A group of masked and armed men attacked at dawn of Thursday, January 26, 2017, peaceful protesters in Duraz village, which has been besieged by security forces for more than 200 days. As a result of the attack, a 17-year-old boy, Mustafa Hamdan, was seriously injured in the head, along with other wounded
demonstrators at the same time.
The attack is a clear violation of the rights stipulated by the international conventions of human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) demands the respect of the right to life and the right to free expression by all legitimate means, including peaceful assemblies.
The use of live ammunition against peaceful demonstrators is in the least an unwise treatment of protesting
We call for an extensive and transparent investigation into the recent attack, as well as into all allegations of torture and human rights violations over the past years. We call on the authorities to bring the perpetrators of such violations to justice. This would pave the way towards national reconciliation and towards delivering justice to the victims that have endured the recent and past security eras in Bahrain.
We, at the National Democratic Movement, have long warned against continuing down the security path and against ignoring tangible political solutions to the country’s political crisis. We reiterate our rejection of any and all calls for the militarization of peaceful demands in Bahrain. We emphasize the need to protect our country from slipping into the swamp of violence and into the midst of regional disputes. We emphasize the importance of resorting to reason and of establishing the building blocks towards a unified national solution that is acceptable to the people of Bahrain.
Political societies of the National Democratic Movement
Nationalist Democratic Assembly Society (Al Qawmi)
Progressive Democratic Tribune (Al Minbar)
National Democratic Action Society (WAAD)
Manama, Friday January 27th, 2017.