Fighting for Human Rights in Bahrain

Monday, May 06, 2013

Bahraini anti-government protesters stand close to makeshift roadblocks in Manama on March 14, 2011, a day after Bahraini police clashed with demonstrators trying to occupy Manama's banking centre. (JAMES LAWLER DUGGAN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Maryam al-Khawaja, deputy director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, talks about her family's work for human rights in Bahrain.

EVENT:  Maryam al-Khawaja will speak Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 at NYU's Vanderbilt Hall, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South in an event called, "What the hell is going on in Bahrain?



Maryam al-Khawaja

Comments [6]

fuva from harlemworld

Yes, when we invoke non-violence -- as we should -- we MUST ALWAYS acknowledge and call out the violence of the repressive system. Non-violent finger-wagging is too often out of context.

May. 06 2013 11:28 AM
Art inTeaneck from Teaneck

Here's one of my many unpublished letters to the NYTimes. This was about Bahrain:

From: Lerman, Arthur
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 5:10 PM
Subject: Send Troops, Not Mediators?
To the Editor:

Re "Saudis, Fearful of Iran, Send Troops to Bahrain to Quell Protests," (front page, March 15):
Why not send mediators instead?

Arthur J. Lerman
Teaneck, New Jersey

Info that may be relevant: I'm an emeritus professor of political science, history and conflict management at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

May. 06 2013 11:27 AM
Amy from Manhattan

"Gulf Cooperation Council" sounds like a very Orwellian name (esp. for an organization that has troops!). Who are they?

May. 06 2013 11:22 AM
Sumedha from NY, NY

If you could ask Ms. Al-Khwaja this question.

The National Dialogue started in early Feb. at the prompting by Crown Prince Salman. Does Ms. Al-Khawaja feel that any progress what so ever has been made?

Also, does she feel that the violent factions withing the Feb. 14 movement is tarnishing the democracy movement.

Thank you.


May. 06 2013 11:20 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

My 2 questions for your guest is, what is her stand regarding the US 5th fleet naval base? And, what is her stand regarding Iran's nuclear program?

May. 06 2013 11:16 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Here's a little historical background from Wikipedia:

"Bahrain hosts the United States Naval Support Activity Bahrain, the home of the US Fifth Fleet; the US Department of Defense considers the location critical to its attempts to counter Iranian military power in the region.[60] The Saudi Arabian government and other Gulf region governments strongly support the King of Bahrain.[60][65] Although government officials and media often accuse the opposition of being influenced by Iran, a government-appointed commission found no evidence supporting the claim.[66] Iran has historically claimed Bahrain as a province,[67] but the claim was dropped after a United Nations survey in 1970 found that most Bahraini people preferred independence over Iranian control.[68]"

May. 06 2013 10:47 AM

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