May 21, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international community should push Bahrain to adopt specific measures to ensure free expression and peaceful assembly, end torture, free political prisoners, and establish credible accountability mechanisms for continuing abuses: here.

Bahrain Feature: Seeing the Crisis Through Children’s Cartoons: here.

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  1. 12:07 p.m. CDT, May 20, 2012

    DUBAI (Reuters) – A leading Bahraini opposition activist accused of insulting authorities remained in jail on Sunday, despite being granted bail, because he faces a second charge of organizing illegal protests, his lawyer said.

    Nabeel Rajab is the founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights who led many protests that were part of an on-going uprising led by the Shi’ite Muslim majority against the Sunni ruling Al Khalifa dynasty that rules the Gulf Arab island.

    “The judge agreed to the request to free him on 300 Bahraini dinar ($800) bail with a travel ban, but he has not been released because he is being detained on another charge,” said Rajab’s lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi.

    Authorities, who call opposition activists the lackeys of Shi’ite power Iran, have vowed to “get tougher” on security as talks with them have stalled. Activists say the government wants to find any way of keeping Rajab off the streets.

    Bail was granted in the case of “insulting an official authority” which centers on four messages posted on the social media site Twitter that suggested the interior ministry had not carried out proper investigations into civilian deaths.

    The second charge – organizing illegal demonstrations – could land Rajab with two years in jail, Jishi said last week.

    Bahrain has rejected calls for an elected government and large-scale protests – which broke out in February 2011 after successful revolts in Egypt and Tunisia – continue weekly in Shi’ite villages, often resulting in clashes with police.

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  3. Olympic visitors face long queues

    LONDON 2012: The possibility of airport security queues of up to four hours cannot be ruled out during the London Olympics, the director general of the UK Border Force said on Tuesday.

    Brian Moore said he was satisfied that planned staffing levels were adequate to deal with the expected surge of arrivals but said he could not guarantee there would be no delays.

    “I do not anticipate seeing large queues of two, three and four hours because of the work we are doing to move our resources,” he told MPs.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/119287

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