Thursday May 23, 2013
Bahrain: Questioning and Detention of Human Rights Defender Mr Mohammed Al-MaskatiLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
William Nicholas Gomes fights for a Bahrain human rights defender.
(SALEM) - Just two days ago, Mohammed Al-Maskati, who is a prominent human rights defender in Bahrain, was taken into custody where he remains now.
From what we are told, Mohammed Al-Maskati was summoned to Hoora Police Station for interrogation on accusations of 'rioting' and 'participating in illegal gathering'.
These are typical charges often leveled at human rights defenders who are able to organize in opposition to governments in places like Bahrain.
Not only was he held in custody; Mr. Al-Maskati was told he would be taken to the office of the Prosecutor General on the morning of 17 October 2012.
As the founder and the president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), Mohammed Al-Maskati deserves to be able to speak out against the practices of his government and it is pitiful that Bahrain is allowed to avoid scrutiny in U.S. media because of its connections to the U.S. as an ally and financial partner.
Among other demands listed, Mr. Gomes asks Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa to immediately release Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati as it is believed that his arrest and detention are solely motivated by his legitimate and peaceful human rights work;
and also calls on the King to ensure that the treatment of Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati, while in detention, adheres to all those conditions set out in the Basic Principles for Treatment of Prisoners, adopted by General Assembly resolution 45/111 of 14 December 1990...
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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