Bahrain’s Sunni dictatorship is challenging human rights against all odds. And this, in the cynical silence of the international community.
As the highlighted Human Rights Watch (HRW)the Bahraini government uses its so-called political isolation laws, among other tactics, to prevent activists and former members of opposition parties from holding public office and taking part in other aspects of the political process. public life.
In fact, a recent report relayed by the NGO documents the use of these laws adopted in 2018 by this small country in the Persian Gulf to prevent political opponents from running for parliamentary elections or even from sitting on the board of directors of civic organizations.
HRW found that the government’s targeted marginalization of opposition figures from social, political, civil and economic life has resulted in a range of other human rights violations. The Hajer Mansoor and Nabil Rajab cases are thus major examples of this vast purge.
Hajer Mansoor, a prisoner of conscience, served a three-year prison sentence after a grossly unfair trial. The unfortunate did not finally obtain her release until the beginning of March 2020, relays Amnesty International. Pure and simple heresy for Lynn Maalouf, director of research for the NGO on the Middle East:
“Hajer was sentenced to three years in prison on absurd terrorism charges; Solely because of his family ties to Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, a human rights activist now residing in the UK. His travesty of trial was therefore only an act of reprisal intended to intimidate. But also to silence a detractor of the authorities of Bahrain who had escaped them. In order to silence activists living abroad, Bahraini authorities often harass, threaten and arbitrarily detain their family members. All other prisoners of conscience held solely for peacefully exercising their human rights or because of their association with critics of the authorities must now be immediately and unconditionally released. »
The H. Mansoor case is reminiscent of the Nabil Rajab case law; A dissident opposed to the war in Yemen where Bahrain occupies a place alongside its Saudi ally. A position taken by the Shiite militant which earned him a real descent into hell. Already sentenced to two years in prison in July 2017 for ” spreading rumors and fake news in anti-government TV interviews”the person concerned then saw his sentence to five years in prison in another case definitively endorsed by the Supreme Court.
Concretely, this judicial stab related to tweets by Rajab denouncing alleged cases of torture in Bahrain. He was also accused “to have accused a neighboring country”, namely Saudi Arabia which is currently waging a murderous struggle for influence against Iran in Yemen. Unsurprisingly, this judgment bore the stamp of diplomatic solidarity.
Favorable treatment in prison
Rajab therefore suffered a sad ordeal in the jails of the country until released in June 2020. According to the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), the State was indeed interfering in the medical treatment followed by the opponent… Whose health earned him several stays in hospital. His life was hanging by a thread, criticizes the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
Who adds that Rajab – intimately linked to the Arab Spring through his protest actions – was just one more example of the repression in order in the territory consisting in “imprison, torture, intimidate, strip nationality or force into exile many people who have peacefully opposed or criticized state policy”.
As a reminder, Bahrain regularly carries out discriminatory actions against the Shiite community established in the kingdom. Rajab has notably campaigned on several occasions for the latter to benefit from better representation in Parliament.