Bahrain: Women and girls reportedly tortured in detention
last updated Sep 27, 2011
The human rights group Amnesty International (AI) has called upon the government to investigate the alleged torture of several women in detention. Security forces have arrested a large number of persons during anti-government protests. Among those were 38 women and seven girls who are accused of illegal public gathering, rioting and attacking security forces.
The women and girls were arrested without arrest orders, refused legal counsel and some of them reportedly tortured or ill-treated. The information partly derives from lawyers refusing to leave who were able to speak to some of them in a detention facility.
The detainees have not been able to contact family members and authorities have allegedly refused to provide them with adequate food and medical treatment. The Public Prosecution Office ordered the detention of the women for 45 days.
AI: Torture fears for Bahraini women and girls in detention
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