Protests Calling for the Release of Detainees

On the 26th of September 2009, tens of citizens participated

in a peaceful demonstration in the village of Karazkan, attended by some MPs and religious figures, demanding the release of 19 detainees accused of killing a policeman during riots which took place in April last year.

On the 20th of September 2009, families of the detainees from the village of Ma’ameer also protested and demanded the release of their sons who were accused of being involved in riots, which resulted in the death of a Pakistani resident. On the 23rd of September 2009, the area of Malikiya and surrounding villages witnessed a confrontation between the security forces and protestors, following the authorities ban on an unauthorized march, demanding the release of some detainees accused of criminal offences.