By Hassan Isilow
The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights has described King Hamad bin Isa’s approved parliamentary reforms as a sham process, urging that it was impossible to dialogue when half of the country’s opposition was in jail.
“We don’t see any indication that government is serious about dialogue. The matter is as bad as before. We are heading towards a deeper crisis,” Nabel Rajab, president of the center told Africa witness.
He said the government of Bahrain was merely trying to convince the international community after being pressurized to reform. Two weeks ago Bahrain’s king approved parliamentary reforms after the suppression of pro-democracy protests in March, but the opposition has said the process does not fulfill their demands. “There are no serious reforms or dialogue taking place in Bahrain. The government has brought in more troops from Saudi-Arabia, United Arab Emirates and mercenaries from other countries to quell protestors,” Nabel revealed.
Last week demonstrations took place in the capital Manama and several villages including Sitra, Karzakan and A’ali. The protesters chanted slogans against King Hamad and demanded an end to his dictatorship. In A’ali -village, Saudi-backed Bahraini troops used teargas against the protesters. One protester’s home was also set on fire. The Persian Gulf sheikhdom has been rocked by a wave of anti-government protests since February. Dozens have been killed and hundreds wounded in the clampdown.
Saeed al-Shahabi of the Bahrain Freedom Movement told Press TV last week that the situation was so tense that nobody could forecast were it was heading to. When asked why Western governments were silent regarding the Bahrain revolution yet protestors were being beaten by the military. Al-shahabi said the west has been adopting double standard in its policies towards the Middle East. He said the west would keep quiet about what the Israelis would do, but would raise massive short comings about other countries.
“As regards to Bahrain, they have chosen not to say anything, and they have chosen to be on the wrong side of history by supporting the hereditary dictatorship, and by keeping quiet about the Saudi occupation of the country.” He said western powers went to Kuwait to liberate it from Saddam Hussein forces in 1991, but they would keep quiet and probably support the Saudi mercenaries, who are the source of all evil in the world today, including terrorism, fanaticism, and extremism.
Additional reporting from PRESS TV