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Death of fourth person in ten days in Bahrain detention centers
From: SAID YOUSIF ALMUHAFDAH
Subject: Death of fourth person in ten days in Bahrain detention centers
The fourth death in detention in 10 days yesterday, source: AlWefaq. Kareem Fakhrawi was a businessman who disappeared after he went to the police station to file a complaint. He was one of the founders of AlWasat Newspaper and was on the board of directors. You can see the footage of his body which shows torture marks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z3hoDO_Lfg The only official statement was on the Bahrain News Agency twitter account he died from liver failure complications: https://twitter.com/#!/bna_ar/status/57938447310131200.
19 Human Rights Organizations Severely Condemn The Continuous Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain: http://bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/3913.
The President of the EU Parliament makes a statement about Bahrain: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/president/view/en/press/press_release/2011... He spoke about the unacceptable deaths in Bahraini detention centers and the arrest of prominent human rights defender Abdulhadi Alkhawaja.
The whereabouts of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and his family members as well as many detainees remains unknown. Again, all detainees are at high risk of torture and their lives may be at threat. Abdulhadi Alkhawaja’s daughter has now been on a hunger strike for 52 hours.
In alarming news, according to the Bahrain News Agency, “The UN Secretary General expressed the United Nations’ support for all measures taken by Bahrain to preserve its security and stability hailing the reform process spearheaded by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.”
EU Foreign Affairs Council conclusions on Bahrain
3082nd FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting, Luxembourg, 12 April 2011
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
"The Council reiterates its serious concern at the situation in Bahrain, and the lack of any tangible
progress towards dialogue which should address the legitimate concerns of all Bahraini people.
The Council is equally concerned at the arrest of those who exercise their legitimate right to
freedom of expression. Persons who have been detained for peacefully expressing themselves
should be released immediately. The Government and security forces have a clear duty to respect
fully the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, without discrimination, as well as
upholding international standards in this regard. The Council encourages the authorities to further
investigate all recent events which have resulted in loss of life and injuries.
The Council calls on all parties rapidly to take concrete and meaningful steps enabling the start of
a constructive dialogue that will lead to real reforms."
What homes look like after security forces raid to conduct arrests: https://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=199440880090600&id=1945155072498...
Said Yousif Almuhafdah
Bahrain Center For Human Rights