Posts Tagged ‘Bahrain’

Katar / Nepal: “News”

Freitag, September 27th, 2013

“427 deaths among the Gulf’s Nepali Workers

Posted on Aug 16 2013

Nepal’s Foreign Employment Promotion Board has lately revealed important figures on its national migrants working abroad. The new statistics covering reporting last year’s numbers estimated that 2.5 million Nepalis work in Gulf and East Asian countries. Although those migrants make a 22% contribution to their country’s GDP, Nepal is not doing much to protect their rights in the hosting countries. This year’s death toll increased by 80 added to last year’s figure of 634 to become 726. Major reasons are related to illness, traffic accidents, suicide, and work accidents. Such figures might be higher since the report excludes undocumented workers. Those are denied the right to apply for a compensation from Nepal’s Migrant Workers Welfare Fund.

According to Nepal’s ambassador in Saudi Arabia, most of the deaths among Nepali workers in the Saudi Kingdom are caused by the climatic condition with the lack of a healthy routine. A cardiologist working with migrant workers said the air-conditioned rooms and the high-temperature working places lead to heart issues. Those workers also suffer from stress and food habits.

In the past year alone, 205 Nepali workers died in Saudi Arabia, 151 in Qatar, 47 in the UAE, and 14 in Bahrain. The report states that 80 of Nepali deaths in Saudi Arabia were natural but 70 in traffic accidents, 7 were heart-related, and 17 in suicide. The UAE had 6 in traffic accidents, 17 heart-related, and 3 in suicide. Notably, Qatar had a high number of heart-related deaths with 85 cases. Such deaths can be attributed to the extreme conditions of weather and forced labor that Nepali workers face as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament.”

 

(Quelle: Migrant Rights.org)

 

Siehe auch:

Final Report On “The impact of Foreign Labour Migration to Enhance Economic Security and Address VAW among Nepali Women Migrant Workers and Responsiveness of Local Governance to Ensure Safe Migration”

BRD: Free flow of information?

Samstag, April 20th, 2013

“Offener Brief an das ARD/ZDF-Morgenmagazin anläßlich des Anschlags in Boston

Bericht über 1.7 Millionen Tote: Fehlanzeige

Von Ellen Diederich

Das täglich von Montag bis Freitag von ARD und ZDF ausgestrahlte Morgenmagazin (kurz moma) hat am 17. April 2013 u.a. folgende Themen: "Anschlag von Boston: Wer waren die Täter?" und ein Gespräch mit Madeleine Albright, der ehemaligen US-Außenministerin, zu ihrem Buch "Winter in Prag". Das ist Anlaß für Ellen Diederich vom Internationales Frauenfriedensarchiv in Oberhausen, einen offenen Brief zu verfassen, in dem sie die verzerrende Berichterstattung anprangert, in der von den bislang 1.7 Millionen Toten im so genannten "Krieg gegen den Terror" keine Rede ist. – Die Redaktion


aus IPPNW-Report

An das Morgenmagazin
Betrifft: Berichterstattung über das Attentat auf den Marathonlauf in Boston

Alle Nachrichtenkanäle sind voll von der Berichterstattung über das Attentat von gestern. Es ist tragisch und schrecklich, daß so etwas bei einer Sportveranstaltung geschehen kann. Darüber muß berichtet werden.

Eine Studie der IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) kommt zu dem Ergebnis, daß seit dem Beginn des „Krieges gegen den Terror“ etwa 1.7 Millionen Zivilisten getötet wurden, über 1.5 Millionen im Irak, 100.000 in Afghanistan, 63.000 in Pakistan. Es waren Menschen, die keine Schuld an den Attentaten vom 11. September 2001 hatten.

„Von einer objektiven und kontinuierlichen Berichterstattung über Kriege kann keine Rede sein. Während Kriege mit sehr hohen Opferzahlen, wie zum Beispiel der seit Jahren andauernde Krieg im Kongo, kaum Beachtung finden, wird über Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Syrien laufend berichtet. In Libyen endete die Berichterstattung praktisch mit der Ermordung Gaddafis, in Bahrein verschwanden Berichte über Menschenrechtsverletzungen und Tötungen von Demonstranten von der Tagesordnung.

Hintergrundinformationen, historische, geographische, gesellschaftliche und kulturelle Tatsachen werden insbesondere dann nicht zur Verfügung gestellt oder verfälscht, wenn aktuelle politische Ziele dem entgegenstehen.“

IPPNW-Report

Sie finden den Report "Body Count – Opferzahlen nach 10 Jahren Krieg gegen den Terror" unter http://www.ippnw.de/commonFiles/pdfs/Frieden/Body_Count_
Opferzahlen2012.pdf


aus IPPNW-Report

Ähnliches gilt für das Verhältnis in der Berichterstattung über die Menschen, die im Mittelmeer ertrinken. Wochenlang waren die Nachrichten gefüllt mit der Berichterstattung über das Unglück der Costa Concordia vor Giglio. Bei diesem Unglück starben 32 Menschen. Allein 2011 starben 1.500 Menschen bei der Überfahrt auf Flüchtlingsbooten im Mittelmeer. Nahezu alle Opfer waren AfrikanerInnen.

Mir ist nicht bekannt, daß das Morgenmagazin (oder andere Medien) sich in ähnlicher Breite der Berichterstattung dieser Fakten angenommen hätten.

Wir vermissen diesen Teil der Berichterstattung

Für morgen wurde angekündigt, daß Madeleine Albright über ihre Autobiografie im Morgenmagazin sprechen wird. Am 12. Mai 1996 gab Frau Albright der Journalistin Lesley Stahl ein Interview. Frau Stahl fragte: „Wir haben gehört, daß eine halbe Million Kinder unter 5 Jahren als Folge des Embargos gegen den Irak gestorben sind. Das sind mehr Kinder, als in Hiroshima gestorben sind. Ist das Embargo diesen Preis wert?“ Frau Albright antwortete: „Wir meinen, es ist diesen Preis wert.“ (Das Embargo war vor allem durch Druck der USA eingeführt worden.)

Nichts auf der Welt ist den Tod einer halben Million Kinder wert! Für mich ist es eine der schlimmsten Aussagen nach dem 2. Weltkrieg. (Frau Stahl erhielt den Emmy für dieses Interview.)

Wenn alle Menschen ihre Erfahrungen mit dem 2. Weltkrieg in einer solchen Weise verarbeitet hätten wie Frau Albright, indem sie Kriege, vor allem auch Angriffskriege rechtfertigt und mit darüber entscheidet, daß sie beginnen, stünde kein Stein mehr auf dem anderen.(PK)

Oberhausen, 16.4.2013
Ellen Diederich
Internationales Frauenfriedensarchiv

Online-Flyer Nr. 402  vom 17.04.2013″

 

(Quelle: NRhZ-Online.de)

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab im Hungerstreik

Montag, Oktober 8th, 2012

“Bahrain: Detained Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab On Hunger Strike

Last Update 8 October 2012

Paris-Geneva, October 8, 2012 – The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), is highly concerned about the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and FIDH Deputy Secretary General. The Observatory deplores the ongoing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Rajab.

According to information received, on October 5, 2012, Mr. Nabeel Rajab announced that he had started a ”dry” hunger strike (refusing water in addition to food) and had stopped taking his medication, in protest against the Public Prosecutor’s decision to withdraw the authorisation granted to him on October 4, 2012, to attend the second day of his mother’s funeral who died on October 3. On October 5, 2012, the Public Prosecutor announced that he had withdrawn this authorization, stating that Mr. Rajab had « violated the law as he spoke to the mourners and incited them to join illegal protests »[1]. The Observatory is concerned by such a statement as it clearly aims to curtail and punish Mr. Rajab’s fundamental right to freedom of expression and opinion.

Today, the court rejected the appeal lodged against the decision to maintain Mr. Rajab in provisional detention. Mr. Rajab is expected to appear before the Bahraini Appeals Court on October 16. The Observatory reiterates its call to the Bahraini authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him and to put an end to all acts of judicial harassment against him, as his prolonged detention seems to merely aim at sanctioning his activities in favour of human rights.

The Observatory urges the Bahraini authorities to guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Rajab, as well as of all human rights defenders in Bahrain.

The Observatory recalls that the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly constitute fundamental freedoms, and that no form of criminalisation of those rights can be tolerated or justified under any circumstances.

The Observatory also urges the Bahraini authorities to ensure that international observers will be able to attend Mr. Rajab’s next appeal hearing on October 16 without any hindrances.

For more information, please contact:
· FIDH: Arthur Manet/Audrey Couprie: + 33 (0) 1 43 55 25 18
· OMCT: Delphine Reculeau: +41 (0) 22 809 49 39

[1] Bahrain News Agency, October 5 2012, http://www.bna.bh/portal/news/52762…

 

(Quelle: FIDH.)

Bahrain: Szenen einer Diktatur

Dienstag, Februar 21st, 2012

“Silence as Bahraini children are stabbed and gassed

By Tighe Barry

As part of an observer delegation in Bahrain with the peace group Code Pink, I visited the village of Bani Jamrah with local Bahraini human rights activists.

In one of the many horrific cases we heard, a 17-year-old boy Hasan, his friend and his 8-year-old brother left their home to go to the grocery store. As they were entering the store they noticed some other youngsters running. Fearing the police would be following them, they decided to wait in the store. The 8 year old hid behind a refrigerator. The police entered the store with face masks on. They grabbed the older boys, pulling them out of the store and into the street.

Once outside the shop the police began to beat them with their sticks and hit them on the head, shouting obscenities and accusations. The police were accusing them of having been involved with throwing Molotov cocktails, asking over and over “Where are the Molotov cocktails?”

The four policemen, all masked and wearing regulation police uniforms, took turns beating the boys while one was instructed to keep watch to make sure no one was video taping. They seemed to be very concerned that there be no witnesses. Quickly, they forced the boys into the waiting police car. Inside the police vehicle was another youth about 18 who appeared to be “Muhabharat,” or plain-clothes police thugs associated with many dictatorships in the Middle East.

As the car sped off, the boys were told to keep their heads down “or we will kill you.” Soon they arrived at an open lot away from possible onlookers. As the two boys were being pulled from the car, the policeman who seemed to be in the charge shouted, “Make them lie down.” Once they were face down on the ground, the policemen took out their knives and stabbed both boys in the left buttock, leaving a gaping wound. The police thugs continued their “questioning”, using profanity to scare their victims. They threatened the boys that they would go to jail for 45 days for “investigation” and that they would never go back to school or get work.

When the thugs realized that they had no choice but to leave these victims, since they had no knowledge of the Molotovs, they searched them to see what they could steal. They took the boys’ mobile phones and asked them to hand over whatever money they had. When they discovered that the boys only had 500fils (about $1.50US), they kicked one of them in the raw wound, laughing as they left them bleeding.

“Who are these masked police and why would they do such things to children?”, you might ask. The boys said they were Syrian immigrants, part of a mostly foreign police force imported by the government and paid to inflict pain on the local people to dissuade them from protesting for their rights.

I asked if the police checked their hands, or smelled their clothes to detect the presence of petrol, since they were accusing the boys of carrying Molotov cocktails. Hussan, laying uncomfortably on his stomach, still in his bloody pants, answered, “No, they made no investigation. These police don’t investigate, they only accuse and punish. We had no contact with petrol, we are students.”

In the corner of the room was Husan’s aunt, holding a little baby that looked very sickly, the red hue of its skin almost burnt looking and its tiny eyes sore and red. I was straining now in my inquiry, like having to push words out my throat. “How old is your child?”, I asked. “Eight months old”, she replied. I knew about the nightly raids in this community, as I happen to be staying less than 200 meters from there and can see the light show each night as hundreds of teargas canisters are shot into this tight grip of middle class houses.

“How do you stop the teargas from getting in the house and affecting your baby?”, I inquired in a pained voice. I, myself, although not in village, feel the effects of the massive clouds of poison that pour over the entire area at night.

“Well, sir, wet towels, we place them each night under the doors,” she answers, as she lights down on the couch near a large flat screen television. “But, sadly, sir, this does not stop the gas. The baby suffers. I try to cover her face with a cloth but she does not like it and cries at the gas and the cloth at the same.”

“One way to stop the gas is to put plastic over the air conditioning unit,” she continued, “but the policemen always cut off the plastic and the gas seeps back inside quickly.”

They showed me a homemade video of those white-helmeted terrorists, using the very same issued knife that they used to cripple the boys, systematically, methodically removing the plastic that was placed to prevent the venomous gas from entering the house. Once removed, they can now shoot the gas, knowing that it will enter the house and poison all inside, especially the kids.

And so it goes in the Kingdom of Bahrain. So it goes in a world so addicted to oil, money and power that children can be stabbed, kidnapped, tortured, terrorized and gassed with nary a word from the outside world.

Are we, in America, so addicted to oil and beholden to powerful Saudis that we will block our ears to the cries of these Bahraini children? Or will we help them grow up in a world where they can know the joy and security that we all want for ourselves? The choice is ours.

 

Tighe Barry is a member of the peace group CodePink.org.”

 

(Quelle: PINKtank.)

Siehe auch:

Witnessing Human Rights Violations in Bahrain
In ihrem Stützpunkt Bahrain muss die 5. US-Flotte mit einem Dilemma leben – mit der Niederschlagung von Protesten

Global: Orte der Gewalt

Mittwoch, Dezember 28th, 2011

“THE 10 MOST DANGEROUS PLACES FOR JOURNALISTS

2011 in figures:

66 journalists killed (16% more than in 2010)
1,044 journalists arrested
1,959 journalists physically attacked or threatened
499 media censored
71 journalists kidnapped
73 journalists fled their country
5 netizens killed
199 bloggers and netizens arrested
62 bloggers and netizens physically attacked
68 countries subject to Internet censorship

Reporters Without Borders has this year, for the first time, compiled a list of the world’s 10 most dangerous places for the media – the 10 cities, districts, squares, provinces or regions where journalists and netizens were particularly exposed to violence and where freedom of information was flouted.

Overall, 2011 took a heavy toll on media freedom. The Arab Spring was at the centre of the news. Of the total of 66 journalists killed in 2011, 20 were killed in the Middle East (twice as many as in 2010). A similar number were killed in Latin America, which is very exposed to the threat of criminal violence. For the second year running, Pakistan was the single deadliest country with a total of 10 journalists killed, most of them murdered. China, Iran and Eritrea continue to be the world’s biggest prisons for the media.


The Arab Spring, the protest movements it inspired in nearby countries such as Sudan and Azerbaijan, and the street protests in other countries such as Greece, Belarus, Uganda, Chile and the United States were responsible for the dramatic surge in the number of arrests, from 535 in 2010 to 1,044 in 2011. There were many cases of journalists being physically obstructed in the course of their work (by being detained for short periods or being summoned for interrogation), and for the most part they represented attempts by governments to suppress information they found threatening.

The 43 per cent increase in physical attacks on journalists and the 31 per cent increase in arrests of netizens – who are leading targets when they provide information about street demonstrations during media blackouts – were also significant developments in a year of protest. Five netizens were killed in 2011, three of them in Mexico alone.


From Cairo’s Tahrir Square to Khuzdar in southwestern Pakistan, from Mogadishu to the cities of the Philippines, the risks of working as a journalist at times of political instability were highlighted more than ever in 2011. The street was where danger was to be found in 2011, often during demonstrations that led to violent clashes with the security forces or degenerated into open conflict. The 10 places listed by Reporters Without Borders represent extreme cases of censorship of the media and violence against those who tried to provide freely and independently reported news and information.


(Listed by alphabetical order of country)

Manama, Bahrain
The Bahraini authorities did everything possible to prevent international coverage of the pro-democracy demonstrations in the capital, Manama, denying entry to some foreign reporters, and threatening or attacking other foreign reporters or their local contacts. Bahraini journalists, especially photographers, were detained for periods ranging from several hours to several weeks. Many were tried before military tribunals until the state of emergency imposed on 15 March was lifted. After months of demonstrations, order was finally restored thanks to systematic repression. A blogger jailed by a military court is still in prison and no civilian court ever reviewed his conviction. Bahrain is an example of news censorship that succeeded with the complicity of the international community, which said nothing. A newspaper executive and a netizen paid for this censorship with their lives.

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Abobo, Adjamé, Plateau, Koumassi, Cocody, Yopougon… all of these Abidjan neighbourhoods were dangerous places for the media at one stage or another during the first half of 2011. Journalists were stopped at checkpoints, subjected to heavy-handed interrogation or physically attacked. The headquarters of the national TV station, RTI, was the target of airstrikes. A newspaper employee was beaten and hacked to death at the end of February. A Radio Yopougon presenter was the victim of an execution-style killing by members of the Forces Républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI) in May. The post-election crisis that led to open war between the supporters of the rival presidential contenders, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, had a dramatic impact on the safety of journalists. During the Battle of Abidjan, the country’s business capital, at the start of April, it was completely impossible for journalists to move about the city.

Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egypt
The pro-democracy demonstrations that finally forced Hosni Mubarak to stand down as president on 20 February began at the end of January in Tahrir Square, now the emblem of the Arab Spring uprisings. Foreign journalists were systematically attacked during the incredibly violent first week of February, when an all-out hate campaign was waged against the international media from 2 to 5 February. More than 200 violations were reported. Local journalists were also targeted. The scenario was similar six months later – from 19 to 28 November, in the run-up to parliamentary elections, and during the weekend of 17-18 December – during the crackdown on new demonstrations to demand the departure of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Misrata, Libya
After liberating Benghazi, the anti-Gaddafi rebels took Misrata, Libya’s third largest city and a strategic point for launching an offensive on Tripoli. But the regular army staged a counter-offensive and laid siege to the city, cutting it off from the rest of the world and imposing a news and information blockade lasting many weeks, during which its main road, Tripoli Street, was repeatedly the scene of particularly intense fighting. The Battle of Misrata highlighted the risks that reporters take in war zones. Two of the five journalists killed in Libya in 2011 lost their lives in this city.

Veracruz state, Mexico
Located on the Gulf of Mexico and long dominated by the cartel of the same name, Veracruz state is a hub of all kinds of criminal trade, from drug trafficking to contraband in petroleum products. In 2011, it became the new epicentre of the federal offensive against the cartels and three journalists were killed there in the course of the year. Around 10 others fled the state as a result of the growing threats to freedom of information and because of the inaction or complicity of the authorities in the face of this threat.

Khuzdar, Pakistan
The many cases of journalists who have been threatened or murdered in Khuzdar district, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, is typical of the extreme violence that prevails in this part of Pakistan. The province’s media are caught in the crossfire between the security forces and armed separatists. The murder of Javed Naseer Rind, a former assistant editor of the Daily Tawar newspaper, was the latest example. His body was found on 5 November, nearly three months after he was abducted. An anti-separatist group calling itself the Baloch Musallah Defa Army issued a hit-list at the end of November naming four journalists as earmarked for assassination.

The Manila, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro metropolitan areas on the islands of Luzon and Mindanao, Philippines
Most of the murders and physical attacks on journalists in the Philippines take place in these three metropolitan areas. The paramilitary groups and private militias responsible were classified as “Predators of Press Freedom” in 2011. The government that took office in July has still not come up with a satisfactory response, so these groups continue to enjoy a total impunity that is the result of corruption, links between certain politicians and organized crime, and an insufficiently independent judicial system.

Mogadishu, Somalia
Mogadishu is a deadly capital where journalists are exposed to terrible dangers, including being killed by a bomb or a stray bullet or being deliberately targeted by militias hostile to the news media. Although the Islamist insurgent group Al-Shabaab withdrew from the capital, fighting continues and makes reporting very dangerous. Three Somali journalists were killed in Mogadishu this year, in August, October and December. And a visiting Malaysian cameraman sustained a fatal gunshot injury to the chest in September while accompanying a Malaysian NGO as it was delivering humanitarian assistance.

Deraa, Homs and Damascus, Syria
Deraa and Homs, the two epicentres of the protests against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, have been completely isolated. They and Damascus were especially dangerous for journalists in 2011. The regime has imposed a complete media blackout, refusing to grant visas to foreign reporters and deporting those already in the country. The occasional video footage of the pro-democracy demonstrations that began in March has been filmed by ordinary citizens, who risk their lives to do so. Many have been the victims of arrest, abduction, beatings and torture for transmitting video footage or information about the repression. The mukhabarat (intelligence services), shabihas (militias) and their cyber-army have been used by the regime to identify and harass journalists. Physical violence is very common. Many bloggers and journalists have fled the country. Around 30 journalists are currently believed to be detained.

Sanaa’s Change Square, Yemen
Change Square in Sanaa was the centre of the protests against President Ali Abdallah Saleh and it is there that much of the violence and abuses against journalists took place. Covering the demonstrations and the many bloody clashes with the security forces was dangerous for the media, which were directly targeted by a regime bent on crushing the pro-democracy movement and suppressing coverage of it. Two journalists were killed while covering these demonstrations. Pro-government militiamen known as baltajiyas also carried out punitive raids on the media. Physical violence, destruction of equipment, kidnappings, seizure and destruction of newspapers, and attacks on media offices were all used as part of a policy of systematic violence against media personnel.

Yearly total of journalists killed since 1995


 


 

(Quelle: Reporter ohne Grenzen.)

Naher Osten: Jagd auf BloggerInnen

Freitag, Dezember 16th, 2011

“The war against the bloggers

 

 

December 4 the syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi was arrested by Syrian authorities at the border to Jordan when she wanted to leave the country to attend a conference in Amman. Razan lived in Cairo for some months, I met her there, according to what she told us she already left Syria because she was unter threat, why she finally decided to go back I don‘t know. Razan was one of the few bloggers who wrote under their real name, already before the protest in Syria started in march, she was blogging about feminist topics and homosexuality, later the revolution in Syria, the questions how to organize the protest, how to support the prisoners were here main topics. She worked quite closed with some western NGOs and attended several conferences (what she saw quite critical herself according to this articel (german). Her collegue and friend blogger Hussein Ghrer just got free december 1st after being detained for 37 days – the good news was the last post on her blog before she got arrested herself.

The campaign #freerazan started right after her arrest and spread fast – Razan was a prominent member of the trans-arabic young blogger szene, she was well connected to bloggers and human rights activists in several other countries. It didn‘t help her: After being in jail for 11 days she was charged on wednesday. The accusations were: 1.establishing organization that aims to change social & economical entity of the state; 2.weakening the national sentiment and 3.trying to ignite sectarian strife. if she would be charged this would mean 15 years in jail. According to her sister, the case is postponed to Saturday. For further info read the report of Reporters without borders with links to the campaign pages, one of the campaign pages and more tips how to support Razan.

The reactions from the blogger community ranged between shock and speechlessness. Not only because of the arrest of Razan – she is part of the war against the bloggers that is going on in several countries at the same time.
Alaa Abd El-Fattah, one of the most famous egyptian bloggers just got his detention renewed today. It’s seems the egyptian military is unwilling to let him free – and it seems that the charge of „insulting the army“ is more dangerous in Egypt at them moment than the charge of killing. While the public prosecutor let all the people free today who were arrested in the Maspiro events 9th of october, Alaa is still in Tora prison, because he is „facing different charges“.
Wednesday, the same day Alaa got another 15 days of detention, Maikel Nabil Sanad, already in jail since April, was judged by a military appeal court again to two years in prison, one year less than he got in April for writing a blog post analyzing the role of the egyptian army during the revolution. Sanad is in hunger-strike since august (short articel in taz, GPMagazin/Connection e.V.).
Today, Bahrein blogger and activist Zainab Alkhawaja got arrested when she staged a sit-in in a traffic circle (see the youtube video).

#freealaa #freezainab #freerazan #freemaikel

In a time where in countries like Egypt the offical press is again and in Syria still censored and under control of the government, free speech and critics in the internet seems to be the biggest threat for the ones who are ruling by brutality, aggression and lies…”

 

(Quelle: Egyptian Spring.)