Free Bahraini political prisoners


This video says about itself:

#SingaceHungerStrike – NGOs protest ongoing detention of Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace in Bahrain

29 July 2015

On Wednesday, 29 July 2015, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), English PEN and Index on Censorship gathered outside the Bahrain Embassy in London to protest the ongoing detention of Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace.

Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace is a prominent academic and blogger who promoted human rights in Bahrain throughout the years 2000. After participating in peaceful protests, he was tried by a military court in June 2011 and sentenced to life in prison for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.

See also here. And here.

Bahrain dictatorship keeps oppressing


This 2012 video is called BBC Hardtalk: Maryam Al Khawaja: double standards towards human rights in Bahrain.

By Faten Bushehri:

Top Bahraini Student Goes to Jail Instead of Medical School

Posted 20 July 2015 21:27 GMT

It’s the time of the year when high school students graduate and prepare to go to the university of their choice. But for some students in Bahrain, specifically Shiites, activists and government opponents, the path that awaits them is not so bright.

One of these ill fated students is Mustafa Mohammed Ismael who is in jail instead of pursuing his dream of studying medicine. Mustafa graduated top of his class from high school with grades averaging 98.8 percent.

On August 15, 2013, Mustafa, who is now 18, was walking out of his grandfather’s house in Nuwaidrat when he was stopped by security patrol. He was charged with illegal gathering and initially sentenced to six months. The court of appeal later reduced the sentence to three months and released him on bail 24 days later.

Mustafa’s family told Al Wasat daily newspaper, that his lawyer Mohammed Al-Muttawa attempted several times to convince authorities to reduce the charges to a fine, so he would be able to continue his education, but failed.

His high school certificates show outstanding performance in all subjects over three years with no marks less than 93.5% out of 100%.

My husband, Sheikh Ali Salman, is the secretary general of Al-Wefaq, the largest political opposition bloc in the Kingdom of Bahrain. For peacefully critiquing our repressive government, the Higher Criminal Court recently sentenced him to four years imprisonment: here.

Bahrain crisis: US arms sales to Bahraini regime undermines Obama’s commitment to human rights: here.

In recent months, the Bahraini government has been suffocating legitimate dissent along the lines of some bizarre version of the board game Monopoly. When peaceful dissidents make a move, they face a penalty. Speak out against the government at a rally? Go Directly To Jail. Tweet criticism of the king? Go Directly To Jail. Call for a republic? Go Directly To Jail. Share information about torture in prisons? Complain to the international media? Tear up pictures of the ruling family? Jail, jail, jail: here.

Bahrain pro-democracy activists threatened, 2011


Protest against torture in Bahrain

7 December 2011: Bahraini Human Rights Defenders Threatened on Twitter: here.

Bahrain: Death threats against Messrs. Mohammed Al-Maskati, Nabeel Rajab and Yousef Al-Mahafdha: here.

How Bahrain works Washington. In the latest twist on lobbying, Mideast autocracies repackage propaganda as “media awareness”: here.

Bahrain, under pressure to improve its right record to secure a purchase of US arms, has pledged to stop prosecuting athletes over their participation in pro-democracy demonstrations crushed by the government earlier this year: here.

Bahrain dictatorship oppressing, 2011


Demonstration for Bahraini political prisoners

From Human Rights Watch:

Bahrain: Release People Jailed for Speaking Out

Response to Independent Commission Should Include Investigating Officials

December 6, 2011

(New York) – Bahraini authorities should quickly address the systematic and egregious rights violations documented by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. As a first step, the government should immediately release hundreds of people wrongfully detained or convicted following unfair trials. And it should investigate high-level officials responsible for serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said.

The Bahrain ‘Spring’: the revolution that wasn’t televised: here.

Is the U.S. on the wrong side of history in Bahrain? Here.

Bahrain regime threatens democrats with death, 2011


This 20 February 2011 video is called Bahrain’s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters.

From the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights:

Members of the BYSHR are subjected to harassment and the President is under threat to death

December 6th, 2011

The President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) Mr.Mohammed Al-Maskati yesterday (December 5, 2011) received death threats on social networks (Twitter).

Adel Fleifel-Former official in the security of the state and accused of torturing hundreds in the nineties-broadcast threat to Mr.Al-Maskati and other activists (Mr.Nabeel Rajeb – President of the Bahrain centre for Human Rights And a member of the Centre Mr. Yousef AlMahafdha)

Fleifel called previously to the formation of armed militias to face the pro-democracy demonstrators.

Members of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights are always subject to harassment :

1-Mr. Yousef Abdul rasool – member of the Board of Directors in BYSHR- subjected to harassment and interrogation by security forces in Bahrain International Airport – Friday, December 2 – After his return from participating in a training session with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

2- Mr.Ahmed Abbas- Member of the BYSHR- authorities are trying to arrest him because the monitoring and documenting human rights violations in the village of Nuwaidrat.

The BYSHR has been a major source of information to international human rights organizations as well as international journalists since the February 14th protests. Members have acted as guides and translators to these organizations and have been documenting cases of human rights violations as observers. The BYSHR has distributed information and restarted its non-violence campaign since then in order to raise awareness on non-violence strategies.

The BYSHR places full responsibility for any harm to the safety and well being of active human rights defenders on the Bahraini Authorities and warns that these calls for liquidation and killing if left without appropriate reaction will set a dangerous precedence and compromise the work of human right defenders. The BYSHR calls on international human rights organizations to approach the Bahraini authorities in regards to this latest development and require guarantees for the safety and security of human rights defenders.

The BYSHR will continue, regardless of these intimidation campaigns, in its work of documenting human rights violations and providing international human rights organizations and journalists with information regarding the human rights situation in the country.

Background:

On March 2011, the President of the BYSHR Mr.Mohammed Al-Maskati has received numerous phone-calls since yesterday evening of threats to his life as well as insults after his personal information, personal mobile number, CPR number, photo and home address were being circulated through blackberry messenger, forums, twitter, facebook by unknown sources. Mr. Najji Fateel, a member of the BYSHR board of Directors and a torture victim as well as Mr. Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, previous regional Coordinator at Frontline and previous President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights also had their personal information distributed in addition to their car numbers.

Prof Eoin O’Brien states that the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) is ambiguous in its assessment of events at Salmaniya Medical Complex where the doctors treated the injured pro-democracy demonstrators (Opinion, November 29th). I disagree. There are two unambiguous strands to the findings of the report, one positive, the other negative: here.

Bahrain pro-democracy woman stops dictatorship’s police, 2011


Bahrain woman stops police

1 December 2011. During a protest in Bahrain on Saturday, an American journalist named Matthew Cassel reported on Twitter that he had just witnessed something remarkable: a lone female protester who refused to move as police officers in riot gear charged past her, firing tear gas shells just a few feet from her head: here.

Bahrain: Twitter User Jailed for 66 Days for Tweeting: here.

15 July 2015: Bahraini rights defender Nabeel Rajab released; many others still unjustly imprisoned: here.

15 July 2015: ‘I will continue tweeting, I will continue criticizing’ – Bahrain activist Nabeel Rajab: here.