Daily Archives: June 27, 2012
There was good and bad news out of Bahrain today.
On the good news end of things, the human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was released from prison today after being detained on June 6 for comments he made on social media. However, the bad news is he still faces charges on several counts associated with what Americans would consider expressions of free speech.
The government of Bahrain announced it would present compensation in the U.S. equivalent of $2.6 million dollars to the families of 17 victims killed by police, and charged three members of its police force with murder in connection with deaths during the crackdowns. However, the bad news is that more than 50 people have been killed, and the violence against Bahrain residents continues. The latest fatality is an 18-month old boy who lost his life after exposure to lethal quantities of tear gas that was fired around his home.
Human rights activist Zainab Al Khawaja, also known as @AngryArabiya on Twitter and the daughter of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, was targeted and shot with a projectile by Bahraini police today and sustained an injury to her leg that required her hospitalization.