BYSHR:We welcome the fact-finding committee and call for exposing the human rights violations in all transparency and integrity

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) welcomes the committee assigned to investigate human rights violations that occurred since February and until today, but the BYSHR emphasizes that mechanisms should be created to uncover the truth, give the victims justice and prepare for a genuine reconciliation with the victims.

The BYSHR believes that the committee should also practice the role of holding the responsible persons accountable, especially that there are still human rights violations in Bahrain, such as repressing gatherings, torture allegations, arbitrary arrests and holding the responsible accountable would prevent them from violating human rights.

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) in coordination with organisations working with human rights locally and regionally will play the role of supervisory on the work of the committee, especially since the BYSHR has already documented cases that have occurred since February and until now.

The BYSHR requests from the committee to investigate the following violations:

1. Torture and ill-treatment in prison, checkpoints, investigation committees in private and public companies, ministries and during arrest.
2. Arbitrary arrest.
3. Targeting the civilian society organisations, and political parties.
4. Targeting local human rights organisations and punishing human rights defenders.
5. Utilising the local media against a certain sector.
6. Unfair dismissal from work (companies, ministries, schools and universities).
7. Withdrawing scholarships at home and abroad.
8. Targeting places of worship.
9. Suppressing protests and rallies that relate to political reform, and targeting religious processions.
10. Targeting health centres, the Salmaniya hospital and the use of ambulances for transporting security forces.
11. Ill-treatment of wounded protestors.
12. Racial discrimination.
13. Targeting migrant workers.
14. Discrimination in employment.
15. Targeting and attacking educational buildings.
16. The use of internationally prohibited weapons (allegations of using nerve gas) and shotguns.
17. Collective punishment on villages and families of the detainees.
18. The use of military courts.
19. The death of four citizens in custody.
20. The death of citizens during protest crackdowns.
21. The use of GCC forces to quell protests.
22. The targeting of children.
23. The targeting of women.
24. Preventing citizens from leaving the country.
25. Targeting local and foreign journalists and prohibiting some journalists from entering the country.
26. Targeting security men.
27. The corruption of security men.
28. Targeting trade unions and punishing trade union members.
29. Unfair trials.

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) affirms that since the 14th of February and until now there have been serious human rights violations, and that the responsible persons should be held accountable for these violations and should not be allowed to escape their punishments.

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) demands that the committee should prepare periodic reports to expose the human rights violations transparently and credibility, and that the committee should be independent and unbiased in order for its reports to be in the protections, promotions and provide justice for the victims of human rights violations.

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