Rights Group Raps Bahrain Regime over Youth Arrests
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A human rights group in Bahrain denounced the ruling Al Khalifa regime for arresting and torturing teenagers and keeping them in detention for long periods.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights said in a statement that the security forces recently arrested two teenagers named Tamim Majeed and Hashem Alawi.
It said the police have held them in detention for nearly a week under the pretext of carrying out interrogation.
The rights body also accused Manama of intentionally targeting the children and violently attacking them on the streets.
It said that the regime forces have arrested more than 120 children over the past weeks, Press TV reported.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa ruling family to step down.
One month later, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government to crush the peaceful protests.
According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown.