Petition the British Government to take action to protect the students of Bahrain and their families
- The British Government and the houses of Parliament
- United Kingdom
On the 14th of February protestors took to the streets of Bahrain demanding the introduction of a constitutional monarchy and constitutional reform that promotes basic human rights, civil liberties, power sharing, equal access to employment, and the right to choose a new prime minister.
The government’s crackdown came to involve nighttime raids on the homes of pro-democracy protestors or anyone suspected of supporting them. Many were threatened, sexually harassed, raped, brutally tortured, arrested and even murdered. The regime's arrest campaign came to include women, children, doctors, teachers, human rights activists and anyone who could be a potential opposition member. This systematic intimidation campaign is continuing and a sense of despair seems to be engulfing the citizens of Bahrain wherever they maybe.
The invasion from neighboring Saudi and the United Arab Emirates has made the situation worst and a sectarian dimension has now been brought into the mix. Many Bahraini's are from the Shia majority and can’t help, but feel the brunt of the hate and utter disregard these occupying forces have shown toward their Bahraini brothers and sisters.
Students from Bahrain who are attending universities overseas are not in isolation from these events as many of them have family members or friends who were directly affected by the brutality of the regime. They are also saddened by the lack of media coverage of the severity of the situation and the way the plight of the people of Bahrain has been ignored by the international community and as a result some of them decided to demonstrate on their behalf.
As a consequence, the government of Bahrain has now started to indiscriminately target students studying abroad. Government sponsored students had their scholarships and financial support revoked by the government a few days after participating in demonstrations or writing comments on social networks. The termination of the scholarships with immediate effect is creating a dire financial need, as well as emotional and mental distress. They are all now living in fear for our safety and wellbeing and know that we are likely to be detained on our return to Bahrain. There are many documented cases of students disappearing on returning to Bahrain. The students of Bahrain really have no idea where this is heading for them and don’t know what will become of them.
Links: The Mule – government targeting Bahrain Students in Britain
CNN Video on crackdown in Bahrain:
Recent Report on situation in Bahrain from Amnesty International:
Press TV on government suppressing students in Bahrain:
We the undersigned, Petition the British Government to take action to protect the students of Bahrain and their families.
On the 14th of February protesters took to the streets of Bahrain demanding the introduction of a constitutional monarchy and constitutional reform that promotes basic human rights, civil liberties, power sharing, equal access to employment, and the right to choose a new prime minister.
The government of Bahrain has started a crackdown on anyone opposed to the regime including women, children, doctors, teachers and human rights activists and now students in the UK are being targeted.
Following on from Protests in the UK three weeks ago the Bahrain government has withdrawn scholarships from any students suspected of being involved in the protests and has threatened and arrested relatives of the students back home.
We demand that the UK government
• Issues a statement supporting the Bahrain student’s right to protest without any retribution.
• Allows students from Bahrain to seek asylum and guarantee their safety on returning.
• To take action against all Bahraini government officials involved in the oppression of students and the people of Bahrain by freezing their assets and holding them accountable through the International Criminal Court.
• To stop the sale of arms to the Bahrain government.
• To condemn the illegal occupation of Bahrain by the GCC.
The Petition the British Government to take action to protect the students of Bahrain and their families petition to The British Government and the houses of Parliament was written by Alexander Fountain and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.