Bahraini poetess Ayat al-Ghermezi survives torture, still in danger

This is a video, in Arab, with Dutch subtitles, of Ayat Al-Qormezi (another Latin alphabet spelling of her name) reading a poem.

Contrary to earlier reports of her death, Bahraini poetess Ayat al-Ghermezi seems to have survived torture. However, she is still in danger.

According to Sharifa Ghanem:

Female Bahraini poet sees military tribunal for ‘insults’

June 5th, 2011

DUBAI: A 20-year-old female Bahraini poet has been charged with incitement and insulting members of the al-Khalifa royal family in the small island nation.

Over two months ago, Ayat al-Ghermazi read aloud a poem she had written to anti-government protesters in the capital, Manama. She was then arrested shortly thereafter and has been in custody for two months.

Bahraini human rights activists say that although Ghermezi has not been raped, she has been subjected to what they say is torture while in custody.

Her alleged crime centers on a poem she read to the protesters at the Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the focal point of the street movement, until it was destroyed by the government.

Its lyrics include the lines: “We are the people who will kill humiliation and assassinate misery/We are the people who will destroy the foundation of injustice/Don’t you hear their cries, don’t you hear their screams?”

She said the poem was addressed to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and his prime minister and relative Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Women’s activists in the country have condemned the government, saying that Ghermazi deserves to be free for expressing her voice.

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8 thoughts on “Bahraini poetess Ayat al-Ghermezi survives torture, still in danger

  1. Administrator on June 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm said:

    Fury over bus driver’s death

    EGYPT: Protesters pelted a police station with stones and set an armoured vehicle alight over the weekend after a bus driver died mysteriously following a confrontation with police.

    Mohammed Nasr had been taken to the police station on Thursday after allegedly slapping a police officer.

    Police said that he “felt ill” at the station and was taken to a hospital where he later died — but a hospital employee said that he had left the building alive.

    Crowds gathered outside the station on Friday night, shouting: “The Interior Ministry has not changed! It is full of thugs!”


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