November 25, 2013
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) releases this report that addresses the impunity granted to the security officials in Bahrain. The report monitors the extrajudicial killings that took place from February 2011 until February 2013, as well as monitoring the legal status of these cases and the manner that the Bahraini Authorities (and especially the Judicial Authority) deal with extrajudicial killings.
The BYSHR gathered the information from various media outlets (especially the Bahraini Al-Wasat newspaper), in addition to several lawyers who contributed in providing further information on some of the cases.
Summary of the report:
First: The cases documented by the BICI Report
•The number of cases documented by the BICI Report: 30 cases
1-Referral to court: 8 Cases
2-Not referred to court: 22 Cases
•Sentences issued in the cases referred to court:
The court issued a decision to acquit the defendants in (4) cases and reduce the convictions in (4) cases.
•Type of cases:
1. 3 cases of death inside prison (2 cases of conviction and then reducing the sentences) (1 case of acquittal)
2. 5 cases of death in protests (2 cases of conviction and then reducing the sentences) (3 cases of acquittal)
Second: Cases that took place after the BICI Report
•Number of documented cases: 14 cases
1-Referral to court: 1 Cases
2-Not referred to court: 13 Cases
•Sentences issued in cases that were referred to court:
The court issued a decision to acquit the defendants in one case related to the death of a protestor as a result of using shotgun pellets.
1-Two foreign workers were killed by the security forces and until now no investigation into their deaths was made.
2-Death in separate incidents: 11 cases were recorded by the BICI, however they were outside the specified timeframe, and they were not referred to court.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) assures that the report did not include death cases that were caused by the intense use of teargas in closed areas which led to the death of at least 30 people (some of them were participating in protests and the others were randomly targeted in their homes.) (refer to the statement of the BYSHR : http://byshr.org/?p=1292 )
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) confirms that the Bahraini Authorities protects the human rights violators and practices the policy of “impunity” which leads to the increase of extrajudicial killings.