Ministry of Human Rights concerns on the Use of Children in Violent Acts

Manama, Jan. 3 (BNA) -- The Ministry of Human Rights and Social
Development has seen video footage on the internet showing youth,
including children, participating in unlawful and violent assemblies.
The children and youth are also shown in proximity to, or
participating in, violent and illegal acts such as throwing improvised
incendiary devices such as Molotov cocktails (homemade bombs), burning
tyres, spilling and burning oil on the streets, perpetrated by
unknown, masked youth.
The Ministry is extremely concerned that certain groups are actively
engaged in introducing children into these dangerous situations and
making them into active participants.
The Ministry calls on all leaders and parents to safeguard the
wellbeing and future of children and youth, by inculcating in them an
awareness of peaceful methods of expressing their rights of speech and
In this regard, the Ministry draws attention to the BICI Report, which
promotes protection of free speech while proscribing communal hatred
and violence, particularly involving children.
All members of society have a responsibility to ensure the protection
of the most vulnerable segments of our country.
The Ministry will work with all relevant civil society groups in this
regard and they are encouraged to contact the Human Rights Sector
17101829, or through e-mail: humanrights@social.gov.bh .