Scepticism is gradually replacing optimism about the seriousness of the Saudis to develop their political system, despite the massive media, public relations and economic campaigns undertaken in recent months. The “Davos of the Desert” conference held this week in the capital, Riyadh was intended to push forward the so-called 2030 vision presented by the self-declared crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman earlier this year. His assertions that Saudi Arabia was “returning to what we were before, a country of moderate Islam that is open to the world and open to all religions” sounded hollow to many people, given the inextricable links between the Saudi regime and the Wahhabi Salafist religious doctrine that negates the other. This claim is in stark contradiction to the ongoing criminal destruction of Yemen and the town of Awwamiyah in the Eastern Province. They also contradict the Saudi failed campaign against neighbouring Qatar. These claims aim to deflect the world’s attention away from the criminal activity of the Saudi regime and its continued enslavement of the people, especially women. The prince is too weak to abandon the extremist Wahhabi doctrine which is the main ally of the Saudi tribal regime and the main ideology of extremist and terrorist groups like ISIS and AlQa’ida.
After three months of the ill-fated adventure, the American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has little hope that a Saudi Arabia-led bloc’s standoff with Qatar will end anytime soon, blaming the four countries lined up against the emirate for a lack of progress and casting doubts on U.S. efforts to mediate the crisis. “There seems to be a real unwillingness on the part of some of the parties to want to engage,” Tillerson said in an interview Thursday 19th October in Washington. “It’s up to the leadership of the quartet when they want to engage with Qatar because Qatar has been very clear — they’re ready to engage.” Tillerson made the comment days before he embarked on a trip to the region, including stops in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in a renewed push to resolve the dispute. The crisis flared in June when Saudi Arabia and three other U.S. allies in the region — the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain — severed diplomatic and transport links with the gas-rich state over accusations that it supports terrorist groups. Qatari officials deny the charges.
Meanwhile, forty members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called for the release of the family of Sayed Ahmad Al Wadaei who are being persecuted in revenge for his activism. They represent various parties and groups and signed the letter directed to the European Commission’s foreign spokesperson, Federica Mogherini. The letter said that Mr Al Wadaei’s mother in law Hajar Mansoor Hassan, 49, her son, Nazar Al Wadaei, 18 and his cousin, Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor, 29 had been in jail for more over six months on trumpeted charges. It also pointed out that six UN experts and Amnesty International had raised this case before; Their detention is a clear attempt to force him to stop his peaceful activities” The signatories also urges Ms Mogherini “to condemn all forms of intimidating the opposition” and calls for the release of all human rights activists.
There are extremely worrying news from the notorious Jaw prison that the inmates have been intentionally infected with AIDS in revenge for their continued protests and demands. In one part of the prison at least 28 cases were recorded in September as a result of a systematic policy targeting the young men. Regime’s torturers have also spread the use of drugs both for profiteering and as a weapon against native Bahraini prisoners of conscience. Criminal policies include depriving the political prisoners of their right for family visits and health care. Mr Mohammad Hassan Jawad, the eldest prisoner who is over 70, has been denied medical care by the prison staff. They insist that he be shackled as a condition to allow him to get medical treatment at the hospital. Another inmate, Ahmad Mirza, from Bilad Al Qadeem has been denied medical treatment to remove his gallbladder. He has been in constant pain for months. Another victim, Hamed Jaffar, 33, has also been left to suffer from acute diabetes for which he has not been provided with adequate medication. His condition needs three daily Insulin injections before meals. That is not happening. His condition has deteriorated seriously in recent weeks.
The Bahrain 13 group (the leaders of the Revolution) and several families have been denied visits by their children. AlKhabbaz family has not met their jailed sons for ten months. Persecution of women has also continued. Mrs Najah Al Sheikh has had her illegal imprisonment extended by 15 more days. Since her detention in April, she has been subjected to physical and sexual abuses. The regime justifies these abuses claiming Mrs AlSheikh had “promoted hatred of the regime”. Another inmate, Montadar Al Sammak has been forcibly disappeared since his abduction by regime’s forces two weeks ago.
Bahrain Freedom Movement
25th October 2017 (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vob.org)