Free Bahraini political prisoners

This video from Bahrain says about itself:

9 July 2012 – Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab was arrested from his home after being sentenced to 3 months in jail for sending a tweet that was critical of the Bahraini Prime Minister. Before being arrested, Rajab retweeted the same tweet that led to the case against him.

From EA WorldView blog:

Bahrain Opinion: The Significance of the Detention and Treatment of Nabeel Rajab

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Since human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was imprisoned and then given a three-year sentence for Twitter messages and participation in protests, there have been reports of his mistreatment by Bahraini authorities. The President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, one of the leading voices claiming Government oppression of political prisoners, is now on the other side of the situation.

Rajab’s wife Sumaya told an activist from BCHR last week about conditions after she had finally been allowed to see her husband in Jaw Prison. The BCHR claimed:

“Sumaya confirmed that Nabeel is subjected to degrading conditions and ill-treatment through repeated personal inspections, whereby they take off all his clothes during the inspection and leave him with only a small piece of fabric to cover his private areas. He said he was subjected to deliberately humiliating inspections.

With regards to being put in solitary confinement in August, Nabeel told Sumaya that he was taken to solitary on the day he was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, which seems to indicate a desire for revenge and punishment, and added that the atmosphere of the cell suggested to him that he would be exposed to “repeated meals of severe torture.”

She continued by saying that in his solitary cell, Nabeel was stripped of all his clothes, forced to wear a small piece of fabric (“a wrapper”) only, then forced to stand and sit 40 times as part of the physical torture he suffered despite the fact that he suffers from a herniated disc in his back, and has requested a special medical belt to help cope with the recurrence of pain. He was also hit on the back by security forces several times previously.

Sumaya said that Nabeel does not know how many days he spent in that cell, because he could not tell day from night. In addition to the cell being generally dirty, Nabeel reported that there was also a dead cat in the cell.”

Other detainees claim to have faced far worse. The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, in its report of November 2011, documented cases to find that a “lack of accountability of officials within the security system has led to a culture of impunity, whereby security officials have few incentives to avoid mistreatment of prisoners or to take action to prevent mistreatment by other officials”.

BAHRAIN: Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab to remain in detention, appeal trial to resume on September 27: here.

9 thoughts on “Free Bahraini political prisoners

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  3. I read about this a few days ago. Response — Bahrain has no political prisoners. Apparently they do this to random citizens because it’s fun. It was merely coincidental that those were the charges filed against him.


    • I sometimes have pro-Bahrain regime commenters at this blog. They tend to try to divert discussion away from the Bahrain dictatorship to how bad Shia Islam is, to Iran, blah blah blah.


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