BAHRAIN MEDIA ROUNDUP
13th August 2012
Verdict tomorrow inBahraini oppositionactivists' appeal
Tomorrow (Tuesday 14August) the ﬁnal verdict in theappeal by 13 oppositionactivists and prisoners ofconscience in Bahrain is dueto be handed down.
Amnesty International hasmandated Dr Ghanim HamadAlnajjar, an internationallyrecognised human rightsexpert, to attend and observethe proceedings at the HighCriminal Court of Appeal inManama.Dr Ghanim will be availablefor interviews, in English andArabic, after the hearing.
Bahrain returns itsambassador to Iran
Bahrain has reinstated itsambassador inIran, thecountry's foreign ministersaid, more than a year afterthe island kingdom withdrewits envoy to protest atTehran's criticism against aGulf-backed crackdown onShi'ite protesters.Bahrain, a U.S. ally whichhosts the U.S. Navy's FifthFleet, has been in turmoilsince pro-democracy protestsled by its Shi'ite majorityerupted last year after revoltsin Egypt and Tunisia.Bahrain asked Saudi Arabiato send forces to help it quellthe protests last year. Shi'itepower Iran condemned themove, saying it could lead toregional instability. TheUnited Arab Emirates alsosent police forces to Bahrain.
Bahrain returnsambassador to Iran
Bahrain says its ambassadorto Iran has returned to hispost there, 17 months afterhe was called home.Ambassador Rashid al-Dossary was withdrawn inprotest over Iranian criticismof Bahrain's crackdown onanti-government protests.Bahrain's Information AffairsAuthority said Monday theambassador returned toTehran on Saturday. Theembassy has continuedoperating since he left inMarch 2011.Bahrain's majority Shiites,emboldened by Arab Springprotests elsewhere, launchedan uprising more than 17months ago seeking to limitthewide-ranging powers ofthe ruling Sunni dynasty.
Bahraini authoritiesasked to releasepolitical activists
The Bahraini authorities mustrelease 13 oppositionactivists and prisoners ofconscience AmnestyInternational has said, aheadof this week's expected ﬁnalverdict on their appeals.The thirteen, who includeprominent activist AbdulhadiAl-Khawaja, were originallysentenced by military court inJune 2011 to between twoyears and life in prison oncharges including “setting upterror groups to topple theroyal regime and change theconstitution”.All of the men maintain theirinnocence.Several of the defendantshave spoken out in previouscourt hearingsto describetheir alleged torture and otherill-treatment in detention,including sexual assault, tocoerce “confessions”.
Bahrain king shouldfree activist: UScongressmen
Nineteen members of theU.S. Congress have written toBahrain's king to call for therelease of prominent humanrights activist Nabeel Rajab,who is currently serving athree-month jail sentence formaking anti-governmentstatements on Twitter.Rajab, the president of theBahrain Center For HumanRights, is due in court Sundayin a separate case thatrelates to him allegedlycalling for and participating inan illegal gathering.
The Rise Of The 'MoreRadical' Protester
In the past year, a series ofmass protests and revolutionshave swept the globe,exploding in Tunisia, Egypt,Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya,Greece, Italy, Spain, theUnited Kingdom, the UnitedStates, Canada, Russia andMexico, among othercountries. The FinancialTimes called 2011 the "YearOf Global Indignation," whilethe
Guardian's John Harriscalled comparisons made byindividuals observing themodern global awakening toParis in 1968 "not completelymisplaced."Now, political scientists inRussia are making aprediction that shouldn't comeas surprising to closeobservers of internationalprotests. Igor Bunin,president of the Center forPolitical Technologies,predicts that Russia maysoon experience the rise of aradical new breed ofprotester.