Monday, January 16, 2006

Action in London




I spent my christmas break in UK, 10 days of which I was in London. While I was there I met Moosa Abdali (the guy who was sexually assaulted by the Bahraini police). We heard of the demonstrations taking place in Bahrain and the protesters that were being held in detention and facing trials, so we decided to take action in London. It wasn't much but the main purpose was to support those people who get beaten up and go to prison for going on demonstrations, and to protest against the crimes of the goverenment.

First we went to Hyde Park, Speakers corner where we talked to people about human rights abuses in Bahrain. Ali Mshaime3 joined us to speak in Arabic. To my surprise there were many people who were very interested in the situation, and we had very long discussions about Bahrain in particular and the Gulf region in general.

Next we held a small protest infront of the Bahraini Embassy in London. For two hours the group that had come to protest shouted slogans like "Free our Hostages" and "We want democracy in Bahrain". Reports on human rights abuses in Bahrain were also distributed.

Finally we visited 5 different human rights organizations who have offices in London. We spoke to them and handed over the reports on the latest abuses in Bahrain. They were very cooperative and promised to do what they can to help.

I really hope that the day will come when every Bahraini has the right to speak his mind without risking his health and freedom.

18 Comments:

Blogger Anti Che3oo said...

Go back to wisconsin and chase beavers all your life, never come back to Bahrain you damn Che3wa, cuz no matter how "civilized" you get, you will always be a stinkin' Ba7raaniya and che3wa, I am not against shiites I am against 7alaayel such as you.

7:10 AM  
Blogger HalloweenHarry said...

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1:24 PM  
Blogger HalloweenHarry said...

I'm sure you did all Bahrain a big favour when you put down our country for the sake of a little publicity.

This is the most pretentious Bahraini blog i've read so far.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

I am in Wisconsin, havn't seen any beavers here, only squirrels. I will graduate and then I WILL come back to Bahrain. And I'll live the rest of my life there. Because Us "7alayel" are the original Bahraini people. The natives of a country that is colonized are not a booty of war. oh and one last thing, you can't claim that a group of people are naturally less civilized than others, unless you're a racist ofcouorse.
Cheers

1:35 PM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

Halloweenharry,
As many Americans here say "I dont have to like Bush to love my country". We do not put Bahrain down, we speak against the dictators ruling Bahrain.
This little publicity saves lives my friend. Your government who is so sacred to you, has proved in the past and present that they do not respect human rights unless it will make them look bad. And frankly I am more concerned about freedoms in Bahrain than the dictator who is taking them away.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I am surprised at the hostility you have generated against you. It seems "free speech" is not well understood among may Bahraini's.

Another Bahraini blogger suggested the fault was the demonstrators rather that the heavy handed action of the State. Sad.

Keep up your efforts at peaceful protest and your human right to free expression.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

Thank you Phillip. Hopefully someday all my Bahraini brothers and sistersnwill understand that going against dictators and wanting freedom of speech is whats best for our country.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Anti Che3oo said...

I am sorry, but you mean you hope that one day your BAHRAAANI brothers and sisters would express themselves freely. I am not WITH the government but I am not with you species, cuz you are not for peaceful protest, you are for getting the throne altogether, then all the empty promises of unity will vaporize by murdering the sunnis and deporting the persians and foreigners, well u know what? I hope that this day comes so then when all is left in Bahrain is the smelly armpits, only then you will realise that you turned it into a worse shithole than it ALREADY is.

3:11 AM  
Blogger Down With Zainab! said...

You need a head check girl! We allknow the real reasons as to why you are behaving like this and bad mouthing Bahrain.. isn't it because poor daddy lost BCHR because he bad mouthed the pm sometime ago? Aren't you all doing this just because you have a personal grudge against some people in the government - so you areleading the blind protesters with stupidity.

No More! You will soon find a campaign against you and your fucked up mentality by the very protesters you tried to fool by overthrowing others!. If ayou don't like bahrain then just leave you COWARD!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Down With Zainab! said...

and all your puppy dog fellow sympathisers from the US will soon find out in a 3-day conference next week in Bahrain what real sad liars both you and your list of dysfunctional idiots are!

10:58 AM  
Blogger Gardens of Sand said...

Hello Zainab,
It seems that your blog and posts generate a lot of strong reactions and emotions from the different readers. I personally, will take the negative and positive comments; at least you are making your readers think. You are challenging them and hopefully motivating them to be agents of change.
Unfortunately, we Bahrainis seem to forget the essence of the very things that we are fighting for: freedom of speech, equality, democracy, respect, and the inherent value of an individual.
It seems you are only free to express something everyone agrees on. You will not be respected, no, you and yours will be slandered for daring to saying the ugly truth. You are not a coward. Cowards are those who disagree with your actions and can only insult you instead of respectfully expressing there opposing view. These people are really a disgrace. Insulting and condemning a whole people is absurd and shows the ignorance of a person.
I long for the day when in Bahrain you are not seen as inferior because of your ethnicity or sect. I long for the day when all Bahrainis are respected as humans and treated equally. I long for the day when we will all be just Bahrainis and Muslims, not Persian, Arab, Holi, Shia and Sunni. I had hoped that as society progresses that these man-made dividers would disintegrate and disappear, and we would come together as a community, demanding our right to determine our future and be free.
I used to think that it would happen in my parent’s time. Obviously, we are still fighting for it. Then I thought, maybe in my time. But the hateful comments you received cast shadows of doubts. Now I hope that at least, my children will grow up not being second-rate citizens in their own home, that they will be free to live, think, feel how and what they want.
I may not agree with you on all points ( I don’t know you well enough to), but I appreciate the efforts you and others put into the cause of Bahrain, and respect your right to express your thoughts and emotions. Hopefully, others will do the same. Let us all be civilized here and agree to disagree.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

Yes those are the things we all should be fighting for: freedom of speech, equality, democracy, respect, and the inherent value of an individual. I couldn't have put it better.
I realize that people disagree and I am all for freedom of speech, and there is a view that one should not publicize their problems internationally. I guess this is another discussion in itself, but I really hope to find someone serious about having that discussion, I could prove how through experience we have discovered it leads to results. And whoever disagrees can tell me why.
However, I do not like the discrimation used in some of the replies. In the BCHR we work sunnis and shiites shoulder to shoulder, and if we think publicity could help victims, whether they are sunni or shiites, well then we do our best to use it.
As for the anti-Zainab person, its Alkhawaja, without the H. :)

12:29 AM  
Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

Man this is getting to be fun! And I have to physically visit this blog every day now to take in all the love that you have engendered Zainab, pulling your articles through an RSS feed will not do any more.

Tell you what, if you have succeeded in dragging slithering reptiles from their cesspits like your dear friend whose choice of name leaves nothing to be desired, then you're on the right path.

Keep it up, and as hurtful as those comments are, please don't delete them, they are a testimony to the divide we are experiencing in Bahrain. They obviously have not woken up to the main problem in Bahrain has nothing to do with sects, it all about politics and both shi'a and sunna are being mercilessly down-trodden.

Smile!

1:06 AM  
Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

One more thing.. regarding the shia/sunna thing with the BCHR; although I do not agree with some of their, or Abdulhadi's methods, one must recognise that it was (and is) the BCHR who worked toward the release of prisoners in Gitmo. And as far as I can gather, all of those are Sunnis with even Wahabi tendencies?

2:25 AM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

Hiya Mahmood
Ok what do you mean "pulling your articles through an RSS feed will not do any more."??
Oh and don't worry theres noway I'm deleting any of these comments. :)
cheers

8:45 AM  
Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

I visit all Bahraini sites (and many others) daily through my bloglines account, which pulls RSS content off the main pages of these sites and puts them in one place for me to keep updated. However, I did not subscribe to comments RSS feeds as then I would literally will not get any work done at all! Hence, I physically pop-into sites if I find an article is worth persuing and read its comments or enter my own comment on the thread.

This beautiful and very fruitful exchange on this article started on the 16th, and I only noticed the comments when I visited yesterday and was surprised, to say the least.

Had I not physically visited, I would not have seen these comments.

bloglines is a good service (free) to subscribe to. Check them out of you haven't already at http://bloglines.com

My subscriptions (or any other user for that matter) could be subscribed to as well, here's my link:

http://www.bloglines.com/public/malyousif

regards and non illigitamus carborundum

-- mahmood

12:30 AM  
Blogger Arsalan said...

Assalamualaikum,
Respected Zainab AlKhawaja, thanks alot to your contribution in the works of "Awakening".Every Muslim every where in the world try to keep him or herself aware of their Homeland politics and lets do aware others.
It is impressive knowledge for me atleast about Bahrain politics, i would conclude that Bahrain Govt. structure is pro Western as many other Muslim countries. Well nice work keep saying the Truth may God let you to The Truths.
Wsalam

12:53 AM  
Blogger bathmate said...

nice posting..............

Bathmate

2:20 AM  

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