1.15.2005

BD30,000 human rights award

From today's GDN:

BD30,000 rights award proposed

By ABDULRAHMAN FAKHRI

A CALL has gone out to establish the His Majesty King Hamad International Human Rights Award.

The award is being proposed by Shura Council member and human rights activist Faisal Fulad, who hopes to make the recommendation to the council to institute the award, which would carry a BD30,000 prize.

He said the award, once given the go-ahead, will be presented by the government to local, regional and international human rights activists and organisations for their outstanding achievements.

Mr Fulad said the significance of the award is that it would also recognise His Majesty's efforts in promoting human rights at the local, regional and international levels. (Continued)

Hmmm... nice idea. But I think there is a more pressing need for a BD30,000 fine to be imposed on the individual/organization that has done the most to violate human rights in Bahrain. Since there are so many perfect candidates for this, maybe we could give out several such awards several times a year, until all those who deserve the recognition for their hard work (yes, torture isn't an easy job) get recognized. Maybe throw in a bunch of prison sentences for the outstanding candidates.

Time to get back to reality...

Quiz Time 28

Today's question is:

How do judges in Bahrain feel today about themselves after ensuring that justice is being met in Bahrain's court systems as we are all seeing in Ahmed's case?

Are they happier men now that Ahmed has been behind bars for eight months while some of them are busy sipping Chivas Regal on the rocks and putting their grubby hands up little girls' skirts?

Are they achieveing justice in their double standards and by denying young Bahrainis the chance to stand a just and fair trial just because they don't belong to certain families and are not in the "in group"?

Update on Ahmed's Case

Ahmed's situation is a case study for how corrupt Bahrain's court system is.

Ahmed was due to appear in court today.

Ahmed, who has been held in custody since he was kidnapped from outside his Muharraq house by the Ministry of Interior on May 7, 2004, was not taken by his captors to court.

Again Ahmed was denied what little justice the court system offers in Bahrain.

Again the honourable judge adjourned the case until February 27, 2005.

Again Ahmed's life is on hold and is at the mercy of corrupt officials in a corrupt country.

Again, no reason has been given as to why such atrocities are being committed against a young Bahraini man who has not been put on trial yet.

I wonder what rotating useless ministers in a dysfunctional cabinet in a corrupt kingdom could do to ensure that people are treated with justice in the Magical Kingdom of Bahrain.