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Switzerland | Activists Discuss the Role of the UN and International Mechanisms to End Systematic Torture in Bahrain


Bahraini human rights activist Zeinab Al-Khawaja reviewed her bitter experience in Bahrain's prisons in a panel discussion a on Wednesday on the role of the United Nations and international mechanisms to end systematic torture in Bahrain on the sidelines of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.

Al-Khawaja said she was in prison two years ago, pointing out that at least a family of four or five of her family are prisoners in Bahrain's prisons and subjected to the worst forms of torture, including her father.

She then called to stop considering the victims of torture in Bahrain including men, women and children as if they were just figures, stressing that they should be considered as citizens and individuals of society.

Bahraini human rights defender Ali Abdul-Imam said Bahrain authorities threatened him and his family as he was stopped at the airport while he was traveling abroad.

Abdul-Imam said the security forces used his wife to threaten him and practiced the worst forms of torture in the world.

He said that he was beaten all over his body and he was not allowed to fast during the month of Ramadan which he spent in prison.

Abdul-Imam said the Bahraini courts have sentenced him to 15 years of imprisonment in absentia, in addition to stripping him from his nationality.

He then noted that prisoners in Bahraini prisons were forced to sign papers that did not know what they contained.

Activist from the Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Hussein Abdullah, confirmed that the situation in Bahrain is getting worse as the use of violence increases and the number of prisoners of conscience rises.

Activist from the Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Hussein Abdullah, confirmed that the situation in Bahrain is getting worse as the use of violence increases and the number of prisoners of conscience rises.

Activist from the Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Hussein Abdullah, confirmed that the situation in Bahrain is getting worse as the use of violence increases and the number of prisoners of conscience rises.

For her part, Bahrain's Human Rights Watch researcher Ayat Majzoub confirms that Bahrain's human rights violations have crossed the country's borders, stressing that the regime wants to send messages to opponents abroad calling for their rights that they are not safe even if they are outside Bahrain.

Majzoub confirmed that al-Araibi had been sentenced to death during his stay in Qatar and had not returned to the country, pointing out that this indicates that Bahrain's violations of human rights exceeded the borders of the country.

"The regime wants to send messages to opponents abroad who continue to call for their rights that they are not safe even outside Bahrain." She stressed.