11 Oct 2011
Name: Dr. Roula Al-Saffar, President of the Bahraini Nursing Society
Age : 49 years
As of 20 Bahraini doctors and nurses given up to 15 years in prison, Dr. Roula Al-Saffar recalls with outrage the tortures inflicted as police tried to force her and other medical specialists to confess to “a doctors’ plot” to overthrow the Bahraini government.
“It was a nightmare,” this is how Dr Saffar described the day she had originally been told she would go to prison. “They gave me electric shocks and beat me with a cable. They did not let me sleep for three or four days.” she said.
9 Oct 2011
Name : Dr. Fatima Haji
Age : 33 years
Marital Status: Married, with 3 years old son (Yusuf)
At midnight, one night in April, about 30 armed, plain-clothes police officers barged into the house of Dr. Fatima Haji, blindfolded her and dragged her out. Her 34 year old husband, Jalal Al Marzooq, a doctor at the same hospital she works for, wasn’t at home, but police was looking for him. She was taken, blindfolded, to a secret interrogation center before being tortured and repeatedly sexually assaulted until she signed documents confessing her ‘crimes’. She was kept in solitary confinement for 22 days before being released on bail.
9 Oct 2011
Name : Sayed Ali Sayed Salman Al-Abbar
Age : 21 years
Area of Residence: Manama
Date of Arrest: Oct 6, 2011
On Thursday, 6th of October, Sayed Ali was on his way home from the tailor shop along with his younger brother, when police mercenaries suddenly appeared. His younger brother ran away since he saw mercenaries coming in towards them, while Ali could not.
by Tahir Mustafa, 8 Oct 2011
“Saudi-Bahraini-American hypocrisy is also evident. All three have been involved in attacking the Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and are actively supporting the uprising against Bashar al-Assad of Syria but at the same time they are involved in crushing the aspirations of the Bahraini people. Some people are clearly more equal than others.”
Thousands of peaceful protesters were back in the now-demolished Pearl Square in Bahrain’s capital city Manama on September 23 demanding serious and wide-ranging reforms to give the overwhelming majority the right to vote in free, fair and transparent elections. At the same time, one of Bahrain’s leading opposition figures — Shaikh Hassan al-Mushaima called in his Jumu‘ah (9-23-2011) Khutbah for people to boycott the sham elections scheduled for the next day to fill the 18 seats that members of al-Wefaq Party had vacated in protest last February over the regime’s brutal crackdown. More than 80% of the voters heeded the boycott call resulting in a mere 17.4% turnout for the poll.
International Human Rights group, the UN and medical associations have condemned the verdict issued by the military court in Bahrain.
Interview with Nabeel Rajab, President of Bahrain Center for Human Rights, 8 Oct 2011
The court has sentenced twenty doctors and dozens of anti-regime protesters to jail.
Press TV has interviewed with Nabeel Rajab, President of Bahrain Center for Human Rights, to share his opinion on this issue.
Press TV: Nabeel Rajab, same question to you in terms of these courts, whether they are legal and of course the sentences that were handed out. What is your reaction to this upon, of course somebody who has been following this very closely?
Rajab: Well the verdict I would call it of course as illegal as the court that where the people were tried before does not meet any international standard for fair trial. The court were condemned, the decree that the court issued were condemned by the United Nations, by all human rights organizations, by even those countries who are known to be allied or friend of our government. But unfortunately the Bahrain government or Bahraini regime seems to be ignoring all these criticisms and condemnations from the international community because maybe they received a quiet criticism or silent from the European countries and the United States government and they understood that as a green light that they could do anything and that comes also with the financial support and political support of Saudi Arabia.
8 Oct 2011
KARACHI, The venue of the 2011 IBSF World Snooker Championship, originally scheduled to be staged in Bahrain, will now be held in the Indian city of Bangalore later this year.
A spokesman of the Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association (PBSA) announced here the other day that the World Snooker Championship has been shifted from Bahrain to India in view of the prolonged crisis in the Middle East. Now the global annual event has been rescheduled to be held in Bangalore from November 28 to December 3.
8 Oct 2011
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has voiced his concerns with regard to the “rather worrying” situation in Bahrain.
This year’s grand prix, which was due to be the season-opener, had to be cancelled following a political uprising that resulted in the deaths of a number of protestors.
5 Oct 2011
Many of you will have been following the fate of the 20 Bahraini doctors and other health professionals caught up in the prodemocracy demonstrations in February. After being arrested and in some cases tortured, the doctors were then put through what Amnesty International has called a “sham” trial, and despite international pressure on Bahrain’s government, they were last week given “ludicrous” sentences of up to 15 years (doi:10.1136/bmj.d6336). Another 27 health professionals are facing lesser charges and awaiting verdicts.
By: Ahmar Mustikhan, Baltimore Foreign Policy Examiner
7 Oct 2011
A boyish-looking Bahrain police officer who doubles as a correspondent for the shadowy Radio Gwank in Sweden is part of an international terror syndicate that is busy committing crimes against humanity in Balochistan alongside the Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps and intelligence services, investigations carried out by The Examiner have revealed.
By: Andrew Hammond, 7 Oct 2011
Reuters - A Bahraini teenager was killed during clashes with police on Thursday night, opposition activists said, and the government of the restive Gulf Arab state said it was investigating the cause of death.
The island’s Shi’ite majority are demanding more political rights and an end to discrimination from the monarchy, which put down a pro-democracy uprising earlier this year. Many Shi’ite areas are witnessing almost nightly clashes with police.
By: Yamei Wang, 7 Oct 2011
MANAMA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) — Bahrain’s secular political party Waad announced Friday to organize a hunger strike in solidarity with detained political activists and opposition leaders who are also on a hunger strike for more than 10 days.
Waad, or the National Democratic Action Society, said the hunger strike will take place at its headquarters in Um Al Hassam on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m..
7 Oct 2011
TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has condemned “heavy sentences” handed down by courts in Bahrain to pro-democracy Shiite protesters there, Tehran media reported on Thursday.
“The intensification of the crackdown on protesters and the heavy sentences will lead nowhere. Bahrain’s government should take appropriate measures to respond to the demands and wishes of its people,” Salehi said in remarks on Wednesday, Iran’s state television reported on its website. Scores of opposition activists and protesters in Bahrain have been given stiff punishment, including several death sentences, on charges related to a month of pro-democracy protests.
7 Oct 2011
A conference held in Lebanon on the human rights violations in Bahrain calls for probe into the crimes committed by the Saudi-backed Bahraini regime to muffle opposition, Press TV reports.
Hundreds of human rights activists and legal experts attended the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on October 5-6, a Press TV correspondent reported.
They expressed solidarity with the Bahraini oppositionists, who have been heavily cracked down on by regime forces and mercenaries recruited from Saudi Arabia, since their launch of a popular revolution against Manama in mid-February.