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Nabeel Rajab: imprisoned for tweets, paying the price for the struggle for freedom

Witness Bahrain interviewed human rights activist and Bahrain Center for Human Rights President Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain yesterday (July 9) just before he was taken to jail for a three-month sentence related to an update he posted on Twitter.

In the video, Rajab states: “I will not stop and I’m teaching people not to stop. If everybody will keep quiet after putting them in jail, then it’s a disaster. We should challenge that. We should be willing to pay the price for the struggle for the freedom that we fight for. And this is the price.”

Read the entire Witness for Bahrain blog post here.

Bahrain police attempt to run over protesters with their cars

Government troops in Bahrain clamp down on protesters, and attempt to run them down in the streets (video).

Video by Abusaiba Media

Bahrain: one step forward, two steps back (video)

Zainab Al Khawaja remains “samood” after being targeted and hit by Bahraini security forces today (photo by #BCCLive correspondent)

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.

Update on Ali Mohammed Almuwali, shot by security forces in Bahrain protest

We transmit the sad news that Bahraini citizen Ali Mohammed Almuwali remains hospitalized and in critical condition with a fractured skull after being shot at close range by Bahrain security forces while attending a peaceful demonstration on Friday, June 22, 2012.

Almuwali, who is 27 years old and a father, has undergone two surgeries and sustained brain damage.  His hospital room is under tight security, and even his family were initially prohibited from seeing him.

Video below portrays the unprovoked attack.  Bahrain has rationalized the actions of their security forces, saying it was necessary to prevent “traffic congestion.”

March for Freedom in Bahrain today — slideshow #BCCLive

Hundreds of people joined a “March for Freedom” in A’ali, Bahrain.  Riot police attempted to block the roads, but the demonstration continued.  Participants included Said Yousif and Zainab Al Khawaja, as well as our own #BCCLive witnesses, who took these photographs and videos today.

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Meanwhile, we wait to hear word of the conditions of Ali Al-Mowali, who was seriously injured while peacefully protesting yesterday, after being shot in the head, and who is, we understand, undergoing his second surgical operation, and of Syed Hadi, who was arrested on the scene yesterday and was reportedly taken to the Dry Dock Detention Center.

Is Reconciliation in Bahrain Still Possible? Al-Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’ Discusses (Video)

Is reconciliation in Bahrain possible?  The government says it is committed to reforms, but crackdowns on protestors continue. So how can both sides establish mutual trust? And what are the steps needed to pave the way forward?

Al Jazeera’s social media television show The Stream looks to the future of the country and examines the prospects for meaningful political reform.

Featured in this video are The Stream presenter Imran Garda  and co presenter Malika Bilal and guests Matar Matar (Al-Wefaq), Fahad Albinali (Bahrain Information Affairs Authority) , and Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain Center for Human Rights).

Bahrain is the focus for Monday’s edition of The Stream

Bahrain will be the focus of Al Jazeera English‘s innovative “social media” television show, The Stream, this Monday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m. EST (19:30 GMT), 10:30 p.m. Bahrain time. The guests are President of Bahrain Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab (@NABEELRAJAB) , former Member of Parliament for Al Wifaq and political activist Matar Ebrahim Matar (@Matar_Matar) , and an IAA spokesperson.

The host and guests will discuss such questions as

  • Is reconciliation between the opposition and the government still possible?
  • What are the prospects for constructive reforms and reconciliation?
  • What steps need to be taken?

This edition of The Stream will be produced by Aws Haidari.  You can follow him on Twitter @awshaidari and tweet him and @ajstream your thoughts and comments before the show.  Alternatively, you can follow this link to upload a video or record your questions and comments. If you your comment doesn’t fit in a tweet, you can leave one on their Facebook page here

During the live show on Monday, you can use Twitter hashtag #AJStream , and tweet The Stream host Imran Garda (@ImranGarda) and the digital producer Malika Bilal (@mmbilal) to share your thoughts and questions.

The Stream is a half-hour television show, is broadcast in English, and is live-streamed online.  Watch The Stream live online for free.

In the DC area, The Stream and other Al Jazeera programs appear on Cox cable channel #474 and on Comcast #275, as well as on other television channels.

The Stream, which features stories that are topical on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even Pinterest, appears on Al-Jazeera English Monday – Thursday, and has gained popularity since its launch in April 2011.

“The idea is to tap into conversations that are already happening around the world from people who understand the issues but don’t have the opportunity to participate in mainstream media, ” said former The Stream host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.

Thanks for sharing the news of this television program and important discussion with your friends.

New documentary movingly relates testimonies and evidence of torture in Bahrain (video)

“The Bleeding Pearl” is a short documentary that sheds light on torture practices in Bahraini prisons against all sects of society, including doctors, activists, and journalists, among others

In the context of the uprising and the Bahraini people’s struggle for democracy and human rights, the film exposes a systematic practice that the Regime, as of this date, has failed to resolve.




Bahrain’s War on Doctors: Tortured Neurosurgeon Faces Trial For Treating Injured Protesters (video)

In this Democracy Now! video interview, Nabeel Hameed, one of three neurosurgeons in Bahrain, speaks on the human rights situation in Bahrain.  Dr. Hameed is one of the Bahraini physicians and nurses who were arrested and tried for treating anti-government protesters during the crack downs in February 2011.   After his arrest, he was tortured and imprisoned for three months.  He and the other Bahraini medical professionals charged with various offenses in connection with treating the injured await trial in the Bahraini courts.

Human rights organizations worldwide have condemned Bahrain’s treatment, arrest, and incarceration of these doctors and nurses, as have the United States, the United Nations, and the European Union.

Dr. Hameed visited the U.S. to tell his story in May 2012.

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Bahrain: One Year On (Amnesty International) Video

A year has passed since the killing of a peaceful demonstrator in February 2011 by the security forces as a result of the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters in Bahrain. Despite several announcements on positive steps being taken by the government to ensure accountability, we have not seen any outcome of reported government investigations into allegations of torture and it is unclear how many people involved in human rights abuses have been brought to justice.

Hundreds of people are still facing criminal charges in Bahrain for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Meanwhile, many others, dismissed from their work place or university for exercising these very rights have yet to be reinstated.

This Amnesty International video features interviews with Bahrain poet Ayat al-Qarmezi and Doctors Zahra al Sammak and Ghassan Dhaif.