His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
King of the Kingdom of Bahrain
The Royal Court
21 December 2009
We express our concern regarding the reports about alleges of torture and arbitrary arrests against a group of citizen who participated in the peaceful protests during December 2009. Information indicates that the political groups in Bahrain are celebrating in this month the memory of the torture victims in the period between 1975 and 1999, and which is the period where the security authorities practiced torture, arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings of the activists and participants in the peaceful protests.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights documented reports on the maltreatment of the defendants in the (Ma’ameer) case, the BYSHR indicated that the security apparatuses used torture as a means to extract confessions from the defendants, and photos revealed the torture marks.