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Statement of (BHRO), Bahrain Human Rights Observatory in the Bahrain UPR 21-9-2012
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2012-11-27 10:27:22



The government of Bahrain has accepted on Wednesday 19th Sept. most of UPR recommendations, but the violations are continuing as I speak where peaceful protesters are being shot by bird shotguns and teargas and arrested in big numbers.

The Bahraini government denies having any prisoner of conscience while 1700 of them are behind bars suffering from severe legal, social and medical violations.

Among them is my husband, Ebrahim Sharif who is a prominent opposition figure , and Secretary General of a legally registered liberal political society in Bahrain (WAAD).

Ebrahim Sharif, along with prominent human rights activist Abdul-Hadi Alkhawaja and 12 leading prisoners of conscious were arrested after the February 2011uprising, punished for peacefully demanding democracy, political and social reform in Bahrain.

 

Immediately after their arrest, they were subjected to grave torture for months to extract fake confessions. They were then tried in military courts and given harsh sentences including life imprisonment.

Military verdicts however were later overturned by court of cassation and ordered a retrial in the Court of Criminal Appeal was ordered, but to international and local disappointment, the appeal upheld the military verdicts amongst grave constitutional violations such as appointing replacement lawyers, deciding to convene secret sessions despite defendants’ rejection, and also preventing defense witnesses’ testimonies.

Until now, no independent investigations into the torture complaints were conducted despite mounting evidence from the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, confirming torture and forced confessions.

 

In view of this record and defiance’s, Bahrain should not be nominated representing Asia in the experts committee of HRC and a genuine alternative may be seeked.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

Bahrain Human Rights Observatory (BHRO) - 21/9/2012.

 

 
 
 
 
 

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