World Bulletin / News Desk
Bahrain has charged 15 policemen with "mistreatment" of prisoners, the government said on Tuesday, as part of an investigation into reports of torture of protesters.
Bahrain's human rights record has come under scrutiny since the authorities crushed Shi'ite Muslim-led demonstrations demanding democratic reform in the Sunni-ruled country that broke out in February 2011, inspired by Arab revolts elsewhere.
"The latest complaints were made during the month of June and nine of the complainants have already been questioned, resulting in three of them being referred to forensic doctors," Nawaf Hamza, head of the Public Prosecution's Special Investigation Unit, said in a statement.
"As a result 15 policemen have been questioned and informed of the charges against them. The investigation of the remaining complaints and those involved is ongoing."
The latest charges come after policemen accused of mistreatment of detainees and use of excessive force were sentenced to five years in prison, the IAA said. It did not say how many policemen were sentenced.
The IAA had said in June that 19 security personnel were being investigated, including some officers, and that two officers were sentenced to three months in prison last month.
A commission of international legal experts reported in November that torture had been systematically used to punish and extract confessions from hundreds of protesters during a period of martial law after a crackdown on anti-government protests.
It also said that 35 people, mainly protesters, died during the unrest and that five of them died as a result of torture.
Although Bahraini security forces, backed by Saudi troops, broke up a mass protest camp in Manamain March 2011, police and demonstrators continue to clash almost daily. Each side blames the other for the violence.
Bahrain has put several police officers on trial for abuse and lethal torture, but international rights groups and opposition activists say the government is avoiding accountability at higher, policy-making levels.
Last month Bahrain's interior minister said that police had been given no orders to torture or kill protesters.
"No delegation is in Cairo yet…These reports are devoid of truth," senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq said
As a result, the overhaul of the national budget and the country's health insurance is in limbo
Police in Beijing in January detained Ilham Tohti, a well-known economist who has championed the rights of the Muslim Uighur community
In recent months, South Sudan's rivals held on-again, off-again peace negotiations in Addis Ababa under the IGAD auspices.
The school was the second such UNRWA facility to be hit by the Israeli army within one week. On Thursday, at least 15 Palestinian civilians were killed when the Israeli army shelled the Beit Hanoun school, also in northern Gaza Strip.
The resignation comes amid criticism to the army's response to recent militant attacks in the mountainous areas on Tunisia's border with Algeria.
Presidential adviser calls for rebels to come to the negotiating table 'to find common solutions to our problems in peaceful dialogue.'
South Korea confirms the North tested 4 short-range projectiles from morning to evening, ahead of expected UN Security Council meeting
Spanish press quotes email send from one crew member to his superior complaining of long hours and fatigue.
The decision of the Latin American countries to recall their ambassadors in Tel Aviv is a “deep disappointment”, says Israel
There are 35 journalists in prison in Iran, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
The U.S. State Department imposing travel restrictions on "a number of Venezuelan government officials" who it said were involved in human rights abuses.
Neil Wallis, the paper's former deputy editor, and former features editor Jules Stenson, have been charged with conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones of well-known figures
Iraq had requested 5,000 of the air-to-ground missiles and enable helicopters to battle tanks and other armored vehicles
The Israeli military offered a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire on Wednesday in some areas of the Gaza Strip, an army statement said.
Search for 6 missing people ongoing after ferry carrying travelers during Eid holiday sinks in Borneo island