Sunday, January 6, 2008

Human Rights defenders jailed in Bahrain

Front Line, an international foundation for protection of human rights defenders, has drawn attention to the ploght of 11 human rights defenders who were arrested in Bahrain last month.

In a statement, titled Bahrain: Arrest of eleven human rights defenders, Front Line says it is deeply concerned "following the arrest of eleven human rights defenders and the alleged torture and ill-treatment of a number of those arrested".

The arrests took place in the days following demonstrations on 17 December 2007 in Manama and other regions of Bahrain, in which a protester, Ali Jessam Mekki, was killed. The demonstrations were organised by members of the National Committee of Martyrs and Victims of Torture to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of two young Shiite men killed by security forces while participating in a demonstration calling for the restoration of democracy.
From the 21st to the 28th December 2007, members of the Special Security Forces (SSF) arrested approximately 50 people.

At its website, Front Line outlines how you can help the cause of the jailed human rights defenders. ACT NOW

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