‘Bahrain oppression backed by US’

Bahraini troops fire tear gas at anti-regime protesters. (File photo)

An Iranian lawmaker has slammed the US support for the ongoing violation of human rights by Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain and called for international action against Manama’s iron fist policies.

In a Friday interview, Fathollah Hosseini, a member of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, pointed to Al Khalifa regime’s unfair prison sentences for Bahraini political activists, saying, “If the West’s puppet regime in Bahrain did not have the US support, it would have collapsed by now.”

On Monday, Bahrain’s highest court upheld prison terms for 13 pro-democracy activists, including eight life sentences already handed down for their role in anti-regime protests in 2011.

The Iranian lawmaker argued that the US gives the green light to Al Khalifa regime to commit the atrocities in Bahrain and pointed to destruction of 50 mosques and homes and the killing of scores of people during the peaceful popular demonstrations in the country as the evidence of the West’s consent.

Hosseini noted that the majority of the Bahraini political detainees have been incarcerated without trial and they are in improper conditions and called on the Manama regime to embark on political and judicial reforms.

The Iranian legislator called for UN action with regard to the blatant violation of human rights in Bahrain, adding, “The international organizations which claim to be the advocates of human rights in the 21st century should deal with the crimes of a regime which tortures and detains its citizens merely over their legitimate demands.”

“Bahrain’s revolution is currently the most oppressed revolution in the Arab world, because it has been completely subject to the media blackout by the Arab states,” Hosseini added.

The Bahraini uprising began in February 2011. The Manama regime promptly launched a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests, calling in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states.

Bahraini protesters say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.

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