I just finished reading the the two parts of the blog entry Day and night in a Bahraini Jail (1/2) by Radhika Sainath on Witnessbahrain.org The American human right activist mentioned the details of a miserable 24 hours she was living under the regime’s custody in Bahrain. The articles shows how the police force is not respecting the basic rights of a human being, baring in mind that Radhika “almost” survived beating and torture, only, and just only she’s holding an American passport. However that didn’t cleared her from being handcuffed for seven hours, during her entire flight from Bahrain to London, and being talked to rudely.
The article also briefly describe the details related to on ground work, and the difficulties a human right activist might face. Radhika mentioned how they divided the work of photographing, videotaping, and tweeting, among the group and each accompanied a local activist and found their ways, behind the radar of the police, to Standard Chartered bank branch in Manama, Downtown where was the secret gathering point for the demonstration.
After the effort put together to establish Witness Bahrain initiative, the regime targeted foreign human right activists and deported several of them as WitnessBahrain.org reported on their press releases. Apparently forbidding journalists from entering the country has not succeed in blocking the information flow, it seems that the activists whom came from various academics backgrounds and carriers identity managed somehow in covering the shortage of reporting.
I personally was in touch with several arab activists, they seemed to have no clue about whats going on in Bahrain, and that the revolution ended within its first two weeks, which obviously is not true. the blackout applied on Bahrain via media influenced by the Saudi money kind of working very well. plus convincing Arabs with the legitimacy of the revolution in Bahrain will need extra work as its Shia majority is actually a minority in the Arab world and already stereotyped. Understanding the fact of the Arabs sectarian nature, the double standards in approaching both Syrian and Bahraini revolutions serves as a clear evidence, will indeed bring up the idea the promoting the revolution in Bahrain need to be by a third party that is not involve in the historical, classical clash between the shiites and sunnis. And in a manner devoted for those who are actually care, not only for random audience, which maybe sectarian enough to not see clearly.
Youtube clip shows Bahrain’s Police arresting several American activists.
Therefore, the initiative Witness Bahrain is a good deal. actually thats way it has been targeted lately, to the extent that the regime deport US citizens. if its not the first a history, I would you say the regime will not do such an action unless its a serious matter, because he tries to keep democratic face to foreigners, specially activists, as much as possible. I truly wish that the mission of this initiative has a larger goal than witnessing the first anniversary of the revolution, and hunting down activists doesn’t affect its work.