Saudi Black Hawk down in Yemen, ‘friendly’ fire


This 15 March 2011 video says about itself:

Saudi Troops and Helicopters Massacre of Peaceful Bahraini Protesters.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Yemen a Saudi military helicopter has been shot down. All twelve soldiers who were in the Black Hawk helicopter have been killed.

The accident occurred in Marib province, east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. According to the Ministry of Defense in Yemen [that is, the Saudi puppet government in exile of Yemen] website the helicopter was shot down by friendly fire.

See also here.

British government help for Bahraini torturers


This video says about itself:

22 November 2015

Bahraini security forces are torturing detainees during interrogation. Institutions set up after 2011 to receive and investigate complaints lack independence and transparency.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Britain covered up extent of intelligence training

Monday 6th February 2017

BRITISH authorities were accused yesterday of covering up the provision of intelligence training to Bahraini police on how to gather information about protesters.

The government’s intelligence project was put in place after protesters in the Gulf kingdom were rounded up and sentenced to death, international human rights charity Reprieve claims.

Bahraini police officers were allegedly paid by the Foreign Office to visit Belfast in August 2015 so that the Police Service of Northern Ireland could teach them how to gather intelligence ahead of demonstrations.

Protesters in Bahrain, such as Mohammed Ramadan, have been targeted by police and tortured into falsely confessing to capital crimes.

Mr Ramadan, a father of three young children, is now on death row and could be executed at any time.

The training, which also included sessions on the use of water cannon, dog handling and public order tactics, was kept secret.

The government has repeatedly denied providing public order training to Bahrain’s security forces.

A statement from the Cabinet Office said: “The UK does not fund any programmes in Bahrain focused on public order.”

However, documents obtained by Reprieve show that Bahrain’s police received an “introduction to combined operational training with a focus on public order.”

The training was prepared by Northern Ireland police officers during a week-long “scoping” visit to Bahrain in April-May 2015, during which they assessed Bahrain’s public order set-up, Reprieve said.

Reprieve death penalty team director Maya Foa said: “It is outrageous that the government has covered up this project, which risks supporting the execution of protesters in Bahrain.

“Bahrain is notorious for arresting, torturing and sentencing to death people involved in protests.

“By training Bahrain’s police how to gather intelligence on protesters, there is a serious risk that Britain is helping them arrest and execute people who are guilty of nothing more than calling for reform.

“It is scandalous that the government has sought to sweep this under the carpet.”

Bahrainis protest executions of tortured political prisoners


This video says about itself:

The Brutal Backlash Against Protest In Bahrain (2011)

Undercover Kingdom: With civil unrest in Bahrain worsening, protesters continue to suffer under a government determined to quell dissent by using brute force and manipulating the media’s message.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Bahrain protests after three tortured men are executed

Monday 16th January 2017

BAHRAINIS took to the streets in protest yesterday after the ruling monarchy executed three men whom its torturers had forced to confess to a deadly 2014 bombing.

Abbas al-Samea, Sami Mushaima and Ali al-Singace were found guilty in 2015 of killing two Bahraini policemen and an Emirati officer deployed to strengthen the island country’s security forces.

A court upheld their death sentences last Monday and they were executed yesterday by being shot in the heart.

The prisoners were the first to be executed since 2010 — the year before widespread pro-democracy demonstrations were put down by force with the help of Saudi and Emirati soldiers.

Clashes continued throughout yesterday, despite Bahrain’s rulers flooding the streets with riot police.

Images posted online showed Bahrainis blocking roads by burning tyres and other debris …

“It is nothing short of an outrage — and a disgraceful breach of international law — that Bahrain has gone ahead with these executions,” legal action charity Reprieve director Maya Foa said.

“The death sentences handed to Ali, Sami and Abbas were based on ‘confessions’ extracted through torture, and the trial was an utter sham.”

Mr Samea and Mr Mushaima were given electric shocks, beaten, burned with cigarettes, deprived of sleep and sexually assaulted while in custody, according to Reprieve.

Mr Singace’s mum said that her son had also been tortured.

The killing of the three comes amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in the kingdom backed and armed by Britain.

Leading human rights activist Nabeel Rajab remains locked up for posting tweets about the Saudi-led war on Yemen and torture in Bahraini prisons.

The Gulf country is strongly supported by Britain, which is building a new £30 million naval base to extend its control over oil and gas supplies. The US navy’s Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain.

As well as [selling] weapons and military gear, Britain also trains Bahrain’s police and a British military officer is embedded in Bahrain’s Interior Ministry.

From 1966 to 1998, the country’s top torturer was British former colonial officer Ian Henderson.

All British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had to say about the executions was that the government is “opposed to the death penalty” and that “the Bahraini authorities are aware of our position.”

Mohammed Ramadan & Husain Moosa are now under imminent threat of execution in Bahrain – wife pleads for help: here.

How UK’s support for Bahrain tyranny allows journalism to be crushed: here.

After torture, executions in Bahrain


This 20 February 2016 video is called Bahrain’s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters.

From Deutsche Welle in Germany today:

Bahrain executes three, despite protests

Bahrain has executed by firing squad three Shiite men … . Activists warn that civil unrest could ensue in the Gulf state, which hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Bahrain said the executions proceeded Sunday despite protests by majority Shiites and warnings from human rights advocates that resort to the death penalty would destabilize the Gulf region. …

The case dates back to a March 2014 bombing that killed three policemen, including an Emirati member of a force sent in 2011 by regional powers, notably Saudi Arabia, to put down months of Shiite-led protest inspired by reformist “Arab Spring” revolts.

Last Monday, Bahrain’s high court rejected an appeal filed by the three against convictions for their alleged involvement in the attack in Bahrain’s al-Daish area.

Terms of life imprisonment had been imposed on seven other defendants.

Protests, appeals

On Saturday, scores of people had protested in Bahrain on news of the impending executions.

“This is a black day in Bahrain‘s history. It is the most heinous crime committed by the government of Bahrain and a shame upon its rules,” said Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.

The London-based human rights group Reprieve said the trio’s convictions had been “based on confessions extracted through torture.”

Ahead of the executions, Brian Dooley, the head of the Washington-based Human Rights Defenders, had urged the US government to dissuade Bahrain.

“Washington should warn its Gulf ally that this would be a reckless, frightening level of repression to pursue, likely to spark rage and further violence in an already volatile region,” Dooley said.

Bahrain is a strategic ally of the United States and host of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Last year, Bahraini authorities escalated a crackdown on Shiite critics by imprisoning a top rights campaigner and shut down a main opposition political bloc.

Fresh fears over UK links to Bahrain’s ‘torture prisons’. Evidence emerges of visit by Gulf state jail officials to immigration detention centre Yarl’s Wood: here.

Bahrain’s torture ‘evidence’ to condemn people to death


This video is about torture in Bahrain.

From Reprieve in Britain:

Bahrain uses torture evidence to sentence three more to death

January 9, 2017

Bahrain’s highest court has today (9th January) upheld the death sentences of three men, despite allegations that they were tortured into making false confessions. Their executions are now imminent.

Abbas al-Samea, Sami Mushaima, and Ali al-Singace were originally sentenced to death in February 2015.

All three were tortured into signing false ‘confessions’ that were used against them in court.

Mr Mushaima was forced to sign documents despite being illiterate. He is a relative of a prominent opposition politician, but has never been involved in activism.

Mr al-Samea was admitted to hospital for surgery as a result of his interrogation. He is a PE teacher and aspiring photojournalist who had taken pictures at a protest.

The three men’s death sentences were overturned in October 2016 after a court ruled that their initial sentences were “misjudgements.”

However, in December 2016, the appeals court reinstated their death sentences.

Human rights organization Reprieve wrote to Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May asking her to raise the issue of police torture and the death penalty ahead of her meeting in Bahrain last month.

Millions of pounds in UK government aid have been spent on training Bahrain’s police, prison guards and torture watchdog in recent years.

Commenting, Maya Foa, a director of Reprieve, said:

“It is extremely alarming that Bahrain, a close ally of Britain, is gearing up to execute three people, all of whom were convicted on the basis of false ‘confessions’ extracted through torture. Abbas al-Samea, Sami Mushaima, and Ali al-Singace will be the first people to be executed in Bahrain in six years. All three were charged with political offences and tortured into signing ‘confessions’ that were used against them in court – despite one of them being illiterate and not able to read the document. On her recent visit to Bahrain, Theresa May said that the UK ‘does not uphold our values and human rights by turning our back on this issue’ yet apparently declined to raise the cases of these prisoners facing imminent execution. The UK must do more to ensure its close allies do not render them complicit in the gravest abuses.”

UK trains Bahraini troops as May puts trade before human rights: here.