Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Looking for a Logo

I'm building a new website/campaign for the University of Bahrain students who are currently in prison or on trial for peacefully protesting in the uprising last year. The website will be called FutureInJail.org

I have invited Bahrainis to make a logo for the campaign. I am hoping for a strong logo that will shrink nicely into an avatar since we will also use in on Twitter and Facebook. It will ideally suggest the relationship to the students in jail, and Bahrain.

Another campaign I set up recently to draw attention to the problem of eye injuries in Bahrain is Eye4Freedom.org which has a very strong logo, also designed by a Bahraini, that I feel works well.



Below are the designs I have received so far. If you would like to provide constructive feedback please use the comments below.

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If you would like to submit your own logo to be considered please email it to me via campaignbahrain@gmail.com before Friday 22nd June

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

In Dublin shouting for human rights and the medics of Bahrain

This is me shouting for the medics and the oppressed people of Bahrain in Dublin yesterday. The medics should received their final verdict this Thursday. Hopefully they should be able to start rebuilding their lives after that. Can't imagine the Bahraini government are so crazy as to think of sending any of them back to prison, are they??? Because if they did, not only would it be wrong (right or wrong doesn't seem to be an issue for them) but it would have the whole world in uproar (and I can't imagine that they'd want that). However, there are four medics still in prison, and they also need freeing, urgently, and there's 3 more I know about that have been messed around really bad with their studies who need to be able to complete their studies without any further delay - or else this campaign is going to have to continue.



Yes by the way, that is a head scarf on my head. And one other thing, I just changed my name, to Jamila Hanan. Long story. Make of it what you want. Might have to give my blog a new name!


Transcript (with Arabic translation below):
I have travelled here today from the UK to stand with you in solidarity for the oppressed the people of Bahrain.
I can think of no better place to do this
because this is a land where people understand the importance of freedom,
and who understand the struggle against oppression and pain.
This time last year, I didn't know very much about Bahrain.
I didn't know where it was.
It's a little island next to Saudi Arabia.
It's got a small population, just over one million.
And in that island there's many hundreds of thousands of oppressed people that live under a dictator regime. The Al Khalifa regime.
The prime minister there has been prime minister for over 40 years.
He is the longest standing prime minister in the world.
He rules the country with his family, his rich family,
who do not want democracy for fear that they will lose their riches and their power.
Last year in February, starting February 14th,
the people of Bahrain gathered at the Pearl Roundabout.
They just wanted their human rights.
They just wanted freedom of speech.
They wanted freedom from torture and arbitrary arrest.
And they wanted the right to choose their own government.
That's all they wanted.
They were peaceful protesters.
Because they came together in peaceful protest,
asking for democracy,
they were punished in a very, very brutal way.
One night, everybody gathered at the roundabout:
Men, women and children.
And they went to sleep at the roundabout
hopeful that their country was about to reform
and their rights would be granted.
Their human rights.
But  instead the Saudi army attacked the roundabout, brutally,
with tear gas and bird shots,
and many many people were injured.
Some people were killed, but the injuries were catastrophic,
and all those injuries were taken the best they could
to the Salmanyia Medical Complex.
It was difficult for them to get there because even ambulance drivers were stopped from reaching them
and ambulance drivers and medics were brutally beaten.
The medics in that hospital were horrified,
but they worked through the night day after day
to treat the most horrific injuries.
And they were horrified, and rightly so.
And some of them spoke up about what they had witnessed.
And for that, they were arrested, in the middle of the night.
Masked gunmen barged into their homes,
in the middle of the night
in front of their children,
and took these doctors away.
They beat them and they tortured them.
They tortured them with the most horrific ways that you cannot imagine.
Many of them were electrocuted.
They were degraded.
They were treated like animals,
and asked to do the most disgusting things.
And these were doctors and nurses and medics,
the most honourable people of any society.
Doctors and nurses are the humanity of society.
And the humanity in Bahrain was degraded
and treated in a terrible way.
Today we are very honoured to have with us Dr Nada Dhaif
Who treated people at the roundabout,
and for that she was arrested, tortured,
taken away from her two young girls
and then she was sentenced at a military trial for 15 years in prison.
15 years away from her children.
And I am delighted to be here today with Dr Damian McCormack
Who stood up for these medics from day one.
An Irish doctor, he was there calling for their freedom.
Ireland has the most incredible human rights defenders here
And it is an honour to be here with them today.
They have worked tirelessly for the people of Bahrain
And they will continue to work tirelessly
until every single one of those people in prison are now free.
There are over seven hundred people in prison
for simply expressing their opinions.
Four of them are medics still in prison.
One of them is Younis Ashoori, age sixty-one.
He has been terribly ill from kidney stones.
He has been urinating blood.
He has been in agony.
When he was taken to the military hospital the doctors said to him there
(the so called doctors, not like the honourable doctors of Bahrain)
these doctors said to him 'Where does it hurt?'
Younis Ashoori said 'In my kidney'.
He was then punched in the kidney.
This gentleman is still in prison today.
He has been brutally tortured.
He has been sentenced to years in prison.
He should not be there.
Younis Ashoori.
Free Younis Ahsoori!


لقد أتيت اليوم من بريطانيا إلى دبلن – أيرلندا، لأقف هنا من أجل دعم الشعب المضطهد والمظلوم في البحرين وهي البلد التي يدرك أهلها جيدا أهمية الحرية ويدركون معنى الصراع ضد الظلم.
في مثل هذا الوقت من العام الماضي لم أكن أعلم الكثير عن البحرين وحتى موقعها الجغرافي، البحرين هي جزيرة صغيرة تقع بالقرب من المملكة العربية السعودية وعدد سكانها قليل جداً يفوق المليون بقليل.
في هذه الجزيرة يعيش مئات الألوف من الناس تحت نظام آل خليفة الدكتاتوري، حيث يشغل رئيس الوزراء منصبه منذ أكثر من 40 عام وهي أطول مدة يشغلها رئيس وزراء في العالم، وهو يحكم البلاد مع عائلته الفاحشة الثراء ومن الطبيعي أنهم يحاربون الديمقراطية لأنها سوف تنتزع منهم السلطة والثروة.
في 14 فبراير 2011 تجمع البحرينيون في اعتصام مفتوح في دوار اللؤلؤة للمطالبة بحقوق إنسانية بسيطة كحرية التعبير ووقف التعذيب والاعتقالات التعسفية والحق في اختيار حكومة، هذا كل ما طالبوا به!
كانوا في قمة السلمية للمطالبة بالديمقراطية ولكن تم معاقبتهم وقمعهم بصورة بشعة جداًً. ففي أحد الليالي حيث كان الناس من رجال ونساء وأطفال نيام، يحلمون بمستقبل مشرق بالحرية والديمقراطية ولكن عوضا عن ذلك صحوا على هجوم بربري من قبل الجيش السعودي، وكان القمع بالغاز المسيل للدموع والرصاص المطاطي وطلقات بنادق صيد الطيور (الشوزن المحرم دوليا) والرصاص الحي، وأصيب الكثير الكثير من الناس والبعض قد قتل. الإصابات كانت كارثية، وفي أحسن الأحوال كانت تنقل الإصابات إلى مجمع السلمانية الطبي وكان من الصعب عليهم الوصول إلى هناك بسبب إعاقة سائقي سيارات الإسعاف من الوصول من قبل رجال الأمن حيث كانوا يوقفون ويتعرضون للضرب الوحشي. وتم ترويع الطواقم الطبية في المستشفى ولكنهم عملوا بجهد وإخلاص طوال الأيام لعلاج معظم الإصابات المروعة، وأثناء ذلك قام بعضهم بالتحدث إلى وكالات الأنباء العالمية بما شاهدوه من إصابات مروعة، وجزاء لذلك تم إلقاء القبض عليهم من قبل ملثمين مسلحين اقتحموا منازلهم في منتصف الليل أمام أطفالهم وأخذوا إلى أماكن مجهولة وتم ضربهم وتعذيبهم بأشد الطرق المروعة التي لا يمكن تخيلها كالصعق بالكهرباء، وكانوا يهينون إنسانيتهم بأشد الاهانات ويعاملونهم معاملة الحيوانات، وأجبروهم بفعل أشد الأشياء المثيرة للاشمئزاز. وكان هؤلاء الأطباء والممرضين والممرضات من أكثر الناس منزلتا ومكانتا في المجتمع.
اليوم نحن فخورون جدا أن تكون معنا الدكتور ندى ضيف التي كانت من المتواجدين في دوار اللؤلؤة ومن أجل ذلك تم القبض عليها باقتحام منزلها بعد منتصف الليل من قبل مجموعة ملثمة ومسلحة وأخذوها إلى مكان مجهول وعذبوها بكل وحشية بعيدا عن بناتها الصغار من ثم حكم عليها في محكمة عسكرية بالسجن لمدة 15 عاما.
وكما يسعدني أن أكون هنا اليوم مع الدكتور داميان مكورماك الذي ناصر قضية الطاقم الطبي منذ اليوم الأول. هو طبيب أيرلندي، وكان يطالب من هنا بحريتهم جميعا.
أيرلندا لديها نخبة من أعظم المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان وانه لشرف لي أن أكون هنا اليوم معهم فقد عملوا دون كلل أو ملل من أجل شعب البحرين المظلوم وسوف يستمرون في العمل بلا توقف حتى يتم تحرير جميع المعتقلين.
والجدير بالذكر ان هناك أكثر من 700معتقل سياسي في السجون البحرينية والسبب هو وبكل بساطة التعبير عن آرائهم. أربعة منهم من الطاقم الطبي لا يزال في السجن أحدهم يونس عاشوري 61 سنة كان يعاني من حصى في الكلى وحالته حرجة وكان يتبول دماً وقد شارف على الموت قبل أن يتم نقله إلى المستشفى العسكري وسأله الأطباء هناك (ولم يكونوا كبقية الأطباء الشرفاء) سألوه: أين موضع الألم؟
فأجاب يونس "في كليتي" فأخذوا يلكمونه عليها..
هذا الرجل لا يزال في السجن حتى الآن وقد تعرض للتعذيب بشكل وحشي وحكم عليه بالسجن لسنوات طويلة، ينبغي أن لا يكون هناك.
الحرية ليونس عاشوري...