29 Sep 2012

Bahrain Center for Human Rights express in the strongest terms the condemnation of the murder of the child Ali Hussain Neamah (17 years old) with the shotgun of the riot police, 40 days after the killing of Hussam AlHaddad (16 years old) exactly in the same way[1] , a result of the continued use of excessive force and deadly weapons in dealing with peaceful protesters, and the spread of culture of impunity. Ali Neamah died with a deadly shot of a shotgun by the riot police from a close range at a late hour on 28 Sep 2012 in the village of Saddad, northwest of the Bahraini capital Manama, after a peaceful protest was attacked by riot police. The shotgun injuries were seen all over Ali’s back. The Death certificate confirms that death was caused with shotgun injuries on the back. The ministry of interior confirmed the death and its responsibility for shooting Ali in a statement[2] , however it claimed that the police patrol was attacked with Molotov and the “police responded using only necessary and proportionate force to restore order”. The injuries on Ali’s back is evidence that killing Al Hadad was not an act of self-defence as indicated in MOI’s statement.

Policemen fired tear-gas and flash-bangs at relatives and friends who were trying to check his condition after he was shot. Media on scene were shot at as well[3].

Eye-witnesses said that Ali was dragged for 20 meters on the ground from the spot where he fell, and that the ambulance arrived only after an hour and 10 minutes to the scene[4] . Bruises were visible on his face and abdomen.

Other protesters including a child less than 10 years old were injured with shotgun during the same attack. At least 15 civilians were killed with shotgun since the start of the protests in Feb 2011, including 4 children below 18 year old.[5] The murder of Ali comes one day after the acquittal of 2 policemen from the murder of protesters after a long show trial. (Detailed statement will be released later). After over 18 months from the start of the deadly crackdown on protesters which led to the death of more than 80 civilians, only one security man was found guilty with “accidental murder” by a criminal court in Bahrain and he was given a light sentence of 7 years imprisonment[6] .

Child under the age of 10 among injured in Saddad on 28 Sep 2012

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights calls on the international community, especially close allies to Bahrain like the United States and the United Kingdom, to take the necessary actions to immediately put an end to the severe violations of human rights in Bahrain, and the extra-judicial killing of unarmed civilians. We also call on the U.S and other countries which are selling arms to Bahrain to immediately stop the sale of arms, as they are a silent contributor to the violations of the Bahraini regime.


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