(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A fourth minor detained by Manama’s security apparatus has been identified as Ali Abdullah Jomaa.
He was arrested during Ashura commemorations on Sunday and jailed for seven days for ‘further investigation’.
Jomaa has been added to the list of another three youngsters detained by Bahrain’s security forces in under a week.
Jassem Abdul Jalil Hassan, Ali Hussain Abdullah, and Hussein Ali have all been incarcerated for a seven-day period pending an ‘investigation’.
The recent spike in the number of children being detained in the Persian Gulf kingdom has outraged local activists, who have long since called on Manama to end the practice.
The vice president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA) and the head of the Bahrain Human Rights Observatory (BHRO), Jalila al-Salman, was quick to speak out.
“Under what international legal umbrella, are children arrested in Bahrain,” Salman tweeted on Wednesday.
Minors in Bahrain are routinely taken into custody without cause or an arrest warrant. Countless rights groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), blasted Manama in the past for “routinely” detaining children and subjecting them to “ill-treatment that may rise to the level of torture.”