BHRM Condemns Violence and
Calls for Respect for human rights
The Bahrain Human Rights Monitor (BHRM) condemned the unjustified
violence that occurred on 15 August 2010, which included arson,
assault on public property and blocking the streets with burning
tires, throwing Molotov cocktails at policemen, and endangering
the lives of civilians. At the same time, the BHRM calls upon the
Government to respect human rights, and abide by the Constitution
and all international conventions, which the Government has pledged
to implement, especially with regard to freedom of expression, arbitrary
arrest and detention, and fair trial guarantees at all stages, from
the stage of arrest and until the later stages of appeal.
The acts of violence and vandalism have been going on for several
months in several areas in the provinces of Bahrain and they are
likely to continue by reason of the arrest of seven people for allegedly
inciting violence and encouraging youth groups and minors to resort
to sabotage. According to security authorities, the arrested persons
belong to an organized network designed to damage national security
and that could undermine the stability of the country.
President of the BHRM, Hasan Moosa Shafaei said: “Violence and
freedom do not meet. It is strange enough that some people have
used violence at a time a climate of freedom is available in Bahrain.
Violence does not serve the cause of democratization, human rights
and the upcoming elections in next October”. He went on to say:
“All should respect different opinions and the right of peaceful
expression. Those who don’t accept this, they put human rights in
a difficult position, undermine human rights achievements and block
the progress of human rights and democracy.”
The BHRM urged everyone to calm down and, further, to find practical
solutions to help the peaceful expression of different views and
not turn them to an instrument of violence, warning of widening
the circle of violence and counter-violence at this critical time
where Bahrain is about to conduct municipal and legislative elections.
BHRM also called on security agencies not to use the events, whatever
their size, to undermine human rights. In this regard, BHRM called
the security authorities to bring charges against those arrested
and refer them to the court for fair trials or release them immediately.