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British authorities arrest a Bahraini activist and accuse him for terrorism.

Abdul Raoof Alshayeb is one of the old activist and political demanders for human rights and democracy in
Bahrain. He has more than 17,000 followers on social network twitter.

Since he was young, he has been fearlessly fighting for social justice against the suppression of the regime.
He fought against religious discrimination against Shiites, which is remarkably something they still suffer
brutally from in Bahrain.

British authorities had recently arrested him accusing him for terrorism matters. He was released after two
days of that arrest, with a guarantee of not leaving the country, and they reserved his passport. Also, he was
banned from using Twitter in a direct or indirect matter. He had to go to the police station and sign papers
issuing the above.

He was probably banned from using Twitter so that his political views do not affect the regimes policies and
elections being held next October.

It is important to mention that he had never called for the use of violence and has no relation with terrorism
or terror actions. On the contrary, he has clear and frank statements against violence terrorists and
terrorism. He calls in a very clear state for peaceful change.

Use of social networks, especially Twitter in supporting democracy movements and criticizing dictator
governments is a very powerful tool nowadays, as it is a safe tool that can be used to raise demands and to
criticize governments that do not believe in freedom of speech or freedom of press.

Political leaders observe this arrest with concern and worry. They are cautious, especially with the
conditions of release and its impacts. They see that it only benefits the Bahraini regime and it continues
suppression against activists. Trying to silence Alshayeb and regime criticizers at this stage raises doubts
about the policies and honesty of the upcoming elections.

These human rights defenders want to know the reason behind the publication of the news of Alshayebs
arrest a couple of hours before it actually accrued, threw government twitter accounts. Even before
Alshayeb himself knew about the arrest. And who was behind that.

They also question the timing of this arrest, for the tweets that he had been investigated about are back
dated to 2012, and the information he was asked about are since December 2013 on his way back from Iraq
back then. And they only choose to arrest him about them on the end of April and beginning of May 2014. All
of which are two weeks prior to the King Hamad and his son Nassers -who is accused by British courts for
torturing Bahraini people- visit to the United Kingdom.

And before 3 weeks of the court's decision to condemn the British government for selling spy devices to
Bahrain without disclosing what they are.
And the decision of the court of the detection and announcing the name of the king's son (Nasser) to the
public in the British press, officially announcing that he will face trial as an administrator for torture, after
resolving the issue of his diplomatic immunity next October.


The campaign for Alshayeb release demands the following:

1- Remove the bail condition of not using the social network Twitter.
2 - Remove the bail condition preventing him from traveling, which paralyzes his human rights activities
and returning his passport to him.
3 - Remove the requirement for bail to attend the signing of the police station twice a week
4 - To speed up the results of the investigation and not delaying it for next September.
5 - Explain how the news was leaked to the Bahraini authorities, hours before his arrest and why.
6 - Put an end to harassment of Bahraini activists in the United Kingdom.
7 - to put an end to stopping Bahraini activists at ports of entry and exit in airports and ending the state
of the ongoing investigation with them under the pretext of terrorism.
8 - A public inquiry with British police who target Bahraini human rights activists.

Information about Abdul Rauf Alshayeb:

A- He began his political activities before he reached the age of fourteen. He used to distribute leaflets,
participate in the anti-dictatorial regime, and participated in mass rallies demanding the rights of the
oppressed Shiite majority, and demanded the regime to stop the killing of innocent people, and stop the
ongoing violations of human rights.

B- In 1979, when he was fifteen years old, he aligned a mass riot through incepting a project of the
funeral of martyr (after the regime killed his neighbor Jameel Ali). He encouraged through his speeches
among the crowds on the need to reject injustice and sectarian discrimination practiced by the authority,
and the need for establishing social justice, and equal opportunities to participate in the wealth and

C- In 1979, after leading that movement, he was arrested for 3 months and exiled to Saudi Arabia in Al-
Ahsa, due to the presence of extensions to his family there, where he continued his political mobility

D- In 1980 as a result of his prominent role in aiding and abetting the protesters in Bahraini, Saudi
authorities arrested him. He stayed in jail for seven months there, and then was sent back to Bahrain due
to fabricated charges claiming that he was involved in the murder of a policeman and the foundations of
secret armed organizations aimed to toppling the regime. As a result, the sixteen-year-old boy spent six
years in prison to 1986.

E-After six years of detention without trial, because not having enough evidence to convict him on the
claims against him. He was convicted of charges of participating in unlicensed rallies and was sentenced
by local non-independent courts for six months. The brutal system had kept him in prison for five years
and six months, which is more than he deserves according to their laws.

F- After his release in 1986, he tried to take legal action against the government in the local courts for
keeping him for 5 years and 6 months, which is more than the outstanding judgment and he demanded
compensation for that. He was threatened to return him to prison once again if he continued his case.

G- At the end of 1986 he secretly immigrated to some Arab countries that are not related with security
pacts with Bahrain and remained there till year1992. He then returned to Bahrain as part of a general
pardon for all political and wanted by the Bahraini security system.

H- After his return he continued his human rights activities and contributed in a petition that was
founded by some political opposition and religious leaders. The petition turned to a mass petition signed
by more than 80% of the people of Bahrain.

I- In 1993, He was targeted with an assassination, but was able to survive. But unfortunately, it took the
life of his cousin martyr Mahmoud al-Moussawi, in a tragic car accident.


J- As a result of the growing support for the petition, which called for political reform, and due to
crushing the movement demands for democracy. The Bahraini authorities arrested more than 100
opposition leaders and human rights activists who advocate freedom and democracy by at the end of
1994 and beginning of 1995. Alshayeb was one of them, the sentences against them varied from five
years to lifetime and death. False allegations were brought up against the movements peaceful demands
and they were accused of using the weapons to overthrow the regime.

K- After the arrest of 3 years, Alshayeb was brought to court, which sentenced him to ten years in prison
with a fine of up to more than 50,000 dollars. The usual charges were ready: the possession of weapons
to overthrow the government, and the formation of a secret terrorist organization.

L- In prison, at every time, AlShayeb was subjected to brutal mental and physical torture, ill treatment
and the confiscation of his money and properties.

M - In 1999, the Prince of Bahrain died, his elder son Hamad took over. He transformed Bahrain from a
country to a kingdom and promised political reforms and the release of political prisoners. Al Shayib was
among the released political prisoners in 2001, after spending six years in prison.

N- On February 14, 2002, the promises of the King were unheeded, He made the Constitution grant, and
made himself of no prejudice, and made all of the authorities in his hand. Activists announced their
return to human rights activities.
Alshayeb establishing with a group of activists (The National Committee for Martyrs and Victims of
Torture). The selection of its members was by the vote of a large number of families of martyrs and
victims of torture in a general conference, and Alshayeb became chairman of this Committee.

O - Torture and killings by firing on innocent unarmed civilian protesters, as means to suppress popular
demands, are systematically exercised by the ruling regime in Bahrain. Foreigner paid policemen often
preforms those actions and attacks. Bahrainis call them (mercenaries). Alshayeb sees that the presence
of a Commission to defend the martyrs and victims of torture will limit the systems buses.

P- After 2002 and 2004 Alshayeb led many demonstrations and protests demanding the trial of
torturers, compensate the martyrs and the rehabilitation of victims of torture, and called for a mass rally
in the time of Formula 1.

Q- Before the mass rally Alshayeb was arrested for a week on charges of prostitution, which were
fabricated by the government. Two years later, the trial court acquitted him. Illustrating that courts are
not independent and function according to the regime's policies.

R- Printed and visual media exploited the case of Alshayeb systematically, using his name and picture
constantly, until the verdict of innocence. They did not apologize for their distortion even after the

S The targeting trails did not upheld the will of Alshayeb, as he continued putting pressure on the
government and continues his human rights activities. In 2005, after the arrest of ALKhawaja, head of
Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Alshaye bled many protests demanding his release. The last one was
blocking the highway to Saudi Arabia by lying down on the street.

T - The regime arrested Alshayeb and his colleagues and confiscated the area with tear gas and poison
gases. After 3 months of prison and due to international and interior pressure, the government had to
release AlKhawaja, Alshayeb and their colleagues.

U- In 2006, the government fabricated another prostitution case against Alshayeb, while he was in
Januvia presenting the case of torture in Bahrain. He was sentenced for a year. On his way back to
Bahrain, transiting in London, he heard about the case, which made him ask for political asylum there.

He got it within two days only, due to the evidence of targeting and the danger he was facing in the case
of returning to Bahrain.

V- In 2007, Alshayeb and a group of activists, launched Khalas political movement. It called for major and
interior change to the governing system in Bahrain, using peaceful methods, and replacing it with a
democratic free system that believes and protects human rights. Alshayeb was assigned to be the
chairmen of this movement. He called for civil disobedience to achieve the peoples demands.

X- Since Alshayeb got the asylum in 2006 till today in 2014, The Bahraini government has not stopped its
pressure on the British embassy in Manama and on the British foreign affairs, to bring Alshayeb in to the
Bahraini government by Interpol for the terrorist accusations held against him. Because its the only
accusation that foreign countries can cooperate with.

Y- Since 2006 and till 2014, AlShayeb has been sentenced in many cases. The sentences vary between 5
years and life imprisonment. The total years he has been sentenced for are 135 years. These sentences
are because he is not in the country, if he was in Bahrain, it would not be strange if he was sentenced to
death or was tortured to death.

Z- After the peaceful revelation in Bahrain that started in February 2011, AlShayib became the official
spokesmen for the collation of 14 Feb, one of the revolution parties. Then he entered with Khalas
movement in an organization with 5 other powers to manage the revelation.

ZZ- In November 2012, the Bahraini government withdrew the Bahraini nationality from 31 political
activists. AlShayib was one of them.


There were no calls for the use of violence or relation to terrorism from any known political organizations in
Bahrain. And that is something that no independent International human rights organization has ever
mentioned. On the other hand, there are plenty of reports from the United Nations, British, American and
international human rights organizations that state the concerning human rights situation in Bahrain.
The on going activities of Bahraini activists like Alshayeb and his colleagues, made the Bahraini authorities
accuse them with terrorism, which is very disappointing.

And due to the continues targeting, attacking and killing, that the foreign Bahraini policemen and the Saudi
army with its tanks and weapons that are used against Bahrainis, they had to defend themselves using
simple and ancient methods against the invasion and attacks they are facing.

Bahraini regime has used different terrorizing methods in killing and assassinating activists.
An example for assassinating is Ahmed AlGhuraifi
Killing under torture like Kareem Fakhrawi.
It also denies medical care in prisons, such as the case of Jaffar AlDurazi.
Throwing people from high buildings, such as the case of Salah Abbas.
Running over people with civil cars, such as Ali Baddah.
Targeting people and shooting them with guns, such as the case of Ridha Bu Hameed and Bahya
Kidnapping, such as the case of Mahdi Abdulrahman.
Cases of burning and explosion, like what happened to Ali Faisal.
Suffocating with poison gas that killed infant Sajida Faisal.
Public hanging, such as the case of Mahmood Hasan.
Drowning in the sea like what they did to Ahmed Almwali.

The regime in Bahrain has been using numerous different methods of terrorizing peaceful citizens. It also
trained and armed a group of its allies to use them in a civil war against protestors.

Moreover, imprisonment has covered most layers of the community:

Religious leaders, such as Muhammed Al AlMahfood
Political leaders, such as Abdul Wahab Hussain
Social leaders, such as Hasan Mushaima
Academics, such as Abduljalil AlSingace
Human rights activists, such as Nabeel Rajab and AbdulHadi AlKhawaja
Doctors, such as Ali AlAkri
Athletes, such as football player, Alaa Hubail
Poets, such as Ayaat AlQurmazi
Women, such as Rayhana AlMoosawi
Policemen, such as Faisal AlAlawi
Educators, such as Mahdi Abo Deeb
Protestors, such as Ali Sangoor
Children, such as Jihad AlSameea
Nurses, such as Ebrahim AlDimistani

There are more than 5000 Bahraini detainees today, and more than that number are wanted. Not to mention
those who left the island for asylum. All of that is in a country which its overall population does not exceed
half a million.

The Bahraini regime continues its suppression against the Shiites (who are the majority in the country)
population, they are denied from jobs, education, housing and a decent life. Meanwhile, it continues its
political naturalization, in order to change the demographic base of Bahrain. It also provides better privileges to
non-Bahrainis who easily get the Bahraini nationality and get access to housing, education and better jobs than
original Bahrainis.

The Bahraini system runs a relentless campaign to discredit the movement demands and try chocking it by accusing
is with terrorism and violence. All of which to earn the Western countries support. As it attacks human rights
activists and supporters of democracy and labels them as terrorists. Also, it has formed a fake parliament (with no
real role) with unjust parliamentary elections to hide its dictatorship policies.

There is a growing concern among the community in the UK that some sectors of the British state have began to
show some affection and respond to the dictates of the Bahraini authorities to harass Bahrainis human rights
activists who are in the United Kingdom.
This has been demonstrated in quite a few of the measures taken by the British authorities, including the stop,
search and investigations with Bahraini human rights activists refugees, at airports by British police. Also,
arbitrarily laws that apply to terrorists are used against them there. And the department of independent
commissions of complaints against the police is currently investigating this issue.

The British police were abusive when they raided AlShayebs house on the early morning of April 30, 2014 at 6:30
am. They brutally arrested him in front of his wife, sons, and his baby. He was handcuffed and taken to Southwark
police station, to the section competent in dealing with terrorists. They investigated with him for over two days,
questioning his involvement in terrorist activities.

The British police had also forced his family to leave the house for purposes of searching, which continued for two
days. Forcing his family to spend the night in a hotel till the next day.
The police took all the computers and hard discs, flashes and mobile phones. In addition to all the important papers,
contracts, documents and all the cash, include his apartments rent. Police also raided his daughters house at the
same time and took the Internet devices.

In addition to the inspection of his office and all computers used there at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he
had worked for the past eight years. That made his managers cautious about him and thinking of dismissing him
from his job. He is still stopped from work despite the absence of any court judgment against him so far.
The hospital administration investigated with him about the charges brought against him by the police, about his
involvement in terrorist activities. All of which, harmed his image and reputation, as he was known for good

conduct and behavior in the hospital with the staff and patients, he had treated them all with the kindness even
those who belong to the royal family from Bahrain.

Alshayeb was released on the first of May 2014, but was to return to the police station on September 10,
under the conditions that have been mentioned previously.
Therefore Alshayeb had lived in oppression in Bahrain, forcing him to seek refuge and protection in Britain
after serving more than 12 years in prison and more then twenty years in Diaspora. And now he is being
subjected to the same fate by the British system, which gave him the protection and political asylum.

All because of dictations and pressures from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia authorities to arrest him and hand
him over to Bahrain or at least discredit him internationally and turn his reputation from a fighter for human
rights and democracy to a terrorist. All of which is similar to what the Bahraini authorities had previously
done to him.

The Bahraini regime is still pressing toward taking him to trial in all the media and political circles. It even
went beyond that by inciting assassinating him in Iraq by the hands of terrorists. Also, advertising that
boldly on television through the unofficial channels that are funded by the dictatorial regime of Bahrain. The
system that helps fund terrorists in Syria and has led many Syrian youth to fight and kill each other.
Also, plenty of its parliament representatives have been spotted with fighters in Syria on battlefields, which
condemns the system responsible for this terror before the worlds public opinion.
The Bahraini government is accusing activists with terrorism, but in reality, it is only covering its own
terroristic behaviors and representations by pretending to fight terrorism, and the victims of that is whoever
disprove its doctorial attitude with the Bahraini people.

This is an appeal to all human rights organizations and honorable peoples all around the world to advocate
for human rights activists in Bahrain and deliver their suffering to different government and civil units.