Repression, Beatings and Torture in US-Supported Bahrain

Bahraini security forces are beating and torturing men, women, and children for resisting repression and despotism.

Human Rights Watch heard numerous consistent accounts from victims that the police were taking detained protesters to informal detention facilities or isolated outdoor areas for between 30 minutes and two hours and beating them before transferring them to police stations. Human Rights Watch collected detailed information about two such informal facilities: a youth hostel in Sanabis and an equestrian school for police members, locally referred to as Khayyala, near the police station in Budaiya.

Such abuse is systematic, as was the torture investigated by an international probe late last year. Support from the Nobel Peace laureate is ongoing. See some of my previous posts on these beatings.