Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab says the Manama regime has created an apartheid system in the Persian Gulf country, Press TV reports.
Rajab told Press TV in an interview on Thursday that the Bahraini government has built an apartheid system by separating Shias and Sunnis.
“Almost half of the country – Shias – can’t… live,” he said.
He also noted that the Manama regime is trying to present the conflict in Bahrain as a “Shia-Sunni” one, while, in fact, the revolution has “got nothing to do with religion.”
The problem is with the violation of rights in the country, Rajab said.
He also criticized the West for turning a blind eye to the rights violations in Bahrain.
He said the Western governments, specifically the UK, “speak two languages,” one about human rights and justice for their own people and one for other countries.
He added that the West considers Shias a “threat because Iran is not in line with the Western governments, [and] Hezbollah [is] fighting Israel.”
The Western governments, thus, say, “If we give room to the Shias and democratic process… in the political arena, that might strengthen Hezbollah and Iran.”
“It is a hypercritical foreign policy that my nation is paying the price of; this business that they have with our government is stained with the blood of our children,” Rajab said.
Bahrainis have been protesting against the ruling Al Khalifa family since early 2011, with Manama using heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.
Bahraini forces have killed scores of activists over the past years of uprising, while hundreds of protesters as well as notable opposition figures continue to remain under arrest in the regime’s notorious prisons.