Tear Gas Claims Several Lives

Physicians for Human Rights

January 27, 2012

Over the last month, the Bahraini police have been using tear gas almost every night against protesters in residential areas. Specifically, the police have been targeting the Shi’a neighborhoods of Iker, Sitra, Nuwadrat, and Ma’ameer. While there are international guidelines for the proper use of tear gas, victims of such attacks describe the police using tear gas inappropriately – including firing into homes and other closed spaces. Such inappropriate use can have disastrous consequences. Since the start of the unrest in February 2011, at least 13 civilians have died from exposure to the tear gas, according to Bahraini civil society groups. They note that those who die from tear gas inhalation are usually people who are already vulnerable due to old age or disease, which make the gas’s effects more deadly.

read more




Star unstruck?

Finally professor Bassiouni has come to see the light. 

BICI Chief calls Government implementation programme a “whitewash”


I told you so Bassiouni  🙂 

see my two articles of  August 10 & 14  2011  on

ورطة البروفيسوربسيوني


ورطة البروفيسوربسيوني 2


See also

لتقرير البسيوني مدة صلاحية محدودة


according to Bassiouni the king has to choose:

“Either unity of the ruling family/regime or unity of the nation”

العائلة أو الوطن

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Bahrain – ett rop i mörkret

DOKUMENT UTIFRÅN Historien om den arabiska revolutionen som övergavs av araberna och väst och som glömdes

bort av resten av världen. Ett brutalt tillslag av regeringen mot en fredlig demonstration, med många dödsfall och

arresteringar som följd. SVT2 sön 22 jan kl 22.00


Report on the Treatment of Political Detainees in Bahrain’s Prisons (forwarded)

Report on the Treatment of Political Detainees in Bahrain’s Prisons

21 January 2012

Prepared by the Bahrain Rehabilitation & Anti-Violence Organisation (BRAVO) and the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) for the International Committee of the Red Cross.


Since the popular uprising calling for greater political and civil rights started in Bahrain on 14th February 2011, well over 3000 people have been arrested by the authorities and continue to be arrested, according to the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). Many of those who were detained or imprisoned by the government in relation to the events have described substandard conditions at various detention centres around Bahrain, particularly at central prisons whilst systematic torture seems to be continuing in local detention centres where unconvicted prisoners are held. This report attempts to highlight areas where treatment of political detainees at these detention centres falls short of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMRTP) adopted by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (Geneva 1955). The research methodology adopted is based on extensive interviews conducted with prisoners recently released and incorporates consistent reports that the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) receives from families of prisoners.

Report content:

1. Discrimination against political detainees 2. Separation of prisoner categories 3. Accommodation 4. Clothing and bedding 5. Food 6. Exercise and sport 7. Medical care 8. Discipline and punishment 9. Instruments of restraint 10. Information to and complaints by prisoners 11. Contact with the outside world 12. Books and formal education 13. Religion 14. Notification of death, illness, transfer, etc. 15. Conditions in local detention centres.

View the report on google docs or download it here (PDF)



From BCHR site



Just how long will “Silmiyya” last? (forwarding)

Mahmood’ Den raises an important, a life and death, question





Nabeel Rajab’s Speech During the Political Societies’ Mass Gathering