Bahrain: ANHRI Denounces the Escalation of the Regime Violations against the Peaceful Demonstrators

Cairo February 19, 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the escalation of the violence used by the Bahraini security forces in dealing with the peaceful demonstrators as the security forces used the excessive force with some protesters while they were leaving the funeral of “Amina El-Sayed Mahdi”.

The security forces used the excessive force against the some of the protesters, while they were in their way out of the “Amina El-Sayed Mahdi” funeral, 37 years old. She died on February 13, 2013, due to the suffocation by the tear gas bombs while she was in her home in Abu-Sabie since almost a month. The authorities denied that the reason of the death was the suffocation of the tear gas bombs, as the security forces threw heavy tear gas bombs to disperse the protesters.

The ministry of interior, described the repressed demonstrators as saboteurs who wanted to block the streets, therefore, it was necessary to take the security procedures to deal with them, in attempt to legitimize on repressing the peaceful demonstrations.

ANHRI said that “the persistence of the regime in using such repressing tools in dealing with the peaceful demonstrators won’t work. It worsen the field situation in Bahrain and will complicate the situation and abort any initiative that have been posed recently to get out of this continued crisis that lasted since two years. The security tools proved its failure in dealing with the demands of the people who look for freedom and democracy. Such repressive tools will increase adhere to their legitimate demands”.

ANHRI calls on the international and regional organizations concerned with human rights, to press the regime in order to change its repressive policy when it comes to dealing with the opposition and intellectuals.

ANHRI called the regime to respect the freedom of expression and peaceful demonstrations as a guaranteed right to all the citizens and the people; as stipulated in the international treaties and charters.
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