Film on jailed Bahraini poet

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A short film describing the case of detained Bahraini poetess Ayat Al Qurmuzi, with English subtitles, is here.

Bahrain’s state news agency says a special security court has given a one-year prison sentence to a 20-year-old woman who recited poems critical of Bahrain’s rulers. Ayat al-Qurmezi is the first woman to be sentenced by the tribunal set up as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on Shiite-led protesters demanding greater rights from Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy: here.

From Twitter:

I’m told that a female Omani med[ical] student who took part in #Bahrain protests was detained and badly beaten by authorities there.

Bahrain: ANHRI condemns the prison sentence against Bahraini Poet Ayat al-Qurmouzi for her poems: here.

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  1. Bahraini protest poet gets one-year jail term

    MANAMA | Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:37am EDT

    (Reuters) – A Bahraini court sentenced a young Shi’ite poet to one year in prison on Sunday for taking part in illegal protests and incitement against the Gulf state’s monarchy.

    Ayat al-Qurmouzi, 20, was arrested after she recited a poem mocking the Bahraini king and demanding he step down, during protests led by the country’s Shi’ite majority that gripped the kingdom in February and March.

    A relative confirmed her sentence, saying Qurmouzi’s family had feared for her safety in detention.

    Bahrain, a U.S. ally that hosts the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, called in troops from its fellow Sunni-led Gulf neighbor Saudi Arabia to help it crush the pro-democracy protests in March.

    Qurmouzi is one of about 400 people, most of them Shi’ites, who the Shi’ite opposition party Wefaq says have been put on trial for their roles in the protests.

    Some 50 people have already been given sentences ranging from short prison terms to execution, the group says.

    The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said in a statement on Sunday that Qurmouzi and others had been ill-treated in custody.

    The kingdom’s rulers blamed sectarianism and Iran’s manipulation of its Shi’ite co-religionists for the protests, but Qurmouzi said in her poem that Sunnis and Shi’ites were united against Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.

    (Reporting by Nour Merza and Erika Solomon; editing by Tim Pearce)


  2. Bahraini woman who recited poems critical of Gulf kingdom’s rulers gets year in jail

    By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2:05 PM

    MANAMA, Bahrain — A 20-year-old woman who recited poems critical of Bahrain’s rulers was sentenced Sunday to a year in prison by a special security court set up during the kingdom’s crackdown on Shiite protesters calling for greater rights.

    The tribunal’s decision sent a message that the Sunni monarchy is not easing off on punishments linked to the unrest despite appeals for talks with Shiite groups in the strategic Gulf island kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

    Shiites account for about 70 percent of Bahrain’s population but claim they face widespread discrimination such as being blocked from holding top military or government posts. Shiite leaders have called on authorities to end security crackdowns and trials before considering talks with the Sunni ruling family.

    The official Bahrain News Agency said Ayat al-Qurmezi was convicted of anti-state charges, including inciting hatred. She can appeal.

    Al-Qurmezi read the poems critical of Bahrain’s king and prime minister after demonstrations inspired by the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt broke out in February.

    Two former parliament members, Jawad Fairooz and Mattar Mattar, also went on trial as part of wide-ranging arrests and trials of perceived enemies of the ruling system. Both are members of the main Shiite political group, Wefaq, whose 18 lawmakers resigned to protest the harsh measures against protesters.

    At least 31 people have been killed in the unrest in Bahrain.

    The U.S. has condemned the violence, but has stopped short of any tangible punishments against the rulers in one of Washington’s military hubs in the Gulf.

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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