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British Website: UK Foreign Office Silent over Mostafa Hamdan’s Death

2017-03-30 - 7:45 p

Bahrain Mirror- Exclusive: A British website said that the UK Foreign Office officials have failed to respond to claims by human rights groups that "UK trained police were responsible for the gunning down of 18 year-old Mostafa Hamdan, who has died two months after being shot in the head."

His death is being classed as an extrajudicial killing by human rights organizations and has fueled demands for international investigations into the stalling of reform in the small Gulf state.

Sayed Ahmed Al-Wadaei, the director of advocacy for the Bahrain institute for rights and democracy (Bird) said: "Mostafa was unquestionably killed at the hands of Bahrain's security forces. Their reckless shooting at protesters is the action of violent gangsters, not a responsible state. Now he is dead, and the Government of Bahrain is too cowardly to even acknowledge their responsibility, fostering a culture of impunity."

The website indicated that the Government of Bahrain has released no statements about Mostafa Hamdan's shooting and no branch of the security forces have accepted responsibility or faced public investigation.

The UK Government's reluctance to comment is considered "intolerable and immoral" by Bird and Human Rights Watch, who have pointed to the connections between the UK Government and Bahrain's security services.

Observers in the House of Lords and human rights organizations have argued that the inconsistencies between Bahrain's claims of democratic reform and its brutal suppression of peaceful protests are ignored by the UK Government due to a beneficial military and financial client relationship.

It is to mention that the village of Diraz has been subjected to a police blockade since June 2016, when authorities rendered stateless Sheikh Isa Qassim, the most senior Shia cleric in Bahrain. Qassim's home in Diraz has been the centre of a sit-in since that time. Police have blocked off nearly all entrances to the village and established checkpoints at the remaining few.

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