Targeting Bahraini Human Rights Lawyer Mohammed Al-Tajer
Bahraini monarchy is one of the world's most despotic.
by Stephen Lendman
Since anti-Al-Khalifa protests began early last year, Al-Tajer was persecuted for defending human rights and denouncing Bahraini repression publicly.
Founded in 1922, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is the oldest international human rights organization. It represents 164 member organizations in over 100 countries.
On April 18, 2011, it reported Al-Tajer's arrest. Twenty "masked and armed (Bahraini) plainclothes men" stormed his house, ransacked it, arrested him, and detained him at an unknown location.
His wife and children were terrorized. His computers, cell phones, and documents were confiscated. His bank account was frozen. He was forced to turn over keys to his law office.
On June 12, he was brought before a military tribunal. His attorneys weren't informed. He had no legal representation. He was charged with inciting anti-government hatred, engaging in illegal protests, and instigating people to commit violence and harm security forces. He pled not guilty.
On August 7, he was conditionally released. Charges weren't dropped. He was forced to sign papers saying he wouldn't participate in "any activity against the country."
During detention he was tortured and abused. He received international support.
Mrs. Al-Tajer is a physician. She fears arrest for having treated injured protesters.
Following mass winter 2011 arrests, Al-Tajer organized a defense lawyer team to help targeted protesters and others held incommunicado.
On June 5, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and other human rights organizations expressed "grave concern regarding the act of humiliation, intimidation and violation to privacy directed at" him.
He was targeted days after his participation at the Bahrain Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meetings in Geneva. Government social media forums and accounts circulated photos and videos of him and his wife online for two days.
He previously testified before the Bahrain Independent Commission Inquiry (BICI). At the time, he said "he was videotaped sleeping with his wife and that he was threatened that this tape would be made public."