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Bahrain Revolution - Sister Sondoss al-Asaad

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Lets remember the struggle of our brothers and sisters in Bahrain by watching this valuable discourse by our honorable sister in Islam, Sister Sondoss al-Asaad ,
 
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Sheikh Ali Salman, Moderate Bahraini Political Leader

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SHAFAQNA- Sheikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society (Al-Wefaq) stood for “national reconciliation” and “peaceful advocacy” and his competence is in “political flexibility” and “social adaptation”. The Bahraini government has been targeting Al-Wefaq Society members for their political views and human rights activism for years. Sheikh Ali Salman (born October 30, 1965) is a moderate Bahraini political leader who possesses the competence of manoeuvring through storms and facing challenges without losing his calmness.

 

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Sheikh Ali Salman was a central figure in Bahrain’s 2011 Arab Spring protests. Salman, who is in his 56s, has long been targeted by Bahrain’s government. According to the United Nations, when he was first arrested in 1994, he was allegedly tortured and detained for months without trial before being deported and forced to live in exile for more than 15 years. Sheikh Salman was originally arrested in December 2014 and ultimately sentenced to four years in prison on charges of “inciting disobedience and hatred in the kingdom” for giving speeches in his capacity as Al-Wefaq’s Secretary-General.

 

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In June 2018, Bahrain’s High Criminal Court found Sheikh Ali Salman innocent of these politically motivated charges related to espionage, but the Public Prosecution Office immediately appealed the verdict

On 28 January 2019, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation rejected the appeal of prominent al-Wefaq opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, therefore upholding his sentence of life in prison, ADHRB told.

Since his incarceration in 2014, several international bodies have spoken out against the imprisonment of Sheikh Ali Salman. On 30 December 2014, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson urged Bahrain to immediately release Sheikh Ali Salman as well as all other persons convicted or detained for “merely exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly.”

 

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In a message from Jau Prison on the sixth anniversary of his imprisonment, the secretary-general of Bahrain’s main opposition group, the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, said he has no regrets for having spent six years of his life behind bars for obeying God and helping the oppressed, Iqna reported. Sheikh Ali Salman’s main concern before imprisonment was producing a recipe for national reconciliation that satisfies the ruler and the ruled. He is without any doubt still interested in producing that recipe within his prison cell.

Sheikh Ali Salman is arbitrarily detained for exercising his right to free expression in relation to his peaceful political activism.

https://en.shafaqna.com/222737/sheikh-ali-salman-is-one-of-the-most-influential-political-figure-in-bahrain/

 

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Bahrainis demand transition to democracy and state of justice: Al Wefaq

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SHAFAQNA- Bahrain Mirror: The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society of Bahrain said that the demands of people of Bahrain are represented in political transition to a real democratic state based on the people’s will with them being the source of all authorities and the establishment of a state of institutions and law.

Al-Wefaq noted in a statement it issued on Tuesday (August 10, 2021) that these are legitimate, popular, humanitarian and legal demands ratified by all international and humanitarian values and conventions, and approved by the UN charters and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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The society explained that the people of Bahrain, from different backgrounds, reject injustice, tyranny, authoritarianism, monopoly, corruption, absence of justice, collapse of the social contract, the loss of rights, managing the country with an iron fist, use of force and brutality, and the imposition of laws as dictated by the ruling regime’s mood and arrogance. Reason and logic are not compatible with the support and justification of rampant corruption, except by those who benefit from it.

Al-Wefaq added that the justifications, lies and fraud practiced by the government and its immoral tools to clampdown on the people’s political rights is a historical and unethical crime. Thus, it is necessary to be prudent and mature and to abandon this reckless policy. Accusing the people of disloyalty to their homeland or working for non-national agendas is quite ridiculous, and confirms Bahrain’s need for rational governance and a national project away from the current hateful sectarianism, blasphemy and contempt, which can never build a strong homeland.

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https://en.shafaqna.com/226012/bahrainis-demand-transition-to-democracy-and-state-of-justice-al-wefaq/

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What happened in 2011 requires political reform rather than attempts to distort facts documented with evidence: Al-Wefaq

Al-Wefaq stressed that the extremist official media discourse and the attempt to draw a picture similar to what took place in 2011 calls for pity for its promoters and anyone who backs them. If the regime wants to open the wounds of 2011 and speak about the truth of what happened, everything is documented by evidence, whether it be the demolition of mosques, killing of innocent people, and abuse of citizens as well as the documented sectarianism and the state organized terrorist crimes.

“We firmly believe that all the emerging headlines confirm that the mentality of demolition, murder, exclusion, sectarian cleansing and state terrorism that has dominated the country is still alive today with all its hatred, because it hasn’t had enough of money and blood, wants more and feels that its non-national interests are being targeted by any talk about the country’s need for reform, which has become larger, wider, more entrenched, more persistent and deeper, even if the regime turns a deaf ear to the truth.”

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First: The events of 2011 include facts documented by the report of Mr. Bassiouni (Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry) and dozens of international reports

Second: The events of 2011 included lies, illusions and fantasies, fabricated by the state security mentality. International reports and the BICI confirmed that they were lies and soon revealed their falsehood and were confirmed by the internal investigations clearly.

Third: Our people did not forget all the ridiculous and cheap charges that were used in that period and which simple people inside and outside the country were tricked with from the roundabout tunnel to the occupation of Al-Salmaniya hospital by doctors and the cutting of the muezzin’s tongue.

Fourth: The headlines about the coup and terrorism fell and turned out to be a lie. The movement was peaceful as none of the public and private properties were touched.

Fifth: The extremist state media discourse and the attempt to draw a picture similar to the 2011 situation calls for feeling pity for its promoters. If the regime wants to open the wounds of 2011 and speak about the truth of what happened, everything is documented by evidence.

Sixth: The people of Bahrain are still insistent on the patriotic demands and solutions and patriotism of the movement as well as Islamic unity, and still have their heart and mind set on the interest of the country and its security and stability in defiance of all internal and external attempts to poison its national environment.

https://en.shafaqna.com/228084/what-happened-in-2011-requires-political-reform-rather-than-attempts-to-distort-facts-documented-with-evidence-al-wefaq/

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Al-Wefaq responds to NIHR denial: More than 20,000 arbitrary arrests since 2011

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Al-Wefaq said in a statement (Thursday, January 27, 2022) that there have been more than 20,000 arbitrary arrests of citizens from 2011 until the middle of last year, including 1,716 children and more than 300 women. Between 2019 and 2021, 198 life sentences and 309 citizenship revocation verdicts were issued.

 

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Human Rights Watch said in a statement on January 15, 2021 “Bahrain has one of the highest incarceration rates per capita in the Middle East,” wondering “Would the authorities expand amnesty to include prisoners of conscience and political prisoners before National Day?”

At the end of its statement, Al-Wefaq explained that this was only a brief presentation confirming the presence of political prisoners in Bahrain, asking “how can a human rights institution deny all these facts?”

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https://en.shafaqna.com/246084/al-wefaq-responds-to-nihr-more-than-20000-arbitrary-arrests-since-2011/

 

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