Conference Held in Berlin to expose the Crimes of Bahrain’s Al Khalifa & Ale Saud’s on their Citizens


JNN 10 June 2011 Berlin : A conference has been held in the German capital of Berlin on the brutal crackdowns of the Bahraini regime on peaceful anti-government protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf country.During the conference that was attended by a small group of people and reporters, Maryam al-Khawaja, activist from Bahrain Center for Human Rights, elaborated on the Bahraini regime’s “non-stop campaign of state terror,” a Press TV correspondent reported.

Al-Khawaja, who has travelled to Berlin to inform the press and the public about what is going on in Bahrain, pointed to the West’s silence as well as double standards regarding the ongoing violence committed by the Manama regime.

“In Libya, you saw foreign troops coming in to protect and save people from their government who is killing them; in Bahrain, you saw foreign troops coming in to save and protect the government from its people who are unarmed, and who are demanding things like human rights and freedoms and democracy,” the Bahraini activist said.

She also noted that at least 4000 troops, mostly from Saudi Arabia, have been in Bahrain since March.

On March 14, Saudi Arabia deployed troops to Bahrain at Manama’s request to help crush the nationwide anti-government protests in the Persian Gulf sheikdom.

According to Al-Khawaja’s testimony, there have been 1,300 arrests in Bahrain, with 1,000 people still in prison, often facing torture and even death threats.

“I have almost no right to be afraid. I am outside. The amount of threat to my safety is definitely not [the same as] the amount of threat to those people on the streets in Bahrain. I have a job to do, and I am here to do it,” she said.

A German peace organization has planned to hold more events to raise awareness about the ongoing brutal crackdowns on anti-government protesters in Bahrain.

Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested and tortured in prisons in the Saudi-backed crackdown on protests in Bahrain — a longtime ally of the US and home to a huge military base of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

Bahrain’s opposition party al-Wefaq says the Manama regime is to put nearly 400 people on trial over their alleged roles in peaceful anti-regime protests.
The party said that up to 50 people have already been sentenced, with penalties ranging from a short prison term to execution, Reuters reported on Thursday.

A Bahraini government official, who demanded anonymity, rejected the opposition’s statement saying al-Wefaq’s trial data was exaggerated.

“It’s much less than that,” he said, but did not specify any number.

Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding various reforms, an end to ethnic discrimination in offering government jobs and allowing political representation, and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the kingdom to help Bahraini forces to suppress the nationwide protests.

Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested and tortured in prisons in the Saudi-backed crackdown on protests in Bahrain — a longtime ally of the US and home to a huge military base of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission held an emergency meeting at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to discuss the crisis in Bahrain.

The rights group urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navy Pillay, to send a fact-finding mission to Bahrain to investigate abuses.

The UK-based group also condemned Saudi Arabia for sending troops to the Persian Gulf state.

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