Bahraini detainees go on hunger strike to protest mistreatment

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Monday, 29 December 2014

Political prisoners at a detention center in Bahrain have gone on a hunger strike to show their anger at the regime's harsh treatment of detainees.

The prisoners at the Jaw Prison in eastern Bahrain have staged a hunger strike in protest at the torture and mistreatment of the detainees by prison officials.

They said in a statement that many of them are subject to torture and are in terrible health condition due to prison authorities' ignorance. One of the prisoners was tortured to death at the facility in the last month.

Jaw Prison is known to host scores of political prisoners, mostly Shia protesters, who have been arrested after the 2011 uprising in the country.

Bahrain has been the scene of almost daily protests against the Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011 when a pro-democracy uprising began in the kingdom.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous rallies in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to Bahrain to assist the Bahraini regime in its crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Bahrain has been severely criticized by human rights groups for its harsh crackdown on anti-government protesters, which has claimed the lives of scores of people so far.

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