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On November 2, he was outside his home. Twenty people gathered nearby. Riot police attacked them. Metal shotgun pellets were fired. 

They're 2.2 - 3.8mm in diameter. They're fired at point blank range. They cause serious injuries. Multiple ones occur. Chests, heads, and faces are most vulnerable.

Shamsan sustained eyes, chest, waist and leg injuries. He sought hospital care. On arrival, he was arrested and detained. He disappeared for four days.

Family members learned he was at Dry Docks prison. He was given a choice. Provide information about protesters or face torture and imprisonment. He explained he was unable to help.

He was electroshocked and severely beaten. He received constant threats. Many others are persecuted the same way.

Ahmed Aoun is a seventeen-year old student. A shotgun pellet remains lodged in his eye. He sustained it while peacefully protesting. He received private hospital treatment.

Police arrested him. He needs follow-up surgery. He's denied. He's been beaten and sexually harassed. He's in severe pain. He's expected to be tried and imprisoned.

On December 19, armed police in civilian clothes attacked a young Al Duraz resident. They raided his home pre-dawn. He sustained multiple deep forearm wounds. His left hand remains numb.

Excessive force is standard policy. Bahranis are ruthlessly terrorized. Peaceful protesters are targeted. "BCHR regularly receives a large number of reports of injuries." Many are serious. Seeking treatment is hazardous.

BCHR expressed deep concern and disappointment about international community silence. It holds America and other Western countries most responsible.

It urged all nations stop supplying Bahrain with arms, ammunition, and political support. It demands long overdue condemnation and isolation of a rogue regime.

Zainab Alkhawaja is a prominent Bahraini human rights activist. She's Abdulhadi Alkhawaja's daughter. He co-founded BCHR. He was its first president. 

He served as Front Line Defenders' Middle East and North Africa Protection Coordinator. He worked as a member of the International Advisory Network of the Business and Human Rights Resource Center.

He's one of Bahrain's best. He remains imprisoned for life. He risked everything courageously supporting human rights.

Zainab was arrested. She protested outside Abdulhadi's prison hospital. She wouldn't leave. She called out her father's name. She demanded he be released. Other protesters with her were also arrested.

She was lawlessly detained. She was sentenced to one month imprisonment and fined. She was denied counsel and family contacts. She was accused of "inciting hatred against the regime through chanting political slogans."

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