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Anger at alleviating MBS, khalifi human rights crimes exposed in Geneva

Agnes Callamard, the UN expert who has been given the task of investigating the role of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi tweeted  a question to Donald Trump. Last week the two met in Osaka during the G20 summit. She said: When you met with Crown Prince MBS, did you discuss the killing of Mr. Khashoggi, the chain of command, the botched investigation and the closed trial? You can make all the difference in the search for #justiceforjamal. A state of shock has overwhelmed the human rights world as Saudi crown prince was given central stage at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Mohammad bin Salamn (MBS) was allowed to stand at the centre of the heads of state as they posed for the camera, while the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel was pushed far from the centre.

The Saudi regime’s security forces have arrested a prominent Shia Muslim scholar, as part of the ongoing sectarian and repressive policies of the House of Saud. On 27th June, Sheikh Abdul Latif Al Nasser, a senior religious scholar from Ihsaa Province was detained on the Bahrain-Saudi causeway as he accompanied his family to travel abroad. They were detained for several hours, their belongings including their mobile phones confiscated and the cleric was detained. His family was returned back. He has been taken to the security apparatus for further investigation.

In the past week Geneva which is basking in record temperatures witnessed several activities by Bahraini human rights activists who took the grievances of their people to the world. They addressed the session at the main hall many times and held several side events in the committee rooms. They discussed issues related to human rights violations and urged the Council to take actions to stop the khalifi atrocities against native Bahrainis. Other activities include side events on the human rights situation in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Saudi-led war on Yemen was also debated as many international NGOs urged the Council to investigate the war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

In its 2018 annual report the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights said that the total prison sentences passed on native Bahrainis in 2018 reached 6383 years for 441 people. Eleven were sentenced to death, 249 had their nationality revoked by Khalifi dictators. 834 people were detained for taking part in anti-regime protests. Over 100 were under 18. Nine women were taken hostage by the regime forces. The number of anti-regime protests was in excess of 800.

Mohammad Mirza is a political prisoner who has languished in Khalifi jails for several years. Few days ago he released a voice message to the world explaining his predicament as a prisoner who has been denied proper medical care. He said: I addressed the regime’s human rights body twelve times to intervene so that I get the necessary medical care but with no results. The National Commission of Human Rights has become a mouthpiece to cover the regime’s torture, ill-treatment and crimes against humanity. At the notorious jaw prison Mr Mirza has been left to his fate suffering various ailments. He appeals to the world to force the khalifis to provide him with medical care. Another inmate, Mohammad Al Singace, has been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at the lack of medical care for his severe ailments. Another political prisoner, Yousuf Hassan Jassim is facing extreme ill-treatment. His mother has pleaded for her son to be given proper medical care and to be spared degrading and painful treatment which includes pulling the victim on the rough floor causing him bleeding and bruises.

The criminal tendency of Bahrain’s dictator has led him to issue a decree to revoke the citizenship of native Bahrainis when they are “suspected of working for another government”. This decree will almost certainly be rubber-stamped by the dictator’s council that he calls “parliament”. This decree comes to camouflage his defeat in the case of nationality revocation. His allies in Washington and London, having been accused of complicity in his crimes have ordered him to rescind earlier orders of nationality revocation. More than 600 native Bahrainis have had their nationality re-instated. This was a severe blow to the regime’s authority and justice system. It is a major victory for Bahraini human rights activists.

Sayed Hadi Hamid Adnan presents a live testimony to the khalifi crimes against humanity. After spending seven years at regime’s dungeon he was released recently but with permanent disability When his wrist was broken he was denied suitable medical care, so his injury turned into a permanent disability.

Bahrain Freedom Movement

3rd July 2019 (info@vob.org, www.vob.org)

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