Bahraini female journalist interviewed

This video about Bahrain says about itself:

Maia Newley in conversation with Bahraini journalist and activist, Lamees Dhaif… Article about this interview on Daily Kos

Bahrain’s use of tear gas against protesters increasingly deadly: here.

Monday Offers Bahrain Regime Chance to Free Targeted Medics: here.

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  1. Detained Bahrain protester dies: ministry

    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    DUBAI — A Bahraini protester detained after clashes with police in a Shiite village has died in hospital, police said on Thursday, as the opposition accused security forces of running him over.

    An interior ministry statement posted on Twitter said police arrested the man in the Gulf kingdom’s central province on Tuesday “over acts of vandalism in the area of Sitra”.

    “He died in hospital and the public prosecution has been notified,” it said.

    Leading opposition figure Matar Matar told AFP that Mohammed Yaaqub, 18, was chased by police vehicles and that his body “was stuck between two (police) cars that were following him”.

    “Instead of receiving the necessary medical treatment, the police took him to the yard opposite Sitra police station where he was tortured,” said Matar, a former MP.

    The interior ministry said 41 officers were injured in “orchestrated attacks on police” on Tuesday, as tensions rise almost a year after the eruption of Shiite-led democracy protests that were crushed last March.

    The opposition said several protesters were wounded in the clashes, including one seriously after being hit on the head with a tear gas canister.

    In a statement released Thursday, the London-based advocacy group Amnesty International warned that the use of tear-gas against protesters had become “increasingly deadly”.

    It called on the Bahraini government to investigate “the more than a dozen” tear-gas related deaths since February 2011.

    “The rise in fatalities and eyewitness accounts suggest that tear gas is being used inappropriately by Bahraini security forces, including in people?s homes and other confined spaces,” said Amnesty.

    According to Amnesty, on December 31, 15-year-old Sayyed Hashem Saeed died after being hit by a canister “at close range.”

    On January 20, 14-year-old Yaseen al- Asfur, an asthma sufferer, died in hospital three weeks after security forces “fired three tear gas canisters against his house.”

    Last year’s crackdown led to the deaths of 35 people, including five security personnel and five detainees who were tortured to death, a commission appointed by King Hamad found.

    Bahrain’s Shiite majority complains of marginalisation in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

    Copyright © 2012 AFP.


  2. Friday 27 January 2012 – 3 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1433

    Bahrain u-turns on pledge to give NGOs unfettered access

    By Elham Asaad Buaras

    The Bahrain Government has denied a leading Human Rights activist entry to the country earlier this month, despite recent assurances that NGOs would have full access to the Kingdom.

    Bahrain suggested Human Rights First’s (HRF’s) Brian Dooley’s delay his visit until March, a step Dooley’s branded a “terrible signal” to the regime’s crackdown on those asking for democratic reform.

    The latest denial comes less than two weeks after Bahrain refused to admit Rick Sollom of the Physicians for Human Rights.

    “Bahrain’s decision to block observers from entering the Kingdom only suggests its Government has something to hide,” Dooley said in a statement to The Muslim News.

    “They may talk a good game, but denying or delaying access to human rights organizations undermines their claim to have learned from past mistakes.”

    In a letter to Bahrain’s Minister of Human Rights and Social Development, Fatima Al Balooshi, Dooley said his ban was surprising given the Government’s recent claims that NGOs would have unfettered access.

    In a meeting with Al Balooshi on November 24, Dooley was guaranteed that NGOs would be granted access to the Gulf Island if they gave five days’ notice of their arrival.

    In addition, on October 21, Bahrain Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, assured Dooley and other observers that NGOs would not be denied access to the kingdom.

    In his letter to Al Balooshi, Dooley said. “At the release of the BICI [Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry] report in November, HRH King Hamad assured the world that ‘any Government which has a sincere desire for reform and progress understands the benefit of objective and constructive criticism,’ and that the day of the BICI report ‘turns a new page of history.’ Delaying or denying access to independent human rights observers runs counter to these statements.”


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