The Use of 'Shozin' Weapon Unjustifiable
The Bahrain Human Rights Monitor has expressed deep concern over
the use of 'Shozin' weapon (a weapon used for bird hunting) by one
element of the security forces against a group of people who - according
to a police official - rioted and attacked the security forces as
they were searching a house. The Monitor, in a statement issued
on 30 March 2009, stated that the use of any deadly firearms, including
'Shozin' which injured three citizens by stray bullets, is not justified.
The Monitor expressed concern about the leniency in dealing with
the use of weapons - whatever their kind - during confrontations
with advocates of violence, and added that violence and rioting
are condemned by all sectors of society as well as civil society
organizations, and should be handled with the least amount of losses.
It is noteworthy that the Director of the Police explained the
circumstances of the incident and said that the security forces
were searching a house in Sanabis, which reportedly contained fire
bombs and gas tanks prepared to be used during rioting, and that
a group of people attacked them with stones and sharp objects. The
police then reacted by firing tear gas and when the situation escalated,
one element of the security forces used the 'Shozin' weapon in self-defence.
The Director of the Police refuted the accounts of those injured
which were reported in the press.