Bahrain’s Crack Down

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Bahrain violently cracked down to crush giant pro-democracy protests in early 2011. Security forces attacked protesters in February and March, killing dozens and wounding hundreds. Security forces then targeted hospitals, such as Salmaniya Medical Complex, torturing wounded protesters and doctors treating them.

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These abuses have been extensively documented by Doctors without Borders, Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch. Badly harmed demonstrators suffer without medical treatment as a result.

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The monarchy then rounded up hundreds of people and tortured them. The roundup often followed a similar pattern. The Bahraini security forces used dozens of masked armed men to abduct people from their homes at night. Detainees were then beaten for weeks, threatened with rape, electro-shocked and forced to signed false confessions. This has been well documented by Human Rights Watch, eyewitness testimony and numerous news reports.

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Bahrain then used the tortured false confessions in military show trials to pass long prison sentences. Political activists and leaders, such as Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, were handed life sentences. Doctors that spoke out about the crack down, such as Ghassan Dhaif, were given 5 to 15 years.

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Saudi Arabia sent in 1,000 troops in March that participated in the abuse. The U.S. response has been consistent. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton make vague references to human rights violations while reaffirming their *commitment to Bahrain,* which means it will sell more arms to the regime. Bahrain hosts the U.S. navy’s fifth fleet, which monitors the Persian Gulf’s oil.

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