Bahrain: Authorities arrest young men on the account of security incidents
Random arrests with no legal evidence and claims of physical attacks
Manama, October 27, 2007
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) is highly concerned by arresting a group of young people in a security incident in Karzakan province. These security incidents took place in Karzakan area after an invitation from youth in another province for participation at a demonstration against Bahraini government. Authorities besieged the area of the expected demonstration on Friday, October 19, 2007.
The security siege led to clashes between youth and Riot Fighting Forces in different areas. The Ministry of Interior issued a press release and distributed on news papers immediately after those incidents. It mentioned that Security Forces arrested a group of young people while attempting to bomb a vehicle owned by State Security Forces.
A delegation of BYSHR met with the families of the five detainees in Karzakan province to collect more details on the security incidents that led to their detention.
“My son went out of home on his way to a close restaurant to have dinner. At the same moment, there were clashes between security forces and a group of young people,” father of detainee Hassan Ahmed Hassan – 17, employee – said. “My son ran to the nearest house and hid there. But other four persons ran to the same house. So, security forces besieged the house and asked the five young men to get out. They refused for fear that they might be beaten or arrested. So, the liable officer threw a sound bomb inside the house to force them on getting out. Once they got out, Riots Fighting Forces arrested them and attacked them with wooden sticks.”