Bahrain fights on for democracy

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From Mahmood’s Den blog:

Free Ebrahim Sharif

29.Oct.’11, by Mahmood

One Bahraini politician whom I really respect is Ebrahim Sharif.

Ebrahim Sharif is the secretary general of the secular National Action Democratic Society, acronymed Wa’ad – which translates from Arabic to “promise”. I believe with his tenacity and steadfastness to the truth and his passion to get this country to a better plane on which all are equal under the law and everyone is held responsible for their actions is the salvation that this country is in dire need of.

Unfortunately, he currently languishes in prison with a bevy of his compatriots for what some have determined to be politically motivated charges.

Bahrain 1st-Hand: The People of Sitra “We Are Still Here. We Are Demanding. We Exist”: here.

The Bahraini government has some key lessons for young people participating in the nation’s Arab Spring-inspired uprising — codes of silence, promises to not participate in political freedom efforts, and limits on free speech. It’s this sort of clumsy repression that exposes the reality behind the Bahrain regime’s attempts to present things as returning to normal. For Bahraini students, things are far from normal: here.

Bahrain Probe Finds Torture Was Systematic: here.

Bahrain 1st-Hand: Saturday’s Opposition Rally in Al Hajar for the “Arab Uprisings”: here.

Bahrain royal accused in $6m UK corruption case: here.

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  1. Bahrain rights probe head says torture systematic

    Tue Nov 1, 2011 2:17pm GMT

    DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain said on Tuesday it would push ahead with parliamentary reforms it hopes will end unrest in the Gulf Arab country in an announcement that came a day after the head of a rights commission said he had found evidence of systematic abuse.

    The justice minister said constitutional amendments based on the results of a national dialogue launched this year to discuss reforms in the island kingdom would be presented to parliament after the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which falls next week.

    The statement came a day after the head of a fact-finding mission set up to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Bahrain during months of unrest said he now believed torture had been a systematic, though limited, policy.

    The commission is due to present its final report to King Hamad on November 23. Several months ago Cherif Bassiouni had said he did not believe maltreatment was systematic, comments that provoked an angry reaction from majority Shi’ites in the Sunni-run kingdom.

    “It is not possible to justify torture in any way, and despite the small number of cases, it is clear there was a systematic policy,” Bassiouni said in an interview with Egyptian daily Almasry Alyoum on Monday.

    “I investigated and I found 300 cases of torture and I was helped in that by legal experts from Egypt and America.”

    Bahrain crushed a pro-democracy protest movement earlier this year which was led mainly by Shi’ites, saying the uprising was sectarian in motive and backed by Iran.

    Around 40 people have died, more than 1,000 detained and thousands lost their jobs in the unrest, which has continued despite the reforms promised by the national dialogue.

    Bahrain invited an independent panel of high-profile international lawyers to look into protests and crackdown.

    Bahrain has admitted there were isolated violations of human rights, but denies there was ever a policy to use excessive force against protesters and detainees.

    The commission’s final report was due in late October, but the deadline was pushed back by a month at the last minute, two days after the U.S. State Department said a $53 million (33 million pounds) arms sale was being put on hold until it had seen the findings.

    (Writing by Isabel Coles and Andrew Hammond; Editing by Jon Hemming)


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