Bahrain: One year on, accountability remains a distant aspiration: Amnesty International’s written statement to the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 23 March 2012)
In February and March 2011 tens of thousands of Bahrainis, mostly from the Shi’a community, protested against the government and called for political reforms, social justice and an end to what they perceived as government discrimination against them. The government of Bahrain responded with the use of excessive force. There are fears that violence could erupt again between protesters and security forces. Bahraini authorities have a responsibility to ensure public safety and maintain law and order but this must be done in accordance with relevant international law and standards.