Friday, March 8, 2013

A thank you note to Human Rights Watch

What is practiced by Bahrain regime towards Human Rights Watch including pressure, accusation, & blackmail is similar to what it practices it's people

Bahrain's regime weapon is money & they believe in force & repression. Human Rights Watch’s weapon is human rights & you believe in justice

Human Rights Watch have indisputable professionalism whereas Bahrain regime suffers from indisputable despotism

On the behalf of Bahrain's people who fight for justice & dignity, I thank Human Rights Watch. Thank you for treating our wounds with your impartiality

The Detained Corpse of Martyr Mahmood AlJazeeri

Have you heard of a detained corpse?! Bahrain regime refuses to hand in Martyr Mahmood AlJazeeri's body to be buried
Only in Bahrain have we heard of a corpse help in captivity for more than 6 days to harm Martyr AlJazeeri's family emotionally
What's happening in Bahrain have revealed the sectarian nature of Bedouins. They accept crimes if the person who committed them is Sunni
They are hypocrites: they claim being religious while they swear & attack their counterparts in their twitter accounts Bahrain
In the stories of prophets, hypocrites fought against justice & peoples' rights. They even tortured people. Bahrain
Values wiped off slaves dictionary: justice, equality, & fighting corruption. Loyalists' logic: blame everything on Iran.

Friday, February 22, 2013

King Hamad's Donation to Sandhurst Military Academy

Britain’s Sandhurst has accepted a £3million donation from King of Bahrain. Critics considered it a bribe to buy their silence

King Hamad: 54% of Bahrain's people are below the poverty line. You spend the country's money & then get surprised why they revolted!

£3million to refurbish a hall, while the ramshackle houses' project has been suspended for 4yrs?

UK Critics: King of Bahrain plans to buy Britain's silence on his brutal repression of demonstrators & it is wrong to accept his donation

The newly refurbished Mons Hall, named after a battle in which 1000s died, will now be called King Hamad Hall

Critics said that Sandhurst 'betrays' heroes of Mons for the generous donation from the King of

After ~ 2 yrs of Prince William's wedding, Brits still criticize its cost although Kate's family paid for it

In Bahrain, the King spends from the country's budget and the people should remain silent!

In the West, no one dares to touch the country's budget unless it's through the parliament's approval

They fear the media's criticism. There, the ruler is not perceived as God and people as the sheep

Thursday, January 31, 2013

ٍSiddiqa AlBasri's Case

In 28 Jan people made fun of court's decision to detain 25yo Siddiqa AlBasri for "hurting a police's feeling"! It's not funny but

An eyewitness' eyes teared when he saw her screaming w/ fear- on her children's status - while dragged by the police  

Siddiqa's story began @ a checkpoint when she was violently insulted by a riot police who expected her to stay silent 

She kept her car @ the checkpoint & left. Her vandalized it & followed her with other policemen. She told him that she only fears God

"I fear my God" & "I dare U to return my ID card" 
2 sentences considered by the Judge as insult & disobedience to riot police

Siddiqa's case is an example of corruption in the judiciary system

She was not allowed a lawyer, verdict was extremely fast, & when she was allowed a lawyer, they didn't allow him to defend her

The called upon eyewitnesses from the police refused to attend & although each checkpoint has a CCTV camera, the court refused to play it

Layla Ahmed, Fadheela Almubarak, & Siddiqa AlBasri are 3 cases in which ladies received harsh sentences for refusing insults in checkpoints

Subjugating & insulting people, unfair trials & sentences, & repressive means. All of which show Bahrain regime tries to be stronger than God! 

The Upcoming Dialogue

AlFateh Coalition, which are pro-government loyalists, requires 11 conditions to be met before entering the proposed dialogue!

Sarcastically, it is the same group that shed tears when the opposition preconditioned the dialogue previously

Their conditions show no sense of humanity or sobriety. Mainly they do not want the release of those detained unjustly

These entities which were created by the regime are in dialogue to protect the interests of the PM

If Bahrain regime wants to seek a solution for the crisis, they would remain quiet & applaud its decision

These entities are merely a number! They are not respected by the regime, opposition, organizations, or the world

We hoped you would stand with us side by side, asking for rights & dignity. You chose slavery, now you can't impersonate your masters

It's funny how the issued statement was signed by newly found associations that are not known by the majority of Bahrainis

These associations were created by the regime. They lack an entity & have no goal except to defend the ruling regime

The procedures of creating a pro-government association seem easier than opening a Chapatti shop

To AlFateh coalition: aren't you ashamed of yourself? You destroyed Bahrain's social structure & deceived people for personal gains

To AlFateh coalition: you mislead your followers who thought you would maintain their dignity but you humiliated them

Although the oppositionist is oppressed, he is still respected & feared by regime but loyalists are seen by regime as negligible

Before the revolution, we were respected by the rulers of Bahrain regime whereas the loyalists can be humiliated publicly

Nothing changed. Bahrain regime just had to superficially enlarge the loyalists' existence momentarily

However, if loyalists went too far, they would be crushed like ants

Please forgive my harsh language. Although you agreed to all the injustice brought on upon us, we do not accept your humiliation

To newly found loyalist associations: whoever pays your rent, owns your decisions so don't truly believe in your puppet roles 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

12 Wonders of Bahrain Regime in 2012

I would like to share with you some wonders of Bahrain regime

1. The year 2013 has already started & Bahrain PM still holds the same post since 1957!! 

2. Pro-government loyalists support change in Syria due 2 sectarian reasons but are against pro-democracy rallies in Bahrain

3. Bahrain: Riot police committed many shameful acts, loyalists & their top man Al-Mahmood justified their wrongdoings

4. 31 Bahrainis have been stripped of their nationality while intentional political naturalization takes place 

5. The case regarding cutting prayer caller's tongue was a fabrication, but loyalists still adhere to it 

6. Bahrain sent 200 people to the UPR session in Geneva & recognized 176 recommendations- proving its aggression- & regime claims victory

7. @NABEELRAJAB jailed for his tweets while Mnarfezhom, royal family member, targeted people on Twitter is free 

8. S. Al-Hamad who attacked Isalmists in his articles & Adel Felaifil, owner of bars & discos, are Sunni Lions now


9. 2 Officers sentenced to 7 yrs for torturing a person to death while a police officer was sentenced to 12 yrs for refusing to torture protesters  

10. Bahrain regime claims foreign intervention-MP seen with militants in Syria & Ex MP questioned about an interview 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Political Naturalization & Martyr Fakhrawi's Case

Our regime hungers its people & feeds strangers. 48,000 Bahraini families await houses while mercenaries are given ones upon arrival
Bahrain regime complains about the hatred it receives from its people while it enriches mercenaries to get rid of its people
Both sects reject political naturalization. Do not gamble with the fate of Bahrain. The countries resources doesn't sustain your madness! 

In California a man was sentenced to life imprisonment for beating a dog to death while in Bahrain, those who tortured Martyr Fakhrawi to death were sentenced to 7 years!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Slaves: created to serve autocratic regimes

Some struggle for freedom from slavery; others demand improvements in slavery conditions. A slave believes in inferiority

Pro-dictatorship journalists & those who defend them enunciate the same ideas & troll up against anyone who believes otherwise

They cannot understand the logic of those who believe in freedom

When an autocratic regime reaches rock bottom, it uses people with minimal education, wealth, & dignity to defend itself

Bahrain regime has used Iran as a scarecrow so as not to allow those who are ignorant to ask for their rights

I feel pity not anger towards people who defend Bahrain regime while it treats them as insects-destroys anyone who infringes on its territory

Even in powerful countries, the ruler has a budgeted income. In this part of the world the ruler treats country’s budget as his

We do not live in countries but in private property owned by ruling families

Any ruling family member can beat, kill, or steal from a person while the person cannot stop the aggressor

No wonder oppositionists are labeled with treason because they opposed the ruler who owns everything. This is the logic of slaves

Monday, December 24, 2012

Status of Bahrain Prisons

AlArabiya tv channel & its rags-to-riches reporter Moh’d AlArab has shown a documentary describing Bahrain prisons better than the “Hilton”

Even lying has limits. 4 have died in Bahrain prisons in 2 months. Young people leave with grey hair & healthy ones become sick

Stories recited by released prisoners are painful. I’ve been told that people from Balushistan have more mercy than Bahrainis & Arabs

1. A 22yo prisoner told me he was detained to falsely testify against another villager. He was beaten & denied any food for 2 days

2. He was beaten & starved by 2 officers of similar age. When they left, a Baluchi gave him a sandwich & asked him to eat it quickly

Who would’ve believed the mercenaries would be more merciful than our fellow Bahrainis who were transformed into beasts by sectarianism 

From my perspective, the worst victims are not the martyrs but those prisoners who live under the mercy of vicious torturers

Bahrain prisons: poor medical care, deteriorating health of activists, bad food, inhumane treatment, & no prisoner rights

What proves their lies about prison status is that sudden visits to prisons take place worldwide but in Bahrain, it needs months to arrange

If we weren’t moved by dignity nor jealousy for our homeland, the daily injustice suffered by prisoners should fuel our revolution

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Session about Bahrain in the House of Lords

The Bahrain session in UK House of Lords: 2 videos were shown, very good participation, & was covered by 6 channels. It's cost was £20

Bahrain regime questions the opposition's finances although it spends millions on trivial events 

£20 was the cost of printing pictures. Thanks to @SaeedShehabi for his good organization

I don't think that Bahrain regime, with its full potential, is capable of organizing such an event   

The event took an ample space in news channels' coverage due to what has been presented

Walls of the House of Lords shook when Ali Mushaima talked about his dad, a cancer patient who is dying slowly in Bahrain prison

With an enthusiasm of a 20yo @SaeedShehabi talked about Bahrain & the pain of its people. He encouraged celebrating Bahrain martyrs' day

@JalalFairooz & Hussain Abdulla talked about #Bahrain regime's decision to strip their nationality & its disrespect to international obligations

I talked about British support & training provided to military forces in Bahrain & asked parliament for government accountability in that matter

Sister of martyr Ahmed Ismail talked via Skype. Compassion to our faithful martyrs & victory for our rebels

This £20 event celebrated Bahrain martyrs' day. How much did the embassy's national day ceremony cost?
@LameesDhaif smiling jubilantly after the event in front of the House of Lords

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Lamees Dhaif's speech on Sectarianism in the United Nations, Geneva on September 19, 2012

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
After nearly 2 years since the beginning of the uprising in Bahrain, I can honestly say that I am fed up of the accusations describing our revolution as sectarian. I do not think anyone asked the opposition in other countries of the Arab Spring about their religion or ethnic background nor doubted them due to racial or sectarian considerations. But in Bahrain, we always had to refute the myth describing our movement as sectarian.
Well, today I will let you know who is really sectarian in Bahrain using statistics rather than allegations.
The council of ministers is made up of 24% Shiite Muslims, 36% Sunni Muslims, and 40% royal family members.

In commissions, institutions, and government agencies the number of Shiites in senior positions does not exceed 7% whereas royal family members and Sunnis account for 29% and 64% respectively.
To understand the magnitude of discrimination that we're talking about, we have to tell you that the ruling family, which seizes the lion's share in all positions do not exceed 11 thousand people. The males account for 4500 individuals and occupy positions that exceed that of the largest sect in the country by number and statuary resemblance.
In the judiciary system, members of the ruling family account for 33%, Sunnis 58%, and Shiites and foreigners account for the small remaining percentage.
In municipalities and provinces royal family members account for 40%, Sunnis 40%, while Shiites account for 20% of the positions.

One family that does not even make up 0.5% the population confiscates more than what the largest category of people owns. During the past year alone, 296 senior government positions were distributed and only 42 posts of them to the Shiite community which account for 14%.
Who enforces sectarianism, ladies and gentlemen?
Is it the person who considers the country feudal and distributes its resources on his own people or is it the person asking for justice and reform? And who is sinful and should be blamed and doubted: a person demanding equality or a person who measures people according to their sects and ethnic background?

The other day, I received a phone call from a girl. Her voice could barely be heard because of her continuous crying. I have spent the last 12 years studying hard to fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor, she said. My father is a taxi driver and we live in difficult circumstances. I struggled in order to achieve a better future for both me and my family. Although I scored 97.8%, I was deprived of the scholarship because it was given to colleagues with a lower score but belonged to the other sect. They gave me 1200 dollars instead, she continued. While crying her eyes out she asked me: Why exactly am I punished? Why? I did not choose my sect, why do they confiscate my dream?
This girl's story is similar to that of thousands of youngsters in Bahrain. They are unjustly discriminated against due to sectarian considerations, and if they demand equality, they are labeled as sectarian!!
Article 4 of the Constitution of Bahrain states: Justice is the basis of government. Cooperation and mutual respect provide a firm bond between citizens. Freedom, equality, security, trust, knowledge, social solidarity and equality of opportunity for citizens are pillars of society guaranteed by the State.
This is what is mentioned in our constitution but the reality is something else.
Believe it or not: Shiites, who represent the majority of Bahraini population, cannot work in the army because of their sectarian affiliation.
Believe it or not: the regime imports ignorant mercenaries from all around the world to cover the shortage caused that rather than giving a chance to those who are unemployed.
Believe it or not: in the country where its young people suffer from poverty and unemployment, naturalization was used extensively to change its demographics. The regime has naturalized around 50 to 60.000 for political reasons.
Believe it or not: in the Supreme Defense Council members of the ruling family occupy 13 seats out of 14. In the Ministry of Interior Shiites make up 10% of the positions whereas the ruling family occupies 35% and Sunnis occupy the remaining posts.
Believe it or not: Shiites are prevented from living or owning a house in the whole area of Riffa (Both East and West). Can you believe that a country in the 22nd century prevents a large segment of its citizens from ownership in a residential area due to sectarian considerations? Yes, it’s Bahrain.
Whereas 47 thousand families await a modest home sometimes for periods over 20 years, mercenaries and their families are given decent housing where native citizens, sometimes up to 5 families, pool up in mud houses.
We are not a poor country. But we live under the mercy of a corrupt system. I do not see the elements of good governance and justice in my country.

These are only pieces of the brutal reality and let me conclude: this small island had more revolutions since 1923 than any other country - not because of its sectarian combination - but because we are facing a regime which strives on repression, discrimination and corruption.
Do not let the Bahraini regime justify its crimes using the sectarian strife that it has created. And do not allow the international community to justify its failure due to divisions created by the regime.
Bahrain's problem is not in people demanding equality and justice.
But rather in a system that detests equality and justice.

Thank you

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lamees Dhaif's speech on Torturers' Impunity at the United Nations

In the year 2004 I was volunteering in a human rights committee to monitor violations and help victims of torture, when a young graceful man entered. He was about my age, and would only speak to the committee of veteran human rights activists upon my departure. I left the committee with a heavy sense of humiliation, but after only a few minutes the same man came hastily out after wetting his pants. I looked away to avoid embarrassing him, but our eyes met for a glimpse, I still to this day remember the look in his eyes; a combination of oppression, pain, anger, shame and despair.
Later I recognized that he was one of the detainees from the nineties that were arrested and viciously tortured. He was a teenager at that time, but he was abused repeatedly, hanged from the ceiling, forced to relieve himself in this position, and was beaten on his kidneys and bladder until their functions disrupted… After this bitter ordeal, and at his early age, the young man suffered from insomnia, involuntary bedwetting, isolation and depression. In our conservative societies it very easy to be transformed from a victim into an outcast individual… No one would marry; people would shy away from your friendship after your manhood was desecrated.

A youth like this is not a unique example in a country like Bahrain where torture and all sorts of derogatory practices were routinely practiced in detention centers between the years 1975 and 1999. With the death of the former Amir, and after his young son took throne, everyone welcomed the new ruler and felt optimistic about his initial steps for reform, however the impunity of the torturers and criminals quickly took us back to square one, after several years of relative calmness.
On February 19th, last year, and after the launch of the public demands that were confronted with suppression and bullets, and while I was walking through the wounded masses who fell during the mass demonstrations that had started and did not subside for more than a year, I found myself in front of him again, the same young man that was raped who I had met 7 years ago, he was the most calm of the wounded as if he was celebrating death, he looked at me as if to say: My stolen dignity… will return.
This youngster and thousands others are some of the victims of Decree No. 56 issued in 2002, and whoever has not heard of this decree before, we say that the proof of innocence granted by the King to all those who committed crimes of killing and torture before this date, under this decree, no citizen is entitled to pursue or demand the punishment of his torturers during the dark state-security era; this decree allowed human rights violators to renounce responsibility – definitely not out of protection for them – but out of protection for those who gave them the green light to commit those abhorrent practices, and some of them were – and still are – holding senior positions in the pyramid of power. I can say that those victims were wronged twice: once when they were hideously tortured, and when they were deprived the right of justice a thousand times which intensified their physical and mental sufferings, and this happened to thousands of victims who could not find anyone to avenge for them.

The impunity of those paved way for torture's return after years of absence, which equals – or exceeds – what the people knew in the seventies up to the nineties, some of them were still practicing their military work although their hands are stained with blood. Others were leading extreme civil militias, which the regime turns a blind eye to in an apparent encouragement to them. One of the melodramatic absurdity is that the Bahraini regime is facing all the crimes of murder and torture of innocents "including the ones who died under torture in prison" with one reply: we will "seriously" investigate those accusations… and what is deplorable is that those "serious" investigations did not result in convicting a single military worker, not even a single one, during all those years and regardless of the fall of all those victims!!
Today, in our detention centers, the methods of torture, inhumane and derogatory treatment varies inside the prison cell, and the scope of victims widened to include women, who the regime had avoided causing them harm in the past decades. We have received extremely disturbing information stating that the regime is making use of subhuman monsters such as Saddam's Commandos, and mercenaries from Pakistan and Jordan and other countries to take part in the systematic torture.

I stand before you today to remind you of this young man and of thousands of victims and shattered families, whose regime that is suppressing them is getting support from some of your regimes.
I ask you to send an independent international investigation committee, not funded by the regime and not engrossed by the regime's offerings, to convey to you and to the world the buried truth of what is happening on ground… we are relying on international pressure in order to resolve our case.
I thank you for your patience and interest and leave you with this short reportage that I've prepared, hoping that it will give you a deeper insight into what happened and what is still taking place in Bahrain.