Is blogging ‘terrorism’ in Cameron’s Britain?


This video says about itself:

UK Terrorism Law: Detention of David Miranda

25 August 2013

This video by Chaninat & Leeds law firm discusses the detainment of David Miranda at Heathrow airport under the UK Terrorism Act. It is inferred the reason for his detainment was due to his partner, Glenn Greenwald‘s reporting of the Edward Snowden situation.

The speaker is Anna Power, an experienced UK solicitor, and a journalist for Chaninat & Leeds, a Thailand law firm specializing in litigation in Thailand.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

UK definition of terrorism ‘could catch political journalists and bloggers

Terror law watchdog says police and prosecutors have exceptional powers that must be confined to ‘their proper purpose’

Alan Travis, home affairs editor

Tuesday 22 July 2014 08.39 BST

The current British definition of terrorism is so broadly drawn that it could even catch political journalists and bloggers who publish material that the authorities consider dangerous to public safety, said the official counter-terrorism watchdog.

David Anderson QC, the official reviewer of counter-terrorism laws, said Britain had some of the most extensive anti-terrorism laws in the western world, which gave police and prosecutors the powers they needed to tackle al-Qaida-inspired terrorists, rightwing extremists and dissident Northern Irish groups.

“But if these exceptional powers are to command public consent, it is important they need to be confined to their proper purpose, and recent years have seen a degree of ‘creep’ in parliament that could be reversed without diminishing their impact”

In his annual report to be published on Tuesday, Anderson is expected to give three examples of how the terror laws were too widely drawn.

They included “actions aimed at influencing governments”, hate crime and what he called the “penumbra of terrorism”.

On the first, Anderson said Britain’s laws treated politically motivated publication of material thought to endanger life or to create a serious risk to the health or safety of the public as a terrorist act if it was done for the purpose of influencing the government.

He said in other European and Commonwealth countries the bar was set much higher and there must also be an “intention to coerce or intimidate”.

The watchdog said: “This means political journalists and bloggers are subject to the full range of anti-terrorism powers if they threaten to publish, prepare to publish something that the authorities think may be dangerous to life, public health or public safety.”

He warned that they could be branded as terrorists even if they had no intention to spread fear or intimidate, and those who employed or supported them would also qualify as terrorists.

The definition was so broad it would even catch a campaigner who voiced religious objections to a vaccination campaign on the grounds that they were a danger to public health.

The laws were so widely drawn that they now included preparatory and ancillary offences including “terrorism-related activity”, which were only used when a crime had been committed and so were unnecessary.

These definitions were so “overbroad” that they could catch a family member “who supports someone who encourages someone else to prepare an act of terrorism and could easily be limited by the home secretary”, the watchdog said.

Anderson said Britain quite rightly had very tough counter-terror laws that the public accepted so long as they were used only when necessary.

“But they can currently be applied to journalists and bloggers, to criminals who have no concern other than their immediate victim, and to those who are connected with terrorism only at several removes,” he said.

“This is not a criticism of ministers, prosecutors or police – who as a rule exercise either their remarkably broad discretions with care and restraint. But it is time parliament reviewed the definition of terrorism to avoid the potential for abuse and to cement public support for special powers that are unfortunately likely to be needed for the foreseeable future.”

Blacklist: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist: here.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thank you Vijay!


Very Inspring Blogger Award

My friend Vijay of the blog Half-Eaten Mind has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Thanks for your generosity, dear Vijay!

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.

2. Display the award on your post.

3. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.

4. State 7 things about yourself.

5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

6. Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.

7. Proudly display the award logo (or buttons) on your blog, whether on your side bar, ABOUT page, or a special page for awards.

Seven things about myself:

1. Where did most visits to my blog come from so far today?

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New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 2
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2. Where did most visits to my blog come from ever since WordPress started counting visits by country on 25 February 2012?

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Canada FlagCanada 24,237
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 18,269
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Brazil FlagBrazil 2,145
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3. Which blog posts and pages attracted most visits so far today?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 41
Good bird and mammal news from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa 6
Good Scottish puffin news 6
Australian Prime Minister praises Japanese World War II violent attack on Sydney 6
Edward Snowden against British government’s new massive spying plans 5
Save London’s Kew Gardens from David Cameron 5
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 5
Skinks in North America 4
Saudi government help for Isis extremists in Iraq 4
British government’s Wikipedia vandalism 3

4. Which blog posts and pages attracted most visits ever since my blog moved to WordPress in December 2011?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 70,104
British Thatcher aide accused of child abuse 5,867
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 5,818
About 4,127
After 35 years, wounds of Vietnamese napalm girl Kim Phuc still hurt 2,505
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 2,431
Zambian lioness Lady Liuwa update 2,129
Günter Grass poem on Greece and austerity, English translation 1,936
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 1,902
Boy raped by priest, then castrated 1,767
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 1,536
Most hated animals top 50 1,334
Lesser Antillean iguana in danger 1,195
Bronzino painting restored after prude censorship 1,153
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 1,122
Britain: Tony Blair’s own Watergate scandal 1,109
Thatcher’s Downing Street child abuse scandal 1,067
Awards 1,024
Stop whipping of raped Maldives girl 1,017

5. Which search terms brought most visits to my blog, ever since it moved to WordPress in December 2011?

Search Views
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watergate scandal 386
prostitution in bahrain 366
egyptian sarcophagus 264
poisonous caterpillars 264
atsinganosaurus velauciensis 256
napalm girl 249
iraq war 208
long tailed tit 197
cercopithecus lomamiensis 189
bahrain prostitution 175
boy raped 166
lady liuwa 163
night parrot 161
wetland animals 150

6. Which linked were clicked most on my blog, ever since it moved to WordPress in December 2011?

URL Clicks
en.wikipedia.org 1,584
gravatar.com 863
WordPress.com Media 289
21stcenturywire.com 255
avaaz.org 225
aangirfan.blogspot.com 181
socialistworker.co.uk 167
mirror.co.uk 166
morningstaronline.co.uk 161
r.zemanta.com 154
focus.de/kultur/buecher/europas-schande-das-gedicht-von-guenter-grass-im-wortlaut_aid_758777.html 146
rspb.org.uk 123
dailymail.co.uk 115
actuable.es/peticiones/que-rey-juan-carlos-i-deje-ser-presidente-honor-de 114
wsws.org 112
thethoughtpalette.co.uk 112
hrexach.files.wordpress.com 106
change.org 100

7. Which commenters commented most at my blog recently?

swo8 69
Dr. Rex 39
donwreford 29
davidprosser 12
prayerwarriorpsychicnot 11
Tish Farrell 10

* Based on the 1000 most recent comments.

My fifteen nominees are:

1. Illuminating Fossils

2. betternotbroken

3. pinodile’s Blog

4. photographyofnia

5. Rouladen

6. Sama Talks

7. writingwingsforyou

8. Maria Brinkley, artist

9. Blissfully Single

10. Sea Through Me

11. Unexpected Wanderlust

12. Womancipation

13. No, wait, it’s not my story, it’s theirs..

14. The Ink Stain

15. Paul Thomas Bell

Reader Appreciation Award, thank you so much Horty!


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My dear friend Horty of the blog It Is What It Is has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Reader Appreciation Award. Thanks, Horty, so much for this generous gesture!

The rules of this award are:

Identify and show appreciation of the blogger who awarded you.
You must add the award logo to your blog.
Tell your readers 7 things about yourself.
You must nominate 5-10 of your favorite bloggers for this award.
Inform your nominees that you nominated them.

Seven things about myself:

1. Where did most visits to my blog come from today so far?

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2. Where did most visits to my blog come from this year?

Top Views by Country for 365 days ending 2014-07-12 (Summarized)

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United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 31,834
Canada FlagCanada 9,964
Jamaica FlagJamaica 8,938
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Australia FlagAustralia 6,695
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3. Which pages and blog posts attracted most visits today do far?

Title Views
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‘Birds descended not from dinosaurs, but from more ancient reptiles’ 9
Community Heart Award, thanks so much Horty! 8
Two million Britons strike against government austerity 5
About 4
Japanese World War II forced prostitution and art 4
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 4
Japanese young women’s fashion 3
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 3
Steven Spielberg attacked by Facebook users for ‘killing dinosaur’ 3

4. Which pages and blog posts attracted most visits this year?

Top Posts for 365 days ending 2014-07-12 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 31,082
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 3,765
About 1,891
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 1,546
Most hated animals top 50 1,169
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 1,007
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 968
Zambian lioness Lady Liuwa update 885
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 869
Lesser Antillean iguana in danger 790
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 758
Japanese forced prostitution women’s stories 663
US women soldiers raped, then persecuted 650
Awards 626
Slavery and love in Suriname, new film 600
Frequently asked questions 596
Bahraini torture princes in Florida Ironman 559

5. Which referrers referred most to my blog this year?

Referrers for 365 days ending 2014-07-12 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 103,784
WordPress.com Reader 3,498
WordPress Dashboard 2,726
Facebook 2,244
Twitter 1,311
topix.com 702
en.wordpress.com 649
Reddit 566
mail.yahoo.com 464
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 361
topix.net 239

6. Which links on my blog were clicked most this year?

Clicks for 365 days ending 2014-07-12 (Summarized)

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en.wikipedia.org 1,096
WordPress.com Media 254
dearkitty1.wordpress.com 113
r.zemanta.com 107
hrexach.files.wordpress.com 106
gravatar.com 99
wsws.org 78
morningstaronline.co.uk 71
rspb.org.uk 68
change.org 66
sianeparkinson.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/income-inequality-and-voter-turnout-at-the-2010-british-general-election-a-study-using-individual-and-aggregate-data/ 62
avaaz.org 60
WordPress.com Reader 58
wildlifenews.co.uk 57
hrexach.wordpress.com 51

7. Most popular topics my blog has written about

Topic Views
Human rights 626
Environment 511
Crime 441
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 427
Peace and war 361
UK 327
Birds 312
Mammals 246
Biology 218

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

My ten nominees are:

1. Don Charisma

2. Muck

3. Fat Wagtail’s Wildlife

4. Something Like a Storybook

5. American Blogger in UAE

6. Leeds No Borders

7.

8. A Changing Wild World

9. GOREAN STYLE ADDICTS

10. Muse Writer

Bahraini blogger arrested for humour


This video says about itself:

Bahrain Blogger Lamees Dhaif

22 June 2011

Bahrain Blogger Lamees Dhaif and her family have been harassed because of Lamees’ posts criticizing the Bahrain government. She is now based outside of Bahrain and unable to blog. She shares her story in the Arab Spring session during Netroots Nation 2011 held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Asked if she’s scared that there will be consequences of her speaking out at Netroots Nations 2011: “I know that I will pay for it with a very high price. But if I keep quiet, more and more people are paying every day.”

From Global Voices Advocacy:

Bahraini Satirist Blogger Takrooz Arrested

Translation posted 5 July 2014 7:19 GMT

The Bahrain Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of yet another netizen, who reportedly faces accusations of “inciting hatred against the regime.”

The satirist micro-blogger, nicknamed Takrooz, was arrested at the Bahrain International Airport, while on his way back from Thailand, said the ministry in a statement on June 18, 2014, without disclosing his name.

A day later, many Bahrainis were fuming on Twitter, saying the arrest was futile and served no purpose other than to further demonstrate the government’s true colours in stifling opposition voices online. Scores of netizens have been arrested by the regime since anti-government protests started in Bahrain on February 14, 2011. Among them are Mahmood Al-Yousif, Mohamed Almaskati and Global Voices author Mohamed Hassan.

Bahrain is regarded as an enemy of the Internet according to the Reporters without Borders’ 2014 report and is ranked second in the number of detained journalists per capita in 2013 according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

With nearly 18,000 Twitter followers and 100,000 tweets, Takrooz has been an active voice in charting the government crackdown on activists. Bahrain Watch, a research and transparency group, reported that Takrooz’ Twitter account was repeatedly targeted for surveillance by the Bahraini government. His tweets, in Arabic, cover abuse by law enforcement personnel, anti-corruption content and everyday concerns of the average Bahraini.

Nabeel Rajab: Bahrain’s people are a casualty of Washington’s political compromises: here.

Most Influential Blogger Award, thank you Afsheen!


Most Influential Blogger Award

My dear Internet friend Afsheen of the blog Dreams to Reality ! has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Most Influential Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this wonderful gesture! All my best wishes for you and your blog!

Here are the guidelines for acceptance – really very straightforward.

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

1 Display the Award on your Blog.

2 Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you. Do not lump this award with any other award in a “basket”, “bouquet” or “collection” etc, I would rather you didn’t accept the award.

3 Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.

4 Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).

5 Include an embedded video of your current favourite song (YouTube has virtually everything, just copy and paste the link into your WordPress editor). If a video is not possible you can embed a SoundCloud track.

My music video is this one:

Bob MarleyGet Up Stand Up Live In Dortmund, Germany.

My ten nominees are:

1. Timizar design Blog

2. Rob Prince’s Blog

3. Sea Salvage Gifts

4. authorchuksblog

5. Miscellaneous Inanities

6. Erga Photography

7. Under the Pecan Leaves

8. On The Heath

9. Picaturi Cristaline

10. Nazish Nawab

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, thanks Afsheen!


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

My dear Internet friend Afsheen of the blog Dreams to Reality !  has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

The rules are:

Share 10 interesting things about yourself.

Display the Award Badge on your Blog.

Announce your nominations in a blog post.

Thank the Blogger who awarded you.

Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.

Link nominees in the post and let them know about award thru comment section (or a pingback).

Ten things about me:

1. Where did visits to my blog come from mostly so far today?

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United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 9
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Philippines FlagPhilippines 4
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 4
India FlagIndia 3
Azerbaijan FlagAzerbaijan 3
Bahrain FlagBahrain 2
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2. Where did visits to my blog come from mostly this quarter?

Top Views by Country for 90 days ending 2014-07-03 (Summarized)

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Canada FlagCanada 2,066
Jamaica FlagJamaica 1,944
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Australia FlagAustralia 1,507
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France FlagFrance 1,287
India FlagIndia 978
Belgium FlagBelgium 523
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Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 271
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 269
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3. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits so far today?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 53
Vatican recognizes exorcists officially 8
Hitler’s ‘most beautiful Aryan baby’ was Jewish 6
Newly discovered wasp species, with dead ants in walls of its nest 5
New beetle species discovery in Russian cave 5
Arms dealers infect British health service 5
Bees follow queen, video 4
D’Hondecoeter’s bird paintings in Amsterdam 4
Tony Blair getting rich advising Egyptian military dictator 4
Bahrain dictatorship-British government links exposed 3

4. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits this quarter?

Top Posts for 90 days ending 2014-07-03 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 7,497
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 907
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 442
About 373
Dutch king’s pricey new car 368
Most hated animals top 50 360
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 282
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 272
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 254
Roman Catholic Church admits ultra-conservative bishop abused little boys 221
Two lion cubs in Lady Liuwa’s pride in Zambia 204
Stop ‘fox penning’ in North Carolina, USA 202
Slavery and love in Suriname, new film 185
Burger King contaminated food scandal in Germany 175
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 150
Frequently asked questions 135
Bahraini torture princes in Florida Ironman 129
Awards 126
Saudi princesses tortured for protesting regime’s anti-women policy 126
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 122
Lioness, wounded by buffalo, saved 120
McDonald’s forced labour scandal in the USA 115
Saudi woman gets 150 whip lashes for driving 113
Brigitte Bardot’s Islamophobia and anti-Semitism 101

5. Which search terms brought most people to my blog this quarter?

Search Terms for 90 days ending 2014-07-03 (Summarized)

Search Views
mormon women 29
poisonous caterpillars 29
dear kitty 21
british intelligence torture ireland 1971 20

6. Which links on my blog were clicked most this quarter?

Clicks for 90 days ending 2014-07-03 (Summarized)

URL Clicks
en.wikipedia.org 447
WordPress.com Media 121
change.org 63
morningstaronline.co.uk 63
wsws.org 55
theguardian.com 40
hrexach.files.wordpress.com 34
nos.nl 28
wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/first-lion-cubs-in-10-years-spotted-at-liuwa-zambia/ 24
rspb.org.uk 23
gravatar.com 23
telegraph.co.uk 23

7. Which referrers referred most to my blog this quarter?

Referrers for 90 days ending 2014-07-03 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 26,673
WordPress.com Reader 538
Facebook 445
WordPress Dashboard 416
topix.com 273
Reddit 233
go.videoentertainmnt.com 220
Twitter 220
topix.net 126

8. Which search engines referred most to my blog this quarter?

Search Engines 26,673
Google Search 22,661
Google Image Search 1,456
Bing 1,076
Yahoo Search 773
AOL 247
Ask.com 147
duckduckgo.com 96
Google Mobile 70
Yahoo Image Search 21

9. Which subjects attracted most visitors to my blog recently?

  • Most popular topics you’ve written about
Topic Views
Human rights 543
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 442
Environment 394
Crime 309
Peace and war 295
Biology 253
Netherlands 232
Birds 217
history 214

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

10. Who commented most at my blog recently?

swo8 44
Dr. Rex 38
donwreford 26
Tish Farrell 15
davidprosser 13
sherayx 10

My ten nominees are:

1. Minkyweasel World

2. Lorrie Bowden

3. Wanderlust

4. lemanshots – Fine Pictures and Digital Art

5. Annotated Audrey Art

6. Lu MG Photos

7. Gaviota con amor

8. Little Nomadic Kitchen

9. The Brixton Housewife

10. Tiana Lopez

Community Heart Award, thanks so much Horty!


Community Heart Award

Thank you ever so much, my dear friend Horty of the blog It Is What It Is, for nominating my blog for the Community Heart Award!

You deserve that award so much; and thanks again for kindly nominating Dear Kitty. Some blog!

Kev, the maker of this award, made no particular rules for it.

So I feel free to nominate these blogs for it (as usually, in no particular order):

1. Grant Us Peace

2. Voice of Lesbian Senior

3. Just Bliss

4. Tranquil Trails

5. Part Time Monster

6. Bird Feed

7. The Stilettos of Fútbol

8. Portsmouth Anti-Fascists

9. The FireBird: A Phoenix’s Aria

10. twasallshewrote

11. Spoor

12. Just A Small Town Girl…

13. Let the great wheels spin

14. Kentucky Angel’s Train Wrecks

15. una nada luminosa

16. wrongwithlife

17. johnpoetflanagan

18. The Happy Lifeaholic

19. McPUFF

20. Thoughts From The Road

Fifteen years in Bahraini jail for blogging


This video from Bahrain says about itself:

No F1 in Bahrain

7 April 2012

DON’T DRIVE ON OUR BLOOD

85 deaths by security forces since February 2011, in which:

37 suffocation from tear gas
20 shot dead
17 tortured to death (in or out of police station)
10 by birdshot
4 ran over
2 stabbed

At least 7 reported deaths by torture in the prison since 14 Feb 2011, 3 of them after the BICI report.

Total number of people arrested since February 2011: est. 4000

Total number of current detainees est. 600

Total number of sentenced detainees 397 with sentence ranging from 6 to life. One of them on death row.

266 been arrested in 2012, which are all still detained.

2 human rights defenders still imprisoned:

Abdulhadi Alkhwaja (More than 60 days on hunger strike)
Naji Fateel

On average around 15 villages are daily tear gassed as collective punishment

Bahraini security forces continue to engage in the systematic torture of demonstrators in detention centers (formal and informal)

Latest death under torture was Mohamed Ibrahim Yaqoub, who died hours after his arrest on January 27 2012, He was beaten by 15-20 police officers, as reported by eyewitnesses, in the stomach and chest.

Children have been frequently been the target of security force reprisals

Estimated kidnaps are 250 cases

As of March 2012 1776 still remain dismissed

6 students still detained and sentenced by military court to 15 years.

From the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders:

Bahrain: Sentencing in appeal of Mr. Naji Fateel

New information

BHR 001 / 0614 / OBS 049

Sentencing / Arbitrary detention /

Judicial harassment / Impunity of acts of torture

Bahrain

June 5, 2014

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Bahrain.

New information:

The Observatory has been informed by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights about the sentencing in appeal of Mr. Naji Fateel, co-founder of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) and blogger, who monitored human rights violations committed during Bahrain’s uprising.

According to the information received, on May 29, 2014, the Court of Appeal headed by Judge Isa Al-Kaabi upheld a 15-year imprisonment sentence against Mr. Naji Fateel on charges of “establishing […] a group for the purpose of […] disabling the Constitution” under Article 6 of Law No. 58 of 2006 on Terrorism[1]. The charges relate to the alleged terrorist group known as the “February 14 Youth Coalition”, which organised demonstrations and protests during Bahrain’s uprising.

No evidence against Mr. Fateel was provided during the trial. The sentence was solely based on coerced confessions made under torture and without thoroughly and impartially investigating the allegations of torture which the defender was subjected to during his detention (see background information). During a hearing, Mr. Naji Fateel removed his shirt and showed the torture marks on his back; however, it was totally ignored by the court.

Mr. Naji Fateel will appeal the decision to the Court of Cassation. His lawyer also filed a complaint before the Supreme Judicial Council arguing that the trial proceedings fell short of the minimum standards of fair trial. Mr. Naji Fateel is currently detained [in] the Central Prison “Jaw” where reports continue to emerge of overcrowded cells and dire conditions.

The Observatory recalls that other BYSHR members are also subjected to ongoing judicial harassment, including Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati, BYSHR President[2].

The Observatory condems the sentencing and arbitrary detention of Mr. Naji Fateel, which merely aim at curtailing his human rights activities, and calls upon the Bahraini authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally. The Observatory also notes that several human rights defenders remain in arbitrary detention or are subject to judicial harassment in the country.

Background information[3]:

On May 2, 2013, Mr. Naji Fateel was arrested at dawn without warrant by security men in civilian clothes at his home in the village of Bani-Jamra and held incommunicado for three days, during which time it is reported that he was severely tortured. He was allegedly subjected to severe torture at the Criminal Investigation Directorate. Reports allege that he was subjected to electrical shocks to his genitals, left foot and back in addition to simulated drowning, severe beatings, threats to publish his wife’s photographs (taken from a camera confiscated by the security forces when his house was raided), insults, hanging by his hands from the ceiling, sexual harassment and threats of rape, standing for hours, and sleep deprivation. He was taken to the Ministry of Interior hospital twice for treatment due to the torture. Mr. Naji Fateel was detained in Dry Dock Detention Centre.

On May 22, 2013, Mr. Naji Fateel was sentenced by the Manama Criminal Court to six months of imprisonment on charges of “attending illegal gatherings” in relation to a gathering organised on January 24, 2012 in Bani-Jamra in which he did not participate. He was charged in another case with the establishment of a group for the purpose of disabling the Constitution under Article 6 of the controversial Terrorism Act.

On September 29, 2013, Mr. Naji Fateel was sentenced by the Fourth Criminal Court to 15 years in prison for “the establishment of a group for the purpose of disabling the constitution” under Article 6 of the Terrorism Act. Mr. Naji Fateel was then moved to the Central Prison “Jaw”.

On November 18, 2013, when the appeal trial against Mr. Naji Fateel started, the authorities of Bahrain denied entry to a lawyer who was mandated by a coalition of NGOs, including the Observatory, to observe the appeal trial.

In February 2014, one of the lawyers in the case said that 90% of their questions to the prosecution witnesses were rejected by the judge, and a policeman forcefully silenced a lawyer during his pleadings. Another lawyer was thrown out of the court room although he represented five of the defendants in the case.

Actions requested:

Please write to the authorities of Bahrain urging them to:

i. Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Naji Fateel, all BYSHR members as well as all human rights defenders in Bahrain;

ii. Release Mr. Naji Fateel immediately and unconditionally as his detention is arbitrary since it only aims at sanctioning his human rights activities;

iii. Order an immediate, thorough, transparent investigation into the allegations of torture and ill-treatment against Mr. Naji Fateel, in order to identify all those responsible, bring them before an independent tribunal, and apply them the sanctions provided by the law;

iv. Put an end to all acts of harassment – including at the judicial level – against Messrs. Naji Fateel, all BYSHR members as well as all human rights defenders in Bahrain;

v. Conform with the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1998, in particular its Article 1, which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”, Article 11, which states that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to the lawful exercise of his or her occupation or profession”, Article 12(1) that provides “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to participate in peaceful activities against violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms”, as well as Article 12.2, which provides that “the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually or in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”;

vi. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Bahrain.

Addresses:

· Cheikh Hamad bin Issa AL KHALIFA, King of Bahrain, Fax: +973 176 64 587

· Cheikh Khaled Bin Ahmad AL KHALIFA, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tel: +973 172 27 555; fax: +973 172 12 6032

· Cheikh Khalid bin Ali AL KHALIFA, Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs, Tel: +973 175 31 333; fax: +973 175 31 284

· Permanent Mission of Bahrain to the United Nations in Geneva, 1 chemin Jacques-Attenville, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, CP 39, 1292 Chambésy, Switzerland. Fax: + 41 22 758 96 50. Email: info@bahrain-mission.ch

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Paris-Geneva, June 5, 2014

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.

The Observatory, a FIDH and OMCT venture, is dedicated to the protection of Human Rights Defenders and aims to offer them concrete support in their time of need.

To contact the Observatory, call the emergency line:

· E-mail: Appeals@fidh-omct.org

· Tel and fax FIDH: + 33 (0) 1 43 55 25 18 / +33 1 43 55 18 80
Tel and fax OMCT: + 41 (0) 22 809 49 39 / + 41 22 809 49 29

[1] Article 6 provides that “life imprisonment shall be the penalty for everyone who forms, establishes, organizes or operates, contrary to the provisions of the law, a society, association, organization, group, gang or a branch of any of the above or undertakes the leadership or command thereof for the purpose of calling for obstructing the enforcement of the provisions of the Construction or the laws or preventing any of the government organizations or public authorities from carrying out their activities or infringes upon the citizen’s personal freedom or other freedoms or public rights secured by the Constitution, the law or undermines national unity if terrorism is one of the methods used in the realization or implementation of the purposes called for by the society, association, organization, group or gang or any of their branches”.

[2] See Observatory Urgent Appeal BHR 003 / 0613 / OBS 052.1, issued on October 31, 2013.

[3] See Joint Press Releases, June 21 and November 15, 2013.

Bahrain: 15 Year-Old Child Detained and Denied Education: here.

There are few authoritarian regimes that enjoy as much political support from the UK as the one in Bahrain. Bahraini opposition groups are threatening to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections unless democracy can be guaranteed, but the UK has only increased its public support for the brutal and oppressive dictatorship: here.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses serious concern in regards to the practice by the Public Prosecution in Bahrain in bringing new charges against detainees to avoid releasing them. In the most recent case, Mansoor AlJamri, 19 years old, had a new case brought against him yesterday, and according to information relayed to the BCHR by the family, the Public Prosecution ordered that he be detained for 60 days pending investigation under the internationally criticized Terrorism Law: here.

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Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, thank you Afsheen!


Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

My dear blogging friend Afsheen of the blog Dreams to Reality ! has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture; all the best for you and your blog!

The rules of this award are:

1-The nominee of The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.

2-The nominee shall nominate 14 bloggers they appreciate; linking to their blogs and telling them about it at their blogs.

My nominees are:

1. Mahitravel

2. GoodMorningGloucester

3. Sumeyya Ilanbey

4. Liberalfemocrat

5. Short Stories by Anon

6. Mad money

7. White Rabbit’s Gallery

8. D.D.S. Beauty Blog

9. jessasmiley

10. Goldie’s Garden

11. Duţa Daniel ~Jurnal de Vise

12. Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P.

13. The Miserly Photographer

14. Ink, thoughts, coffee

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