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Bahrain: Further information on fear of torture / medical concern / faer of medical neglect / ill-treatment

, N° d'index: MDE 11/003/1999

Shaikh 'Abd al-'Amir Mansur al-Jamri, Shaikh Hassan Sultan, Shaikh 'Ali Ashour, Shaikh 'Ali bin Ahmad al-Jeddhafsi, Shaikh Hussein Al-Deihi, Hassan Meshema'a, Sayyed Ibrahim Adnan al-Alawi, Abdul Wahab Hussein and many others have remained in detention, without trial or charge since January 1996. The Bahrain government has stated that it intends to try them for instigating violence and sabotage.

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 11/03/99
27 January 1999
Further information on UA 26/96 (MDE 11/02/96, 2 February 1996) and follow-ups
(MDE 11/01/98, 12 February 1998 and MDE 11/05/98, 1 May 1998) - Fear of
torture/Medical concern/Fear of medical neglect/Ill-Treatment
BAHRAINShaikh ’Abd al-Amir Mansur al-Jamri, aged 62
Shaikh Hassan Sultan
Shaikh ’Ali ’Ashour
Shaikh ’Ali bin Ahmad al-Jeddhafsi
Shaikh Hussein al-Deihi
Hassan Meshema’a
Sayyed Ibrahim ’Adnan al-’Alawi
Abdul Wahab Hussein
The men named above have now been detained without charge or trial since January
1996 - in breach of Bahrain’s 1974 Decree Law on State Security Measures (which
allows for a maximum administrative detention of three years of persons
suspected of “endangering state security”).
The men were among hundreds arrested and held incommunicado following
demonstrations protesting at the closure of mosques where prominent Shi’a
clerics were calling on the government to restore democratic rights. All are
prominent Shi’a Muslim religious and political leaders. The government has
stated it intends to try them for instigating violence and sabotage.
Amnesty International considers the men to be prisoners of conscience, arrested
as a result of their non-violent political and religious activities.
Hundreds of others are also believed to be held under the 1974 Decree Law,
many for over three years without charge or trial.
Following a final round of appeals, this UA will be closed and action on behalf
of the eight men will continue through other action methods. Many thanks to
all who have sent appeals. Please send a last round of telexes, faxes and letters
in English, Arabic or in your own language:
- asking for the eight men named above to be released immediately and
unconditionally as prisoners of conscience;
- reminding the government of Bahrain of its commitment to the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, in particular Article 9:"No one shall be subjected
to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile", and Article 19:"Everyone has the
right to freedom of opinion and expression; this rights includes freedom to
hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information
and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".
APPEALS TO:
His Excellency
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
Prime Minister
P.O. Box 1000, al-Manama, Bahrain
Telexes: 9336 PROM BN or 7889 PMPO BN
Faxes: + 973 533033
Salutation: Your Excellency
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His Excellency
Shaikh Muhammad Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Minister of Interior
P.O. Box 13, Al-Manama, Bahrain
Telexes: 9572 PSMKT BN or 8333 ALAMAN BN
Faxes: + 973 276765 / 290526
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES 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 10 March 1999.
Visit the Amnesty International UDHR campaign website on http://www.amnesty.excite.com

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