Bahrain dictatorship re-arrests woman teacher

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From Human Rights First in the USA:

Bahrain Security Forces Re-arrest Female Teacher

For Immediate Release: October 18, 2011

Washington, DC – Human Rights First is concerned for the safety of Bahraini teacher Jaleela Al Salman, who was rearrested in a night raid conducted early this morning. She is Vice President of the Bahrain Teachers Association and reports indicate that she was seized by masked men who entered her home around 3 a.m. The security forces who took her did not show a warrant for her arrest.

On September 25, Al Salman was sentenced to three years in prison. She was convicted following an unfair military court trial and was at home while she waited for her appeal, currently scheduled for December 11. It is understood that neither Al Salman nor her lawyer received an official notice prior to her arrest. She was taken to Isa Town police station and is expected to be transferred to jail today.

“I spoke to Jaleela by Skype last week and she told me how she had been tortured during her months in detention. There is a very real danger that she will be tortured again,” said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley. “The Bahraini authorities should release her immediately and the United States Government should protest in the strongest possible terms her re-arrest.”

The United States has notified Congress of its intention to sell $53 million in arms to the Bahraini government. A resolution of disapproval has been introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress and several members are objecting to the sale. The organization said it’s a serious problem if the Bahraini Government believes it can act so brazenly in Al-Salman’s case and still receive weapons — rather than a public call to account for its violation of human rights — from the US Government.

“Is now the time that the United States really wants to be seen on the side of the Bahraini security forces when they are abducting women like Jaleela from their homes in the middle of the night? Providing weapons to the dictatorship in Bahrain is a terrible decision, morally and politically,” said Dooley. “If the US wants to salvage its reputation in the region, it should stop this arms sale and demand Jaleela’s release.”

Al Salman was originally in prison between March 29 and August 21. Her colleague, Mahdi Abu Deeb, President of Bahrain Teachers Association, was recently sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. Human Rights First featured her in a podcast released today. Hear directly from Al Salman as she talks in her own words about the abuse she suffered in custody here.

Bahrain arms deal moves closer to completion. US state department says it will move forward with a plan to sell $53m worth of weapons, despite concerns: here.

Amnesty International revealed that the US, Russia, Britain and many other European countries have sold much of the weaponary used against recent pro-democracy demonstrators across the Middle East: here.

Tortured Bahraini Women Show Why U.S. Arms Sale Must Stop: here.

Bahrain: U.S. finalizes 53 million arms sales to regime that has killed protesters: here.

Take action: Stop U.S. Arms Sales to Bahrain: here.

The United States, Europe and Russia sold regimes tanks, guns and tear gas in the five years preceding the Arab Spring: here.

Two weeks in Bahrain’s military courts. The families of six of the hundreds of people given long jail sentences speak out about the “abuse of justice”: here.

Bahrain Propaganda 101: The Regime Rewrites A Speech by Britain’s Foreign Secretary: here.

Bahrain: Trial of friend and ex-colleague Abdulhadi AlKhawaja: here.

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  1. October 18, 2011 5:51 PM

    State Dept. cites inquiry in Bahrain arms sales

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The State Department said Tuesday it will consider a special investigation of alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain before moving ahead with $53 million in arms sales to the violence-wracked nation.

    In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and public statements, the department said it shared congressional concerns about Bahrain’s treatment of protesters and would await the results of a special inquiry established by Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. That commission’s report to the king is due Oct. 30.

    At least 35 people have died since Bahrain’s Shiite-led majority began protests in February seeking greater rights from the ruling Sunni monarchy in the strategic nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

    “That’s something we would look at closely,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said of the commission’s report. “We’re going to continue to take human rights considerations into account as we move toward the finalization of this deal.”

    Wyden and Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., have introduced a resolution blocking the arms sale, which includes Humvees and missiles. At least a half-dozen senators, including Wyden, have written to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton criticizing Bahrain’s human rights violations and resistance to calls for reform. They have said completing the arms sale would weaken U.S. credibility amid democratic transitions in the Middle East.

    David S. Adams, assistant secretary for legislative affairs, wrote Wyden that President Barack Obama and Clinton have spoken publicly about the shared concerns about Bahrain and have urged the government “to hold accountable those who have committed human rights violations, implement needed reforms and engage its citizens and be responsive to their aspirations.”

    Toner said several procedural steps still remained before the U.S. could deliver the weapons to Bahrain. He noted the sale pertained to equipment for Bahrain’s “external defense purposes.”


  2. October 18, 2011 7:20 PM

    Report: US, Euro arms used against Arab protesters

    (AP) NEW YORK — The United States, Russia and many European countries that have supported the swell of protests across the Middle East and North Africa this year also supplied some of the weapons used against demonstrators, Amnesty International said in a new report Tuesday.

    The report comes as the human rights group urges the U.S. Congress to block a $53 million proposed U.S. arms sale to Bahrain, where more than 30 people have been killed as the ruling Sunni Muslim monarchy has waged sweeping crackdowns against mostly Shiite Muslim protesters who have demanded greater rights.

    The London-based group says its findings show the dangers involved in selling arms to repressive countries under a system that makes it difficult to tell who ends up with the weapons and how they are used.

    “To the extent that arms transfers are knowingly engaged in and result in the perpetration of crimes against humanity, the transferring state also becomes responsible under international law,” Sanjeev Bery, the group’s Washington-based advocacy director for Middle East and North Africa, told The Associated Press.

    Amnesty looked at arms transfers since 2005 to key countries rocked by protests this year: Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. It found that the main suppliers of arms since 2005 were the U.S., Britain, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

    Amnesty said countries must tighten and increase transparency in arms export controls to avoid the risk that weapons will be used to violate human rights.

    “It’s precisely the wrong signal to send for the Obama administration to be on the verge of sending $53 million in weapons to a Bahrani king whose security forces have already been opening fire on peaceful protesters this year,” Bery said.

    In response, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that several procedural steps still remained before the U.S. could deliver the weapons to Bahrain. He noted the sale pertained to equipment for Bahrain’s “external defense purposes” but conceded that several members of Congress were expressing concerns about the deal.

    “We’re going to continue to look at all the elements on the ground, including the human rights situation,” Toner told reporters.

    Toner declined to say if the deal could be ended by the Bahraini government’s failure to implement reforms. But he said the U.S. would study an independent Bahraini report on alleged human rights violations expected to be released soon.

    Britain’s government last week announced plans to change arms export rules to include a mechanism allowing the immediate suspension of licenses to countries experiencing a sharp deterioration in security or stability.

    “The Government is determined to learn the wider lessons of events in the Middle East and North Africa,” Foreign Secretary William Hague told lawmakers in a written statement.

    Officials also defended current practice. “We do not export equipment where there is a clear risk it could be used for internal repression,” a spokesperson for Britain’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said on customary condition of anonymity.

    The so-called Arab Spring protests across the region came largely as a surprise after, in many cases, decades of stagnant and repressive rule. After sometimes deadly crackdowns on protesters, some countries who have long supplied weapons suspended arms transfers to Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and other states. The Amnesty report points out that the U.N. Security Council put an arms embargo on Libya and the European Union did the same against Syria.

    Amnesty argues that the U.S. and others supplying weapons have long ignored the human rights violations under many of the regimes and shouldn’t have sold them in the first place.

    “The international community needs to know exactly what’s being given to whom and exactly how it’s being used,” Bery said. “If not, the U.S. government should not be in the business of providing those specific weapons to begin with.”


    Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper in Washington and Cassandra Vinograd in London contributed to this report.


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