The following is my translation of a post published today on the German blog Aufstand in Arabien. The original is at http://aufstand-in-arabien.blogspot.com02011/04/bahrain-sichelzellenanamie.html?spref=tw I did the translation out of solidarity with @angryaribaya, whom I follow on Twitter.
10 April 2011
Bahrain: sickle-cell anemia, manipulation and arrests
Meanwhile, the wave of arrests continues in Bahrain. A dramatic and well- documented example is that of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja . He was attacked early Saturday morning, at around 2 a.m., by masked and armed men in black uniforms. They entered the door and beat Al-Khawaja bloody and unconscious, although he did not resist. Al-Khawaja was the founder and longtime chairman of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. Later, he was a rapporteur for Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations. He stopped this work last year after harassment and threats by the authorities. At opposition rallies earlier this year, he gave speeches in which he accused the Bahraini government of torture and murder, and called for investigations and prosecutions of these cases, as well as for an effective fight against corruption. With him were his brother and his son-in-law, who have also been active in the opposition; they too were arrested. Three weeks ago, Abdulhadias’ brother, Salah Al Khawaji, was likewise taken into custody, and the family still know nothing of his whereabouts or the charges against him. The arrest of Al-Abdulhadi Khawajas, carried out with no arrest warrant or charges laid, took place in front of his daughter, Zeinab. Half an hour later, she documented the events on Twitter. Here is the link: http://chirpstory.com/li/1085