Bahrain dictatorship accused of whitewash

This video says about itself:

Carlton ITV1 documentary from 2002 about Ian Henderson, the British head of Bahrain’s secret police, accused of torturing Bahrainis. Despite the allegations of torture documented by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Henderson continues to reside in Bahrain as a guest of the Bahraini ruling family.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Crowds storm inquiry office amid reports of whitewash

Tuesday 16 August 2011

Hundreds of people stormed the Manama offices of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) on Monday night.

The commission is an international panel charged with investigating Bahrain‘s bloody crackdown on civil rights protests since the pro-democracy demonstrations in February.

Angry protesters apparently attacked staff in the offices amid reports that the BICI was poised to let government officials off the hook for the clampdown.

The offices were shut today but the commission insisted in a statement that it had yet to arrive at any conclusions and that work would continue.

There had been “misleading headlines in recent news articles claiming that the commission has determined that the government of Bahrain committed no crimes against humanity,” the BICI stated.

Bahrain‘s ruling Khalifa family invited Saudi trooops into the country on March 10 to help quash mass civil rights protests.

At least 32 people have been killed in the ensuing crackdown and there are currently over 1,000 political prisoners detained in the US-allied kingdom, including doctors who had been seized after treating wounded activists, according to rights groups.

Members of Bahraini royal family beating & torturing political prisoners: here.

Female Teacher on Hunger Strike in Bahrain Hospitalized – In July, Human Rights First profiled Jalila al-Salman: here.

Thousands of Tunisians took to the streets across the country on Monday to warn the government it would face the same fate as the Ben Ali regime unless it bolsters civil rights and settles accounts with the old order: here.

Egyptian Workers Labor on an Unfinished Revolution. Ari Paul, The Indypendent: “For 26 years, Mohammed Gharib Abdullah has been proud to be a mechanic at the Timsah Shipbuilding Company on the Suez Canal, a symbol of Egyptian economic and engineering might. He works in Ismailia, a desert city of 750,000 inhabitants near the midpoint of the 101-mile-long-canal that links the Mediterranean and Gulf of Suez. In early July, however, Abdullah stood outside the gates of his idled factory. He and 8,500 other ship and port infrastructure builders were on strike, claiming that a crony of ousted President Hosni Mubarak reneged on a wage increase they won a few months ago. ‘Most of the laborers love their work,’ he said. ‘All that we dream of is to live at a basic level of dignity'”: here.


8 thoughts on “Bahrain dictatorship accused of whitewash

  1. Leading activists freed from prison

    BAHRAIN: Police have released the kingdom’s top nursing official and a leading trade unionist after five months in custody.

    Rola al-Safar and teachers’ union official Jalila al-Salman were detained during the violent Saudi-backed crackdown on civil rights protests in March.

    Activists say the release of Ms Safar and Mr Salman followed meetings with the head of Bahrain’s Independent Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating the death of more than 30 people in the crackdown, and the alleged torture of hundreds of people by soldiers and police.


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