Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bahrain: Reports of Agonizing Torture of the Detained Activists

HAQ: Movement of Liberties and Democracy- Bahrain
حق: حركة الحريات والدموقراطية- البحرين

22 December 2007, Email:

URGENT-Press Release

Bahrain: Reports of Agonizing Torture of the Detained Activists
Tight Besiege of Sanabis.. Arrests and Protests Continued

Reports from inside the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) indicate that the house-arrested activists are being subjected to severe torture and beatings while standing, banned from sleeping, not given food and prevented from going to rest room. CID in Adelyah south of Manama is a well-known place for interrogation and torture during the protesting events of the nineties, lead by a group of intelligence (Bahraini and non-Bahraini) and torture experts and torturers. The detainees have still not been taken to the public prosecutor, amidst official statements by MOI (Ministry of Interior) that they will face charges of endangering Public Security and will be trialed on the basis of Code of Terrorism of 2006 or / and the notorious Penal Code of 1976, on the missing weapon and blaze of the police jeeb. News indicates that the missing piece of weapon is in possession of the security authorities, nevertheless, the arrest campaign is continuing.

Meanwhile, another activist, Majed Al-Haddad, was house arrested at 2pm, local time (11 am GMT) after surrounding the area of his residence Al-Daih, with over thirty jeep and a carrier filled with heavily armed and protected soldiers. It is expected that this as well as other arrests are preparation for a wider and higher level of arrests among well –known popular figures and dissidents.

Around the same time, reports indicate that the youths arrested inside Al-Sadeq Mosque were released showing signs of beatings on their bodies and faces.

Late this afternoon, families of detainees in the south west of Bahrain held a short sit-in in front of the detention center in Hamad Town, before being attacked by the armed forces and detained in the same center, increasing the number of arrests.

Around 5pm Local time (2pm GMT), over 30 jeebs with one solder-carrier filled with heavily armed forces gathered at the southern side of Sanabis village, while others set a check point at the entrance to the area from the north, waiting to move to the inside of the village. A number of armed soldiers stood alert near Al-Daih from the north near Geant super store. Eye witnesses have reported recognizing the high ranking officers of the armed forces in Sanabis of being non-Bahrainis (their skin color indicates that they are Syrian, Jordanians or Iraqis), while most of the ordinary soldiers are from Baluchistan of Pakistan, Yemenis, Jordanians and Syrians).

The families and supporters of the detainees in Bani Jamrah have declared that they will hold a protesting sit-in at 7pm local time (4pm GMT). It is expected that it will be faced with ferocious force, and the number of arrests will increase fueling unrest in many areas in Bahrain.

Time: 3pm GMT, December 22, 2007

For further information contact Dr. Abdaljalil Al-Singace - Media and International Relations-HAQ movement
Telephone: +97339668179 (In Bahrain), Email:,