Monthly Archives: March 2015

Dear Baba

Dear Baba,

There are all kinds of men and all kinds of fathers. To me, you are not any ordinary man and definitely not any ordinary father. You inspire me with your selflessness, your forgiveness, and your passion towards helping others. You not only look after your own family, but also take it upon yourself to speak up for others who have no voice of their own.

I’m undeniably proud of you and I love you for all you are and all you stand for. You’ve always been my hero, and you’re also a hero of our time. You’ve taught us the greatest lesson of all — to always stand on the right side of history.

Your daughter,

Aseel

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Dear Baba

Dear Baba,

It’s strange how life works out, isn’t it? I miss having you around, a lot has changed in the last 4 years and I feel a real need to reconnect with you, away from the prison guards, steel chairs, and one hour limit every two weeks. I will always support you and what you risked to stand up for justice. Many people stay silent and ignore the discrimination in their daily lives, they think this is their only option, to get a house, to keep their jobs, to keep their fake stability.

i can’t believe I’m your daughter, i feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

You have taught us real strength and selflessness.

Forever proud of you.

Love always,

Yara


4 Years Later

Ebrahim Sharif has served almost 4 out of his 5 year sentence and is currently in the process of fighting for early release as per Bahraini law.

According to Bahraini law, prisoners may be released after serving three quarters of their sentence. This means Ebrahim Sharif should have been released on December 3rd, however, he is still incarcerated and is working with his lawyer for early release. All other political prisoners have also been denied early release.

Sharif insisted on taking this matter to court, as the laws are being ignored and seem to be partially implemented depending on who’s needs are going to be met. On March 4th, 2015, the government postponed his court hearing to the 26th of April, however, Sharif made it a point to explain to the judge that his request for his certificate of behavior was ignored many times and through various modes.

We know by now what to expect from such kangaroo courts, however, we are comforted by the fact that he will be free soon. Whether it is in a few months, or by March 2016, we are waiting for him with arms wide open and more respect than ever.

For recent information regarding the Bahraini struggle, click on the below.

Human Rights Watch 2015 World Report on Bahrain

Amnesty International 2014/15 Report on Bahrain

Human Rights First 2015 Report on Bahrain

To read what was published in Arabic in Bahrain’s Alwasat newspaper regarding Ebrahim’s latest hearing, click here.