12/22/2011

Bahrain defies UN word on violence

Bahrain has defied a recent call by the UN to end its brutal crackdown on the popular protests in the Persian Gulf island.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Bahrain has defied a recent call by the UN to end its brutal crackdown on the popular protests in the Persian Gulf island.
The regime forces fired teargas canisters to disperse a protest in the central Bahrain island of Sitra. The demonstrators were calling for the ouster of the Al Khalifa regime.
Any possible casualties from the clashes are yet to be reported.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay had on Wednesday urged the Bahraini authorities to end the suppressive campaign and release the prisoners jailed for supporting anti-regime protests.
She had said that, according to a report issued by a UN delegation, which paid a five-day visit to Bahrain on her relevant order last week, Manama has almost lost its people's trust.
"My team has come back with the message that there is a profound lack of trust in the government, and this mistrust has deepened as a result of the violent crackdown on protesters, destruction of mosques, the lack of fair trials and the lack of progress in providing redress for violations," Pillay had said.
In a popular revolution, Bahrainis have been holding street protests, demanding an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty since mid-February. Scores have been killed during regime attacks, which have seen peaceful demonstrators being attacked with live rounds.
On November 23, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, set up to investigate reports of rights abuse during the crackdown, announced that the regime had been responsible for numerous instances of such abuses and that it had used 'excessive force' to crush the revolution.
The Bahraini opposition says nothing has changed since the publication of the probe's results.