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Non-Lethal, Can be Lethal...!

This is a report to expose the improper, excessive, and illegal use of Tear-gas on the people of Bahrain. 

 

Marquesa points out: 'I do wish to point out that those houses were not targeted randomly, they were the houses of martyrs or prisoners, and any raid in a village starts with them targeting those houses again and again. '

 

Good point!  thank you for the update!

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marquesa's comment, August 27, 2011 10:42 AM
Odd mix of very well researched facts and incredibly scary cartoon man. I do wish to point out that those houses were not targeted randomly, they were the houses of martyrs or prisoners, and any raid in a village starts with them targeting those houses again and again.
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Injured Freedom Protester in Karranah 8/18/2011

Injured Freedom Protester in Karranah 8/18/2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

These munitions are not to be shot at people's heads/faces/necks/groin!  This is from the direction of the manufacturer!  If the intent of the SF's is not to do grave bodily injury, then the AEP L60A1 Impact Round should be used!
      'This was introduced in June 2005 to replace the L21A1. It was developed to              reduce the risk of inflicting death or serious injury from a head strike, and achieves

 this by incorporating a hollow nose.'

The fact that the SF's are choosing to NOT use the comparatively safe munition is a statement of intent to do grave bodily harm....defacto!  #DOCUMENT  #BICI 

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A kid's collection of rubber bullets from a neighborhood in Bahrain!

A kid's collection of  rubber bullets from a  neighborhood in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Extreme overusage of baton rounds/rubber bullets in Bahrain!   Notice that NONE of the munitions are of the 'AEP L60A1 Impact Round' variety that is designed to minimize head/throat/groin injuries!  

 

The overuse, the misuse, and the use of a variety that causes deaths by head & throat impacts is a Human Rights abuse when applied to civilians and peaceful demonstrators!

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Penetrating injury to the chest by an attenuated energy projectile: a case report and literature review of thoracic injuries caused by "less-lethal" munitions

LESS-lethal only when properly used !  Still potentially lethal....

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Information clearing House: A Catalogue of Failures:

Amnesty International is opposed to the transfer of military, security, and police equipment, technology and expertise that can reasonably be assumed will contribute to human rights violations in the receiving country, and has consistently appealed to the G8 governments to abide by this principle which they have long recognised but never fully implemented.

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Man injured in Barbar village by a rubber bullet/baton round ! - 8/16/2011

Man injured in Barbar village by a rubber bullet/baton round ! - 8/16/2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What if this had hit a person's head, throat, or groin?  Why aren't the 'AEP L60A1 Impact Round' being used?  These are designed to actually hit these areas and not kill or produce severe injury.  There is a callous disregard for the wellbeing of the Bahraini protesters as is expressed in the use of such munitions!

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LESS-lethal, not NON-lethal, baton rounds

LESS-lethal, not NON-lethal, baton rounds | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Only to be used by trained personel, not a short distances, and only as designed by manufacturer!  Head, neck, and groin shots may be lethal!

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Baton Rounds or 'Rubber bullets'

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Less-lethal ammunition, also known as riot control ammunition, is a general title for ammunition of various types which may be used in circumstances of civil disturbance to disperse riots or to incapacitate individual rioters, or in hostage rescue or other police operations. It is designed to minimise the risk of death or serious injuries when used as intended. It is important to stress this latter point, as any of these rounds can inflict severe injuries or result in a fatality if used improperly, which is why weapons and ammunition of this type are now known as "less-lethal" (L-L) rather than "non-lethal". Such weapons should only be used by operators who have been trained in the proper use of the particular weapon and type of ammunition being issued. It is essential to obtain and adhere to the guidance issued by the manufacturer of the weapon or ammunition.

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These batons are designed to be fired at the abdomen and legs (the latter particularly at short range), as there is a risk of serious and potentially fatal injury if they hit the chest or, especially, the head. The normal operating range for a baton round is 20-40m, but they may be fired at much shorter ranges in an emergency. Over the period 1970-2005 some 125,000 baton rounds were fired in Northern Ireland. These resulted in 17 deaths, the last being in 1989. This works out at an average of ten rounds per day and one death every two years, or a death rate of 0.0136%.

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AEP L60A1 Impact Round

This was introduced in June 2005 to replace the L21A1. It was developed to reduce the risk of inflicting death or serious injury from a head strike, and achieves this by incorporating a hollow nose. On impact with soft tissue this remains intact, but on striking a hard target like the head or breast-bone, it deforms to reduce the peak impact by between one third and a half. This round is known as the AEP, which stands for Attenuated Energy Projectile. The cartridge case, projectile weight and muzzle velocity remain the same as the L21A1, but the case is painted light grey instead of the black of earlier baton rounds. The AEP is claimed to exceed 95% accuracy against a 400mm x 600mm target at 50m.

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