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BAHRAIN: Students required to sign pledge of allegiance to government

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights released a statement Sunday saying it was “deeply concerned” the country’s leading university had started requiring students to sign a pledge to support the embattled government of King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa.

The state-run University of Bahrain in Sakhir distributed the pledges when students returned to class Sunday, and they were soon posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Students who refuse to sign the pledge might have to withdraw, the group says.

The pledge specifies:" I acknowledge that not signing this document means I do not wish to continue my education in the University of Bahrain."

Students said they were required to sign and that the university had “turned into a big prison." University officials added metal detectors, surveillance cameras and stationed security guards at each of the school’s colleges this week, according to the leading opposition newspaper, Al-Wasat.

They also have suspended many students who joined anti-government demonstrations or posted anti-government views on Facebook.

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actually Not witdraw.

if the case was only witdraw the students will never sign it.

the case who ever Not sign this pledge will be dissmissed and arrested. after that in the police station he will recive a good a mount of beating and torturing maybe sexual abusing also, then he will forcefully sign it and remain in the prison.

so this is the problem.

the funny thing in this issue that the police or who ever requesting the student to sign the pledge they Know that the students dosen't have another option becasue of that they will sign it, so the students will sign it without the willing to sign as they say it ( it's Not from their heart ).BUT STILL to shine the GOV REPUTATION IN FRONT THE WORLD.

I DARE THE GOV TO ALLOW AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP FOR PUBLIC REFERENDUM THEN WE WILL KNOW DOES THE PEOPLE WANT THIS GOV OR NOT.

finally in Bahrain we will be sign to a pledge every time we want to go to the toilets. God Help US. amazing hah ?!!

 
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