Bahrain Imprisons Human Rights Leader
Bahrain rulers are despotic brutes.
by Stephen Lendman
The Al Khalifa monarchy rules Bahrain despotically. State terror is policy. Activists are targeted, arrested, tortured, and imprisoned. Kangaroo court proceedings deny justice.
Nabeel Rajab is one of Bahrain's best. He's a prominent human rights leader. Activism got him targeted. His resume includes many impressive credentials. In 1999, he and others co-founded the Bahrain Human Rights Society.
In 2002, he, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, and others co-founded the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). Authorities terrorized its members for years. Nonetheless, it remains viable. It's dedicated to working for:
"a prosperous democratic country free of discrimination and other violations of human rights" and says its mission is to "encourage and support individuals and groups to be proactive in the protection of their own and others' rights; and to struggle to promote democracy and human rights in accordance with international norms."
Its four objectives include:
(1) Promoting civil, political, and economic freedom.
(2) Ending racial discrimination.
(3) Disseminating human rights culture.
(4) Supporting and protecting victims' rights.
Anyone championing human rights in Bahrain risks life and limb. Rajab's been harassed, smeared by state media, beaten, injured, arrested, tortured and detained.
The Bahraini monarchy spurns human rights, justice and other democratic values. Iron-fist governance is policy. Activists like Rajab know the risks and take them. They want long denied equity and justice. They struggle courageously for it.
On August 16, Bahrain's New Agency headlined "Nabeel Rajab Verdict Announced, Right to Appeal," saying:
"Bahrain's Lower Criminal Court".sentenc(ed Rajab) to three years in prison in three different cases."