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Iran MPs Urge IPU to Show Serious Reaction to Al-Khalifa Crimes

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TEHRAN, May 24 (ICANA) – Iranian lawmakers in a letter to the Inter-Parliamentary Union called on the IPU members to show reaction to the crimes committed by the al-Khalifa regime against the defenseless Bahraini people, academics and university professors in particular.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:08:36 PM
Iran MPs Urge IPU to Show Serious Reaction to Al-Khalifa Crimes

"We as the members of the Iranian parliament and members of the parliament's Teachers Fraction urge you to take a stance on the detention of university and science elites by the al-Khalifa regime and not allow the rights of the oppressed Bahraini people to be trampled due to the silence of the international circles," the letter said on Tuesday.

The letter lamented that the al-Khalifa regime in collaboration with the Saudi regime has arrested and imprisoned a large number of Bahraini academics and university students.

The Iranian parliamentarians in their letter also called for legal action against the self-centered and illegal military intervention of the Saudi regime in Bahrain's domestic affairs.

The Iranian lawmakers had also on Sunday condemned detention of Bahraini university professors and lecturers by the Bahraini and Saudi security forces, and warned that they plan to lodge a complaint with the international bodies against the al-Khalifa and al-Saud regimes.

"The members of the Islamic Consultative Council (parliament)'s Teachers Fraction warn the al-Khalifa and al-Saud (regimes) that they don't have the right to prevent the scientific and cultural growth of the Bahraini society through trespass and aggression against the exalted position of that country's university professors," the lawmakers said in a statement on Sunday.

"Of course, the parliament's Teachers Fraction believes that it is entitled to the right to lodge a complaint with the international organizations in this regard," it added.

The Iranian legislators also condemned the Saudi and al-Khalifa regimes for detaining scores of Bahraini university professors, and cautioned the relevant world bodies that the Bahraini university lecturers have been in jail for a long time, while the international community has kept mum about their status.

On Saturday, Rapporteur of the parliament's Human Rights Committee Seyed Hossein Naqavi told FNA that "The Islamic Consultative Assembly (Parliament) believes that it is entitled to defend the rights of the Bahraini university professors and to file a lawsuit at the international circles in this regard, and it calls for the rapid freedom of the Bahraini university professors."

He reminded that the detention of the Bahraini university professors is a blatant violation of human rights, and said, "Iran as a defender of the nations' rights asks the US puppet regime in Saudi Arabia to stop military intervention in the regional countries' internal affairs."

Seyed Mohammad Moussavi, Asim Ahmad, Massoud Jahromi and a large number of other lecturers are among the Bahraini professors locked up by the Saudi forces.

Last week, Bahrain center for Human Rights declared that a great number of Bahraini women such as political and social activists, doctors, teachers, housewives as well as school and university students are under intense pressures in detention.

Meantime, horrifying evidence has recently shed light on brutality of the Bahraini regime's crackdown on medical staff.

Harrowing testimony of torture, intimidation and humiliation from a doctor arrested in the crackdown on medical staff in Bahrain has revealed the lengths to which the regime's security forces are prepared to go to quash pro-democracy protests.

Interviews obtained by The Independent from inside Bahrain tell of ransacked hospitals and of terrified medical staff beaten, interrogated and forced into signing false confessions. Many have been detained, their fate unknown.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13 to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

Yet, protests and rallies continued throughout the country in defiance of the martial law put in place by Manama since last month.

During the recent days, Bahrainis repeated their demand for the ouster of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and condemned Riyadh's involvement in the suppression of the revolution.

People have announced that they will continue protests until the regime collapses.

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