Bahrain dictatorship news


This video is called A Disturbing Account of Torture in Bahraini Prisons [English subtitles].

By David Swanson in the USA:

When Are You Blackmailed with Video of Yourself Sleeping With Your Wife? When You Challenge the U.S.-Allied Bahraini Government

31 July 2012

Bahraini authorities are targeting human rights activist and lawyer Mr. Mohamed Isa Al-Tajer due to his human rights activities and years of work on behalf of political detainees and prisoners of conscience.

Mohamed Isa Al-Tajer is an attorney, human rights activist, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-violence Organisation (BRAVO) and works with many international human rights organizations. Al-Tajer has defended many prisoners and participated in several defense firms formed to defend activists, political figures, and prominent human rights defenders in Bahrain since 2007.

In June 2012, Al-Tajer participated at the Bahrain UPR meeting in Geneva. Pro-Bahrain-government newspapers and state television led a smear campaign against Al-Tajer. Later video and private photos of him and his wife were published via pro-government forums and accounts on the social media.

Al-Tajer has previously provided testimony to the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry BICI that “he was videotaped sleeping with his wife and that he was threatened that this tape would be made public.” (BICI 1261.b)

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica in the USA:

Lobbyist-linked Group Footed Bill for Rep. Burton’s Bahrain Trip

July 31, 2012, 3:53 p.m.

When Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) and his wife Samia arrived in Bahrain in April, they were greeted with a huge welcome poster featuring oversized smiling headshots of the Burtons.

The veteran Indiana Republican, who is the third-ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs committee, met with the crown prince, after which a local pro-government newspaper ran a picture of the two men under the headline, “Bahrain’s reforms are hailed.” The paper reported that Burton had “lauded His Majesty for his statesmanship [and] steps to modernise Bahrain and promote reforms,” amid continuing pro-democracy protests.

When the congressman returned to Washington from Bahrain, he took to the House floor to praise Bahrain’s leaders and criticize protesters. …

Burton’s soothing words for the embattled government weren’t the only unusual thing about this trip.

The $20,966 cost of the trip, including business-class flights for Burton and his wife, was paid by a nonprofit group, the Bahrain American Council, created last year by the lobbying and public relations firm Policy Impact Communications to promote the Bahraini government line in Washington.

Members of Congress are not allowed to accept travel funds from any entity that “employs or retains” a lobbyist. The rule was instituted in 2007 after the Jack Abramoff scandal, which involved the corrupt lobbyist paying for luxury junkets for members of Congress and other officials.

Given the prohibition, how could a lobbyist-connected group finance Burton’s trip?

Because the Bahrain American Council says it doesn’t have any lobbyists on its staff.

But it sure is close to them.

The Bahrain American Council is located at 1401 K Street, NW, Suite 600 in Washington. That’s the same office as Policy Impact, which does employ a registered lobbyist and thus would be barred from paying for Burton’s trip.

Tanks from Saudi Arabia vs. Half-Naked Unarmed Man in Bahrain: here.

Bahrain tear gassing amounts to torture, rights group says: here.

BBC News – Bahrain authorities ‘weaponising’ tear gas: here. And here.

Bahrain Opinion: US Needs More Than Words About the Regime: here.

USA: Will Congress Put Bahrain in the Human Rights Spotlight? Here.

Six NGO’s write letter to French President to clarify his “secret” meeting with King of Bahrain: here.

It’s yet again that Gamma International sold spyware toolkit to one country in Middle East, since security investigators have unraveled spying software that was dispatched to hacktivists inside Bahrain as having connection with the company’s products. Techweekeurope.co.uk published this on July 26, 2012: here.

Bahrain riot police fire tear gas, stun grenades on protesters: here.

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  1. Group wants ban on tear gas sales

    BAHRAIN: US-based rights group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) called today for a worldwide ban on sales of tear gas to Bahrain until after a full-scale inquiry into allegations of its use against protesters by Bahraini security forces.

    Bahrain’s government said it “denies and condemns the use of lethal force or unlawful means in controlling demonstrations” and that “security forces adhere to international standards.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/122133

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  2. Bahrain disperses protesters, arrests activist’s daughter

    ABU DHABI | Fri Aug 3, 2012 9:11am EDT

    (Reuters) – The daughter of a prominent Bahraini opposition activist and 40 other people were arrested early on Friday, hours after security forces used tear gas and birdshot to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding political reforms, activists said.

    At least 45 people were injured in the security forces’ operation to break up the three separate protests across the Gulf Arab island kingdom late on Thursday, they said.

    Bahrain crushed an uprising led by majority Shi’ite Muslims last year, after successful popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, but protest marches and rallies continue, leading at times to clashes between police and Shi’ite youths.

    Bahraini Shi’ites say they have long been marginalized in political and economic life, which the government denies. Bahrain’s Sunni rulers have rejected the main opposition demand – an elected parliament with full powers to pass laws and form governments.

    The head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Mohammed al-Maskati, said activist Zainab al-Khawaja was arrested early on Friday when she tried to hold a solitary protest sit-in at al-Badei street close to the capital Manama.

    Zainab is the daughter of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a leading Shi’ite figure in the uprising who ended a more than three-month-long hunger strike in May after drawing attention to the issue of imprisoned activists.

    “She had taken part in the protests and then headed to that street to start a sit-in. That is when she was arrested,” Maskati told Reuters by telephone.

    “From the information we have managed to gather from lawyers and the families of protesters, at least 40 others have been arrested as well,” he said, adding that police had used tear gas to disperse the protesters. There were no reports of serious injuries.

    “All three protests were heavily crushed as tear gas and birdshot was used with reports of at least 40 to 45 people being injured,” Maskati said, adding that injuries ranged from slight to serious.

    Government officials were not immediately available for comment.

    The Interior Ministry said in a statement on its website that “riot instigators” threw Molotov cocktails at a ministry vehicle in a road near Bani Jamra, but that its driver and his companion escaped uninjured.

    Zainab al-Khawaja was previously arrested on April 21 for trying to stage a protest in Manama during Bahrain’s Formula One Grand Prix. She was sentenced in May to one month in jail and fined 200 dinars ($530) on a separate charge relating to insulting a government employee.

    “I still haven’t managed to find out exactly what the charges pressed against her are,” said her lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi.

    (Reporting By Maha El Dahan, editing by Tim Pearce)

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  3. Activists claim tear gas used

    BAHRAIN: Rights activists said today that riot police attacked an anti-government protest on Thursday with tear gas and stun grenades.

    Witnesses said several hundred demonstrators had blocked a motorway to demand democratic reforms in the absolute monarchy.

    No serious injuries were reported but activists said authorities had made “some arrests.”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/122222

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