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Human Rights Watch slams 'injustice' in Bahrain courts

Human Rights Watch slams 'injustice' in Bahrain courts | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Human Rights Watch criticised "failures" in Bahrain's justice system Thursday, saying it severely punishes pro-reform protesters while offering impunity to abusive security personnel.

"A police officer in Bahrain who kills a protester in cold blood or beats a detainee to death might face a sentence of six months or maybe two years," said HRW deputy Middle East director Joe Stork in a 64-page report.

Meanwhile, "peacefully calling for the country to become a republic will get you life in prison."

Scores of Shiites were rounded up following a crackdown on protesters against the ruling Sunni dynasty in March 2011, and many have been tried and jailed.

The kingdom has been widely criticised over the and for the alleged mistreatment of detainees.

The report alleges that the kingdom's courts maintain a "highly repressive political order."

In November 2011, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry found that security forces had used "excessive force" and tortured detainees in its month-long crackdown on dissent.

Among other recommendations, it called for reforms in the police and justice systems.

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Bahrain Authorities Keep University Student in Prison, Despite Full Sentence Being Served

Bahrain Authorities Keep University Student in Prison, Despite Full Sentence Being Served | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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...The BICI report states that trials in Bahrain are used to attack the opposition. Bahrain faces wide criticism in the international community. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navi Pillay had previously stated that Bahrain uses prosecutions to practice "political persecution".  NGOs such Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued statements and reports confirming "No Justice in Bahrain" and describing its judicial system as a "Travesty of Justice"....

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Farcical Bahraini (in)justice..... release murders, and imprison freedom fighters!

Farcical Bahraini (in)justice.....  release murders, and imprison freedom fighters! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A Bahraini appeals court acquitted two policemen and reduced a jail term for another accused of killing anti-regime protesters in 2011. However, it confirmed jail sentences to protesters charged with attacking police forces.

The two acquitted police officers faced charges of shooting dead an anti-regime protester in November 2011, AFP reported.

In a separate case the court cut a 7 year prison sentence of another officer to six months. The policeman was sentenced in January for beating to death a Shiite protester.

A number of policemen are on trial for allegedly torturing hundreds of detained Shiite protesters after crushing rallies against the Sunni-led government in March 2011.

In addition the court confirmed 5 year jail terms of 19 Shiite anti-regime protesters, which were charged each with attacking police forces.

This comes in the wake of clashes on Friday between police forces and thousands of Shiites in the village of Diraz, west of the capital Manama.

The protesters threw stones at hundreds of riot police who fired tear gas and water cannons, a witness said as cited by Reuters. The violence continued for about an hour before the police dispersed the crowd.

The protests were prompted by an unauthorized raid by security forces on a home of a top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim on May 17.

Following the incident the main Bahraini opposition group Al-Wefaq announced on Wednesday that it would withdraw from reconciliation talks with the government for two weeks.....

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الموسوي: تبرئة المتهمين بقتل الشهداء تكريس لسياسة «الإفلات من العقاب»

الموسوي: تبرئة المتهمين بقتل الشهداء  تكريس لسياسة «الإفلات من العقاب» | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

اعتبر القيادي بجمعية الوفاق السيد هادي الموسوي أن تبرئة العديد من الأشخاص المتهمين بقتل الشهداء والمواطنين خلال الأحداث التي شهدتها البحرين في العام 2011، يعد «تكريساً لسياسة الإفلات من العقاب، وغياب للعدالة».وقال الموسوي، خلال مؤتمر صحافي عُقد بمقر...    |   The leader of the Association Accord Mr. Hadi al-Moussawi said the acquittal of several people accused of killing the martyrs and citizens during the events that took place in Bahrain in 2011, is «consecration of the policy of impunity, and the absence of justice

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Bahrain: A System of Injustice | Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: A System of Injustice | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Long Terms for Peaceful Protest; Impunity for Police KillingsMAY 28, 2014What Bahrain Should DoRelease all individuals who have been detained or convicted solely for the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association, or peaceful assembly.Ensure thorough and impartial investigations into unlawful killings, torture, and other abuses by government agents, and prosecute those responsible...
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Bahrain regime protects torturers in defiance to international institutions

Bahrain regime protects torturers in defiance to international institutions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 Circulated footage showed the current Prime Minister of Bahrain assuring an officer, who is accused of torturing detainees, that “the law cannot be applied to him” and thanking him for his “good work”.

Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society in Bahrain said that this is a message from the regime to the international community that the authority is supporting the culture of impunity and the law is only used to persecute dissidents. This is an honest and direct statement made by the top official in the illegitimate government, al-Wefaq added.

Al-Wefaq stated that this is a dangerous official declaration admitting that state institutions, including the judiciary, are not independent, but rather cosmetic tools.  The people of Bahrain have long raised the demand for an independent and impartial judiciary....

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«حقوق الإنسان أولاً»: استمرار استهداف المجتمع المدني والمضايقات القضائية في البحرين

«حقوق الإنسان أولاً»: استمرار استهداف المجتمع المدني والمضايقات القضائية في البحرين | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

قالت منظمة «حقوق الإنسان أولاً»، ان البحرين مازالت مستمرة في استهداف المجتمع المدني، والمضايقات القضائية لهم، وان الأسبوع الجاري سيشهد عدة جلسات محاكمات لعدد من الناشطين.وتطرقت في بيان صادر عنها، إلى حكم الاستئناف الصادر بحق حليمة الصباغ، والتي تواجه...  |  

...A member of the organization «Human Rights First international Brian:« what is going on in these courts, tells us more about the reality of what is happening in Bahrain, not reported by representatives of the government in recent speeches in front of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva.

The statement also pointed to the re-arrest of human rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja, which was finally sentenced to arrest her for three months, in addition to the continued imprisonment of the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab.

And an international statement concluded by saying: «continue to issue prison sentences for members of the medical staff and human rights activists, does not comply and the government's claims at them to reform.

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