Human Rights Watch has issued a report claiming that Bahrain’s security forces routinely detain and children without cause .

The report, based on testimony from victims, family members, and legal rights activists, claims, “Bahraini authorities often hold children for long periods in detention and subject them to similar forms of mistreatment as adult detainees, including beatings and threats of torture.”

HRW’s claims follow a resolution on Thursday by the European Parliament urging the Bahraini regime “to respect the rights of juveniles, to refrain from detaining them in adult facilities, and to treat juveniles in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Bahrain is a party”.