Almost 3,000 political prisoners in Bahrain, says BCHR

Protestor injured by police dies after 2 months in coma

22 April, 18:14

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 22 - At least 2,853 people are under detention in Bahrain for political reasons, reported the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) in its last newsletter.

    The small Gulf emirate has a Shia-majority population but is governed by a dynasty from the Sunni minority. Saudi military helped the country to put down protests during the 2011 uprisings in the Arab world. The BCHR also said that a protestor injured by police during demonstrations in February had died after two months in a coma.

    Abdul Aziz Moussa Al-Abbar, 27, was reportedly struck to the head by a tear gas canister and pellets shot by police firing on the protestors. The protest was held after the funeral of a media worker in the Saar village. Last week about fifty people including at least seven minors were arrested and five detainees were released, said the BCHR, and last month the award-winning photojournalist Ahmed Humaidan was sentenced to ten years in jail in a trial lacking in due process, after the defendant had undergone torture during his detention. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights is chaired by the well-known activist Nabeel Rajab, who is serving three years in jail, and Maryam Al-Khawaja, daughter of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who has been sentenced to life in jail and is known for his lengthy hunger strike during the Formula 1 races held in Bahrain in 2012. (ANSAmed).

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