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.

USA: The Barack Obama administration is resuming its military cooperation with Bahrain despite lingering human rights concerns. The State Department in June lifted its hold on small arms and other weapons that could be used against protesters. The freeze was put in place following Bahrain’s 2011 crackdown on demonstrations; its removal is a tacit reward for Bahrain’s participation in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) and Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Read more: 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.