Bahrain, torture kingdom


From AFP news agency:

Bahraini doctors call for neutral trial

Agence France-Presse

Dec 28, 2011

MANAMA // Shiite doctors on bail in Bahrain pending retrial for their role in pro-democracy protests demanded a neutral hearing as they spoke of being subjected to months of torture.

“I can’t talk,” sobbed a consultant paediatrician, Nader Dawani, who said he was made to stand for prolonged periods of time, while being beaten, mainly by a female officer.

“She was the harshest. She used to hit me with a hose and wooden canes, many of which broke on my back,” said the 54-year-old man, who said he was forced to stand for seven days.

The United Nations’ top human rights official is calling on tiny, oil-rich Bahrain to release prisoners detained for joining peaceful demonstrations earlier this year, and to restore the jobs of thousands of people who were dismissed for joining the protest: here.

Another Bahraini killed: here.

Bahrain 1st-Hand: The Café Where Lattes Have an Extra Shot of Tear Gas: here.

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  1. Bahrain to try five policemen over deaths

    DUBAI, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Bahrain, under pressure to
    clean up its human rights record, said on Thursday it would try
    five police officers over the deaths of two people in custody
    during unrest this year.

    At least four people died in detention after Bahrain
    introduced a period of martial law to crush mass protests
    demanding democratic reforms in February and March.

    A statement on the official BNA news agency, citing the
    public prosecutor, said two of the police officers beat two
    detainees to death and the other three officers failed to report
    the incident to authorities. It said the trial would begin on
    Jan. 11.

    Bahrain, whose Sunni royal family rules over a mainly
    Shi’ite population, said in November it was prosecuting 20
    officers over abuses.

    An independent inquiry released a report in November that
    talked of systematic abuse of detainees and listed forms of
    abuse and torture that many suffered.

    The government has promised to implement the report’s
    recommendations, which the U.S. Congress has linked to its
    approval of a $53 million arms sale to Manama, which is home to
    the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

    The island’s banking and tourism sectors have been hit by
    continuing unrest as protesters in Shi’ite villages clash with
    riot police on a daily basis. Opposition groups want an end to
    the ruling al-Khalifa family’s domination of government.

    (Writing by Andrew Hammond)

    Copyright © 2011, Reuters

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