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Action Alert: Bahrain – Demand an end to torture of the prominent figures of the Bahraini uprising

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Write to your Foreign Minister and the UN

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1.    Action Required
2.    Summary
3.    Background
4.    Sample Letter


1.    Action Required

IHRC requests campaigners and supporters to write letters and emails to their country’s foreign minister and the UN. The model letters provided below can be used as a guide.


2.    Summary

The administration of Bahrain’s Jau prison continues to deny the prominent figures of the Bahrain uprising their basic human rights. Furthermore, they have prevented them from family visits and for more than two consecutive months have deprived them of health care and their other basic hygiene needs, unless they bow down to the prison’s conditions, which specifically requires them to wear the uniform of criminal prisoners.


3.    Background

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Miqdaad has a painful swelling in his stomach of which the cause is unknown. The Jau Prison administration has refused to take the Sheikh to a hospital to determine his state of health simply because he refused to wear the criminal prisoner uniform.

Sheikh Mirza Al-Mahroos is suffering from severe pain both in his legs and his stomach. He does not know the cause of this pain and has also been denied medical attention.

Dr Abdul Jalil Al-Singace has been prevented from using his crutches, which he depends on for movement. He is also restricted from family visits.

Hassan Mushaima has been prevented from receiving his medication and medical treatment despite his terminal illness. All his hospital appointments were cancelled which reflects the desire of the state to kill him slowly with both physical and psychological torture.

The suffering of the political and human rights figures is contrary to the fundamental principles for the treatment of prisoners which was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly Resolution to the United Nations 111/45 on 14 December 1990. It mandates that all prisoners are treated with respect for their inherent dignity and worth as human beings.


4.    Sample Letter

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A sample letter is 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. It is preferable that letters be sent via post, or otherwise by fax and/or email.

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a)    Minister of foreign affairs in your country. (UK campaigners can write using the address supplied below)

[Your name]

[Your address]

Rt Hon. William Hague MP,
Foreign & Commonwealth Office,
King Charles Street,
London,
SW1A 2AH,
United Kingdom.

[Date]

Dear Mr. Hague,

Re: Conditions of imprisonment of Bahraini Human Rights defenders 

I would like to bring to your attention the inhumane conditions that four prominent human rights figures in Bahrain are being subjected to in Bahrain’s Jau Prison.

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Miqdaad has a painful swelling in his stomach of which the cause is unknown. The Jau Prison administration has refused to take the Sheikh to a hospital to determine his state of health simply because he refused to wear the criminal prisoner uniform.

Sheikh Mirza Al-Mahroos is suffering from severe pain both in his legs and his stomach. He does not know the cause of this pain and has also been denied medical attention.

Dr Abdul Jalil Al-Singace has been prevented from using his crutches, which he depends on for movement. He is also restricted from family visits.

Hassan Mushaima has been prevented from receiving his medication and medical treatment despite his terminal illness. All his hospital appointments were cancelled which reflects the desire of the state to kill him slowly with both physical and psychological torture.

The suffering of the political and human rights figures is contrary to the fundamental principles for the treatment of prisoners which was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly Resolution to the United Nations 111/45 on 14 December 1990. It mandates that all prisoners are treated with respect for their inherent dignity and worth as human beings.

As the foreign minister, I demand that you do all that is in your power to ensure immediate and unconditional provisions of adequate medical attention and the basic needs of Sheikh Muhammad Al-Miqdaad, Sheikh Mirza Al-Mahroos, Dr Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, Hassan Mushaima, and all the political prisoners in Bahrain’s Jau Prison. Their treatment is indeed a violation of their basic human rights and civil liberties and must therefore not be tolerated by the British government who claims to stand for justice.

Please respond with details of the nature and the outcome of the pressure you will be putting on your Bahraini counterparts.

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature]

[Your name]

 

b)  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay 

[Your name]

[Your address]

Navanethem Pillay 
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10, 
Switzerland 

[Date]

Dear Ms. Navanethem Pillay,

Re: Conditions of imprisonment of Bahraini Human Rights defenders

I would like to bring to your attention the inhumane conditions that four prominent human rights figures in Bahrain are being subjected to in Bahrain’s Jau Prison.

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Miqdaad has a painful swelling in his stomach of which the cause is unknown. The Jau Prison administration has refused to take the Sheikh to a hospital to determine his state of health simply because he refused to wear the criminal prisoner uniform.

Sheikh Mirza Al-Mahroos is suffering from severe pain both in his legs and his stomach. He does not know the cause of this pain and has also been denied medical attention.

Dr Abdul Jalil Al-Singace has been prevented from using his crutches, which he depends on for movement. He is also restricted from family visits.

Hassan Mushaima has been prevented from receiving his medication and medical treatment despite his terminal illness. All his hospital appointments were cancelled which reflects the desire of the state to kill him slowly with both physical and psychological torture.

The suffering of the political and human rights figures is contrary to the fundamental principles for the treatment of prisoners which was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly Resolution to the United Nations 111/45 on 14 December 1990. It mandates that all prisoners are treated with respect for their inherent dignity and worth as human beings.

As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, I demand that you do all that is in your power to ensure immediate and unconditional provisions of adequate medical attention and the basic needs of Sheikh Muhammad Al-Miqdaad, Sheikh Mirza Al-Mahroos, Dr Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, Hassan Mushaima, and all the political prisoners in Bahrain’s Jau Prison. Their treatment is indeed a violation of their basic human rights and civil liberties and must therefore be addressed by the UN to the Bahraini and other relevant authorities.

Please respond with details of the measures you will be taking to address this matter.

I await eagerly for your response. 

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature]

[Your name]

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