Bahraini activists denounce torture by regime
At a seminar at House of Lords in London on Wednesday, several Bahraini victims of torture gave testimony of their ordeals and their loved ones in Bahrain’s prisons.
“There is the use of electricity… They are using the microwaves on cells especially on the brain cells. (They) bring the wife or the teenage daughter in front of you, and threaten (you that) they are going to rape her,” former Bahraini MP Jalal Firooz said.
The participants also condemned the western powers’ silence against the Bahraini prisoners.
“They keep a blind eye to atrocities and human rights violation in Bahrain, which encourages the regime to continue these tactics,” said Mohammad al-Tajir, a Bahraini lawyer.
The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations.
The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states.
Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.
A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.
Bahrainis say they will continue holding demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.
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