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Bahrain: mounting concern for health of academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace

Bahrain: mounting concern for health of academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace

Bahrain: mounting concern for health of academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace
Posted 17 March 2017 by English PEN staff & filed under Campaigns, Press

Take urgent action for Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace

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PEN is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of prominent Bahraini academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who is currently detained in Jau prison serving a life sentence for his peaceful opposition activities.

According to his family, Dr. Al-Singace was urgently transferred to a military hospital last week. Doctors indicated that he had suffered severe dehydration. On 12 March 2017, prison authorities reportedly refused to allow Dr. Al-Singace to attend a hospital appointment as he refused to wear the prison uniform and handcuffs. Dr. Al-Singace has long required specialist medical treatment for ongoing health problems, some of which result from torture and ill-treatment in prison.

PEN calls for Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace to be granted access to all necessary medical care as a matter of urgency, and continues to call for his immediate and unconditional release, as well as all those detained in Bahrain in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party.

Take action

English PEN will be highlighting Dr Al-Singace’s case at this year’s Modern Literature Festival with a performance written in his honour by poet and essayist John Hall. Join us on 1 April.

Spread the word

Please share details of Dr Al-Singace’s current situation with friends and colleagues and on social media. #FreeSingace

Send messages of support

If you would like to send a message of support to Dr Al-Singace please email cat@englishpen.org and we will arrange for it to be passed on to him.

Send letters of appeal

Please send appeals:

Expressing serious concern for the health of academic, activist and blogger Abduljalil Al-Singace, urging the authorities to permit him access to all necessary medical care;
Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Abduljalil Al-Singace and all those detained in Bahrain in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party;
Demanding a full investigation into reports that Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace and others are being ill-treated in prison.
Send appeals to:

His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al-Khalifa
King of Bahrain
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O.Box 555
Rifa’a Palace,
al-Manama,
Kingdom of Bahrain.
Fax: +973 176 64 587
Salutation: Your Majesty

Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
P.O.Box 450
al-Manama
Bahrain
Fax: +973 175 31 284

Please copy appeals to the diplomatic representative for Bahrain in your country if possible. A list of embassies can be found here.

Background

Blogger and human rights activist Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace was sentenced by a special security court in June 2011 to life imprisonment for his peaceful activities; the verdict was confirmed by the appeal court on 4 September 2012. Dr. Al-Singace is a member of the “Bahrain 13”, a group of thirteen peaceful political activists and human rights defenders, including Ebrahim Sharif and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, sentenced to prison terms for their peaceful role in Bahrain’s Arab Spring protests in 2011. Dr. Al-Singace was awarded the Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award by the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, and was named one of Index on Censorship’s 100 “free expression heroes” in 2016.

According to his family members, Dr. Al-Singace was urgently transferred to a military hospital from Jau prison’s clinic last week after he fainted. Doctors indicated that he had suffered severe dehydration. The doctor is reported to have prescribed medication, including antibiotics, and fluids. On 12 March 2017, Dr. Al-Singace was due to attend a hospital appointment, however, the prison authorities reportedly refused to allow him to attend as Dr. Al-Singace had refused to wear the prison uniform and handcuffs.

Dr. Al-Singace has long required specialist medical treatment for ongoing health problems, some of which result from torture and ill-treatment in prison. Dr Al-Singace is disabled, and suffers from a number of serious long-term health problems including disc problems in the lower back and neck, heart problems, nasal sinus inflammation and an enlarged prostate. In April 2015, Dr. Al-Singace was taken to al-Qala’a hospital, four weeks after starting a hunger strike in protest against the deprivation of basic rights and ill-treatment of prisoners in Jau prison. He was previously hospitalised in mid-September 2014 for investigation into ongoing problems resulting from a seriously damaged eardrum which is believed to have been caused by torture and ill-treatment in Jau prison in 2010 and 2011.

For more information on Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, please read PEN’s most recent statement on his case.

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