Bahrain’s incessant torture of prisoners

The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR), representing Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), publicly condemns the ongoing torture and inhuman or degrading treatment that detainees are receiving in Bahraini prisons.

Foreign Policy recently published an article  on Hussain Jawad’s recent imprisonment and how he had told his wife about the physical torture and psychological abuse he has been enduring whilst being detained. Jawad’s case is only one example of the many men, women and even children suffering abuse and ill treatment amounting to torture in Bahraini prisons.

After the 2011 uprising, during which hundreds of peaceful protesters were arrested and imprisoned, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced the creation of an Independent Commission of Inquiry. The Commission found that the government had perpetrated extreme violence on several occasions, including torturing to death detainees held in custody.

Over four years have passed, and despite Bahrain’s pledges to abide by its International Human Rights obligations, human rights defenders, regime opponents, opposition leaders, lawyers, doctors, students and mere peaceful protesters are jailed constantly. Their nightmare does not end there, as on the one had the Bahraini judicial system is controlled by the Government and is completely arbitrary, with last-minute trial and appeals postponements or arbitrary sentences. On the other hand, detainees are subject to daily torture and other physical and psychological abuses whilst in custody, such as Hussain Jawad or Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, former President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

ECDHR asks for the immediate and unconditional abandon of these practices and for the human rights of detainees to be fully observed by the Bahraini authorities.

ECDHR urges the European Union and the European member states’ governments to take strong and united action and put an end to this barbaric situation.

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