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American Citizens Deported from Bahrain for Human Rights Work

Dandelion Salad

Freegaza
Feb. 12, 2012

Image by Al Jazeera English via Flickr

Government Cracks Down on International Witnesses as Bahrainis Prepare for Return to Pearl Roundabout

For immediate release

Contact:

Adam Shapiro +353-85-236-0262 (UK/Ireland)
Jessica Rafael:+973-3345-1787 (in Bahrain)

February 12, 2011

(Manama) – Radhika Sainath and Huwaida Arraf, chair of the Free Gaza movement, were arrested yesterday while filming police repression of a peaceful demonstration in Manama, have been deported by the Bahraini government.

At approximately 10:00 am on Sunday, February 12, Ms Sainath and Ms Arraf were put on a plane for New York via London, less than fifteen hours after being taken into custody by Bahraini riot police.

The two women, both US citizens, were arrested on Saturday during a peaceful protest near the Standard Chartered Bank in downtown Manama. Protesters had marched into the city center to assert a presence of nonviolent, peaceful protest leading up to the 1-year anniversary of the Arab Spring movement in Bahrain for equality and democracy.

Both were charged with being present at a gathering of “more than five people with intent to riot,” illegal assembly and engaging in “acts other than tourist acts” while on a tourist visa. Their cameras and computers were confiscated and searched, and police photographed personal information including credit cards and journals.

As the February 14 anniversary approaches, Bahraini authorities have become more aggressive about excluding journalists, human rights observers and other internationals from the country, leading many to fear a brutal crackdown. Radhika and Huwaida are a part of the Witness Bahrain initiative (www.witnessbahrain.org), which arrived in Bahrain in response to a call by Bahraini democracy activists for international observers.

Yesterday, the Bahraini government also blocked access to the website of Witness Bahrain and announced that other members of the group were being sought by police so they could be deported as well.

Radhika and Huwaida will be available for interviews in the coming week to discuss what they witnessed in Bahrain.

Witness Bahrain includes activists from Iowa, Northern California (Sonoma County), San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Minneapolis, Western Massachusetts, and Richmond, Virginia.

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on Feb 13, 2012

democracynow.org – On Saturday, Bahrain arrested and detained two American citizens, Huwaida Arraf and Radhika Sainath, for their role in recent protests. They were deported Sunday and returned to New York last night. Both Arraf and Sainath are human rights activists and members of the Witness Bahrain initiative, which places international observers in the country in the hopes of preventing violence by security forces. Their arrest comes just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the popular uprising against the U.S.-backed monarchy. In the past year, Bahraini security forces have killed dozens of demonstrators, and hundreds more have been arrested or fired from their jobs. “[We are] also were getting reports of journalists and human rights organization representatives being denied entry into the country in the lead up to the first anniversary of the Bahrain revolution and this caused great alarm, that the government was planning to escalate its oppression of the people,” says Huwaida Arraf.

US-Backed Bahraini Forces Deport 2 American Peace Activists Acting As Human Rights Observers

see

The Stimulator: #stim4prez

How the Arab League Has Become a Tool of Western Imperialism by Finian Cunningham

Canadian’s Prison Release in Bahrain Raises Hopes of Freedom by Finian Cunningham

Washington Gives Green Light to Toxic Terror in Bahrain by Finian Cunningham

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