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Release Fadhila Al Mubarak

About Fadhila Al Mubarak
Fadeela Mubarak, 38 years old mother of 9 years old son, lives in Aali village in the suburbs of Manama, Bahrain. Fadhila Al Mubarak who was sentenced 4 years imprisonment for listening to anti-government CDs in her car. She was the first woman in Bahrain being tried in military tribunal, which gave that verdict. Her case was rarely highlighted in media. A short documentary titled “Fadheela Mubarak A Mother Behind The Bars in Bahrain”
covers the plight of Fadhila.

 

We ask all concerned people to take immediate and urgent action in support of Fadhila Al Mubarak.

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Write about Fadhila Al Mubarak: 
Please use the below sample letter to urgently demand the immediate and unconditional release of innocent prisoner Fadhila A- Mubarak. The mail should be addressed to Secretary General of United Nations in New York with copies to international foreign ministries worldwide as well as media outlets. Email Addresses appear below the sample letter.


His Excellency 

The purpose of this letter is to draw your attention to plight of 38 years old mother namely Fadhila Al Mubarak, who has been in false imprisonment for nine months bearing sentence of eighteen-months in prison handed down in a travesty military trial for playing a song in Bahrain.
On March 27 2011, Fadhila was passing a checkpoint with her son and nieces whist a revolutionary song was playing in her vehicle when she was stopped and asked to step out by police. At the checkpoint, as she was answering the questions of a police officer, a man in civilian clothes tried to enter into her car.  Fadhila resisted deeming the man to be a thug and fearing for the safety of children in the car but later it turned out the man is also a policeman.
Fadhila was verbally abused at the checkpoint which contradicts the Article 2 of Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and subsequently arbitrarily detained, arbitrary detention is illegal according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 7 which Bahrain is a state party.
After around one month, Fadhila was released but only to be rearrested 10 days later and prosecuted and sentenced for four years (The sentence was converted from four years to one and an half year in the appeal by the military court) by a military court without according any legal counsel to her. The military court convicted her in totally baseless and fraudulent charges viz. offending a public official, inciting hatred towards the regime by playing an audio revolutionary song, partaking in protest etc.
Even though Fadhila was detained in span of martial-law, martial-law does not permit or revoke:
  • Arbitrary deprivations of liberty or unacknowledged detentions.
  • Deviation from fundamental principles of fair trial, including the presumption of innocence.
  • The right to have immediate access to legal counsel and family,
  • The right to be secure from torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment – All these principles must always be respected even during a public emergency.
Fadhila’s prosecution before military tribunal and conviction by the same blatantly violates principles of prosecution of a civilian and other afore mentioned principles.
According to her family, she has been tortured in prison which puts a life a patient of “Ovarian cysts” even at higher risk and makes me deeply concerned for her that a woman going through all this only for listening to an anti-government song. Totally shame!
Fadhila’s 9 years old son has made a plea to international community to help him (Video http://goo.gl/L35Uu).  I also request you to insure Bahraini authority abide by the human rights treaties and principles applicable on them and demand immediate dropping of charges and safe release of Fadhila Al Mubarak. She should be released immediately and without any condition.
Sincerely,

[Your Name]

 

ADDRESSES (copy and paste into your email address lines)
Ban Ki-moon

Office of the United Nations, Secretary-General

Email:sg@un.org

Foregin Minister and UN State Department 
jerzy.buzek@europarl.europa.eu; michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at; kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be;  iprd@mfa.government.bg; imprensa@itamaraty.gov.br; haguew@parliament.uk; cannon.l@parl.gc.ca; ministar@mvpei.hr; minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy; podatelna@mzv.cz; udenrigsministeren@um.dk; vminfo@vm.ee; umi@formin.fi; alain.juppe@diplomatie.gouv.fr; inform@mfa.gov.ge; guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de; gpapandreou@parliament.gr; titkarsag.konz@kum.hu; external@utn.stjr.is; minister@dfa.ie; segreteria.frattini@esteri.it; mfa.cha@mfa.gov.lv; tonio.borg@gov.mt; post@mfa.no; DNZPC.Sekretariat@msz.gov.pl; senec@mne.gov.pt; msp@mfa.rs; miguel.moratinos@maec.es; registrator@foreign.ministry.se; info@eda.admin.ch

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stewartkb@state.gov


Navanethem Pillay 
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
E-mail: npillay@ohchr.org


You can also send the letter to: 
EU Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law at http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/contact_en.asp
European Association for Human Rights at http://www.aedh.eu/-Contact,35-.html

US Department of Sate at http://contact-us.state.gov/app/ask

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F1: Don’t race in Bahrain!

This week, the Bahrain government is desperately trying to cover up its crackdown and show it’s now fit to host the Grand Prix. But if we expose their abuses, we can keep wavering F1 teams out of brutal Bahrain.

Six months ago the regime was shooting protesters and Avaaz got F1 teams to unanimously refuse to race in Bahrain. Now the Bahrain government is again trying to whitewash its image. But this weekend a young boy’s mutilated body washed up on the beach — a tragic sign of continued repression of democracy activists. We know Red Bull and Mercedes care what we think — let’s call on them to stop the race again until independent observers say regime violence is over and democratic voices are free.

We have only days before the decision. Let’s stop the Bahrain F1 and show the regime that only an end to brutality will unblock business. Sign the urgent petition now and send this to everyone — when we reach 200,000 signatures, we’ll deliver directly to the teams.

To Mercedes and other F1 teams:

As the Bahraini government continues to kill, injure and imprison peaceful protesters, we call on you to safeguard your reputation, and Formula 1’s by agreeing not to race in Bahrain this year. The Grand Prix should only return to Bahrain once it’s released and compensated political prisoners and taken verifiable steps towards democracy.

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Free Human Rights Defender Zainab Al-Khawaja

Zainab Al-Khawaja is a 28-years-old member of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, famous human rights blogger as @angryarabia and a mother of 2-years-old girl from Bahrain.

On 15 December 2011, Zainab was arrested by Bahraini security forces from a roundabout on Budaiya highway, west of capital city Manama where she was taking part in a peaceful-sit-in-protest. The security forces responded with firing tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the protest, while Zainab continued the sit-in before the police moved in to rough her up.  She was arrested, handcuffed, assaulted and punched in her back by the police officer as she was forcibly dragged off into custody.  She, as well as another woman Masooma Al-Sayed were then taken to the police station.

Zainab is a mother of a two-year-old child, whose husband Wafi Al-Majed is in prison along with her father, Bahrain’s most prominent political activist and human rights defender, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who was imprisoned for life in June by special military court.
Zainab faces grave danger and is at risk of being tortured, as the regime has systematically attacked human rights defenders, health workers and professionals who are speaking up against the repression and human rights abuses.
We condemn ill-treatment of Zainab Al-Khawaja in public in the strongest possible terms, and arbitrary detention and demand the authorities to release her and Masooma Al-Sayed immediately and unconditionally.
We ask all concerned people to take immediate and urgent action in support of Zainab Al-Khawaja and Masooma Al-Sayed.

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Oil, pearls and blood

The Kingdom of Bahrain, مملكة البحرين or Mamlakat al Bahrayn, is an island with about 1.2 million inhabitants in the Persian Gulf close to the east coast of Saudi Arabia and always famous for its oil and pearls but since a few weeks as well for its brutality against demonstrators. People are protesting because they have the same desire of many in the Middle East and Africa: Freedom and respect. Since the uprise begun in this country, ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family, the security forces used unneccessary violence. When peaceful protestors camped on Pearl Roundabout in Manama with complete families the police cracked down the Square around 3 am in the morning, totally unexpected and many people died; men, women and children.

But as we have learned from the uprise in Egypt and Tunisia we know that every action by the government has a stronger reaction by the protestors and so it did in Bahrain. The protestors do not only ask for reforms now but they want the King to step down.  We have seen the same scenario in the other countries and I am surprised over and over again. You can’t just use brutal force and then to expect from the people to go back to their homes and jobs and pretend nothing has happened.

The Bahraini state TV is spreading the news that it is an uprise by the Shia people, the second largest denomination in Islam, who are in majority in this state but the Royal family are Sunni,t he largest group within Islam but a minority in Bahrain. We have seen many signs in Arabic and in English held by protestors saying it is an uprise against suppression, organised by the people of the country and not driven by religion. A protest through the desire of Freedom.

The Government requested their big brother Saudi Arabia to send in extra security forces and on March 14th the bridge between both nations is carrying a convoy of 1000 troops crossing the border of Bahrain above the 500 security forces from the United Arabic Emirates. The bill so far since the Saudi forces entered: Several policemen and protestors killed during clashes. Security forces threatening doctors in hospitals not to help the injured demonstrators and ambulances are denied to assist the doctors in the streets. Heavily shaken patients seen in hospitals trying to breathe are hit by probably nerve gas.

A humanitarian crisis is now unfolding in Bahrain and many will be killed in the land of Oil and Pearls and since 4 weeks…….blood.

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