Document - Bahrain: Further information on fear of torture / legal concern: al-Shaikh 'Ali Salman, Ibrahim Hassan, Hani 'Abbas Khamis, Hani Ahmed al-Wasti; and new names: Hamza al-Dayri, Haydar al-Sitri
EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: MDE 11/01/95
17 January 1995
Further information on UA 438/94 (MDE 11/09/94, 9 December 1994) and follow-up (MDE 11/10/94, 19 December) - Fear of torture / Legal concern / Possible unlawful killings and new concern: Forcible Exile
BAHRAIN:al-Shaikh 'Ali Salman
Hani 'Abbas Khamis, student, aged 23
Hani Ahmed al-Wasti, aged 22
new names: Hamza al-Dayri, aged 45
Haydar al-Sitri, aged 40
Amnesty International has received reports that al-Shaikh 'Ali Salman, Hamza al-Dayri and Haydar al-Sitri were forcible exiled to Dubai (the United Arab Emirates) on 15 January 1995.
Hamza al-Dayri and Haydar al-Sitri were arrested at their homes during the same day and taken to the airport. Al-Shaikh 'Ali Salman, who was arrested on 5 December 1994, was taken from prison to the airport. The three were put on a plane destined to Dubai.
Forcible exile of Bahraini nationals suspected of political opposition activities remains one of Amnesty International's concerns in Bahrain. According to information received by Amnesty International, victims
of forcible exile from Bahrain are frequently given no reason for the measures taken against them and are denied the opportunity to appeal the decision to expel them or challenge its legality through the courts. Not only is such practice in contravention of international human rights standards, but it would also appear to be in violation of Article 17 (c) of Bahrain's Constitution, which states that it is forbidden to expel or to prevent Bahraini citizens from returning to Bahrain.
Amnesty International has no further information on the situation of Ibrahim Hassan who was also arrested on 5 December. The organization has learned that 150 people have recently been released from custody, but that many others were arrested around 12 and 13 January.
Amnesty International is not aware of any investigations having been initiated into the killing on 17 December of Hani 'Abbas Khamis and Hani Ahmed al-Wasti. The two men were killed when the security forces opened fire on demonstrators who were calling for, among other things, the release of political detainees, who had been, and continue to be, arrested in connection with the signing of a petition calling on the Amir of Bahrain to reinstate the parliament.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters
- expressing regret that al-Shaikh 'Ali Salman, Hamza al-Dayri and Haydar al-Sitri have been forcibly exiled in contravention of international human rights standards;
- urging that the practice of forcible exile of Bahraini nationals be stopped;
- requesting clarification of the current situation of Ibrahim Hassan, arrested on 5 December and of others arrested on 12 and 13 January, and seeking assurances that all the detainees are being treated humanely in accordance with international standards.
Al-Shaikh 'Issa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
Office of His Highness the Amir
P.O. Box 555
The Amiri Court
Telexes: 8666 Qasar, BN 8500 Qasar BN
Telegrams: His Highness the Amir, Manama, Bahrain
Faxes: +973 668884
Salutation: Your Highness
Al-Shaikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Minister of Interior
PO Box 13
Telexes: 9572 PSMKT BN or 8333 ALAMAN BN
Telegrams:Minister of Interior, Manama, Bahrain
Faxes:+973 276765 or 290526 or 754303
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Al-Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
Prime Minister of Bahrain
PO Box 1000
and to diplomatic representatives of Bahrain accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 5 March 1995.