By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
The human rights situation is deteriorating by the day in the Persian Gulf island state of Bahrain, where the repressive Aal-e Khalifa minority regime, with the active support of the U.S. and Britain, continues its campaign of cruelty against the long-suppressed majority, including the hapless prisoners locked up for no fault but peaceful protests for restoration of their birthrights.
It is now over a year that proper medical care has been deliberately denied to four elderly jailed activists, that is, Hassan Mshaima, Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, Abdel-Wahab Hussain and Abdel-Jalil al-Miqdad, who are being subjecting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment that puts their lives at risk.
At the same time, minors jailed in the notorious Dry Dock Detention Centre have been deprived of running water and air cooling for days in temperatures that exceed 48 degrees centigrade and which combined with desert heat and high humidity make life unbearable.
The whole world knows how the regime mistreated Bahrain’s topmost religious authority and Friday Prayer Leader, Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim, who after a long period of house arrest during which he was denied medical treatment, is now in a critical condition in a London hospital.
As the UN looks the other way, Nabil Rajab, a prominent international human rights activist and president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, is subjected to repeated bouts of imprisonment on absurd charges and was recently slammed with a 5-year sentence.
The regime has no respect for constitutional laws either, as is evident by the jailing on trumped up charges of Sheikh Ali Salman, the leader of al-Wefaq Party that used to have the most number of elected seats in the now dissolved parliament.
Torture in prisons has reached such an extent that even the London-based Amnesty International, which is not known for fairness or impartiality, has been forced to call the four above-mentioned elderly prisoners who are suffering from chronic illness as "prisoners of conscience”.
The appalling conditions have made Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International, admit: "Hassan Mshaima, Abdel-Jalil al-Singace, Abdel-Wahab Hussain and Abdel-Jalil al-Miqdad have been imprisoned solely for taking part in peaceful protests. They should not have been arrested, tried or imprisoned in the first place, let alone continue being subjected to this ill-treatment that is now endangering their lives. They must be released immediately and unconditionally.”
The Aal-e Khalifa regime, however, thinks that its survival depends upon trampling the human rights of the Bahrainis by using the most sadistic methods to torture and torment them, fault along with acceleration of efforts to try to change the demography by cancelling the citizenship of entire families, and settling mercenaries from Pakistan, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, and other places
The rulers in Manama know that the tyrant Trump of the U.S., although not a Muslim (and neither a Christian nor a believer in any religion), fully backs the sectarian terrorism of Saudi Arabia and its proxies against any country or group adhering to the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt or Blessed Household of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and is ready to provide every kind of assistance for anyone trying to decimate all things associated with Shi’a Muslims.
Thus, with the Great Satan firmly on their side, officials of the minority regime have no fear of God, Divine Justice, and the Resurrection Day; and like their devilish master in Washington who is oblivious of his fast approaching terrible fate, they do not want to heed the lessons of history, especially the horrible fate that befell all those attempted to wipe out the Ahl al-Bayt and their dynamic legacy, which to this day is the bane of terrorists and terrorism.
This false sense of security has hardened the criminal conscience of the Aal-e Khalifa regime which is indulging in the most horrendous torment and torture of those imprisoned for the mere protesting the eroding of their birthrights.
The writing on the wall, however, is crystal clear. When Saddam of the Ba’th minority regime of Baghdad couldn’t escape his fate, despite his power, wealth, and weapons, it is mere conjecture on the part of the regime in Bahrain to survive with the backing of the U.S. and Britain.
The end of the Aal-e Khalifa – as well as the Aal-e Saudi – will be terrible indeed, and the people of Bahrain (and of Arabia) will become masters of their own destiny.