May 10, 2011 — New York
by Rawlinsview with Bloomberg News and the Bahrain Youth Center for Human Rights.
The Bahrain Youth Center for Human Rights issued a 21 point demand letter as King Hamad al Kalifa orders June 1 end to state of emergency in the small island Persian/Arab Gulf state. A report from Bloomberg News published by the SF Gate reads
May 9 (Bloomberg) — A Bahraini rights group said it won’t engage in national dialogue and will continue to protest if the government doesn’t take steps to end emergency rule.
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King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday ordered a June 1 end to the state of emergency, which was declared March 15 after almost three months of anti-government protests. The move came before 21 opposition leaders and political activists were due to go on trial today on charges of attempting to overthrow the monarchy, the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said yesterday.
Read the full Bloomberg Article in the SF Gate
The Bahrain Youth Center for Human Rights published the following statement and list of demands on their website http://byshr.org/
Bahrain:End the state of emergency. Violations must be investigated
May 9th, 2011
Bahrain’s King Hamad called Sunday for emergency law in Bahrain to be lifted on June 1, 2011.
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) calls for the following:
- Bahraini army must leave the streets.
- GCC Shield must leave the country.
- Suspension of trials held in special courts.
- Investigation into allegations of torture made prior and since the February 14th unrest and that the findings be made public.
- Investigation into the death of the four prisoners.
- The immediate and urgent release of all prisoners related to the political unrest.
- Investigation into dismissed employees from their work.
- Investigation into withdrawal of the scholarships from the students.
- Investigation into targeting of the civil society and political associations.
- Investigation into targeting of the sport players, Referees and Clubs.
- Investigation into targeting of the Journalists, cyber activist, writer, poet and newspaper.
- Investigation into targeting of the trade unionists.
- Investigation into allegations of Child Abuse.
- Investigation into targeting of the Shiite mosques.
- The elimination of restrictions on freedom of assembly and freedom of opinion and expression.
- Investigation into targeting of the Medical Staff, Health center and Salmaniya hospital.
- The elimination of restrictions on the travel of citizens.
- Investigation into the death of the 26 demonstrators at least since the February 14th unrest.
- Reveal the whereabouts of the missing.
- Start questioning the security men that are accused of using torture as a means to extract confessions from the detainees and bring them to fair trial.
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights calls for listening to people’s demands and begin political reforms.
At the time of this writing 21 persons in Bahrain face martial trials for their participation in protests demanding full democratic rights and in the case of some protesters and activists the establishment of a secular democratic republic in Bahrain. At least 4 people have died while in the custody of the Bahrain security forces. Substantiated reports of abuse, torture, and sexual abuse of prisoners by forces supporting the Kalifa monarchy there have been widespread.
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