The Police Camera Protects the Perpetrators of Torture and Ill-treatment

Bahraini authorities said that they installing video cameras in police stations to prevent torture and ill-treatment of detainees, But the cameras, introduced after an inquiry by Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).

BICI Report: (1722/G)- “There should be audiovisual recording of all official interviews with detained persons”

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) monitored in recent months, cases of allegations of torture took place in the informal centers of riot police, But the detainees said yesterday (March 28, 2012) that they had been tortured in the police station in Isa Town.

The BYSHR met with victims of torture and ill-treatment in the village of Nuwaidrat and confirmed that they were tortured in the “Isa Town Police Station”.

@Isa Town Police Station

“I was beaten, insulted and spit on my face by the policeman at the police station” Mr.Makki Said, Was released after interrogation.

@Mr. Makki

“During the investigation, the officer running the video camera to record the investigation, but minutes later, police closed the video camera and hit me, then he operated the camera again” Mr.Mohammed Said, Was released after interrogation.

@Mr. Mohammed

OFF-CAMERA BEATINGS:

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) documented allegations of torture of approximately 100 demonstrators informal centers of riot police.

Informal Centers:

1-Chivalry Club ( In the Budaiya)
2-Municipal building ( In the village of Demistan)
3-Sport club ( In the village of Al-Aker)
4-Youth hostels ( In the village of Sanabis)

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its deep concern due to torture of demonstrators and demanded an immediate investigation into these allegations.

1 Comment on The Police Camera Protects the Perpetrators of Torture and Ill-treatment

  1. I knew when I read about that proposed “reform” that it sounded fishy. Where is the accountability with video cameras when they can be easily turned off? Or, as you said, the interrogations and abuse take place in places other than the official interrogation rooms?

    It is very upsetting to know people are being treated this way by the police, the people who are supposed to protect them. It is a violation of trust, as well as human rights.

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