Bahraini Regime Bans Human Rights Seminar

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Friday, 10 June 2011


bahrain_jos_mBahraini opposition party al-Wefaq said that authorities have banned a seminar detailing abuses committed by the regime against pro-democracy protesters."Authorities have banned a presentation on 'the atrocities of human rights violations since February 14'," the Islamic National Accord Association (al-Wefaq) announced on Wednesday.
Hadi al-Mousawi, a former lawmaker of al-Wefaq, said the party was warned against going ahead with the presentation, Shiite news  reported.

He added that the leading opposition movement was contacted by a security official who claimed that the event was "illegal because authorities were not informed."Mousawi was one of 18 MPs that resigned in protest to the repression of demonstrations in March.

He also expressed surprise at the official warning since the group was never required to notify authorities of seminars held inside its own premises in the past.For its part, the interior ministry said the seminar was not banned and that "organizers were asked to present notification according to law for being a public meeting."Last week, Bahrain announced it has lifter a state of emergency it imposed in mid March.

Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding various reforms, an end to ethnic discrimination in offering government jobs and allowing political representation, and a constitutional monarchy.

On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the kingdom to help Bahraini forces to suppress the nationwide protests.Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain.

Bahraini forces have abducted many people, including opposition activists, journalists, teachers, students, doctors, and nurses, and have also destroyed dozens of mosques.

Bahrain to try 400 peaceful protesters

Bahrain's opposition party al-Wefaq says the Manama regime is to put nearly 400 people on trial over their alleged roles in peaceful anti-regime protests.The party said that up to 50 people have already been sentenced, with penalties ranging from a short prison term to execution, Reuters reported on Thursday.

A Bahraini government official, who demanded anonymity, rejected the opposition's statement saying al-Wefaq's trial data was exaggerated.“It's much less than that,” he said, but did not specify any number.

Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding various reforms, an end to ethnic discrimination in offering government jobs and allowing political representation, and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the kingdom to help Bahraini forces to suppress the nationwide protests.Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested and tortured in prisons in the Saudi-backed crackdown on protests in Bahrain -- a longtime ally of the US and home to a huge military base of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission held an emergency meeting at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to discuss the crisis in Bahrain.The rights group urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navy Pillay, to send a fact-finding mission to Bahrain to investigate abuses.The UK-based group also condemned Saudi Arabia for sending troops to the Persian Gulf state.

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Hadi al-Mousawi, a former lawmaker of al-Wefaq, said the party was warned against going ahead with the presentation, Shiite news  reported.

He added that the leading opposition movement was contacted by a security official who claimed that the event was "illegal because authorities were not informed."Mousawi was one of 18 MPs that resigned in protest to the repression of demonstrations in March.

He also expressed surprise at the official warning since the group was never required to notify authorities of seminars held inside its own premises in the past.For its part, the interior ministry said the seminar was not banned and that "organizers were asked to present notification according to law for being a public meeting."Last week, Bahrain announced it has lifter a state of emergency it imposed in mid March.

Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding various reforms, an end to ethnic discrimination in offering government jobs and allowing political representation, and a constitutional monarchy.

On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the kingdom to help Bahraini forces to suppress the nationwide protests.Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain.

Bahraini forces have abducted many people, including opposition activists, journalists, teachers, students, doctors, and nurses, and have also destroyed dozens of mosques.

Bahrain to try 400 peaceful protesters

Bahrain's opposition party al-Wefaq says the Manama regime is to put nearly 400 people on trial over their alleged roles in peaceful anti-regime protests.The party said that up to 50 people have already been sentenced, with penalties ranging from a short prison term to execution, Reuters reported on Thursday.

A Bahraini government official, who demanded anonymity, rejected the opposition's statement saying al-Wefaq's trial data was exaggerated.“It's much less than that,” he said, but did not specify any number.

Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding various reforms, an end to ethnic discrimination in offering government jobs and allowing political representation, and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the kingdom to help Bahraini forces to suppress the nationwide protests.Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested and tortured in prisons in the Saudi-backed crackdown on protests in Bahrain -- a longtime ally of the US and home to a huge military base of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission held an emergency meeting at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to discuss the crisis in Bahrain.The rights group urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navy Pillay, to send a fact-finding mission to Bahrain to investigate abuses.The UK-based group also condemned Saudi Arabia for sending troops to the Persian Gulf state.

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