Bahrain: Halt Violence against Protesters
In response to the Bahraini security forces firing live ammunition at peaceful protesters in Diraz, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Bahrain’s security forces regularly use deadly force against protestors, as happened January 26 in Diraz,” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa programs. “The government should hold its security forces accountable for its repeated excessive use of force.”
On January 26, 2017, Bahraini security forces fired birdshot and live ammunition at protesters near the home of a prominent Shiite cleric in Diraz, who has recently been stripped of his citizenship. Several protesters were injured, including an 18-year old man who was shot in the head and is hospitalized in critical condition. The clash is one of a series of human rights violations targeting Bahraini dissidents, actions that include the on-going detention of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab.
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