The Saudi-led military coalition conducting airstrikes in Yemen committed “grave violations” of human rights against children last year, killing 502, injuring 838, according to a draft report by the U.N. Secretary General António Guterres. “The killing and maiming of children remained the most prevalent violation” of children’s rights in Yemen, according to the 41-page draft report obtained by Foreign Policy. “In the reporting period, attacks carried out by air were the cause of over half of all child casualties, with at least 349 children killed and 333 children injured.” The chief author of the confidential draft report, Virginia Gamba, the U.N. chief’s special representative for children abused in war time, informed top U.N. officials Monday, that she intends to recommend the Saudi-led coalition be added to a list a countries and entities that kill and maim children, according to a well-placed source. The decision will have to be taken by Guterres, who will make the final report public later this month.
The authors of a letter published in The Lancet last week said that Britain and the US have played “a crucial role” in creating conditions conducive to the catastrophic spread of cholera in Yemen. An analysis by the researchers at London’s Queen Mary University, found that eight of ten of Yemen’s cholera deaths occur in rebel-controlled areas. Combining the latest data from the World Health Organisation and mapping that on the ground, the three researchers found the cholera outbreak was disproportionately affecting areas controlled by Houthi rebels. “Both sides have been accused of disregarding the wellbeing of civilians and breaching international humanitarian law. But the government and Saudi-led coalition that supports it command far greater resources,” wrote researchers Jonathan Kennedy, Andrew Harmer and David McCoy. “As a result, Houthi-controlled areas have been disproportionately affected by the conflict, which has created conditions conducive to the spread of cholera.”
The first woman to be tried by Saudi rulers for her political activities has been transferred to Riyadh for trial. Na’eema Al Matrood, 43, from the town of Sayhat in the Eastern Province was first arrested on 23rd February 2016, released after two days and re-arrested on 16th April. She has since been subjected to intensive interrogation, physical and psychological abuse and charged with a long list of “crimes” including undermining the regime, calling for the release of political prisoners, participating in anti-regime protests and criticising Saudi military intervention in Bahrain. Another woman from the Eastern Province is facing similar charges. Israa Al Ghamgham was arrested in December 2015 with her husband, Musa Al Hashem, when their home had been raided at the town of Al-Jesh in the Eastern Province. Both women face the prospect of beheading and crucifixion by the Saudi regime
The Alkhalifa regime’s indifference to the values of human rights has become a serious threat to the natives of Bahrain. Instead of heeding the calls by the US Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, to halt persecution of the native Shia Muslim population, the dictator has implemented harsher measures. More scholars are being detained and abused. On 19th August, Sayed Mohyi Al Mash’al, a senior religious figure was detained at the airport and remanded in custody for one week. He is accused of the same charge levelled against native Bahrainis who protest against the occupation of their country “inciting the hatred of the regime”. The Alkhalifa dictator has ordered the detention of journalist Nazeeha Saeed for exposing her torture the world. She had been detained, tortured and abused for her coverage of the pro-democracy movement. She identified her torturer and made a legal complaint. The regime sought revenge. She was charged with working without license with Radio France 24. Two days ago she was asked to pay a ransom of 1000 Bahraini Dinars (over $2500). As she was on a trip to her workplace in France, Alkhalifa issued a warrant for her arrest. This is the state of freedom of expression in today’s Bahrain, the special ally of UK. Young native, Hussain Dhaif, is riddled with acute sickle cells disease. He has been languishing in Alkhalifa torture chambers since his abduction several years ago by masked members of their death squads. His condition is deteriorating, and his family has been pleading for proper medical treatment, but the request has been denied. Several inmates has have lost their lives as a direct result of medical neglect.
In a sign of desperation, the regime has tightened the noose on the leaders of Bahrain’s Revolution. For the past six months they have been denied family visits and proper medication. Since they staged a strike in their cells last February to protest the inhumane treatment by prison officers those visits have been curtailed. Hassan Mushaima, Abdul Wahab Hussain, Sheikh Abdul Jalil Al Miqdad, Sheikh Mohammad Habib Al Miqdad, Sheikh Saeed Sl Noori, Sheikh Abdul Hadi Al Mokhowdar, Sheikh Mirza Al Mahroos, Dr Abdul Jalil AlSingace, Abdul Hadi Al Khawaja, Mohammad Isma’il, Mohammad Jawad Parweez and Sheikh Ali Salman are being subjected to most severe psychological punishment for insisting on fundamental political change to replace the tribal dictatorship.
Bahrain Freedom Movement
23rd August 2017 (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vob.org)