UN rights office hit by Bahrain e-mail 'campaign'

22nd March 2011, Comments 21 comments

The office of the human UN rights chief said Tuesday it appeared to have been targeted by an orchestrated e-mail campaign after it condemned a takeover of Bahrain hospitals by security forces.

"Since last Thurday, we've been inundated with e-mails telling us we got it back to front and that the protestors are the ones completely at fault," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"Many of these e-mails are very similar in content, suggesting an orchestrated campaign. That said, some or even many of these e-mails may be genuine," he added.

The UN High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, had issued a statement on Thursday condemning a takeover of Bahrain hospitals and medical facilities by military forces as "a blatant violation of international law."

Colville reiterated on Tuesday that the situation in Bahrain remained very worrying and noted that the UN rights office's sources have had their communications cut.

"This is making it quite hard to sort out what precisEly is going on, especially in the villages outside the capital Manama which are mostly inhabitated by Shias," he said.

He called on Bahrain authorities to "scrupulously abide by international standards," stressing that peaceful demonstrations or giving interviews to journalists were not crimes.


© 2011 AFP

21 Comments To This Article

  • Reem Zain posted:

    on 27th March 2011, 17:59:45 - Reply

    Just proves how biased the UN is! I wrote to BBC, biased, Al Jazeera, biased, CNN biased, Sky News, biased, Nick Kristoff- deaf dumb and blind. I love the Monarchy, gain nothing by saying this, and will always support them for the vision, the dreams we can still achieve in the Kingdom and for the Unity of all Nations, religions under one umbrella.
    I saw some atrocities being carried out by the protesters terrorizing innocent expats, the murder of Ahmed Al Muraisi that know one would ever wish on their worst enemy . I was surprised that know one in the UN or Amnesty international cared about this and just insisted on abusing the very power they are in by turning a blind eye to the truth and by assisting the terrorists with copy paste edited lies!
    As the UN or Amnesty please don't comment unless you are aware of the truth. It is also your job not to judge unless you study the whole picture from both sides.
    I for one no longer give a damn about the UN who are a DN(dividing Nations) or Amnesty who are no longer plausible in my books but trouble makers and who publish copy paste images!
  • ameera hijress posted:

    on 27th March 2011, 10:13:37 - Reply

    I am positive about one thing; being the UN and claming these absered statments! proves that there is no bias but an exploitative administration, you dont need us locals to tell you the truth not even want to see our evidences,at least ask foriegners who have lived in our country for years in peace. you owe us this much at least. finally be ware of your pit Iran and learn from your mistakes with previous ones.
  • ameera hijress posted:

    on 27th March 2011, 10:13:33 - Reply

    I am positive about one thing; being the UN and claming these absered statments! proves that there is no bias but an exploitative administration, you dont need us locals to tell you the truth not even want to see our evidences,at least ask foriegners who have lived in our country for years in peace. you owe us this much at least. finally be ware of your pit Iran and learn from your mistakes with previous ones.
  • ameera hijress posted:

    on 27th March 2011, 10:13:32 - Reply

    I am positive about one thing; being the UN and claming these absered statments! proves that there is no bias but an exploitative administration, you dont need us locals to tell you the truth not even want to see our evidences,at least ask foriegners who have lived in our country for years in peace. you owe us this much at least. finally be ware of your pit Iran and learn from your mistakes with previous ones.
  • Andy posted:

    on 24th March 2011, 16:36:18 - Reply

    Please note, when June refers to "terrorists", she is referring to people who stopped her getting to work, not terrorists as most people would understand them. Like many expats here, the human rights of the locals is a lot less important to her than maintaining her lifestyle. She may represent some expats, but not all. The root cause of the protests was the lack of democracy, the international media capture the situation accurately (despite the government's efforts to stop them) and despite the government's claims, Iran has nothing to do with it.
  • Hussain posted:

    on 23rd March 2011, 12:54:34 - Reply

    people i think you are fooling yourself with this crap, all of know that most of the government statements are fabricated lies and because your brains are too small to understand it, or believe it to satisfy yourself and endorse you race, also alkhalifa supporters are mostly sunnis and afraid of having shiite ruled government. isn't biased for you pro-government to protect your selfish personal interest against others even though they have rights. everybody here is talking rights and being, where are those people's rights??? they have been fighting with this government for ages to have basic rights like you minorities. is it fair for you to demand whats good for you and its not those people ask....come on!!! give me a break!! think clear think twice and you know it most of those people have been suffering from poverty for such a long time and it has been documented (google it on youtube.com bahrain poverty)
    criticizing others and calling them abusive names such as terrorist that only shows how sectarian you are which is your true self, and continuing like that with such reviews consider it over....you will never have a peace in bahrain again.....well its a complicated situation for foreigners to understand even if you lived here long time doesn't even give the right to accuse them with silly raciest comments.
  • Bahraini American posted:

    on 23rd March 2011, 00:25:13 - Reply

    Ok this s Extremely FUNNY ... Whoever suggests the emails they recieved against the Shia's is an "orchestrated campaign" ..... cuz emails are similar in context .... is the silliest THING I ever heard... YOU have video Evidences... what is the USE of having a UN organization.. if they believing just ONE SIDE of the Story... The Context of mails must be Similar .. BECAUSE THOSE were FACTS ... !! HELLO ? Ok ... u think these protestors.. who i refer as TERRORISTS were peacefully protesting ... let me send u a video of what they DO EVERY YEAR ..in thier holy month.. and just notice the little kids who Witness and Learn this violence from ry early age

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aObWCrDZ23o
  • Ahmed Abdulla posted:

    on 23rd March 2011, 00:09:46 - Reply

    What happened in Bahrain is no the same as Egypt or Tunisia. We were terrorized by terrorist trained and controlled by foreign countries and groups specifically Iran and Hezballa. The protesters who were terrorising the citizens had taken over the roads and stolen our freedom. they have used Salmaniya Hospital for filming their lies and fabricating the whole situation. They also got help from Iranian TVs and Hezballa. Majority , maybe ninty nine of the terrorists where Shiite and they killed the policemen by driving over them and they killed tell now 6 policemen and took hostages to Salmaniya hospital after torturing them. they killed also civilians and foreigners.the emergency department in Salmaniya hospital was run by one of the terrorists who was filming some fabricated videos to show unreal pic of the policemen and ministry of interior and try to convey a wrong pic about Bahrain government. theprotesters took hostages and threatened doctors and nurses. after many calls for help from inside the hospital and from the patient , the government take action to take control on ONLY access to Salmaniya Hospital and release the hostages and arrest the terrorists and I repeat Only safegarding the entrances and making sure No more hostages are kept inside. Now the hospital is clear of these terrorist and the policemen are only making sure that no one get inside with a gun or a weapon. Thanks to God we get rid of those terrorists and then thanks to our government
  • Ahmed posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 23:10:00 - Reply

    It seems that UN Rights Office does not know what's going on as it condemned takeover of Bahrain hospital by security forces. DO you know what Shia doctors and nurses did in those hospital? If I describe it you would definately say i am describing scenes from a horror movie: Starting from siezing the hospital, chanting slogans for overturning the legal government, during their duties, ignoring the agony of patients, rejecting non-Shia patients which resulted in death of a 15 year's old girl, and a 1 year old would have also died if it was not to a private clinic. They KIDNAPPED indian and asian expats using the ambulances and brought them tied up to the hospital to use them as HUMAN SHIELDS !!! They distributed drugs like valium and other sedation drugs to the demonstration leaders. They impresoned fellow Sunni doctors and nurses in the Cafeteria of the Hospital and were thretening them.

    It is time the UN Rights Office open their eyes and seek the truth and not rely on twisted sources, who flip the facts around.
  • BahrainFact posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 22:02:54 - Reply

    First, it is difficult to judge an entire Bahraini people through 30 to 35 percent of the terrorists or outlaws.

    So that the other party a kind that has been initiated silent express their views now, even if the expression is issued by a few and this is due to the absence of the prior plan, as did the terrorists and this is clear to you.. I think .. For emails that attacked the various organization such as the Office of Human Rights at the United Nations and the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the various television channels and foreign language that are so English is connected to the world that what they want easily .. You may surprised for speaking the Shia in the various means of social communication like Face book and Twitter in English only, and this explains the meaning of my words as well as to support each step providing them with pictures and video and that some strange thing for a thinking intelligent so that focus purely on external media for the first time and the intensely offensive, taking into consideration the photos of one or two people wearing police uniforms non-formal, which was forged and then share it with the media of the demonstrators terrorists in order to exploit the Western media so that the recipient will say that the police have become with the demonstrators, as happened in Egypt, Tunisia and now in Yemen playing field all the exploitation of the poor media of the western, which what that felt modern or something is on the way to make money will be published with the lack of attention to people and hit our life on the wall.

    Let me come back here to the few that do not represent the people of Bahrain as they caused the loyal citizens and residents of bloodshed and intimidation of innocents civilians and you can ask to any embassy or consulate to be sure.
    Unfortunately these scenes has been hidden from the outside world and all that back for the flight of foreign reporters in Bahrain because of the threat that they did not transfer the image as required of them and not deliver the truth ..

    Last but not least .. We went through a bad time from the days of 1980s in our country and the people tasted the two things with this class are ignorant .. But the question is when will understand the foreign media when the facts and will strive to help them out to the world?

    One last point .. Was planning a coup against the ruler in order to replace the Governor of Shi'ite Iran and for them to matter that was fair or not, should only be from Iran or Shiite.
    Many things has been absent from a lot of smart people, but .. Something need I should say .. this was planned 30 years ago to carry out this coup is scheduled to apply in the year 2017, but their egos themselves unclean and revealed their plans .. Thanks God.

    Many things that are no been secret to you, but the day will come more clear to the world the truth that ensure my words, just you need to follow our case.

    Regards,
  • BahrainFact posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 22:02:52 - Reply

    First, it is difficult to judge an entire Bahraini people through 30 to 35 percent of the terrorists or outlaws.

    So that the other party a kind that has been initiated silent express their views now, even if the expression is issued by a few and this is due to the absence of the prior plan, as did the terrorists and this is clear to you.. I think .. For emails that attacked the various organization such as the Office of Human Rights at the United Nations and the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the various television channels and foreign language that are so English is connected to the world that what they want easily .. You may surprised for speaking the Shia in the various means of social communication like Face book and Twitter in English only, and this explains the meaning of my words as well as to support each step providing them with pictures and video and that some strange thing for a thinking intelligent so that focus purely on external media for the first time and the intensely offensive, taking into consideration the photos of one or two people wearing police uniforms non-formal, which was forged and then share it with the media of the demonstrators terrorists in order to exploit the Western media so that the recipient will say that the police have become with the demonstrators, as happened in Egypt, Tunisia and now in Yemen playing field all the exploitation of the poor media of the western, which what that felt modern or something is on the way to make money will be published with the lack of attention to people and hit our life on the wall.

    Let me come back here to the few that do not represent the people of Bahrain as they caused the loyal citizens and residents of bloodshed and intimidation of innocents civilians and you can ask to any embassy or consulate to be sure.
    Unfortunately these scenes has been hidden from the outside world and all that back for the flight of foreign reporters in Bahrain because of the threat that they did not transfer the image as required of them and not deliver the truth ..

    Last but not least .. We went through a bad time from the days of 1980s in our country and the people tasted the two things with this class are ignorant .. But the question is when will understand the foreign media when the facts and will strive to help them out to the world?

    One last point .. Was planning a coup against the ruler in order to replace the Governor of Shi'ite Iran and for them to matter that was fair or not, should only be from Iran or Shiite.
    Many things has been absent from a lot of smart people, but .. Something need I should say .. this was planned 30 years ago to carry out this coup is scheduled to apply in the year 2017, but their egos themselves unclean and revealed their plans .. Thanks God.

    Many things that are no been secret to you, but the day will come more clear to the world the truth that ensure my words, just you need to follow our case.

    Regards,
  • Mahwish posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 21:42:29 - Reply

    We just want Bahrain the way its been. If this was an internal affair it surely would be sorted out by dialogue as offered by the HRH CROWN PRINCE.
    But they didn't want any dialogue and always went on with unacceptable conditions so that the government can never come to peace with them and this was surely done by some foreign backup. And How come some Internationally known terrorist groups are contacting UN in regard to this matter in support of the so called peaceful protesters.

    Internationally known Terrorists supporting peaceful protestors!!!! How much sense does that make? IRAN and HAZBULLAH supporting the who act of the so called PEACEFUL PROTESTORS speaks for itself.

    I guess after this no one needs any explanations.

    Bahrain was a peaceful country and our HM king, Royal Family and the government has always done everything in the best interest of the Country and the people.

    I WISH PEACE TO BAHRAIN and Blessing to the Royal Family and each and every Bahraini and Expatriate who has been patient and quietly tolerated the nuisance of anti government protestors which in the end proved no protest but terrorism.




  • I am afraid of Bahrain Human Rights Group posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 21:15:45 - Reply

    I am afraid of the Bahrain Human Rights Activists that is why I am not giving my name because they killed innocent people in Bahrain. you want proof. come to Bahrain and speak to the people.

    even the shias are held hostage by them. they have marked the houses of the shias who are not complying with the Bahrain human right groups who is taking instructions from Iran and Hezbollah.

    I am afraid of Human right activists in Bahrain.

    are you hearing me UN?

    if Navi Pillai can guarantee my protection i can reveal my identity

    A scared Human in Bahrain
  • Fatima M. posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 20:34:07 - Reply

    We, the pro-government people, have been feeling so neglected by the UN ever since those protests started. Yes, the protesters were peaceful for a week ONLY but then they began terrorizing us! We have lost safe in safety and we felt that the UN was blinded and was receiving wrong facts about what is really going in Bahrain.

    The protesters threatened us using knives and Molotov Bombs, they blocked the roads to force us not to go to our schools and jobs. The have also been terrorizing young students in Bahrain and have been beating them up. A anti-gov principal in one elementary school locked up all students from pro-government families in a room and handed the key to the anti-government students to beat them up.

    They have took over our hospital and denied medical care for anyone who is pro-government! They didn't even send ambulances for pro-government patients and a 15 years old girl as well as a pregnant lady died because of that.

    Mr. Nabeel Rajab, the human rights activist in Bahrain is SO biased. I have been sending him emails about the pro-government points of view but he ignored them and continued lieing!! I can't believe that the UN trusts such a biased person and a liar.

    Moreover, the anti-government protesters kidnapped expats who were nothing but loyal to this country. They have beaten them up for no reason at all. We are very proud to have such loyal expats and our country wouldn't have grown and prospered without them.

    Ever since the policemen were spread in the roads and the protesters were forced to leave the roundabout and go back to their homes we gained a little bit of the feeling of safety. Now we can go on with our daily lives and our jobs and schools.

    Bahrain has never been a violent place. However, those terrorist protesters have made it so. We have always lived and respected each other despite our differences, but those terrorists have widened the gap between us and we can never trust them again.

    We are asking the UN to not trust its biased representatives and support us the silent majority who have always loved this country and have been loyal to it. Those protesters are terrorists and the government can no longer sit back and see them destroy this country we all have grown to love and worked hard so it can prosper.
  • Bu Faisal posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 20:31:04 - Reply

    Unfortunately the international media does not see the true picture. Not every one who claims peaceful demonstration is truly peaceful. We the people of Bahrain lived in a true occupation situation by those who claimed peaceful. People were not able to go to work, roads were blocked, our largest hospital was hijacked, many people were threatened by different means, and people were killed especially foreigners. The country were hijacked by a group of people who wanted this country to be part of Iran in the same manner to what happened in Iraq. Bahrainis were lucky to have a government that were calm and patient giving all opportunity to dialogue. Unfortunately, Protesters did not agree to start the Dialogue. Bahrain do not have a large security forces to combat such uprise especially if the security forces have to protect important installations. For this reason Bahrain government requested the assistance of Al-Jazeera Shield army to protect these installations and free Bahraini Security Forces to deal with the occupying Protestors. Bahrain has managed to free the roads and bring back safety to all people. Bahrain is now a lot safer than a week ago. Children are back to schools and employees are back to work even those who were part of this uprising. Also the societies behind the uprising are now willing and closer to the dialogue process that was called for by the Government. We need your support and encouragement for our government to ensure our safety.
  • Bu Faisal posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 20:31:00 - Reply

    Unfortunately the international media does not see the true picture. Not every one who claims peaceful demonstration is truly peaceful. We the people of Bahrain lived in a true occupation situation by those who claimed peaceful. People were not able to go to work, roads were blocked, our largest hospital was hijacked, many people were threatened by different means, and people were killed especially foreigners. The country were hijacked by a group of people who wanted this country to be part of Iran in the same manner to what happened in Iraq. Bahrainis were lucky to have a government that were calm and patient giving all opportunity to dialogue. Unfortunately, Protesters did not agree to start the Dialogue. Bahrain do not have a large security forces to combat such uprise especially if the security forces have to protect important installations. For this reason Bahrain government requested the assistance of Al-Jazeera Shield army to protect these installations and free Bahraini Security Forces to deal with the occupying Protestors. Bahrain has managed to free the roads and bring back safety to all people. Bahrain is now a lot safer than a week ago. Children are back to schools and employees are back to work even those who were part of this uprising. Also the societies behind the uprising are now willing and closer to the dialogue process that was called for by the Government. We need your support and encouragement for our government to ensure our safety.
  • Fatma Ali posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 19:59:42 - Reply

    It is not a must if the mainstream in the world is supporting the protesters; that they should be always right, and that in every situation the bad guys are the government supporters.
    Some people who are having personal and political gain are abusing the fact and doing their personal wars.
    They were terrorizing us, and stopping all types of activities in the whole small country for more than a month. They took over the hospital, and it was not operational until lately when the government cleaned it. They have stolen most of the hospital supplies keeping it empty. And they were using the hospital as their center of operations.
    The protesters attacked around 50 workers, killing around 4 with 2 considered brain dead, and many of which have lost parts of their bodies. They also killed police officers, and all of the facts were documented by the "silent people".
    We have many components in our society, and it is not only Shiites. We have around 9% Christians, and 10% other religions. So, the majority of Bahrain is not with Shiites taking over the control, and not with Imams taking the power.
    We don't deny the rights of the protesters, but WE ALSO HAVE RIGHTS.

    We hope that the Human Rights will not only and always look at the rights of the Criminal keeping the Victims without Rights. We hope to get the Balanced View from you.

    And we would like to complain about your representatives in Bahrain who are from the Shiites Political Groups and who are Political Activists.

    We hope that you have a Committee In Bahrain, which is not Biased to Any Side.

    I love Human Rights, but I hate when their representatives are Biased.
  • Peace Bahrain posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 19:04:57 - Reply

    We the silent majority of Bahrain over the last month has had to face loss of business normal lifestyle and we live in fear and chaos. As we reach the limit of our patience we have faith in our King, Prime Minister and Crown Prince to bring us out of this time stronger and wiser. The foreign media brought and financed by the anti-government protestors have failed the country with unfair reporting and sensationalizing events against our government. We strive for only the truth as we are deeply hurt by the lies against our beloved ruling family who have shown the country patience, tolerance, kindness and freedom.

    Media have made claims on electronic media that they have been attacked by pro-government protestors yet do not seem to have made any official report with their embassy or local authorities. Our country offer media complete freedom and transparency and it the ethical duty of these media personnel to report the truth of both sides without being emotionally involved – all we ask is that they do their duty. Our police have come under attack with the protestors posting images of them at the Lulu Roundabout and threatening them and their families. The police have been attacked with knives, swords and even run over but none of this was reported. The anti-government protestors have sophisticated equipment and people who specialize in many fields to ensure that their inaccurate information is wide spread – their access to financing and equipment cannot be underestimated. These protestors object to politically naturalized citizens and want them deported as well as their other ludicrous demands. Our Crown prince has asked for a dialogue with the party leaders but to date they have not accepted the offer and continued to occupy the Pearl Roundabout which had become a festering dirty camp site for these people. In the same camp they had posters calling for the "death of Al Khalifa", "Down with the Government" and other abusive graffiti and props which do not give an air of peace as they claim.

    We have over the last few weeks exposed so many of their lies, derogatory statements and bullying tactics. They protested at the Bahrain Financial Harbour and took over Salmaniya Hospital. The medical personnel permitted tents to be located in front of the Accident and Emergency entrance and the number of visitors dropped dramatically despite the statement made by the Minister of Health denying all rumours. The ambulances protestors and could be found at the roundabout or driving around the country.

    Over the last month we have been inconvenienced with protests taking their marches to the streets, causing delay and loss of business for all sectors of the community. Our friends and colleagues have been abused for supporting the government and do not venture out after sunset.

    These protestors started calling themselves pro-democracy as they tried a different PR perspective to send out the message that they want peace although in reality they can only be described as anti-government. Many of them now claim that they have respect for our Crown Prince and trust in him – yet just one week ago, they created derogatory cartoons of him and rejected his request of a dialogue. They believe that they cannot come to the table unless the PM is terminated and the King removed – this cannot and will not happen.

    With the foreign media losing interest they took to the streets on Friday 11th March to march to Riffa (pre-dominantly pro-government area) aiming to protest in front of the Royal Court and on Saturday 12th March outside Safriya Palace (HM King Hamad's official residence).

    The protestors came with ambulances along the highway hoping to enter Riffa and give flowers. The idea was to provoke and attack of producing another martyr so that they may mourn and again attract the attention of media.

    En route the police formed a wall and denied them access to the Royal Court and managed to break the crowds up peacefully and safely. Some of the anti-government broke off into another group and attempted to pass through the wall and started throwing rocks at the police. The police should be applauded for their patience in the face of abuse and obvious disregard to the very ruling family they take an oath to protect. These same protestors have never actually stopped attacking the police, general public and foreigners in the country. There is a case of a Molotov thrown into a small restaurant in Sitra killing the Asian workers inside. They have murdered a policeman by burning him alive and the murderers' families now have demanded their release. We the people of Bahrain do not want terrorists and murderers on our streets – we want the safe and peaceful country we grew up in.

    These same protestors began going on these marches dressed in "Kafan" (Traditional white cloth used to bury the dead) – showing they are ready to be martyrs – this type of extremism and radical behaviour is not what Bahrain is about.

    We thank our HM King Hamad, HRH Prime Minster and HRH Crown Prince for bringing in the military forces who have brought back safety and security into our lives. We are very grateful for their concern.

    The only inhumane acts carried out have been those by the protestors and members of the so-called Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (Nabeel Rajab and Marayam Al Khawaja) who do NOT represent the country and should not be entertained by any offical bodies. We also thank our brave police force who continue to serve us tirelessly.
  • June posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 18:59:39 - Reply

    Please note the emails you received will be genuine - as an expat living here over 17 years I can assure you they represented the true situation in Bahrain. The hospital was taken over by terrorists, as with the financial district, and we are very grateful to see the military keeping the streets safe for us. The demonstrators were not peaceful - at the root of it all was not a wish for democracy, but an attempted coup. Thank God it failed! We expats are very disappointed to say the least with the distorted reports from the international media, and are happy to put the record straight.
  • Mustafa Abedin posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 18:27:25 - Reply

    UN Rights Office please note all the emails that you have received are genuine with true feelings of the citizens and residents of the Kingdom of Bahrain. We truly appreciate the Captured Salmaniya Medical Hospital Complex by the terrorist is freed by the army and proper medical attention is given where needed. Hope the international media conveys true facts to the world rather then just keeping in mind the TRP Ratings of the channel.
  • Irfan Rashid Zardadkhan posted:

    on 22nd March 2011, 17:17:17 - Reply

    I guess the truth is finally emerging and the world is beginning to take notice of the true picture of events in Bahrain. The protesters are fueled by sectarianism, the roots of which lie in Iran. I wish the international media did not use Al-Alam and Press TV as sources of reliable news rather did some of their own investigative reporting which is neutral.