It may not have surprised many because it has long been anticipated, but the palace coup in Riyadh has proven that the House of Saud is rife with intrigues, thirst for power and as lawless as their nomadic ancestors. With the whim of a pen, “king” Salman removed his nephew, Mohammad bin Nayef, and appointed his son Crown Prince (CP). It may be a white coup but its ramifications are still to emerge. Further coups are possible to determine whether the hawkish CP will confine future power within his own household. Since his father grabbed power following his brother’s (Abdulla bin Abdul Aziz) death in 2014 the region has entered a new phase of turmoil culminating in the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen, supporting more terrorism, continuing to interfere in the internal affairs of other states like Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Bahrain and using more of the petrodollars reserves to buy off political allegiance and commitment to defend the new rulers. The coup, announced today, confirm the view that the era of the House of Saud will soon end. It has pushed Saudi Arabia to a state of total disrepute, political anarchy, extremism, sectarianism and adoption of terrorism as a means to settle scores with opponents.
Meanwhile the Saudi atrocious campaign on Yemen has come under new scrutiny. On 19th June the EU spokesperson commented on the the bombing of a market in Yemen’s Northern province of Saada 17th June that killed at least 20 civilians and injured many more. He said: The EU expresses its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to all those injured. The bombing is a stark reminder that Yemeni civilians are the ones bearing the brunt of a war that has devastated their country, threatening to undermine regional stability. The EU is increasingly worried by the humanitarian situation in the country, on the verge of widespread famine and most recently hit by a cholera outbreak. The EU “expects all parties to re-engage constructively, under the auspices of the UN, to find a peaceful and negotiated political solution to the conflict so as to bring an end to the current unprecedented humanitarian crisis.”
As the Saudi-led boycott of Qatar escalates, Amnesty International issued a statement on 19th June warning of severe consequences of the conflict. It said: “Thousands of people in the Gulf face the prospect of their lives being further disrupted and their families torn apart as new arbitrary measures announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the context of their dispute with Qatar are due to come into force from today” said Amnesty International. The three Gulf states had given their citizens the deadline of 19 June to leave Qatar and return to their respective countries or face fines and other unspecified consequences. They had given Qatari nationals the same deadline to leave Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE and have refused entry to Qatari nationals since 5 June. “The situation that people across the Gulf have been placed in shows utter contempt for human dignity. This arbitrary deadline has caused widespread uncertainty and dread amongst thousands of people who fear they will be separated from their loved ones,” said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Global Issues Programme.
Meanwhile the Alkhalifa regime has intensified its crimes against Bahrainis. On 18th June Nabeel Al samee’ was abducted by masked members of Death Squads, tortured beyond imagination and murdered. His mutilated body was dumped at his small farm near his town of Sanabis. The martyr is cousin of at least two other martyrs: Hassan Taher who was killed by regime’s forces in 1995 and Abbas Al Samee’ who was executed in January on trumped up charges and confessions extracted under torture.
A group of UN human rights experts has urged the Government of Bahrain to halt its orchestrated crackdown on civil society. “We call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately cease its campaign of persecution against human rights defenders, journalists and anyone else with divergent opinions, and take all measures to guarantee a safe and enabling environment for all Bahrainis, independent of their political opinions, beliefs or confession,” the experts concluded. The experts are: Ms. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Ms. Annalisa Ciampi, Special Rapporteur freedom of peaceful assembly and association; Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief; Mr. José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, current Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
On 19th June Alkhalifa kangaroo court ordered the execution of Bahraini native, Hussain Marzooq and three year imprisonment for: Khalil Marzooq, Amir Bu Dahoom, Mohsin Ali Yaqoob, Mohammad Isa Habib and Hassan Ali Ibrahim. The group was falsely accused of causing the death of Mrs Fakhriya AlMuslim who was shot dead by the security team of one of the royals at Al Ekr town. Instead of charging the killers the regime fabricated a false story implicating these innocent youths.
Bahrain Freedom Movement
21 June 2017 (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vob.org)