Bahrain arrested 1,300 activists in 2016

A Bahraini rights group says the regime in Manama detained 1,300 anti-regime protesters and activists in 2016, as people in the kingdom prepare to mark the anniversary of their uprising against the ruling Al Khalifah family.

According to a report released by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) on Thursday, there were 187 children among those arrested by regime forces last year.

In 2016, the Bahraini judiciary issued 91 life sentences and four death penalties, while the citizenship of 204 people were revoked, the BCHR said.

According to the report, Bahraini people staged 1,523 protest rallies across the sheikhdom during the period.

The report comes as the country prepares to mark the sixth anniversary of the anti-regime uprising in February 14, 2011.

Ahead of the anniversary, a group of opposition activists have issued a statement, calling for a high turnout of people in anti-regime protests to mark the occasion.

The statement pointed to the Thursday killing of three pro-democracy activists by Manama regime forces and called on the nation to actively participate in the their funeral procession on February 14.