Tag: human-rights

The West’s Acquiescence to Autocracy

1 Feb, '0817 Comments

Download the HRW Report 2008pdf – 5.5MB The US, EU and other democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections out of political expediency, Human Rights Watch says in its annual report. Allowing autocrats to pose as democrats without demanding they uphold civil and political rights risked undermining human rights worldwide, it warned. HRW said Pakistan, […]

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The Cultural Tsunami is coming

The Cultural Tsunami is coming

28 Jan, '0843 Comments

Bahrain labour minister warns of ‘Asian tsunami’ A Bahraini minister has warned of an “Asian tsunami” because of the reliance of “lazy” Gulf Arabs on foreign labour to carry out even the simplest tasks, in an interview published on Sunday. Labour Minister Majid al-Alawi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the presence of almost 17 million foreign […]

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Is this the 90s all over again?

23 Jan, '082 Comments

“Bahrain’s response to allegations of torture against dissidents will show whether it really respects basic human rights,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Bahrain should launch an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into allegations of grave abuses in detention centers.” Bahrain should investigate allegations that judicial interrogators […]

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Malkiya Restored

Malkiya Restored

21 Aug, '078 Comments

It took two years of continuous struggle and hard work and only a few seconds for the Malkiya beachfront situation to be resolved. The king – yes, himself – intervened and ordered the illegal fish-traps removed. The traps of course were installed to prevent people from “trespassing” in the sea in front of a hardly […]

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Free Bashar!

Free Bashar!

20 Aug, '0711 Comments

Some very sad news from Kuwait, a neighbouring country which we in Bahrain – and I suspect the whole Gulf – regarded until now as the beacon of democracy with the longest serving parliament in the region. A country where we celebrated their new Press and Publications Law which we again held in high regard […]

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