Target: Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon
Goal: The reform of Bahraini government and curtailment of human rights violations
Within the last few weeks, Bahraini police officials have been arresting and detaining oppositional activists. These arrests and subsequent confinements are being carried out in a questionable manner. Many believe that these individuals are suddenly being targeted due to the soon to arrive Formula 1 Grand Prix racing event.
The suspicion of the approaching Formula 1 event as the harbinger of this mass crackdown on activists was proposed due to many of the arrests occurring near the racing circuit. Some believe that because this race will be characterized by an intensified media presence, the government is attempting to suppress the protesters from occupying the area and attracting the attention of the media.
The Bahraini government has come under fire recently for a number of human rights violations and government corruption. Officials have seemingly pledged to assess and reorganize the makeup of the government in order to eradicate corruption and human rights issues stemming from crooked political operations. However, these events make it clear that the Bahraini government is not willing to fix any of what needs correcting. Rather, officials are adding further abuses to their already long list of violations.
As described by Human Rights Watch, “groups of masked, plainclothes police officers have been conducting targeted night-time and dawn raids in the towns around the motor racing circuit. Twenty people, including prominent anti-government protest leaders, have been arrested. Arresting officers have failed to produce arrest, search, or seizure warrants, the sources said, although these are required by Bahraini law. Officials have also denied those detained access to legal assistance during their initial formal interrogation by prosecutors.”
While it’s not surprising that a government would lie about its intentions, these actions are being performed, fueled by the need to silence those individuals that challenge corruption. Not only did Bahrain back out of its commitment, but now it is directly going after individuals that could be in view of the media in a few weeks. The only intention being to keep these individuals out of view so that the world will remain ignorant to the acts, and not realize the Bahraini government’s revocation of its promises.
The Bahraini government should be held accountable for its actions. Sign below to call upon the United Nations to hold the Bahraini government to its promises.
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
Bahraini officials have been arresting and illegally detaining activists in order to impede their ability to publicly criticize the government. It appears as though the government does not plan to work on the political and social reform that it stated would be its prime goal from now on.
Government officials need to be held accountable for their promises and their actions. Their government is broken, and it is no surprise that a broken government begets human rights violations.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Bahrain Rights