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The first authoritative account of Bahrain’s Arab spring gone terribly awry.
For the third time in three years, Bahraini citizens are protesting the Formula One Grand Prix. And it looks like for the second time in two years, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile will ignore massive human and civil rights repression and let the race go as planned.
Maryam Al-Khawaja is better known as @MARYAMALKHAWAJA, a prolific tweeter about human rights issues in her home country of Bahrain. She will make a landmark visit there tomorrow.
It’s been exactly one year since #Feb14 became the online rallying cry of citizens in Bahrain. What’s happened since then and a thank you to the Twitter users who helped us track the uprising and the violent suppression that followed.
SG: Last night the SG spoke at a joint press conference with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica where he repeated his call for an unconditional and extendable humanitarian ceasefire. Speaking about yesterday’s shelling of a UN shelter he said: “Nothing – nothing – justifies such horror” and demanded “that all parties immediately respect UN premises”.
SG: The SG met with President Ortega yesterday in Nicaragua where he visited a wind farm and praised the country’s commitment to renewable energy. The SG arrived in Costa Rica today where he is expected to lecture about “Costa Rica and the United Nations: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”.
Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis. The SG congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as Iraq’s new President and remarked that a new government “will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division.”
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.