Torture fears for Bahraini women and girls in detention – Amnesty International

Amnesty International have released this statement with regards to the detention of women after the LuLu Returns Protests.

The Bahraini authorities must urgently investigate reports that women were tortured in detention after being arrested in Manama during pro-reform protests, Amnesty International said today.

Security forces arrested scores of people in the capital on Friday as protesters attempted to reach the city’s GCC Roundabout, formerly Pearl Roundabout.

Among those detained are 38 women and seven girls who were arrested at a city centre shopping mall and accused of “illegal public gathering”, rioting, and attacking security forces. They were apprehended without arrest orders, interrogated without lawyers present and some of them reportedly tortured or otherwise ill-treated.

“It appears that Bahrain’s authorities have patently denied these women and girls their rights after rounding them up at a Manama shopping centre,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“All detainees must be given access to lawyers and contact with their families.”

Please read the full statement here: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/torture-fears-bahraini-women-and-girls-detention-2011-09-26

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