3, 586 prisoners tortured in Bahrain jails: Activist

3, 586 prisoners tortured in Bahrain jails: Activist

Overview

The president of a Bahraini non-governmental organization, which works to promote human rights in the Persian Gulf kingdom, says more than 3,500 people have been subjected to various kinds of torture at the country’s detention facilities since the beginning of pro-democracy rallies there.

Yusuf Rabi’, the head of Bahrain Forum for Human Rights, said on Saturday that 3,586 people have been tortured in Al Khalifa regime’s prisons, and the absence of persecution, investigation and trial of those accountable for the practice has so far resulted in the death of at least 20 inmates, Arabic-language Lualua satellite television network reported.

Rabi’ also called upon the United Nations to press Bahraini authorities over allowing the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez, to pay a visit to the country’s detention facilities, and also adopt necessary measures against the kingdom.

He called for an immediate halt to the torture of political inmates at Bahraini jails, and compensations to be paid to the victims.