Human Rights Organizations Call on Manama to Respect Freedom of Speech

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SHAFAQNA- The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, Justice Human Rights Organization, Center for Human rights in Bahrain and Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Bahrain signed the statement, the Manama Post reported.

It was released on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Bahrain’s popular uprising.

The organizations regretted that the political and human rights situation in Bahrain has not improved in the past 5 years.

They also criticized the Manama government for failing to heed recommendations on reforms and protection of human rights.

They called the regime to immediately release all political prisoners and human rights advocates and stop crackdown on peaceful dissent.

Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty since the uprising began on February 14, 2011.

The Manama regime, meanwhile, has used heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.

Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations.

Troops from Saudi Arabia have been also deployed to Bahrain to assist in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.

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