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Amnesty Intíl: Five Years on & Bahrain Govít Still Arrests Political Opponents in Name of Counter-Terrorism

2016-01-26 - 12:34 am

Bahrain Mirror: Amnesty International stated that the Bahraini authorities continue to silence the opposition by the use of unnecessary force, arrest and imprison protesters and political opposition leaders, and torture detainees.

This came as part of a campaign launched by Amnesty, marking five years since the eruption of the Arab Spring, to address the situation in a number of affected countries.

"Protesters took to the streets across the Arab world in 2011, pushing their leaders to end decades of oppression," said Amnesty in its campaign.

"The Middle East and North Africa was engulfed in an unprecedented outburst of popular protests and demand for reform. It began in Tunisia and spread within weeks to Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria," it added.

Amnesty further stated that "many hoped that this ‘Arab Spring' would bring in new governments that would deliver political reform and social justice. But the reality is more war and violence, and a crackdown on people who dare to speak out for a fairer, more open society.

"In Syria, Egypt, Bahrain and other countries, governments are attacking free speech by locking up human rights activists, political opponents and critics, often in the name of counter-terrorism. What's more, few have been brought to justice for the violence, killings and torture which took place during and after the protests of 2011," it stressed, quoting prominent Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab: "Most human rights activists and political leaders in Bahrain are behind bars," he said.

Under the title "What are we calling for?," Amnesty declared that "together, we need to push countries to stop attacking civilians during armed conflicts. They must also stop locking people up just for criticizing governments, and bring to justice the people responsible for human rights crimes.

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