London hunger strike for human rights in Bahrain


Best buds: Queen Elizabeth II and the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during the Royal Windsor Horse Show

This photo shows British Queen Elizabeth II and the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hunger striker writes to Queen for help as he enters 4th week of protest

A BAHRAINI man on hunger strike outside his country’s embassy in London has written to the Queen pleading for her to help his father, a political prisoner who is at risk of dying in jail.

Ali Mushaima marked the start of his fourth week without food by urging the monarch to intervene to ensure his father’s basic needs are met by using her influence with the king of Bahrain.

He said he would “sacrifice his vital intake of sugars”, posing considerable risks to his health, if his demands for his father to be treated humanely were not met by next week.

Mr Mushaima’s 70-year-old father Hassan was imprisoned in 2011 for demanding human rights and democratic change in the Gulf kingdom.

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy director Sayed Alwadaei said it was time that the Queen used her long-standing relationship with the Bahraini monarchy to support human rights reform.

He added: “Ali should not have to take further extreme measures to ensure that his father’s basic rights are met.”

The Bahraini government and the [British Conservative government] Foreign and Commonwealth Office have ignored Mr Mushaima’s requests, leading him to risk his life to get his message heard.

“This week, I will be celebrating Eid in Belgrave Square, rather than at home with my beloved wife and four-month-old daughter”, he wrote.

“While I will only be denied the comfort of home on this special day, at least I will be celebrating as a free man.

“My father, instead, is being forced to spend yet another Eid behind bars and separated from his family, who he has not seen for over 18 months.”

Mr Mushaima said political prisoners in Bahrain are forcibly chained and shackled if they want to see family members, but his father has refused to submit to this.

He added that the authorities are “slowly but deliberately” killing his father by denying him access to the medical care he needs.

“I hope Your Majesty makes it clear to the Bahraini king that the rights and dignity of a human being are non-negotiable and that the United Kingdom’s strong commitment to these principles goes far beyond historical ties and so will not be compromised”, he wrote.

Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab still in prison


This 21 October 2014 video says about itself:

Jailed for a Tweet: Interview with Nabeel Rajab

Nabeel Rajab is a human rights activist awaiting trial in Bahrain, one of the West’s favorite dictatorships. Three years after the Arab Spring, protests there are still being violently repressed, and Rajab now faces up to three years in jail — for a tweet. VICE News spoke to him a few weeks before his latest arrest.

Read More: Bahrain’s Human Rights Activist Faces Jail Time — for a Tweet.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

BAHRAIN: The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s five-year jail sentence for social media posts critical of the regime.

Mr Rajab was jailed after he tweeted his opposition to the Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Yemen and made allegations of widespread torture in a notorious Bahrain prison.

He has been convicted in two separate trials and faces seven years in prison. Mr Rajab has a third stage of appeal.

Bahraini Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Ali Salman acquitted of spying. But dissident will stay in jail anyway on another dodgy charge: here.

A MAN entered his second week of hunger strike outside the Bahraini embassy in London today, over his elderly father’s treatment in prison in the Gulf kingdom, where he is being denied vital medical treatment. Ali Mushaima began his eighth day of his hunger strike when the Star visited him outside the building, where he sleeps on wooden boards, covered with blankets: here.

Protest against Bahraini king at British horse show


This video from England says about itself:

12 May 2018

Queen Elizabeth welcomed the King of Bahrain to Windsor for the annual ‘Windsor Horse Show’. Noisy protestors however, comdemned the King‘s visit and Bahrain’s human rights abuses.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Activists picket horse show over Bahraini tyrant‘s visit

ACTIVISTS will picket the Royal Windsor Horse Show tomorrow to oppose the attendance of Bahrain’s “figurehead dictator” King Hamad.

Protesters have demonstrated against King Hamad’s attendance at the equestrian event since 2014 over his country’s appalling human rights record.

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy director of advocacy Sayed Alwadaei said: “King Hamad is attending the Royal Windsor Horse Show to launder his image, which has been tarred by repressive human rights practices at home and abroad.

“His attendance this year at the same time that repression has intensified highlights the clear hypocrisy of the current UK government, who continue to incentivise human rights abusers and reward them with a seat next to the Queen.”

More than 600 people in Bahrain have been stripped of their citizenship since 2012.

The UN committee against torture expressed its concerns over the use of torture to extract confessions and “the climate of impunity” that continues among Bahraini security forces.

In May last year, five people — including a 17-year-old — were killed by security forces and 286 people were arrested after attending a peaceful sit-in protest.

Student Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab said he was tortured throughout 26 days of interrogation, having his toenails pulled out, being subjected to electric shocks and beatings before being forced to sign a “confession” in March last year.

Campaign Against Arms Trade’s Lucie Kinchin said: “This visit is a royal whitewash. The message it sends is that the Queen fully supports the Bahraini dictatorship.

“However, the message it sends to those facing repression and torture at the hands of the Bahraini regime is that their rights are less important than political and military relations with a tyrant.

“Enough is enough. It is long past time for the UK Establishment to stop arming and supporting the Bahraini regime.”

Twenty-two British MPs have called for an investigation into Bahrain’s Prince Nasser for his alleged direct involvement in torturing dissidents in 2011.

Britain continues to arm and support the regime and licensed £82 million worth of arms since pro-democracy protests kicked off in 2011.

Bahraini activist gets 5 years for opposing torture, war


Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Activist in Bahrain jailed for five years

A court in the island state Bahrain has sentenced activist Rabeel Najab to five years in prison for criticizing his treatment in prison and the war that Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen.

The International Federation for Human Rights, based in Paris, and others have criticized the trial in Bahrain.

Rajab was arrested in June 2016 in a major operation against dissidents in Bahrain. In July last year, he was sentenced to two years in prison for spreading rumors and [so called] fake news about Bahrain. The court then accused him of undermining the prestige of the state.

Hospital

After his arrest he was admitted to a hospital several times. Sympathizers of Rajab feared for his life because he shared a cell with ISIS supporters. Rajab is both against the rulers in Bahrain and against extremist Muslims. …

Rajab‘s problems in Bahrain began in 2011 when he joined the protest movement in the context of the Arab Spring.

Bahrain lies off the coast of Saudi Arabia, north of Qatar. The American Fifth Fleet has a base in Bahrain.

See also here.

Bahrain upholds dodgy death sentences: here.