Friday, 15 February 2013

Arab spring

The police in Bahrain have just shot a 14 year old boy, his crime, celebrating the second anniversary of the beginning of the democracy debate in his country, or should I say the failed uprising.

In February 2011 the people of Bahrain protested that they wanted democracy introduced into their country, the protest was quashed violently. On 14 February 2011, peaceful protesters took over an iconic Bahraini monument, Pearl Roundabout. Three days later security forces cleared the site using tear gas, batons and birdshot. It was this 'birdshot' that was allegedly used to kill the 14 year old.

Mr Rajab, head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, has been a leader of the pro-democracy protests which have rocked the kingdom since February 2011. The 48-year-old is also one of the most well-known activists in the Arab world, with a huge following on Twitter.

Mr Rajab has told Amnesty researchers he was warned by prison authorities not to speak in English. He is quoted as saying "The punishment for disobeying would be solitary confinement. I was also threatened for … talking about human rights".

The Arab states have a long way to go before they can be recognised as civil...

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