Feb 14, 2013 - On February 14, 2011, Bahraini citizens followed the example of Tunisians and Egyptians, who had courageously risen up against tyrannical rule. In Bahrain's capital, Manama, they took to the streets to declare their desire for democratic reforms. Two years later, they are still making that call.
Bahrain, a small island country in the Persian Gulf, is run by royal family, and King bin Isa al-Khalifa's security forces, with reinforcement from Saudi Arabia and weapons provided by the United States, have cracked down on protests with mass arrests and violent force.
According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), 87 civilians, including 13 children, have been killed due to excessive use of force against protesters. The country's foremost political activists and human rights defenders are in detention, including the president of the BCHR, Nabeel Rajab, its founder, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, and the President of the Bahrain Teachers Association, Mahdi Abu Deeb. Human rights monitors have collected numerous reports of torture from those serving time in the country's overcrowded prisons.
The second anniversary of Bahrain's pro-democracy movement is being marked the same way it began: with demonstrations and violent clashes with riot police. This playlist will be updated with videos of those protests, as well as advocacy videos from Bahrain and around the world addressing the fight for liberty and representative government in the Gulf nation. Contact the Human Rights Channel via twitter (@ythumanrights) with videos, and take a look at our previous in-depth playlists on the pro-democracy movement at the links below.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Human Rights Channel
A Profile of Nabeel Rajab:
Bahrain: Violent Opression & Protest
Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Human Rights First
"Bahrain should protect the right to protest"
"Bahrain's Arab spring chapter is still being written two years on"
"America's arms sales to Bahrain amid bloody crackdown"