Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bahrain: Continued ill-treatment and torture of human rights defenders in detention

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Bahrain: Continued ill-treatment and torture of human rights defenders in detention
By ting.ting

Created 2008/04/25 - 11:10

Front Line is deeply concerned following reports of the continued ill-treatment and torture of human rights defenders Mohammed Abdullah Al Sengais, head of the Committee to Combat High Prices; Hassan Abdulnabi Hassan and Maytham Bader Jassim Al-Sheikh, members of the Unemployment Committee; and Naji Ali Fateel, member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR). They were arrested between 21 December and 28 December 2007 and are being detained in the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).

Further Information

Posted 25/04/2008 Front Line previously communicated with your office on 13 February 2008 in connection with the ongoing detention and continued ill-treatment of these human rights defenders, which has included extreme physical and sexual abuse.

On 16 April 2008, a medical report asserted that the human rights defenders had been subjected to torture. This has reportedly led to very painful spinal disk injuries suffered by Mohammed Abdullah Al Sengais, which have caused him sleep deprivation, nausea and psychological trauma. He is currently receiving psychiatric treatment and he is displaying low haemoglobin levels, indicating that he is suffering from malnutrition. The judge of the Higher Criminal Court, Shaikh Mohammed Al-Khalifa, has postponed the prosecution to 11 May 2008.

Front Line believes that Mohammed Abdullah Al Sengais, Hassan Abdulnabi Hassan, Maytham Bader Jassim Al-Sheikh, and Naji Ali Fateel, have been detained and subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading forms of ill-treatment and torture as a result of their legitimate and peaceful activities in defence of human rights. Front Line is extremely concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of all human rights defenders who are detained.

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