SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — Poisonous tear gas used by Saudi-backed Bahraini forces against anti-government protesters has martyred 80 years old woman in Sadad Village.
The victim, identified as Maryam Nasir Abdullah, 80, martyred on Saturday last night, after al-Khalifa forces attacked her house on Friday by firing poisonous tear gas in Sadad village.
Bahraini troops heavily rely on tear gas and stun grenades to disperse peaceful anti-government protesters. Several Bahraini civilians, mostly senior citizens and kids, have died from asphyxia after regime troops fired tear gas in residential areas and into homes in violation of international standards that Bahrain is a signatory to.
International human rights organisations who participated in the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Bahrain in Geneva in May Geneva are alarmed at threats made against Bahraini civil society members who were present. During the UPR, Bahrain's human rights track record came under fire from numerous governments, prompting the threat of reprisals against those who had been in Geneva. Some of the civil society members are among those facing lengthy prison sentences for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Bahraini human rights defenders, activists, journalists, doctors and lawyers who participated in UPR side events about Bahrain with international organisations, were attacked by pro-government media in Bahrain, who referred to those who went to Geneva as "traitors" and called for action against them. — www.shafaqna.com