British Airways helps Bahraini repression of human rights


Maryam al-Khawaja

From the International Business Times in Britain:

British Airways Ban Bahrain Activist Maryam al-Khawaja from Copenhagen Plane

By

August 9, 2013 10:48 AM GMT

A prominent Bahraini activist has been prevented from boarding to a British Airways flight to Bahrain because of a ban issued by the government of the tiny Gulf kingdom.

The unprecedented move raises suspects on why the UK airline agreed to the ban without giving Maryam al-Khawaja, acting president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) any motive for the blocking order.

“I had the flight this morning from Copenhagen and everything was fine. I did the online check-in yesterday,” she told IBTimes UK. “I was blocked at the boarding and told to check with the counter because there was a problem. The lady called the office in London who told her that there was a denied boarding message as a decision from Bahrain government.

Al-Khawaja – who holds dual Bahraini-Danish citizenship but has not renewed her Bahraini passport – was due to visit Bahrain to monitor the situation ahead of planned protests set to take place on 14 August. In an escalation of the crackdown on dissent, the government has arrested a blogger, a photographer and the blogger’s lawyer in the past week. It also continues to deny entry to foreign journalists.

The activist, whose father Abdulhadi and sister Zainab are in jail for their role in pro-democracy protests in the island kingdom, asked British Airways staff to explain.

“If  British Airways has agreed to a ban, they have to give you a reason for that,” she said. “The lady at the counter, instead, said it was not mentioned in the system and she did not know.”

“I’ve put in a request and they’re going to get back to me. I told them to move as fast as possible because if I don’t receive a response I’ll be consulting a lawyer on the possibility of going to court.”

It is unprecedented, according to Maryam, because refusal of entry should take place at the border of the Gulf kingdom, not in the country from where she was flying.

“For Bahrain to get a human right defender banned from boarding is telling that there is a huge problem and explains a lot about the situation now,”she said. “They don’t want people reporting on what is happening on the ground in Bahrain.”

The BCHR said it finds “this most recent act by the Bahraini Government very worrying as it is clear that it wants no witnesses to its current and anticipated future violations”.

The IBTimes UK has contacted the British Airways press office but received no reply.

In a recent statement, the UN High commissioner for human rights condemned the new harsh punishments under the Bahraini law for accusations of terrorism. The recommendations include increasing detention period or revoking citizenship of anyone gound guilty of committing or inciting an act of terrorism.

They also provide for banning sit-ins, rallies and gatherings in the capital Manama. On 31 July, a royal decree was issued to amend the above-mentioned law in accordance with these recommendations.

“While recognizing the responsibility of States to maintain law and order, we remind the authorities that any measure should respect international human rights standards,” a spokesperson for the UN commissioner Cecile Pouilly said.

“We reiterate that the right to nationality is a fundamental right protected by article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her nationality.”

Contrary to that Bahraini royal prince on board of a British Airways flight during the Islamic holy month Ramadan, Ms Maryam al-Khawaja is not drunk and disorderly.

See also here. And here.

Bahrain Braces for August 14 Protests as British Airways Refuses to Allow Maryam Al Khawaja to Board Plane to Manama: here.

39 thoughts on “British Airways helps Bahraini repression of human rights

  1. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorships deports United States teacher for tweeting | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Bahrain absolute monarchy arrests blogger’s lawyer | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Bahraini pro-democracy demonstration tomorrow | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Bahrain government, stop repression, Amnesty says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Bahraini pro-democracy action today, also in Britain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Bahraini pro-democracy activists freed in London | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Bahraini child, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Bahraini regime attacks girls, their little brother, in their home | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Bahraini oppression of women | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Bahraini human rights activist speaks | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Bahraini royals say Let them eat Fukushima food | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Bahraini bosses don’t pay Indian workers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Bahraini on Syrian war threat | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Free Bahraini blogger | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Bahrainis win Norwegian human rights prize | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Bahrain human rights activists win Norwegian prize | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: Bahraini pro-human rights woman interviewed | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Bahraini minor shot, jailed without charges and medical care | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship’s British government supporters | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: Bahraini human rights woman interviewed | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: Bahraini prince drunk and disorderly on plane | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: One law for Bahraini royals, another law for non-royal women | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  24. Pingback: British government helps Bahrain dictatorship persecuting dissidents | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  25. Pingback: British government employs ‘illegal’ Colombian woman, then deports her | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  26. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship violating children’s rights | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  27. Pingback: Bahrain absolute monarchy keeps violating human rights | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  28. Pingback: Bahraini political prisoner Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on hunger strike | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  29. Pingback: Sandhurst, British academy for Arabian princely military dictators | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  30. Pingback: Jailed Bahraini human rights activist in coma | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  31. Pingback: Bahrain arrest of human rights activist, oppression of workers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  32. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship, United States allies | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  33. Pingback: British government helping Bahrain dictatorship | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  34. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship’s imprisonment of Maryam al-Khawaja | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  35. Pingback: One Bahraini human rights activist freed, but … | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  36. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship’s repression continues | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  37. Pingback: British civil liberties threatened | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  38. Pingback: Again, Bahraini human rights defender arrested | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  39. Pingback: Stop human rights violations in Bahrain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.