Witness Bahrain .. A Step On The Right Track.

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.

Witness Bahrain published this anonymous taken picture for Radhika Sainath handcuffed in a Bahrain owned Gulf Air aircraft

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.

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Angry Arabia in Jail .. AGAIN !!

Zainab al-Khawaja

I blogged about Zainab arrest last December, and it appeared, as expected, that they can’t keep her behind bars for long time. And as soon as they released her, she participated creatively and bravely more and more in Bahrain’s reevaluation.

The revaluation in Bahrain lacks pioneer youth to take the lead in political decision making, and influencing the public opinion. Unfortunately the activism in Bahrain remains classical and in the hand of those who have been in charge of politics since the 80’s and 90’s in a very traditional structure, however Zainab is one of the few youth leaders whom influenced the revolution in their own way.

Zainab joined Nabeel Rajab and his family in their walk to Lulu Square in Manama on February 13th. A video you youtube.com showed Zainab waving her hand with the V sign in-front off police officer whom were protected in between barbed wire fence and military vehicles, and she was shouting, most probably, with famous phrase  “Down Down Hamad”. another video showed her siting on the ground, surrounded with police officers waiting for police vehicles to take her, she was shouting “Down Down Hamad” while she was on the ground.

 

a spectator should admire the courage that Zainab has, a Bahraini should always be grateful to her, she is definitely a figure of the bright Bahrain revolution.

Bahrain Witness Under Arrest!

 

Huwaida Arraf, member of Bahrain Witness, a group arrived to Bahrain to witness the events of Bahrain’s revolution first anniversary  was arrested in Manama today!

(Manama) – US Citizens Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath were arrested by Bahraini security forces in Manama on Saturday during a peaceful protest in near the Standard Chartered Bank downtown. Protesters had marched into the city center to reestablish a presence of nonviolent, peaceful protest leading up to the 1-year anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising in Bahrain.

Huwaida and Radhika were in Bahrain as part of an international solidarity effort aimed at providing an international civilian presence to report and monitor the situation on the ground. Leading up to February 14, Bahraini authorities had prevented journalists, human rights observers and other internationals from entering the country, leading many to fear a brutal crackdown. The two women are part of the Witness Bahrain initiative (www.witnessbahrain.org), which arrived in Bahrain in response to a call by Bahraini democracy activists for international observers.

Just yesterday, top US human rights envoy, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, called on the Bahraini authorities to respect the rights of Bahrainis to peaceful protest and to refrain from using excessive force. Huwaida was dragged away by numerous security forces after sitting on the ground, and it is widely reported that detainees have suffered physical abuse while on the way to and at police stations.

Both women were part of a peaceful protest marching near the Pearl Roundabout – site of last year’s peaceful round-the-clock protest in Bahrain, modeled after Egypt’s Tahrir Square – when they were attacked. Both are human rights lawyers, and both have experience as human rights activists in Palestine. Additionally, both were part of the National Lawyer’s Guild delegation to Gaza following Operation Cast Lead to investigate possible war crimes and illegal use of American weaponry on a civilian population.

source : http://witnessbahrain.org/

Bahrainmirror.com reported(Ar) that Huwaida was beaten and arrested aggressively this afternoon, when she were participating in the 6th run of “Sumood” a peaceful protect in Manama downtown, organized by Nabeel Rajab president of Bahrain center of human rights.  On the government side, Bahrain news agency said that two activists have been deported from the country for joining illegal activities.