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UN experts censure worsening human rights situation in Bahrain

United Nations experts have condemned an escalation of human rights violations in Bahrain, including an intensifying crackdown on dissent.

According to Press TV, the five human rights experts, who are independent but commissioned by the UN human rights office, said in a statement on Friday that the rights situation in Bahrain had sharply deteriorated.

The experts said the repression “took a new turn” in June 2016 with a move by Aal-e Khalifa ruling regime authorities to dissolve the country’s main opposition group Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.

The minority ruling regime has resorted to “drastic measures” to curb opposition such as torture, arbitrary detention, death threats and travel bans, according to the experts.

The statement also referred to the Manama regime troops’ attack in May in the northwestern village of Diraz, and said they used “excessive and lethal force to disperse peaceful protesters,” citing reported use of “tear gas, shotguns equipped with birdshot and lethal anti-personnel weapons.”

On May 23, Bahraini forces raided Diraz, which has been under a military siege for almost a year, and stormed into the home of Bahrian’s prominent religious scholar Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.

During the raid, regime forces martyred at least five demonstrators, wounded dozens and arrested over 280 people. The raid took place shortly after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Bahrain’s self-styled King, Hamad bin Isa Aal-e Khalifah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday, al-Wefaq issued a statement, criticizing the ruling Aal-e Khalifah regime for the continued harassment of Ayatollah Sheikh Qassim.

The statement added that putting the religious scholar under house arrest hindered the medical follow-up he needed, pointing to his deteriorating health condition.