Bahraini martyr thrown from roof, new Saudi war crimes in Yemen
On Monday 20th February the Alkhalifa regime committed another crime that shocked the nation. 21-years old Abdullah Hussain Al Ajooz, of Nuwaidrate Town, was executed by masked members of regime’s Death Squads. He was thrown from the top of a two-storey floor which caused fatal injuries to the head and neck. This is the seventh martyr since the beginning of this year. Those who saw the body at the mortuary, including the prominent liberal activist, Ibrahim Sharif, confirmed that the native citizen had been thrown from the roof by regime’s forces. His injuries are not consistent with a fall or jump. The people reacted in extreme anger as they took part in the funeral procession yesterday. They chanted anti-regime slogans including: Hamad must be executed.
The country is passing through its bleakest moments in its history. In the week 13-19th February at least 30 native Bahrainis were arrested including six children and one woman. A total of 112 natives were given extensive prison sentences in show trials. There were at least 194 protests in 55 towns and villages.
For the 9th time the internationally renowned human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, had his trial postponed. He is being tried for tweets against the Saudi-Alkhalifa aggression on Yemen.
On 20th February 14-year old Ali Na’eem Marhoom from Sanabis Town was detained in a brutal raid on his house. Jassim and Hassan Mohammed AlQattan from Nabih Saleh island were snatched by Death Squads who raided their home. The family of Abbas Aoun, 16, is extremely worried about their son who disappeared last week without a trace or phone call. Another human right defender was arrested and transferred to the notorious Jaw Prison. Nader Abdul Emam was detained for his pro-democracy stands. He had been detained several times and served six-month sentence two years ago.
On 16th February The European Parliament issued a strong resolution condemning Bahrain and Kuwait for carrying out executions. The Alkhalifa regime had the lion share of the resolution. The resolution; 1- Condemned the recent execution of three Bahraini natives, 2- called for commuting the death sentence hanging on the heads of two other natives: Mohammad Ramadan and Hussain Musa, 3- Called on the Alkhalifa regime to invite the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Extra Judicial Killing. 4- Condemned the big arms deals that European countries are signing with countries like Bahrain which have bleak human rights records, 5- called for more efforts to get Nabeel Rajab released from incarceration, 6- called for wider efforts to secure the release of most Bahraini prisoners whose only crimes are linked to peaceful expression of opinion. 7- called on Alkhalifa regime to stop using excessive force against demonstrators and release Abdul Hadi AlKhawaja and Khalil AlHalwachi. Finally it called for allowing people the right to peaceful protest and assembly on the sixth anniversary of the Revolution, and stopping arbitrary detention and torture.
On 16th February the top United Nations humanitarian official in Yemen said he was extremely saddened and appalled by the airstrikes that killed six women and a girl gathering for a funeral in a private residence in the Arhab District of Sana’a Governorate the day before. “The manner in which the parties to the conflict are waging this war is taking an unacceptable toll on the civilian population in Yemen and as illustrated by this most recent tragedy, women and children are paying with their lives,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick in a statement. Calls are mounting for UK to stop arming the Saudis. The High Court case brought by CAAT (Campaign Against Arms Trade) against the government is awaiting final decision from the court in March.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson professed in his Senate confirmation testimony that “our values are our interests when it comes to human rights.” Yet one of his State Department’s first acts may be to abandon that stance with the tiny but strategic Persian Gulf state of Bahrain. Concerns in Congress and the human rights community are high that the Trump team is planning to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter planes to Bahrain without any conditions, reversing an Obama administration decision to demand the government take small reform steps in exchange for the jets. If approved by State, the sale would reward a tribal monarchy that has been cracking down on its majority-Shiite population and flouting U.S. requests for restraint. Corker objected to the fact that the Obama administration attached human rights conditions to a congressional notification about the F-16 sales sent to Capitol Hill in September. Congress is given a chance to object to an arms sale before it goes through, but typically there are no conditions attached by that stage in the process.
Bahrain Freedom Movement
22nd February 2017 (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vob.org)