Amnesty International accused Bahrain of torturing children who have been arrested on suspicion of participating in anti-government protests , stressing that "children are being routinely detained, ill-treated and tortured in Bahrain".
It claimed that scores of children, including some as young as 13, "were blindfolded, beaten and tortured in detention over the past two years .And at least 110 children aged between 16 and 18 are held at the dry dock prison, an adult facility for investigation or trialing, over taking part in protests against the ruling Al-Khalifa dynasty".
Amnesty's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa "Said Boumedouha" said "by rounding up suspected under-age offenders and locking them up, Bahrain's authorities are displaying an appalling disregard for its international human rights obligations".
It said that sentenced children under the age of 15 held at a juvenile centre face abuse at night . It also accused the Gulf kingdom of amending its juvenile law in August, allowing the jailing or fining of the fathers of children who take part in demonstrations.
Boumedouha said "Bahrain's government purports to respect human rights yet it is brazenly flouting international obligations on a routine basis by resorting to extreme measures such as imposing harsh prison sentences on children" .