Bahrain arrest of human rights activist, oppression of workers

This video says about itself:

22 February 2014 On the anniversary of the third year of protests in Bahrain, Maryam Al Khawaja, a Bahraini human rights activist, discusses the continuing stalemate with the pro-democracy movement, the conditions of a purported 3,000 political prisoners, including her own family members, and the geopolitical realities of the what she calls the inconvenient revolution. Video and interview by Multimedia Journalist Preethi Nallu with The Atlantic Post.

In Bahrain, unfortunately, there are not just beautiful birds and beautiful dolphins, but also much injustice.

By Scott Lucas in the USA:

Bahrain Feature: Leading Human Rights Activist AlKhawaja Arrested

August 31, 2014 11:59

Leading Bahrain human rights activist Maryam AlKhawaja has been arrested by authorities on her arrival at the international airport in Manama. AlKhawaja, the co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, was subsequently charged with insulting the king, assaulting police officers, and being involved with the rights campaign Wanted For Justice.

AlKhawaja’s father, Abdulhadi AlKhawaja, is serving a life sentence for his activism, including his founding of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. Her sister Zainab has been repeatedly imprisoned since mass protests began in Bahrain in February 2011, although she is currently free while prosecutors consider new charges.

Before her arrest, AlKhawaja, a dual Danish-Bahraini national was told she could not enter the country. The activist is being held for seven days and was not allowed to see a lawyer before her interrogation.

AlKhawaja’s mother Khadija al-Musawi said her daughter will be transferred to the public prosecution court on Sunday.

AlKhawaja, who has lived in exile for several years, returned to Bahrain to see her father, who recently decided to go on a new hunger strike.

‘Royal family dominates courts’: Bahrain arrests high-profile human rights defender: here.

By geaninaavram from India on Expat blog today:

my fiancee is kept against will in Bahrain

my fiancee went to work in bahrain 2 months ago. he had no visa, some company took him and made the arrangements there. few weeks after reaching there he realized he made a big mistake and try to leave but he can’t. his employer is changing his mind from day to day. they keep his passport and asked for 4000 bd.

in his contract there is no cancellation fee nothing mentioned. he went to this labour office they promised they gonna investigate but they decided they have the right to ask this money, no surprise there since this owner has so many illegal workers there and bribes everybody.

we decided that there is a lot of money, this is his salary for 22 months but he need to go from there so he try to talk with the employer again in order to give him the money and let him go, but, surprise, this person refused to let him go even so. more he told my fiancee he gonna put him in jail if he keep insisting on this matter.

i am desperate don`t know what to do anymore.

can anybody help?

A Bahraini appeals court today upheld a controversial 10-year-jail term against a photojournalist convicted over his presence at a 2012 attack on a police station. Human rights watchdogs say Ahmed Humaidan was merely covering the Arab Spring-inspired pro-democracy protests that erupted among the Shiite majority in the Sunni minority-ruled Gulf kingdom in early 2011. But the appeal judges confirmed the sentence handed down by a lower court on March 26, a judicial source told AFP: here.

18 thoughts on “Bahrain arrest of human rights activist, oppression of workers

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