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JNN 17 April 2011 : A Bahraini human rights campaigner says political activists detained by the Manama regime undergo torture in the prisons On the same Pattern same as the Prisoners in Israeli Prisons, of the small Persian Gulf kingdom.
In an interview with Press, Maryam al-Khawaja of Bahrain’s human rights center called on the Bahraini authorities to stop their crackdown on anti-government protesters and opposition figures.
“Within only a number of ten days we saw four people were declared dead by the ministry of interior, and the first one they said was from sickle cell anemia, the second one they said had caused a problem inside the prison and thus had to be subdued and then he died from complications and the third one again they said sickle cell anemia, the fourth one they said had kidney failure,” al-Khawaja said.
“But then what we saw actually when the bodies were handed over to their families, wasn’t just they had torture marks on them, their bodies had bruising and even marks of lashings, so we believe that it’s more likely that they have died due to torture rather than the reasons stated by the government of Bahrain,” she added.
Al-Khawaja’s sister, Zeinab, has gone on hunger strike to protest the detention of her relatives in the state’s brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters.
“My sister started a hunger strike, I believe this is the fourth day now after my father was beaten severely and was unconscious and arrested along with two of my brothers-in-law; my uncle was arrested about three weeks ago so since then we don’t know where their location is,” al-Khawaja pointed out.
“They haven’t had access to a meeting with a lawyer or meeting with their families, so my sister launched this hunger strike in an attempt to bring attention to this case and to also put pressure on the government, the US government… She wrote a letter to [US] President [Barack] Obama, asking him to take a stronger stance on what’s happening,” the rights campaigner went to say.
Since the beginning of anti-government protests in crisis-hit Bahrain in mid-February, scores of protesters have been killed and many others have gone missing. Their bodies are frequently found days after.
According to the opposition, over 800 opposition activists have been arrested.
The Bahraini protesters are demanding an end to the rule of the al-Khalifa dynasty.
Bahraini security forces with the assistance of Saudi and UAE troops are brutally cracking down on demonstrators.
Protesters, however, say they will continue their street demonstrations until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met
But the Truths have been released with the Passage of time , as after the leakage of true stories from Iraq’s Abu Ghareeb Jail, Guantanamo Bay Prison, and Secret Prisons in Afghanistan, Ale Saud’s Prisoners record and now the Al Khalifa’s Inhumane torture and murder of Bahraini citizens , reveal the fact that Zionist and and Zionist controlled Armies torture the Prisoners in the same Pattern, and the Drama of US and Zionist of the Greatest Human Rights Activist is Just another Hoax , while they are the real extremist and terrorist of the world .
On March 17, Ibrahim Shareef, the head of the anti-government activist movement Waad, was snatched from his home at gunpoint by what his family describes as Bahraini security forces. Thrown into a waiting sport utility vehicle, he was driven off into the night. Today he’s still missing, whereabouts unknown.
As the island kingdom’s Sunni regime continues to crack down on anti-government activists and prominent Shi’ites, Shareef and more than 460 others are believed to be in government custody. New arrests happen daily in the country, which is home base of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Bahrain was designated an official Non-NATO ally in October 2001, after the 9/11 attacks on America
While there have been wild rumors of the whereabouts of the arrested dissidents, the likely truth is dire enough. Nearly all may be held in prisons around Bahrain, with an unknown number undergoing questioning and torture. On Wednesday, opposition party al-Wefaq claimed that at least four detainees had been killed since April 2, from injuries sustained from police-inflicted torture. Human Rights Watch says another three died in March, including one man who arrived in custody with knees blown out by ammunition fired at close range.
Meanwhile, press scrutiny of the regime of King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has been severely hampered. Foreign media are largely shut out of the country; and Mansur al-Jamri, the editor of Wefaq’s newspaper al Wasat, sits in custody alongside other journalists and bloggers. “There are concerns that heightened restrictions on international press and the levels of intimidation among much of the Shi’a community will prevent important information from getting out,” says Jane Kinninmont, senior research fellow for the Middle East and North Africa at Chatham House. “Many people are scared that talking to the international media or human rights groups will endanger them or their families.”
The result has been catastrophic for the opposition. Based on accounts from Bahrainis who were taken into custody in the revolution’s earlier days, the treatment of prisoners can be brutal. The corpses of recent alleged victims may be evidence of torture as well. According to Human Rights Watch, the body of a 31-year-old Shi’ite activist named Ali Issa Saqer bore “signs of horrific abuse.” The organization says the other bodies displayed signs that they too had met a “violent end.
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry says that Saqer died in a jailhouse rumble that got out of hand; it claims two others died while in custody from complications from sickle-cell anemia. But while the disease is common in Bahrain, neither victim had shown symptoms of carrying it pre-arrest. “I very much fear there will be more death because there is no transparency in all this,” says Joe Stork, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch. “We’re not seeing where they’re being held, or their names, and it’s these kinds of conditions that make for torture and brutality and death.”
It doesn’t take much to get arrested in Bahrain these days, as the country operates under a reign of terror. People can be taken into custody for any number of reasons: speaking out against the King or vague association with activist groups (offenses can include carrying a Bahraini flag, deemed a symbol of the anti-government movement). They are routinely hauled out of their cars at police checkpoints after being identified as Shi’a. Once jailed, they reportedly face interrogators bent on getting them to incriminate themselves, even for nonviolent political association. The regime is taking extreme measures to extinguish any flicker of rebellion. “The hard line faction of the ruling family is [eliminating] any and all forms of political dissent,” says Stork. “There are still raids into villages every night. It’s punishment, creating a state of fear, so that no one will stick out their head and raise their voice.”
In Manama, those who have been arrested at gunpoint and let go tell of being bound by their hands and feet with cables tied so tight blood circulation is cut off; they described being gagged and blindfolded for days. According to HRW, the regime has, in the past, used electro-shock devices. These include cattle prods and stun guns, which immobilize victims’ bodies and leave visible marks.
Once the torture ends, jailhouse conditions are still brutal. One leading activist spent six months in prison, in a cell he described as being “not much wider” than a bath towel. He was allowed so little contact with the outside world that towards the end of his imprisonment, the family was unsure if he was still alive. Briefly released, he was re-arrested last month, now one of the 460 missing.
Our correspondent have obtained video footage showing Palestinian detainees being tortured by Israeli troops in the regime’s desert prison of Naqab (Negev) back in 2008.
The footage showed one Palestinian died and several others sustained injuries due to the torture by the Israeli soldiers, Qodsna news agency reported.
The Israeli forces have “used tear gas and stun grenades” against Palestinian detainees, the video shows.
The footage also demonstrates that medics were prevented from treating the wounded Palestinians.
In late December 2010, a human rights group called Public Committee Against Torture in Israel revealed that Palestinian detainees are systematically denied the right to meet a lawyer during interrogations.
Being shackled to chairs for long periods, sleep deprivation, intimidation, torture and abysmal detention conditions are some of the cases the human rights group documented in its report.
Israel claims that its army is “one of the most moral armies” in the world as it treats prisoners and detainees with honor.
But in recent years videos have come out, showing how Israeli soldiers abuse and humiliate blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian prisoners.