In his parallel universe “Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain”Founder and Executive DirectorHusain Abdulla staunchly claims that he “leads the organization’s efforts to ensure that US policies support the democracy and human rights movement in Bahrain”, while ADHRB as an organization state that they have a policy of “engaging with key ACTORS”. So how, given such pious statements, do ADHRB and their officials justify denial of entry, to three recently democratically elected MP’s from Bahrain, to an ADHRB workshop being held inside the UN head quarters at Geneva, during the 28th regular session of the Human Rights Council. Was this action justifiable, and since it happened with in the hallowed halls, the Head Quarter for Human Rights, the United Nations, was the block consistent with both UN and/or US policy on freedom of speech and OF engaging with Key actors; stakeholders.
Yes it was, provided that is you take a pragmatic view for the definition of ACTOR as per the Oxford dictionary, a performer, player, trouper, theatrical, or better still a dramatic artist; whilst this might be consistent with the skill set required for self serving, self appointed “Americans for Democracy, the organizers of the workshop. One has to certainly agree, it is not consistent with that applicable to newly democratically elected MP’s. They are not actors after all; they are only the chosen representatives of the people.
I am all for consistency and transparency and would hate to call Husain Abdulla a hypocrite but it has to be said in his defense that, his action in barring the three MP’s with the assistance of security guards at the UN was in fact totally consistent with his own profile as stated on the ADHRB web page. He only claims to work with “key actors within the US government” and with “members of the Bahraini-American community”. Nowhere does he state or claim to work or engage with people, elected representatives or others that are actually from Bahrain.
No sir, Husain Abdulla is no hypocrite; I reserve that title for the ex-POMED, UN staffers who wallow in the ranks of ADHRB. Having been part of the clandestine activities that were hidden from direct public scrutiny under the “The Middle East Partnership Initiative” (MEPI) or alternatively “using dissidents to undermine and destabilize the countries of the Middle East to bring about Regime change”. These ex POMED people continue with that policy against Bahrain and lately Saudi from behind the facade of a single dissident and the grandiose labeling of ADHRB, warping their work for legitimacy, shrewdly in the vocabulary of democratic gobbledygook for western and “UN World” consumption. The UN workshop was not about picking holes in the bazaar language they use in articles supposedly written by Husain Abdulla but obviously written by American staffers, too many oops – calling a Saudi Palace in the desert a“Ranch”, very Ronald Ragan. It was not even about them giving readers a headache by swallowing a thesaurus and generating “cognitive dissonance”. No Sir, it was not about such trivial matters, it was about the situation here in Bahrain, the home country of the barred elected MP’s.
I for one would like to know where they were when their front man ran amuck inside the UN and denied entry to our Bahrain MP’s, to this publicly announced meeting. Did they intervene or apologize to the MP’s, try to explain. No sir, I believe they did not. Can we assume therefore that they sanctioned, in fact blessed this outrageous behavior. What sort of message do they believe this will send to others? That it is OK to tarnish the name of freedom of speech, dialogue, mutual respect and all other much-heralded institutions of Human Rights and democracy, in defense of American sensitivity provided that is, you are within the confines of the UN “Old Boys” comfort zone?
During the 2014 general election in Bahrain a large valid majority voted despite a boycott by theocrats, threats of violence and intimidation; America, the UN one would have thought, would be the first to welcome into their procedures, stakeholders democratically elected MP’s from Bahrain. It does therefore smack of deceit – a clear case that in recognizing these elected officials, would in itself be a contradiction to the draconian theme the MEPI have over the years invested so much time, energy and money in culturing for descriptive reporting on Bahrain.
Khalid Al Shaer, Nasser Al Qaseer, and Ali Al Muqla the three MP’s SNUBBED surely deserve an apology from ADHRB likewise from the UN in Geneva. By their failure to act“Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain” have finally exposed themselves for what they are, apologists for the MEPI initiative, but also ADHRB must provide an answer to a wider question, one being asked by the people of Bahrain. Why didADHRB share the platform with “BIRD” and “BCHR”, two dissident groups well known here for their sectarian agenda and then in a similar manner to CAGE in the UK, of beingapologists for terrorist groups namely Feb 14 – Hezbollah Bahrain