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Lawyers file ICC lawsuit over Bahrain

jos_news_bahrain_LatestA group of international lawyers have officially filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Bahraini regime for its violent crackdowns on peaceful anti-government protesters.

In the complaint that was filed on Wednesday, the lawyers have described the Manama regime’s systematic killing of peaceful protesters in  the Persian Gulf country as a clear crime against humanity, Shiite News monitoring desk reported.

The group called on the ICC to deal with rights violation in Bahrain in a similar fashion as the international body did in the case of Libya.

The ICC recently issued arrest warrants for the Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and his top aides, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity.

The complaint came as the Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on the same day condemning the Al Khalifa regime’s brutality, stressing, however, that the regime does not take international condemnation seriously.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government protesters have been waging protest rallies in Bahrain, demanding an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty.

In mid-March, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed their military forces in Bahrain to assist the Manama regime in its brutal crackdown on popular anti-government protests.

Scores of protesters have been killed — many under torture — and numerous others detained and transferred to unknown locations during the regime’s brutal onslaught on protesters.

The Al Khalifa regime has also been engaged in arresting rights activists, opposition figures, journalists, former lawmakers, senior clerics, doctors and nurses.

Both the United Nations Human Rights office and Amnesty International have also condemned the Bahraini regime’s brutal crackdown on and detention of peaceful anti-government protesters.

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