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Legal Organizations: Bahraini Police Beat Detained Children and Threaten to Rape

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Reuters reports quoting legal organizations that Bahraini security forces have beaten children detained during protests marking the 2011 anniversary of the Intifada and threatened them with rape and electric shock.

According to News i, quoting Reuters, Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain-based Institute for Rights and Democracy, based in London, said in a joint statement: Demonstrators were detained to prevent them from gathering on the tenth anniversary of the Intifada.

The two legal entities reported the detained children and their families: Bahraini police beat five children detained on February 14th and 15th and threatened them with electric shock.

They added that an officer hit the head of a 13-year-old child, threatened to rape and use an electric cable, and also inflicted blows on his genitals.

Bahraini police have in some cases arrested children who set fire to tires or blocked streets, accusing them of sabotaging, bombing and throwing Molotov cocktails in November 2020.

According to the joint statement, four of these children are still in custody, including a 16-year-old teenager who is suffering from a dangerous physical condition.

The representative of the Bahraini government did not respond to the allegations and only claimed in a statement: Bahrain takes the issue of human rights protection very seriously and has no grudges against the judiciary in accordance with its policies.

He added: “The Bahraini penal system rules on dealing with people under the age of 18 are in line with the interests of every child.”

The Bahraini Attorney General on Wednesday evening ordered the country’s prosecutor’s office to implement the Law on Corrective Justice and Protection of Children, adopted on February 18, after six months.

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