The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its deep concern in regards to the actions of the Bahraini Authorities that brings foreigners to be employed in security institutions (the National Guard and Riot Police) to suppress protests that demand democracy, human rights and political reform.
The authorities use the foreigners against the local protests which consequently led to the spread of hatred between the protesters and the migrant workers in Bahrain.
On the 2nd of July 2011, a Yemeni newspaper confirmed that the Bahraini authorities bring Yemeni citizens to work in military and security institutions, where an office receives the admission requests to the military and security positions.Ref:(http://www.alwahdawi.net/news_details.php?sid=7773)
On the 18th of May 2011, a Jordanian newspaper confirmed that 3 members from the Jordanian forces were injured in an accident in Bahrain, and that 500 Jordanian are participating (working) in security institutions in Bahrain to suppress protests.Ref:(http://bit.ly/losOI9)
On the 18th of March 2011, a Pakistani newspaper confirmed that a company in Pakistan has in coordination with the Bahraini authorities arranged the employment of 1000 Pakistani in the National Guard.Ref:(http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/8592850-1000-pakistanis-recruited-for-bahrain-forces)
“They do not speak Arabic properly, treat us badly and consider us non-Muslims”, one of the released detainees (a Shiite activist) describing to the BYSHR how foreign employees treated him in custody.
The BYSHR affirms that the introductions of foreigners increases sectarianism within the security institutions and contributes in the spread of hatred between the local citizens and the foreigners, and may result in the use of violence against migrant workers.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) demands urgent investigation in the recruitment of foreigners to suppress the protests in Bahrain that have started on the 14th of February 2011, the BYSHR also demands from the Special Rapporteur of the use of mercenaries to urgently intervene.