Irish protest for human rights in Bahrain

This video from Ireland says about itself:

At the 6th Dublin Platform hosted by Front Line Defenders, over 130 Human Rights Defenders from more than 80 countries protested at the Saudi Embassy in Dublin demanding the freedom of their colleague and former Front Line staff member Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, who is facing a life sentence in a Bahraini jail. Abdulhadi was detained after Saudi forces entered Bahrain and were in control of the country’s security forces.

Protesters hold ‘traffic demo’ in Bahrain: here.

Bahraini Students Uncertain Over Future: here.

Testimonies from Bahrain: An activist’s detention ordeal: here.

US: Stop Proposed Arms Sales to Bahrain. Don’t Give Kingdom a Pass on Protester Crackdown, Repression: here.

An Uncertain Future: Bahrain Internet Users Face Arrest for Dissenting Posts: here.

Saudi Arabia helps crush the democratic uprising in Bahrain. Long-time U.S. reliance on Saudi oil and servility at risk: here.

5 thoughts on “Irish protest for human rights in Bahrain

  1. NDP tells Saudis to mind their own business

    By Daniel Proussalidis ,Parliamentary Bureau

    First posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 04:42 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, September 19, 2011 08:39 PM EDT

    OTTAWA – While the NDP is no fan of Alberta’s oilsands, it’s also not keen on Saudi efforts to get pro-oilsands ads off the air.

    “I think the Saudis probably should stick to regulating their own affairs,” New Democrat foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar said. “It’s not for them to decide what’s on our airwaves.”

    Saudi Arabia has hired high-powered international law firm Norton Rose to get Canadian authorities to rescind their approval of television ads by

    The ads equate buying oil from Saudi Arabia with helping fund a despotic regime that oppresses women, while they present oil from Alberta’s oilsands as an “ethical” choice.

    The campaign has ran on the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada over the summer and is currently running on Sun News Network.

    Conservative reaction to the controversy avoided any criticism of Saudi Arabia.

    “Our government will continue to promote Canada and the oilsands as a stable, secure and ethical source of energy for the world,” wrote Rudy Husny, press secretary for Trade Minster Ed Fast.

    Despite his criticism of Saudi Arabia, Dewar didn’t throw in his lot with either.

    “The same people who are suggesting that we have ‘ethical oil’ aren’t exactly promoting the idea of having corporate social responsibility in the extractive industries in places like the Congo,” he said. “I’m not sure if this is just a play with words for lobbyists to deal with concerns, real concerns people have about the industry in the oilsands.”

    Saudi Arabia’s Canadian lawyer has refused comment.


  2. Bahrain anti-government activists could face charges over Web calls for protests

    By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, September 22, 9:15 AM

    MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain is stepping up pressure on anti-government activists ahead of elections this week, warning they could face jail for posting Web messages urging protests or other acts of dissent.

    The Interior Ministry statement is part of wider security measures taking shape Thursday before the highly charged parliamentary elections. It says that charges could be filed against anyone using social media and websites to urge for demonstrations or anti-state actions.

    Some Shiite-led groups are calling for escalated protests to press demands for greater rights from the Sunni monarchy.

    The voting on Saturday is for 18 parliament seats abandoned by Shiite lawmakers six months ago to protest the crackdowns. Main Shiite blocs have urged a boycott.

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


  3. 18 arrested for bid to block Bahrain roads

    22 September 2011
    MANAMA — Eighteen drivers were arrested on Wednesday and their vehicles confiscated for trying to block traffic on Bahrain roads.

    Launched by opposition through social media websites, the campaign aimed to block main roads of Manama by driving slowly or causing minor accidents to slow down the traffic. The drive was part of a plan to revive protests in Manama, mainly the GCC roundabout area that was the location for protesters’ sit-in in February and March.

    The Director of Traffic Culture Moosa Al Dossary affirmed that traffic flow was normal on all roads with normal traffic jams on some vital roads throughout the day.

    He pointed out that traffic patrols were deployed on vital roads from 5am to ensure the smooth flow of traffic during the morning rush hour.


  4. Journalist to share experiences in Bahrain during Santa Cruz talk
    Posted: 09/22/2011 01:30:51 AM PDT

    SANTA CRUZ — Caught in the middle of political and social unrest in her native Bahrain, journalist Nada Alwadi was detained and interrogated after doing what her job — reporting on what was going on in the streets of her home country.

    After several hours, Alwadi said she was released but not before she was forced to sign papers promising to no longer report or engage in political activities.

    “They arrested opposition leaders — so many people were arrested — doctors, teachers, university professors,” Alwadi said. “They treated me like a protester.” She, however, does not define herself as a member of the opposition, only a journalist.

    Alwadi had worked for the paper Alwasat, an independent press among the government-controlled media outlets in Bahrain, she said. The small island nation off the coast of Saudi Arabia, neighbored by Iran to the northeast, has been — like many countries in the region — struggling to restructure a government system that has been seen by citizens as ineffective.

    Alwasat, which means “in the middle,” was an independent paper, focused on objective journalism with a mission “to practice real journalism and bring a critical point of view,” Alwadi said.

    “[We were] reaching out and trying to change society, telling them what journalism should be,” she said. “It was fun and exciting to compete to tell people the truth.”

    But in the midst of the so-called Arab Spring, Alwadi said that newspapers in Bahrain were accused of fabricating the news, and editors-in-chief were replaced — the tone of the press was changing and reporting on the pro-democracy movement became increasingly difficult.

    “You can create so many enemies when you are an independent [media outlet] in a society like that,” Alwadi said. “It’s very hard to compete with the media machine. The role of the independent media was very visible in the recent crackdowns in Bahrain and it was a chance to share the other voice.”

    While journalists were struggling to bring fair and accurate reporting to the people, Alwadi said coverage in the U.S. media seemed limited.

    “There is not enough knowledge in particular of my country in the United States,” she said. “My country is extremely small but extremely significant because of the Saudi Arabian interference and U.S. interest in this region of the world.”

    Alwadi said that the U.S. supported political movements throughout the Arab world but those in Bahrain, “which is something [that] needs to be reviewed.”

    She also said that international media also portrayed the political movement in Bahrain as one driven by civilian majority of Shiite Muslims, against the Sunni royal family. However, Alwadi said this was inaccurate and that “the demands were political not religious.”

    Alwadi said that the main demands in her country “is not even to overthrow the whole regime,” but to have an elected prime minister and for a review of their current constitution in order to better support civilian rights. The current prime minister has served since 1971, she said.

    Despite her experiences, Alwadi said she does not have solution to the problems that face her country — because it is incredibly complicated — but that she does have ideas that she hopes to share.

    “The thing that I want to stress is I don’t consider myself an opponent. I stand with my people and my country. As a person and a journalist, I cannot stand by and let this injustice continue without punishment,” Alwadi said. “It’s a very high price, many people have been killed or jailed or tortured, but it’s been worth it for my people. They’ve followed a dream.”

    Alwadi received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the Kuwait University and her master’s in communication from Universiti Sains Malaysia. She has worked for Women Gateway, USA Today and Global Radio News as a correspondent.

    Currently, Alwadi is staying in San Francisco and will be visiting Santa Cruz to speak at the Resource Center for Nonviolence. While she says she loves the states, she hopes to return to Bahrain when it is safer. “I belong to my country,” Alwadi said.


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