Bahrainis win Norwegian human rights prize

This video says about itself:

Nabeel RajabBahrain Centre for Human Rights

12 Dec 2011

Nabeel Rajab, Director of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, explains how security forces attack his home, and how the security cameras provided by a Front Line Defenders grant captured the assault on video.

From The Foreigner site in Norway:

Foreign institution awarded Norway Rafto Prize

Published on Thursday, 26th September, 2013 at 16:12

by Linn Schjerven

The 2013 Rafto Prize was awarded to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Thursday.

This year’s award was given to the Centre due to their continuous efforts to promote fundamental human rights in Bahrain, such as freedom of speech and freedom of association.

“The Prize is a strong call to the Bahraini authorities to comply with international human rights obligations,” the Rafto Foundation wrote in a statement.

“The Prize is also a reminder to the international community that basic human rights cannot be sacrificed for short-term economic and strategic interests.”

Set up in 2002, the BCHR advocates non-violent protests through an extensive and effective use of social media in a political climate where any forms of protests are condemned.

The nonprofit organization has not only sought to promote the rights of Bahraini citizens, but also those of the minorities and migrant workers that live in the country.

The BCHR has also played a key role in documenting the Bahraini regime’s many human rights violations over the years.

Tensions quickly increased in Bahrain after the Arab Spring broke out in February 2011, with demonstrations demanding the regime’s departure.

Protests in the country continue to this day. Demonstrations are met with excessive military force and heavy-handed measures. Several activists have been imprisoned and tortured in the process, stated the Rafto Foundation.

The Rafto Prize is an annual human rights award that was established in 1986 in the memory of Thorold Rafto, a Norwegian academic and human rights activist.

This year’s award is due to be presented on November 3rd at the Bergen’s Den Nationale Scene.

Previous winners have included Nigerian environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey and Uganda‘s Frank Mugisha and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG).

Rafto Prize highlights abuse in Bahrain: here. See also here. And here. And here.

Kuwait: ANHRI Demands from the Kuwaiti Authorities Not to Sustain Bahrain’s Regime in Repressing the Popular Revolution in Bahrain: here.

Bahraini court jails members of Revolution Youth Coalition: here.

A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced 50 protest activists, many of whom were denied access to a lawyer and gave confessions under torture, to lengthy jail terms on terrorism-related charges, a rights group said: here.

Bahrain’s government strangles opposition: here.

A young Bahraini girl poses for a picture during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of the capital Manama, on 17 September 2013. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed al-Shaikh)

Bahrain Summary: Thousands Take to Streets in Pro-Democracy Protests: here.

Tens of thousands of people marched through Bahraini capital, Manama, in solidarity with an arrested politician: here.

11 thoughts on “Bahrainis win Norwegian human rights prize

  1. Bahrain Opposition Stages Major Rally

    MANAMA, Bahrain September 27, 2013 (AP)

    By REEM KHALIFA, Associated Press

    Thousands of marchers in Bahrain have joined the largest anti-government protest in months in the violence-gripped Gulf nation.

    Sporadic clashes with security forces broke out Friday as more than 10,000 marchers clogged a main highway, but most of the event was peaceful.

    The rally was approved by Bahrain’s Sunni rulers as part of efforts at outreach with the Shiite-led opposition. But many marchers appeared emboldened by U.S. President Barack Obama’s mention of sectarian tensions in Bahrain in his U.N. address earlier this week.

    Bahrain has been hit by nonstop unrest since early 2011 when majority Shiites launched an Arab Spring-inspired uprising for greater political rights.

    The island kingdom is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.


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