3. Action required
4. Sample letter
Despite calls from his supporters, Hassan Mushaima – the leader of the Haq Movement – continues to be imprisoned in Bahrain.
Write to the foreign minister of your country. Demand that they pressure the Bahraini regime to release Hassan Mushaima.
Hassan Mushaima leads the Haq Movement – one of the most prolific opposition groups in Bahrain. Since 22 June 2011, he has been imprisoned. He was sentenced by a military court to life imprisonment for having led popular protests against the Bahraini regime.
IHRC have repeatedly raised concerns regarding the treatment of Hassan in prison – where he has at times been blindfolded and forcibly injected. His very incarceration is politically motivated, and he has not been accorded a free and fair trial by an independent court.
The unwillingness of Western powers to act on the unjust incarceration of Hassan Mushaima is demonstrative of the massive gulf that still exists between actions and words. The continued oppression of Hassan Mushaima is a testament to ‘business as usual’ on the island.
The unjust incarceration of Hassan Mushaima is the result of a military court determined to protect the brutal Bahraini regime from political dissent. Campaigners must act now in order to ensure that Hassan Mushaima is not left to languish in prison.
3. Action Required
IHRC requests its campaigners and supporters to write letters and emails to the foreign minister of their country. Demand that they act to ensure the release of Hassan Mushaima.
4. Sample letter
Sample letters are given below for your convenience. Please note that model letters can be sent directly or adjusted as necessary to include further details. If you receive a reply to the letter you send, we request you to send a copy of the letter you sent and the reply you received to IHRC. This is very important as it helps IHRC to monitor the situation with regards to our campaigns and to improve upon the current model letters.
a) Minister of foreign affairs in your country. UK campaigners can write using the address supplied below.
Rt Hon. William Hague MP
Foreign & Commonwealth Office,
King Charles Street,
Dear Mr William Hague,
Re: Violation of Hassan Mushaima’s human rights in Bahrain.
Hassan Mushaima is the leader of the Haq Movement in Bahrain. He was sentenced by a military court in June 2011 to life imprisonment, along with thirteen other activists that were also sentenced.
He was imprisoned for leading and taking part in the country’s mass demonstrations against the Bahraini regime in the spring. The trial has been condemned for having not met the standards of freedom and fairness that would be accorded by an independent court.
Since being imprisoned, Hassan has been denied the basic treatment that he requires to prevent the recurrence of cancer. He was put on this course of treatment in 2010 by medical experts at the Royal Marsden hospital in London, having been successfully treated for the illness.
According to his family, the sixty-five year old opposition leader is in particularly frail health due to being neglected and maltreated while imprisoned.
Why have you not requested that the British ambassador to Bahrain monitors the health status of Mushaima? Why have you not demanded that he is immediately released?
I look forward to you reply.
5. Addresses for sample letters
a) Minister of foreign affairs in Canada.
Canadian campaigners can write to:
Minister of Foreign Affairs – John Baird
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada
b) Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia
Australian campaigners can write to:
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: 02 6277 7500
c) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
Indonesian campaigners can write to:
Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa
Jl. Pejambon No.6.
Jakarta Pusat, 10110
Telephone: (+62 21) 344 15 08
d) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
Malaysian campaigners can write to:
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