Waad’s Women’s Affairs Office Condemns Unjustified Violence Against Female Protesters
Women’s Affairs Office at The National Democratic Action "Waad" expresses its deep concern regarding the excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators yesterday and today as well as arbitrary arrests exercised against women in specific. The Office demands the immediate release of all detainees in the rallies that began from Bahrain’s villages demanding democracy and human justice.
The decision made by the prosecutor to imprison 38 women for 45 days and 7 girls (minors) for 3 days pending investigation, is a violation of all norms and human rights that give every citizen the right to express their opinion through peaceful means. The Women’s Affairs Office also condemns the unnecessarily repressive and violent approach that was adopted by the Ministry of Interior against the protestors during their arrest, treating them like criminals and publishing their photos in the official media in flagrant violation of human rights enshrined in the Constitution and all international conventions on Human Rights, which affirm that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Insisting on using security and force in addressing political and constitutional issues instead of serious dialogue as demanded by political opposition, will cause the country more political and sectarian tension, ultimately leading into a complex and dangerous phase that will be difficult to solve.
The state of law and institutions should apply the law on everyone without any discrimination. Moreover, the Constitution, the National Action Charter and all international charters grant citizens the right to express their opinions in all peaceful means. These charters impose the protection of demonstrators, as opposed to confronting them with excessive violence, collective punishment, tear gas, sound bombs, live bullets and internationally-forbidden shotgun bullets.
Women’s Affairs Office
National Democratic Action Society "Waad"