Use of excessive force is still a tool for suppressing daily protests, with unprecedented use of tear gas during protests and inside residential areas.” Maryam al-Khawaja, acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human RigthsThe acting president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights says the violation of human rights remains widespread in the country. “Use of excessive force is still a tool for suppressing daily protests, with unprecedented use of tear gas during protests and inside residential areas,” Maryam al-Khawaja said on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
Khawaja, whose father Abdulhadi has been sentenced to life in prison for his human rights activities, also stated that the Manama regime forces continue making arbitrary arrests and beating of detainees.She also censured rights violations in the Persian Gulf kingdom and called for real change on the ground. Bahraini protesters have been staging anti-regime demonstrations since February 2011, and they hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the deaths of demonstrators during the uprising. The demonstrators say they will continue holding street protests until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met. Meanwhile, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has stated that the Manama regime has failed to make good on a promise to implement political reforms in the country. FIDH has also urged the Bahraini authorities to release all political prisoners and to “support the establishment of an international monitoring mechanism… to monitor the implementation of the recommendations” made by the independent commission. DB/HSN