Nabeel Rajab

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Clashes in March after the death of a young Bahraini shot at a protest in January. Credit Sayed Baqer AlKamel/NurPhoto, via Getty Images

Yemen has entered its third year of war, and war crimes are being committed at an escalating rate. For Yemen’s children, facing a man-made famine, this conflict between Houthi rebels and a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has begun a new phase of horrors.

Despite that, President Trump is planning to make Saudi Arabia the destination of his first state visit this week. Meanwhile, his administration already decided to lift all human rights restrictions on arms sales to my country, Bahrain, which is a partner in the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. This reckless pursuit of profit without any strings attached — including a lucrative deal for 19 F-16 fighter jets worth $2.8 billion — will aid and abet the destruction of Yemen, intensifying the country’s humanitarian disaster.…  Seguir leyendo »

Alors que la tragédie de la crise des réfugiés bat son plein, il apparaît clairement que les conséquences des politiques européennes au Moyen-Orient avant et depuis le « printemps arabe » de 2011, se répandent maintenant en Europe. La France a été activement impliquée dans deux crises prenant place dans la région – la Syrie et la Libye. Pour cette dernière, c’est le gouvernement de Nicolas Sarkozy qui a mené les bombardements contre les forces de Mouammar Kadhafi, aux côtés de la Grande-Bretagne.

La chute du dictateur était méritée, mais les forces occidentales se sont retirées immédiatement après, sans aider la Libye à mettre en place un consensus post-Kadhafi.…  Seguir leyendo »

Riffa, Bahrain I write this from a Bahraini jail cell where I have been detained, largely in isolation, since the beginning of summer. This is not new to me: I have been here before, from 2012 to 2014, in 2015, and now again, all because of my work as a human rights defender.

Nor am I alone: There are some 4,000 political prisoners in Bahrain, which has the highest prison population per capita in the Middle East. This is a country that has subjected its people to imprisonment, torture and even death for daring to desire democracy. My close colleague Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was tortured and sentenced to life in prison in 2011 for his human rights work.…  Seguir leyendo »