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13 Aug, 2013

Bahrain: Security Forces Place Cement Blocks and Barbed Wire around Villages Ahead of "Tamarrod"

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is gravely concerned in regards to the ongoing and escalating government crackdown following the announcement of Bahrain Rebellion "Tamarrod" Movement to take place in Bahrain tomorrow, 14th of August 2011, to demand the right of self-determination and human rights through peaceful protests. Ever since the call for the protests, approximately a month and a half ago, the BCHR has documented rapidly increasing violations committed by the Bahraini authorities; from passing new repressive laws, increase of violent, arbitrary arrests and house raids, and to the most recent case of surrounding some villages with barbed wire and cement blocks.

On Monday, 13th of August 2013, security forces started surrounding some villages with barbed wire and placed cement blocks to control the movement and prevent protestors from reaching the main roads. Residents of those areas will be forced to cross police checkpoints whenever they need to leave or enter residential areas, which imposes the threat of getting arrested if they were suspected of participating in the protests.

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Photo: Cement blocks and barbed wires in Bilad AlQadeem

Photo: Villages surrounded by barbed wire

Besides besieging several areas, the BCHR has also documented an increase of police and security presence at the Salmaniya Medical Complex, which is the only full-service public hospital in Bahrain, and a camera at the gate which records number plates of all cars entering. This poses a threat to all those who may seek medical treatment after getting injured while participating in peaceful protests, and those who take them to the hospital.

It is important to note that the unelected Prime Minister, Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, threatened during a high level meeting on Monday August, 12th 2013 that the government will forcefully confront any calls to violate law and order and those who stand behind them through decisive measures. Link to the full article:

The BCHR is very concerned about the impending crackdown tomorrow, and calls for international pressure on the Government in Bahrain to allow people their basic right to peaceful protest and freedom of assembly. Repression of peaceful calls for protest will only further deteriorate the human rights situation in Bahrain.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) believes that placing barbed wires and cement blocks around entire villages is in direct violation of the right to freedom of movement, and that all other suppressive acts of the Bahraini authorities are flagrant violations of all international conventions it has signed and ratified, and thus, the BCHR calls on the United States, the United Kingdom, the UN and all other allies and relevant institutions to put pressure on the Government of Bahrain to immediately put an end to the human rights violations.

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Bahrain : High Level Meeting On National Assembly’s Anti-Terror Measures
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 11:46:30 AM »

HRH The Prime Minister Chairs High Level Meeting On National Assembly’s Anti-Terror Measures

 05 : 38 PM - 12/08/2013

 Secretary General of the Cabinet, Manama, 12 August 2013: During a high level meeting chaired by HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister at Gudaibiya Palace this morning, the Premier stressed that the government is in a critical stage of fighting to eliminate terrorism through its integrated program to combat such violence and punish the perpetrators and instigators, as well as those who provide legitimacy and political cover for acts of terrorism, including those who support and call others to break the law. The Government will deal with such individuals according to the most severe measures the law allows in response to the recommendations of the National Assembly – who were elected by their constituents to represent the will of the people – and will not allow anything to compromise the safety, stability, and normal daily life in the Kingdom.

 The purpose of today’s meeting was to follow up on the implementation of the Anti-Terror recommendations and review the precautions taken by the relevant Ministries and government entities in case of any emergency, as well as to check on the progress made in the work of the Security and Civil Committees that were commissioned to implement the recommendations. HRH the Prime Minister noted that 17 out of 22 recommendations submitted by the National Assembly have been fully implemented including the legislative part which has been fully completed, and followed up on the stages of the remainder of the recommendations’ implementation with regard to Security and Civil matters.

 The Prime Minister emphasized that the government will not tolerate any attempt to destabilize the Kingdom and drag the country into chaotic rioting and terrorism, and that the government will respond to any efforts to do so supported by the full power of the law in keeping with the National Assembly’s recommendations to protect society from violent crimes and terrorism.

 HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman stressed the need to speed up the procedures for the implementation of these security measures to be immediate in order to preserve public and private interests. These actions by the government are to protect citizens and residents in the villages and towns throughout the Kingdom from attempts by militant groups using violence and rioting to terrorize them and deny their source of income by blocking roads and forcing them to close their businesses.

 In closing, the Prime Minister confirmed that the implementation of these Anti-Terror measures will be monitored very closely and that he personally will follow up on every update to see it through to completion, in order to eliminate terrorism and provide all citizens a safe and stable society, free from violence, terrorism and sectarian exploitation.
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