Bahrain’s foreign minister has asked the British Government to get Denis MacShane to shut up about its human rights record. Here he explains why he will not be silent
I am used to endless lies and criticism from the British National Party and its favourite blogger, as well as the Islamist ideologues who hate my work on anti-Semitism, and the offshore-owned press obsessed about Europe. But this is the first time that a government, Bahrain, has written to the British Government asking the Foreign Secretary to shut me up.
By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
14 Jan 2012
Manama: A 59-year-old Bahraini woman died on Saturday after she set herself ablaze in the first self-immolation case in the country.
Doctors at Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain’s largest hospital, said that the woman had suffered third degrees burns after she set herself alight on Thursday.
According to witnesses, the woman went up to the roof of their house, doused kerosene on her clothes and started the fire.
The woman reportedly suffered for a long time from psychological problems.
The United Nation’s top human rights official said on Wednesday that the U.S.-supported dictatorship in Bahrain was failing to prosecute human rights abuses and was continuing its use of excessive force against civilians.
“We continue to receive reports of the repression of small protests in Bahrain,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement. ”…although some security officers have reportedly been arrested, we have yet to see any prosecution of security forces for civilian injuries and deaths.”
23 Dec 2011
Manama - Security forces firing rubber bullets and tear gas attacked the headquarters of Bahrain’s main Shi’ite opposition party in the capital on Friday after the group challenged a new government ban on its weekly protests.
Police also used tear gas to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters attempting to protest elsewhere in the capital.
24 Dec 2011
SECURITY forces firing rubber bullets and tear gas attacked the headquarters of Bahrain’s main Shia opposition party in the capital after the group challenged a new government ban on its weekly protests yeststerday. Police also used tear gas to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters attempting to protest elsewhere in the capital.
18 Dec 2011
Bahraini protesters have been continuing with their daily protests despite a government crackdown, from a government that tells the world that it is implementing reforms and not involved in the killing of innocent people. This none forceful confrontation with protesters has resulted in two deaths and countless injuries since Thursday.
Bahraini regime forces have attacked thousands of mourners attending the funeral ceremony of an elderly man in a village near the capital Manama, Press TV reports.
18 Dec 2011
Saudi-backed regime forces attacked the gathering on Sunday.
The mourners chanted slogans against the Bahraini regime and called for “the downfall of the ruling Al Khalifa family.”
Earlier in the day, 73-year-old Ali Ali-Ahmad was killed after he was targeted by tear gas in an attack by regime forces on a demonstration in the village.
18 Dec 2011
Immediately after the huge waves of public demonstrations started in Bahrain in February 2011, the government resorted to violence to stop the unrest. However, the protests continued to spread and people never hesitated to express their legitimate demands openly.
By Bloomberg Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011
Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying that the US has a role in democracy movements that continue to roil the Middle East, urged Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to embrace reform and Syria to accept protesters’ demands.
Direct targeting of the head and eye is the price of demanding the legitimate rights.
Injured protesters deprived from medical care and arrested from the health centers.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency, 30 Oct 2011
In an attempt to crush pro-democracy protests the Bahraini regime has used brutal force against peaceful protesters. Government forces use different weapons like birdshot gun, tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets in their attacks. At the beginning of the crackdown even live bullets were shot by the army at protesters in the pearl square and in their villages. Although live bullets are not being used often in recent months, the use of other weapons with direct aim at protesters has lead to countless injuries and even killed protesters.
Bahraini authorities cannot afford to overlook continuously adverse reports relating to the performance of the kingdom’s economy.
30 Oct 2011
Bahraini authorities cannot afford to overlook continuously adverse reports relating to the performance of the kingdom’s economy. True, the adverse developments are a consequence of the socio-political pressures in the country since mid-February. Yet concrete steps need to be taken to check the onslaught of negative economic news.
Ashed Al Rashed, leader of the Bahraini opposition, confirmed that the Bahraini system is suffering from a major international and regional siege despite the failed attempts of the king to show that everything is normal and usual. He said that Bahrain is about to witness a great and unique transition in this revolution next Thursday and the subsequent events will show the world surprises that are targeted to shake Bahrain’s economy and force the system to acknowledge the people’s will power.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency, 29 Oct 2011
Rashid said in an interview with the “Al Alam” news station on Tuesday: The monarchy has to review its policies because it failed badly in trying to handle the current situation and was unable to stand up to the originality of the revolutionary youngsters in protests, that will allow for a major and unique change transition in the revolution on Thursday.
Parliament condemns the repression of citizens in Bahrain, which has led to dozens of deaths and injuries, and urges the immediate and unconditional release of all peaceful demonstrators, political activists, human rights defenders, doctors and paramedics, bloggers and journalists. It also expresses its solidarity with the families of all the victims.
29 Oct 2011
Bahrain: halt the violence and release the prisoners
The Bahraini security forces and authorities should stop violence, repression and detention of peaceful demonstrators and show the utmost restraint when attempting to control protests, say MEPs, who urge the authorities to act in strict accordance with their legislation and international obligations.