URGENT APPEAL: CALL FOR URGENT INTERVENTION TO PREVENT GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN BAHRAIN
SAUDI AND EMARATI ARMY ENTERS BAHRAIN TO QUELL PEACEFUL PROTESTS
KING ANNOUNCES STATE OF EMERGENCY
ONE DEATH CONFIRMED
Manama: 15 March ,2011
Bahrain Youth Society For Human Rights-BYSHR
A member of the BYSHR has confirmed the death of Ahmed Farhan- 24 years old- from Sitra Muhazza village after sustaining a shot to the head (type of shot unconfirmed as of yet) following intervention by special security forced in the village. There are reports of many injured and of the prevention of ambulances from reaching the injured. Many villages are under lock down and are being protected by locals after they were attached by armed thugs in the past couple of days. Witnesses have reported that some of the thugs were caught with ID’s stating they work in the Ministry of interior and some were said to be wearing the official riot police dress under their “thub” (Bahraini traditional gown).
In a further disturbing development, Bahraini State television announced yesterday the entry of 1000 Saudi forces into the country to help restore order and the UAE has officially announced that they are sending 500 of their army to assist.
The king announced today a state of national emergency and has referred power to the military in order to “restore order”. This announcement is feared to be a prelude to an intervention similar to that of bloody Thursday, in which excessive force was used to disperse sleeping protesters at the pearl roundabout which resulted in the death of 4 Bahraini citizens.
The BYSHR calls upon the international civil and human rights organizations to urgently intervene in order to prevent further human rights violations in Bahrain and urges them to demand that the Bahraini authorities:
* End the state of emergency announced today and guarantee that all human rights will be respected
* Guarantee that the military will not be used to quell peaceful protests.
* Start an impartial and independent investigation into the deaths that have taken place in the past month as well as the prevention of medical services from reaching injured.
* To offer guarantees that the safety and security of the protesters at the Pearl Roundabout will not be compromised and that actions similar to those that took place on bloody Thursday will not be repeated.