'FRONTLINE DEFENDERS' TALK ON BAHRAIN, TONIGHT 27TH OF AUGUST IN DUBLIN
Dublin: Public talk by human rights lawyer, Mohammed Al Tajir, on ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain
Human rights lawyer Mohamed Al-Tajir who provides legal assistance to human rights defenders and political activists targeted during the ongoing security clampdown in Bahrain to speak in Dublin - Monday 27 August 2012
Mohamed Al-Tajir has himself been the subject of threats and intimidation and was at one point held in incommunicado detention without access to family or lawyers for 5 weeks.
Mohamed Al Tajir will talk about how the Bahraini Government uses vaguely worded security legislation to target those who criticise the regime and call for reform and human rights.
Where: The Oak Room, The Mansion House Kildare St, Dublin 2
Who: the event is co-organised by the Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-Violence Organisation (BRAVO), Ceartas- Irish Lawyers for Human Rights and Front Line Defenders.
When: Monday 27 August 2012 6.00pm
In February 2011, the Arab Spring spread to Bahrain. After nearly four weeks of massive pro-democracy demonstrations, the authorities launched a violent crackdown on the protesters.
Along with over twenty other lawyers, Mohammed Al-Tajir worked to assist those held in incommunicado detention during the crackdown. On 15 April 2011, Al-Tajir was himself arrested in front of his wife and children by a group of more than twenty-masked men and plain-clothes police officers.
Ceartas - Irish Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent organisation that seeks to promote and protect human rights internationally through the innovative use of law.
The Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-Violence Organisation (BRAVO) is an anti-violence NGO that works with the aim of achieving compliance and adherence to human rights principles, values, and standards in Bahrain.
IAWM BULLETIN – 18 AUGUST 2012
1. IAWM NEWSLETTER - August 2012
2. EVENT - PROTEST
In response to the massacre of up to 50 striking platiunum miners in Marikana, South Africa a protest has been called to condemn the actions of the police firing assault rifles on virtually defenseless workers.
3. DONATING TO THE IAWM
IAWM BULLETIN – 10 AUGUST 2012
1. Shannon Vigil
Location: Meet at small roundabout just before airport entrance
2. Donating to the Irish Anti-War Movement
IAWM BULLETIN – 04 AUGUST 2012
1. IPSC EVENT – PALESTINIAN MEMBER OF KNESSET HANEEN ZOABI SPEAKING TOUR STARTS TUES. 07 AUGUST, DUBLIN, 7.30PM, WYNN’S HOTEL, LOWER ABBEY STREET.
2. DONATING TO THE IAWM
1. IPSC – HANEEN ZOABI SPEAKING TOUR
The IAWM Steering Committee recommends all its members to attend the meeting in Dublin or elsewhere.
This is a rare opportunity to find out directly from a public representative in the Israeli parliament how the self proclaimed “only democracy in the Middle East” truly functions. It promises to be an informative and eye-opening experience, and will afford those in attendance the opportunity to learn about issues relating to both the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the continuing erosion of democratic freedoms inside Israel, including the crackdown on the work of domestic and international NGOs and activists.
Tuesday 7th Aug – Dublin : 7.30pm, Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey St – More info
Information about Haneen Zoabi
On Wednesday 11th July the IPSC will hold a lunchtime demonstration from 1pm – 2pm outside the EU Offices (EU House, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2) to raise awareness of Palestinian political and child prisoners and protest at EU silence and complicity in the face of Israeli violations of their rights.
POLITICAL PRISONERS & HUNGER STRIKERS
At present, there are a number of prisoners on hunger strike including Akram Rikhawi and Samer Al-Barq who are nearing their 90th and 50th day of hunger strike.
AKRAM RIKHAWI from Gaza was arrested by Israeli occupation forces in 2004 and sentenced to 9 years’ imprisonment by a military court (these courts convict 99.74% of all accused Palestinians). Rikhawi has refused food for over 89 days, he suffers from various chronic conditions, including diabetes, asthma and osteoporosis. In spite of an independent doctor recommending examination by a lung specialist, to date this has been denied by the IPS (Israeli Prison Services) and when hospitalised recently he was shackled to his bed at all times. His request is simply that his medical condition be considered during the discussion of his request for an earlier release. Every prisoner is entitled to ask to be considered for early release when at least two thirds of the sentence has been served.
SAMER AL-BARAQ, from the village of Jayyous, near Qalqilia, has been on hunger strike for over 48 days. He has been interned by Israel for almost two years without charge or trial under the Administrative Detention regime. Baraq was assured by that he would be released after the mass hunger strike of over 2,000 prisoners came to a negotiated end, however his administrative detention order was renewed for another three months in violation of the terms of this agreement, thus forcing Mr. al-Baraq to resume his strike.