In a flat denial of numerous accounts of arrests and torture, Ambassador Saeed Mohamed Al-Faihani from the Bahraini Ministry for Social Development told Human Rights First that no one in Bahrain was being tortured, that “everyone who’s been arrested has been shown an arrest warrant and proper documentation and that no one had been taken by masked men from their home.”
He claimed that the protestors had started peacefully but they turned violent and the government was forced to act. He said the protestors were supported by Iran and Hezbollah, were very coordinated and extremely good at public relations. He told Human Rights First that Bahrain was eager to keep its “reputation for protecting human rights.”
However, the Bahraini government has not taken any action against those who used excessive force against the protestors, has not introduced fair legal mechanisms to try those charged, and has disregarded basic legal safeguards for those arrested.