Human rights group claims Bahrain has imprisoned at least 250 minors

Published January 21st, 2016 - 12:30 GMT

At least 250 children in Bahrain have been put behind bars by the Manama regime on political grounds, a report says.

According to the Wednesday report by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, the incarcerations violate Article 16 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Under the provision, no child should be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with their privacy, family, or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on their honor and reputation, it said. 

The center also called on the Bahraini regime to stop the detention and interrogation of children on "terrorism" charges.

On Tuesday, a court in Bahrain sentenced a 17-year-old boy to an additional 10 years in prison over alleged "acts of terror". Ahmad al-Arab had earlier been sentenced to 120 years in jail.

The ruling was the latest in a series of harsh punishments handed down to dissidents in Bahrain, a tiny Persian Gulf island nation that has been hit by anti-regime protests for years.

Many human rights groups have criticized the Bahraini judiciary for handing down long jail terms to anti-regime protesters and activists.

Amnesty International and other rights groups have also censured the regime over the “rampant” human rights abuses.

Bahraini protesters rallies in the northern village of Abu Saiba Tuesday, calling on officials to heed calls by UN and human rights organizations to release all political prisoners.

In the northeastern village of Samaheej, Bahrainis took to the streets to condemn Saudi Arabia’s recent execution of top cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

The protesters chanted anti-Saudi slogans, condemning the kingdom's targeting of activists.

Protest rallies have become a rule of the day since mid-February 2011, calling on the Al Khalifah family to relinquish power.

Aided by Saudi security forces, the Bahraini regime has responded heavy-handedly, leaving scores dead and hundreds injured.

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