The authorities in Bahrain have transferred children to the public prosecution two days after Amnesty International released a statement heavily criticizing the Bahraini authorities for jailing and torturing children*.
“The regime is vindictively using its authorities to target children, women and mosques in disrespect to its commitments to respect human rights”, Al Wefaq said commenting on the trial of the children Ali Ahmed, 12, Jihad Al-Samee’i and Abdullah Yousif. “By putting more children on trial, the regime is turning its back on those states friend to Bahrain and international rights organizations”.
“Children rights that are guaranteed by all international law and conventions must be protected in Bahrain. The regime must immediately call a halt to all human rights violation that are being brutally perpetrated against children in Bahrain”, Al-Wefaq added.
“Charging children and putting them on trial proves the travesty of justice in Bahrain” Al-Wefaq stated, “it is shocking and totally unacceptable for children at such ages to have to face ill treatment and brutal assault”, Al-Wefaq concluded.
Bahraini people have held fresh protest rallies to show their solidarity with those killed or arrested during the uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa regime.
Anti-regime protests held across Bahrain
Anti-regime protesters took to the streets in Karbabad, a village situated in the northern part of the tiny kingdom on Wednesday.
The protesters carried pictures of Sheikh Abdul Amir al-Jamri, a revered Bahraini spiritual leader, who was killed in 2006.
People also took to the streets in the northern village of Samaheej and in Sanabis, another village northwest of the capital Manama, to commemorate anti-regime protesters killed by regime forces.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa ruling family to step down.
One month later, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government to crush the peaceful protests.
According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown.
In October 2013, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa, said, “The [Bahraini] authorities simply slap the label ‘terrorist’ on defendants and then subject them to all manner of violations to end up with a ‘confession’.”
Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have “evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police” in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.
Protesters say they will continue to hold anti-regime demonstrations until their demands for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.