A Sad Eid Ul Fitr in Bahrain , 90 Children Behind Bars ,Anti Regime Protest continues in Sitra and Nuwaidrat
JNN 21 Aug 2012 Manama : Bahrain is living a sad atmosphere during this Eid. It is supposed to be one of the happiest Muslims occasions celebrated by Muslim communities around the world at the end of Ramadan. Whilst, Bahrainis celebrate it by mourning an innocent child who was brutally murdered by the regime forces. While 90 children , who are below the average legal age, have been kept behind bars treating them like adults by detaining them with accusation that do not go with their age.
The people of Bahrain live sad and grieving moments; mourning the child who was cold-bloodedly murdered by the regime forces after being shot in the back with the internationally-prohibited weapon; shotgun. He was then severely beaten to death in Muhrraq island last Friday night; during a frequent brutal suppression attack against peaceful pro-democracy protesters.
Mourning state is declared by the opposition around Bahrain for 3 consecutive days and flags are lowered to half-staff while no receptions are opened for Eid greetings during these sad days.
All kinds of joyful celebrations are absent in all villages and areas of Bahrain, as people share condolences instead of greetings.
The traffic and crowd jams are remarkably weak in some streets and places which are known to be crowded during such occasions. Places of entertainment seem abandoned in respect for the child martyr Hussam AlHaddaq (16 years).
The mourning state comes to reject the nonstop repressing and brutal approach which the regime undertakes when dealing with protesters. The regime forces loot and raid houses as per orders received from high ranked officials. The regime forces are a serious threat for peace and security of the people of Bahrain.
All the arrests of underage children , are related to freedom of expression as many human rights organizations demanded their immediate release as well as the release of all prisoners of conscience specially children.
The regime in Bahrain violates the basic children rights by assaulting and killing them having no regard to their age.
In Bahrain Children’s rights violations take many different forms. Children in Bahrain have been arrested, dismissed, injured, and tortured. They have had their fathers arrested, they have had their schools suppressed, they have had their play grounds repressed, they have had their houses raided, they have had their houses tear gassed, they have been deprived from the right of learning, in addition to a long list of basic rights violations.
The regime has gone farther than violating and arresting, the regime is now cold-bloodedly killing children. Husam Al-Haddad is the last victim murdered by the regime forces by shooting him in the back and them barbically assaulting him to death.
The regime has already murdered many children before. The martyr Sayed Ahmed Sayed Sahms, they murdered martyr Mohammed AbdulHussain Farhan, the martyr Ali Jawad Al-Shaikh, The martyr Ahmed Al-Qattan, the martyr Ali Baddah, the infant martyr Sajeda Faisal Jawad, they murdered martyr Sayed Hashim Saeed, the martyr Yaseen Al-Asfoor and the martyr Mohammed Ebrahim Ya’agoob.
The regime in Bahrain kills children in different forms. Some were killed due to firing tear gas at their houses while practicing the collective punishment against the villages and areas of protests. However many elderly people and children died due to inhaling lethal tear gas. Many were killed by shot guns pellets as part of the official violence committed against the freedom of expression. Many were killed as the regime forces were weaponising the tear gas canisters by firing them directly at citizens or by running the police cars over the protesters like what happened to Ali Baddah.
Some children have been killed during Eids like Ali Jawad Al-Shaikh or while they were playing near their homes like Sayed Ahmed Sayed Shams. They are all 15 years old and less than 18 years old.
The regime has formed BICI by his own will and endorsed all its results. Well, there were 189 children who had been arrested during preparation period of the report. Only 23 children had been taken to juvenile detention centers. Whilst, the remaining had been taken to general detention centers and treated as adults.
According to documented statistics, parents of only 12% of these children had been asked to attend to the detention centers and got notified about their children whereabouts. The remaining children were just arbitrarily arrested and their whereabouts had been hidden from their parents. It is simply the same arrogant behavior of the regime when treating most of other arrested adults; who are by some means forcibly kidnapped.
Official security supervision is applied on some children after the arrest. It is applied on the case of the child Ali Hasan (11-years) who was detained for more than a month.
The Rose Revolution; which has been sparked in Manama, February 14th 2011, might be the most painful revolution for childhood. The children of Bahrain suffer the suppression and mistreatment of the regime forces and its official directorates. Their childhood is not respected. Various types of violations have been committed against them; to the level of cruel and inhumane torture.
The regime in Bahrain perpetrates terrible violations against childhood. The local and international silence reveals the false slogans and principles which call for the protecting rights of children.
It is required from all concerned organizations to act accordingly to protect the basic rights of children in Bahrain and stop the nonstop abuses against them arrogantly perpetrated by the regime forces.
Bahraini anti-regime protesters have taken to the streets in the island of Sitra and the Nuwaidrat village in the country’s northwest, despite heavy-handed crackdown by Saudi-backed forces
The recent protests were held days after 16-year-old teenager Husam al-Haddad was beaten to death by Bahraini Interior Ministry personnel in the city of Muharraq, northwest of Manama, on August 17.
Several anti-regime protests were held across the country to condemn the killing.
Bahraini protesters have been holding demonstrations against the ruling Al Khalifa family since February 2011 and they hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the deaths of demonstrators during the uprising.
Scores of people have been killed and many others injured in the Saudi-backed crackdown on the peaceful protests.
Bahrain hosts the US Navy Fifth Fleet and is among the Persian Gulf countries, such as Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, that receive military equipment from the United States.
On May 11, the US State Department said Washington will resume sales of military equipment to Bahrain.
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