Bahrain opposition seeks UN probe over museum raid

Hadi al-Musawi, an official from al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, said on Thursday that his party intends to file a grievance with the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion, Frank La Rue.

Bahraini forces stormed the “revolution museum” in the capital Manama on Wednesday, two days after the exhibition was opened by the party in order to document the Al Khalifa regime’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests during the three-year uprising.

The museum-style hall displayed photos of the protesters killed in clashes, activists tortured inside prisons and demonstrators running from tear gas.

In mid-February 2011, Bahrain was rocked by mass protests demanding political reforms and a constitutional monarchy. But the regime’s brutal crackdown on protesters soon prompted an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family.

Scores have been killed, many of them under torture while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising began in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have “evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police” in the crackdown on anti-regime protesters.


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