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Bahrain has highest number of political prisoners among Arab countries: rights group

An independent human rights organization has censured Bahrain for its crackdown and brutal crackdown on political opponents and democracy advocates, saying the Persian Gulf kingdom has the highest number of political prisoners among Arab States.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said in a report that Bahrain, under the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty, has the highest number of imprisoned human rights activists, and it is estimated that around 4,500 activists are being held behind bars across the country.

The organization went on to note that numerous reports published over the past decade have highlighted the deplorable conditions of prisoners in Bahrain’s prisons, prompting the international community and human rights organizations to compel the Al Khalifah regime to relatively improve the conditions of detention.

BCHR pointed out that Bahraini authorities have arrested around 15,000 people for their political beliefs over the past decade, making the country the first Arab country with the highest number of prisoners in recent years.

Political prisoners in Bahrain are subjected to various forms of torture, ill-treatment and persecution, and the Al-Khalifa regime silences any opposing voices through detention, torture and execution, he said. underline.

Recently, Jalal Feroz, a former member of the Bahraini parliament, said that more than 2,500 political opponents are incarcerated in Bahraini prisons and that they are subjected to the most vicious forms of torture.

BCHR, the Persian Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) and Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) recently, in a joint report entitled “Prison Conditions in Bahrain”, highlighted the serious structural deficiencies Bahrain’s criminal justice system, and the lack of fair trials for defendants.

They pointed out that human rights are violated on a large scale in detention centers in the Persian Gulf kingdom and that detainees are exposed to various forms of torture and ill-treatment.

Demonstrations have taken place regularly in Bahrain since the beginning of the popular uprising in the Arab country in mid-February 2011.

The people are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow the establishment of a just system representing all Bahrainis.

Manama, however, has gone to great lengths to suppress any form of dissent.