Bahraini State Terror
Bahrain is a tyannical police state.
by Stephen Lendman
Al-Khalifa despots run Bahrain. State terror is official policy. Washington supports it. Generous aid is provided. King Hamad remains a close US ally. Double standard hypocrisy defines America's foreign and domestic agenda.
Bahrainis want democratic change. They want popularly elected leaders. They want despotic monarchal rule, ruthless persecution, widespread corruption, and Shia discrimination ended.
For many months, they've braved tear gas, beatings, rubber bullets, live fire, arrests, torture, imprisonments, and disappearances. They won't quit. The price of freedom is high.
King Hamad calls peaceful protests "foreign plots." He banned them earlier. Unauthorized public meetings and seminars were prohibited.
On October 30, public gatherings were again banned. Authorities call them illegal. Participants face severe harshness. That's how police states operate.
Fundamental rights are criminalized. Daily nonviolent protests still continue. Participants brave severe repression. Some end up dead.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) works for "a prosperous democratic country free of discrimination and other violations of human rights."
It "encourage(s) and support(s) 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.