Published on Front Line (http://frontlinedefenders.org)
Bahrain: Release of human rights defender Maytham Bader Jassim Al-Sheikh while others remain in prison
Created 2009/04/09 - 10:15
Front Line welcomes the release of human rights defender,Maytham Bader Jassim Al-Sheikh, from prison on April 3, 2009 after he received a pardon from King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa because of serious deterioration in Maytham's health conditions while in prison.He had been detained among eleven human rights defenders arrested by the Special Security Forces (SFF) between 21 and 28 December 2007, following demonstrations in Manama on 17 December 2007.
Front Line is deeply concerned in relation to the allegations of torture and ill-treatment inflicted on Mr. Maytham Bader Jassim Al-Sheikh while in detention, and call on the the Bahraini authorities to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into these allegations .
Front Line remains concerned about the ongoing imprisonment of other human rights defenders in the same case, Hassan Abdelnabi Hassan, Naji Ali Fateel, and Mohammed Abdullah Al Sengais, who have all been victim of either ill-treatment or torture while being detained in the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).
Front Line reiterates its grave concern that the conviction and sentencing of the aforementioned four human rights defenders is directly related to their legitimate and peaceful activities in defence of human rights in Bahrain.