25 November 2015 – Today marks the 250th day of hunger strike by Bahraini prisoner of conscience Dr Abduljalil al-Singace, currently serving a life imprisonment sentence in Bahrain.
As a sign of protests against the ill-treatment and abuse himself and other detainees receive in prison by the hands of the Bahraini authorities, Dr al-Singace initiated a hunger strike on 21 March 2015. He has since refused to eat any solid food.
Dr. Singace played a key role in Bahrain in peacefully advocating for democracy and political reform, as well as exposing torture and violence in Bahrain. Further, he played an important role during the 2011 protests in Bahrain, and is one of the so-called “Bahrain 13”. In June 2011, Dr Singace was sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court in Bahrain. Due to his debilitated health condition, which is mainly a result of the torture he has endured whilst imprisoned, he is currently serving his sentence in a prison hospital, where he is effectively secluded from other prisoners, and where visits from his family and lawyers are scarce and inconsistent.
The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) is concerned over the health and well-being of Dr al-Singace. Further, ECDHR calls on the Bahraini government to release Dr al-Singace and for all charges against him to be dropped unconditionally.