Cairo April 2, 2013
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the use of the excessive force by the security forces in addressing the attendees of the funeral of the father of a detainee. ANHRI expresses its extreme annoyance as the authorities prevented the ambassador of Denmark from visiting the human rights activist “Abdulhady El-Khawjah”.
Bahraini security forces have used the excessive force to address who attended the funeral of “Abdulghany El-Rees”, 66 years old, who died in front of “El-Badie’” police center while he was trying to visit his detained son, who was arrested on Sunday March 31, 2013, on the background of participating in one of the continued demonstrations and the peaceful protest that took place in Bahrain. “El-Rees” was prevented from visiting his son, in addition to, the news spread on the social networks which stated that he was fainted after he heard his son screams and shout as a result of torture in the prison.
The security forces used tear gas bombs to disperse who attended the funeral which resulted in several suffocations among the attendees.
In another context and in persistence in the series of violations against the detainees and the activists, the ministry of interior, cancelled the visit of the Danish ambassador in Bahrain, who requested to allow him to visit to the prominent human rights activist “Abdulhady El-Khawajah” – holder of Danish passport. He is on a hunger strike in the prison of “Dry Dock” as a result of banning the family visits from him as he refused to wear the costumes of the prisoners and it is also the same reason that the Danish ambassador was prevented from visiting him.
It is worthy to be mentioned that there is an approved visit of the ambassador in every month to meet “El-Khawajah” in his prison, after he have began hunger strike along with the hunger strike of his daughter Zainb on March 17, 2013. So after the deterioration of his health; the Danish ambassador requested to see him urgently as it was agreed between the ambassador and the Bahraini side to make the date of the visit earlier, to be on Sunday March 17, 2013, than the specified date of the visit but after the arriving of the ambassador from his place of residence in Riyadh, the prison’s administration told him that the visit was cancelled.
ANHRI said that “the persistence of the authorities to restrict the prisoners of opinion and human rights activists in addition to prevent visiting them repeatedly and for flimsy reasons, declare the desire of the regime to abuse the activists and the prisoners of opinion in addition to disregarding all human rights demands and calls to respect the freedom of expression”.
ANHRI added that “the persistence of the security forces to target the attendees of the martyrs’ funerals who were murdered by the Bahraini security forces whether directly or indirectly, establishes the impunity idea which is adopted by the authorities recently in the favor of the security personnel.
ANHRI demands from the authorities to deal with the intellectuals and activists in the prisons as prisoners of opinion not as criminal prisoners.
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