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Bahrain Center for Human Rights
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Sign Petition: Amnesty Int: Bahrain: ensuring accountability for excessive force and protection for protesters

24 March 2011
Amnesty International has documented how in February, security forces in Bahrain used excessive force against peaceful protesters without warning and impeded and assaulted medical staff trying to help the wounded.
The riot police used tear gas, batons, rubber bullets and shotguns to disperse the crowds, killing seven people between 14 and 21 February and injuring scores of other protesters. Among those injured were medical staff who were trying to help wounded protesters in or near the Pearl Roundabout after protestors who had set up camp there were forcibly dispersed by the security forces early on 17 February. Paramedics trying to assist injured people on the same morning were beaten and attacked by the riot police.

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HRW: Bahrain: Investigate Shooting, Arrest of Man Caught Up in Police Sweep
Authorities Refusing to Reveal Whereabouts of Growing Roster of Detainees

March 23, 2011
(Manama) - Bahraini authorities should immediately investigate the shooting of a 32-year-old man caught up in a police sweep on March 19, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately reveal his whereabouts and condition and hold those responsible for his attack accountable, Human Rights Watch said.
The man, Hani Abdul-Aziz Abdullah Jumah, is among scores of people arrested since security forces resumed attacks on protesters on March 15. The authorities have refused to reveal where they are being held or the charges against them.

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Amnesty Int: Bahrain: URGENT ACTION: Further arrests of activists and doctors

Further information on UA: 79/11 Index: MDE 11/015/2011 Bahrain Date: 23 March 2011
A crackdown on Shi’a opposition activists and doctors continues in Bahrain, with six more people detained in the past few days. Amnesty International believes that they have been detained solely for their criticism of and involvement in the protests and that therefore they are prisoners of conscience.
Salah ‘Abdullah al-khawaja, an opposition activist, was arrested on 21 March in his house. His family does not know where he is being held. He is said to have recently denounced attacks on protestors by Bahraini security forces in interviews on Arabic satellite TV channels and to have been actively involved in documenting human rights cases.

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BCHR Condemns Reported Hate Attacks on Migrant Workers in Bahrain

March 23, 2011
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights has condemned reports of a series of violent attacks on migrant workers in Bahrain over the last week, amidst a military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
An article in the Gulf Daily News printed on Sunday said that 34 migrant workers from Pakistan and Bangladesh had been injured in attacks over the previous six days.

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RSF: List of media freedom violations gets longer

21-23 March 2011
Ali Abdulemam, a blogger who was freed on 22 February after several months in prison, was arrested again on 17 March amid a continuing crackdown on human rights activists. After being set free again, he went into hiding to avoid further arrest. The BBC said his wife, who was very outspoken during his months in detention, is now refusing to give interviews for fear of reprisals ( Abdulemam was one of the nominees for this year’s Netizen Prize, which Reporters Without Borders awards with support from Google. The prize went to the Tunisian website Nawaat.

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Broken Promises In Bahrain – Un Experts Question Government’s Human Rights Commitments

22 March 2011
GENEVA – “From security to the freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression, the Government of Bahrain has ignored key human rights commitments made a month ago,” a group of UN independent experts* warned today. “These promises have been broken, and the authorities have embarked on a path of multiple human rights violations amidst a dramatic deterioration of peace and security in the country.”

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UN human rights office voices concern at recent events in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria

22 March 2011 – The United Nations human rights office today voiced its deep concern at recent events in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, including the excessive use of force and killing of protesters, while stressing the responsibility of Governments to uphold basic freedoms, even in times of instability.
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), voiced alarm about the situation in Yemen, where there is now a state of emergency and armed clashes.

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HRW: Bahrain: New Arrests Target Doctors, Rights Activists
In Widening Crackdown on Critics, Four Doctors Among 15 Recently Arrested

March 20, 2011
(Manama) - Bahrain should end its campaign of arrests of doctors and human rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today.
On March 19-20, 2011, state security forces, often masked and in civilian dress, arrested four medical doctors, and two human rights activists, and sought the arrest of a third. Human Rights Watch also remains concerned about the whereabouts of those doctors and rights advocates still in detention. The arrests, some of which occurred during pre-dawn hours, appear part of a broader government crackdown involving nighttime raids on the homes of those viewed as supporting pro-democracy protesters, Human Rights Watch said.

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Nabeel Rajab President of Bahrain Center for Human Rights was beaten, blindfolded and detained

To the left archived photo and to the right recent photo of the attack on Nabeel's house
March 20, 2011
(Reuters) - Bahraini security forces briefly detained the outspoken head of the country's main human rights group on Sunday, days after a crackdown that drove mainly Shi'ite protesters off the streets.
"At around 1:30 a.m., around 25 thugs wearing civilian clothes came inside the house and were running from room to room, while around 20 more in security forces' uniforms waited outside," Nabeel Rajab told Reuters by telephone.

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FIDH Deputy Secretary General Abused by the Police

ICRC: Bahrain: medical personnel must have unimpeded access to the injured

17 March 2011
Geneva/Kuwait (ICRC) – Against the backdrop of recent events in Bahrain, it is especially important that all injured persons have safe and unhindered access to medical care, and that all medical facilities and personnel are spared the effects of the violence, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today.

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Amnesty Int: Bahrain must free detained opposition activists

18 March 2011
Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of eight prominent Bahraini opposition activists arrested following a violent dispersal of demonstrators in Manama.
The eight activists, mainly leading members of Shi’a opposition groups prominent in the ongoing protests for reform, were arrested yesterday in armed raids on their homes by a joint force of Bahraini and Saudi Arabian security forces.

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Call for Urgent Debate on the human rights situation in Bahrain at the 16th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

18 March, 2011
As human rights non-governmental organizations we express our deep concern over the current human rights emergency in Bahrain and request the United Nations Human Rights Council (the Council) to hold an Urgent Debate on that situation during the Council’s current 16th Session (28 February – 25 March, 2011). The systematic use of excessive force by Bahraini security forces constitutes a human rights emergency, and the Human Rights Council has a solemn duty to react promptly to it.

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