Report Reveals Widespread Human Rights Violation in Bahrain
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - President of a Bahraini forum reported 995 cases of violation of human rights in Bahrain only in January, pointing to the arbitrary arrest of six children in that period.
According to president of the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights, Baqer Darwish, the Al Khalifa regime has violated human rights in 995 cases during January.
In January 2018, the security forces have carried out 138 late-night raids on civilian houses and have made 121 arbitrary arrests, including six children, he added.
Darwish also noted that 200 Bahraini citizens were held in prison, while 18 cases of torture and abuse were also recorded, involving four women and eight children.
Moreover, he added, 77 Bahraini citizens have been subjected to unfair trials resulting in a total of 679 years of prison sentence and $268,000 fines, according to U-News.
Darwish also pointed to 17 cases of forced disappearance, and the continued house arrest of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shiite majority whose nationality was revoked by the Manama regime in June 2016.
In May 2017, the regime forces stormed into the residence of Sheikh Qassim in the village of Diraz, arresting everyone inside the house. At least five people were reportedly killed in the raid, and over 280 others were arrested.
The raid came a few days after a Bahraini court sentenced Sheikh Qassim to one year in prison. Based on the verdict, the cleric’s properties worth three million Bahraini dinars (near $8 million) were also confiscated.
Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with security forces resorting to harsh measures against demonstrators.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful protests.