Bahrain’s authorities perpetrated 2,165 human rights violations in 2017: Rights group

 

 

An independent human rights group says it documented 2,165 cases of grave human rights violations in Bahrain last year as the ruling Al Khalifah regime relentlessly continues with its crackdown on human rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners in the kingdom.

Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR), in an annual report released on Thursday, announced that regime forces arrested 1,694 people throughout the past year, of whom 644 were rounded up during raids on residential buildings across the kingdom.

The report further noted that the increase in the number of arrests come despite the fact that all international and domestic rights organizations have condemned such a campaign, and called on Bahraini authorities to stop arbitrary arrests on political grounds.

Moreover, Bahraini regime forces stormed homes on 1,049 occasions last year in pursuit of political dissidents.

A total of 107 people suffered injuries as a result of excessive use of force by police officers as well. Regime forces also suppressed 1,414 pro-democracy protests.

 

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