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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.”
The Bahrain Coordinating Committee supports the universal right to freedom of expression and calls for the immediate release of Nabeel Rajab.
- Bahrain Activist Jailed for a Tweet (theatlanticwire.com)
- Jail for Bahrain protest leader over tweet (aljazeera.com)
- Bahrain: Rights Activist Jailed for ‘Insulting’ Tweets (hrw.org)
Government troops in Bahrain clamp down on protesters, and attempt to run them down in the streets (video).
Video by Abusaiba Media
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.
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.”
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.
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.
- Around Bahrain (bahraincoordinatingcommittee.org)
- New updates to the Twitter and our blog from our “on the ground” blogger (bahraincoordinatingcommittee.org)
“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.
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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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.
- Bahrain Promises Weekday Visas to Rights Group (abcnews.go.com)
- Amnesty: Tear gas used on Bahrain protesters kills (worldnews.msnbc.msn.com)