Bahrain dictatorship’s British connection

This video from the USA is called former CNN journalist Amber Lyon & Joe Rogan talk about Bahrain dictatorship.

From the blog of Amnesty International in Salisbury, England:

#stoptorture Bahrain

Posted: October 9, 2014

An interesting decision was made by the courts this week that Prince Nassser bin Hammed Al-Khalifa is liable for prosecution for his alleged role in the torture of FF, a torture survivor from the kingdom. Up to now the prince has claimed immunity. The case is important because several of the Gulf states regularly use torture yet prosecutions never happen because of claimed immunity.

This is an embarrassment to the UK government as it has welcomed members of the ruling family to Downing Street and is keen to promote greater ties with the kingdom. Indeed the New Statesman remarked that ‘the more desperate the situation in Bahrain becomes, the closer Britain ties itself to the ruling family.’

Behind it all is an arms deal of £1bn for the sale of Tornado jets.

The full story is on [the site of] the Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

Media workers and citizen journalists continued to face a highly restrictive media environment in Bahrain during 2013: here.

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  1. Bahrain human rights defender and 2012 Index Award Winner Nabeel Rajab is being detained and facing trial under arrest for peacefully expressing his views on Twitter.

    Please join Index on Censorship and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) for a press conference with Bahraini activist Maryam Al-Khawaja, who was released from prison three weeks ago, to discuss Nabeel Rajab’s detention and the recent developments in Bahrain.

    WHEN: Wednesday October 15 at 11.00am

    WHERE: Index on Censorship office: 92-94 Tooley Street, SE1 2TH, London.

    For more information and to RSVP, please email or call 0207 260 2660

    Background for editors

    Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, is being charged for “insulting a public institution” over a tweet.

    The arrest came less than 24 hours after Rajab returned to Bahrain from an advocacy trip where he spent over two months traveling throughout Europe to advocate for human rights in Bahrain. He also attended the UN 27th Human Rights Council Sessions to advocate for human rights in Bahrain and campaign for greater support to the Bahraini people’s struggle for rights and democracy.

    Rajab was imprisoned in Bahrain for two years between July 2012 and May 2014 for exercising his right to freedom of assembly by participating in and calling for peaceful protests, in the capital city Manama, in defence of people’s rights. Before that he was prosecuted on multiple occasions for his tweets. Rajab has over 239,000 followers on twitter (@NabeelRajab) and his voice online is one of the most prominent in Bahrain, and across the Middle East. Following his release, Rajab continued to receive threats of repeated arrested, but was determined to continue with his peaceful human rights work.

    Human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja was released from prison in Bahrain in September but the charges against her still stand. Alkhawaja was arrested when she travelled to Bahrain to visit her father, prominent human rights defender and co-founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Abdulhadi Alkhawaja.

    This will be her first UK press conference since her release.


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