Saudis humiliated by Swedish stand, Alkhalifa attack prisoners
The heinous crime committed last week by Alkhalifa dictators on powerless prisoners at Jaw Prison is still reverberating within the community as well as the human rights world. In addition to more than 106 injuries, there are still over 50 inmates who have “disappeared”. It is feared that they are being subjected to torture at the secret houses built for the purpose on “advice” of a friendly Western government. The images of injuries confirm vicious attacks by merciless members of the Death Squads, operated by the royal court.
Meanwhile in Geneva Alkhalifa regime has been squarely condemned by delegates of governments and NGOs. In a statement on 17th March the Denmark’s Permanent Mission in Geneva called for the release of political prisoners in Bahrain especially the human rights defenders like Abdul Hadi Al Khawaja. This time Alkhalifa dictators will have no choice but to take the Danish call seriously. Last week Sweden condemned Saudi Arabia for its blatant violation of human rights and stopped military deal with Riyadh. The move was hailed by the human rights activists loath policies of some Western governments of appeasing Gulf dictators and turning blind eyes to their attacks on civil liberties. Sweden’s Social Democrat-led government, which came to power last October, has focused its foreign policy on human rights. “The decision on the Saudi agreement had been made some time ago,” the newspaper Dagens Nyheter quoted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven as saying in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. “What has happened in recent days hasn’t been decisive.” On Monday 9th March, Saudi Arabia blocked Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom from giving a speech to the League of Arab States in Cairo. A spokesman for Wallstrom said the decision stemmed from Sweden’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
Yesterday Bahraini native, Munthir Hassan, from Buri Town was snatched in a dawn raid on his house. Ihsan Abdul Redha was arrested and accused of fabricated charges. Jaffar Mawali was snatched from his home despite his mother’s pleas to leave him alone. She collapsed and was taken to hospital by her relatives. The family of Hassan Al Ma’yoof, 20, were subjected to horrific abuse including beating when regime’s Death Squads attacked their home last week to arrest their son on fabricated charges. Children were beaten and their mother was subjected to horrible abuse.
As the regime imposed blackout on the news of victims of its horrendous attacks on Jaw Prison, families have become extremely worried about the safety of their beloved ones. The family of Khalil Al Halwachi has not heard of him since he was taken away from his cell one week ago. Ahmad and Jaffar Awn have also disappeared from their cells with no news of their whereabout. Mohammad Sahwan, who was seriously injured in the attack and his nephew, Yousuf Sahwan, have also disappeared with no news about their welfare or whereabout. The disappeared include Ali Hajji, Ali Al Qaffas, Abd Ali Al Singace, Naji Fateel, Abbas Al Ekri, Mohammad Sarhan, Abbas Al Sami’, Ali Al Ghanmi and Ahmad Humaidan. Several of the senior leadership of the Revolution reported continuing cries of the victims as Alkhalifa continued their merciless attacks on native Bahraini detainees.
The Jordanian government is under pressure to withdraw its police forces from Bahrain in the wake of their participation in the bloody attack on Jaw Prison last week. Human Rights activists have accused the Jordanians of brutality and mercilessness as they waged their ferocious attack on native Bahraini prisoners. The regime depends on foreign forces to quell natives and remain in power.
It has been revealed that UK has increased its supplies of lethal weapons used to kill Bahrainis. According to the Committee Against Arms Trade (CAAT), More than $100 million worth of light arms (used to shoot protesters) have been supplied to Bahrain since 2011. Lawyers in London are threatening a judicial review of military assistance and support provided by Britain to the Bahraini government. Solicitors at Deighton Pierce Glynn, in London, are challenging the legality of the move on the grounds that Britain did not conduct a review of human rights risks before agreeing to build the base. “Your security is our security,” declared British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, signing the agreement to construct the base, alongside Bahrain’s Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa. British lawyers are asking the government to hand over documents that might shed light on the precise nature of military and security cooperation between the UK and Bahrain. “If has nothing to hide,” said Deighton Pierce Glynn lawyer Sue Willman, “why is it refusing to release documents about what assistance is being provided and to whom?”. In February, Jane Kinninmont, a senior research fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House, told VICE News that Bahrain’s clamp down on the opposition has “only intensified since the base was announced…The base has probably given the government more confidence.”