Today, 7 October 2015, marks the 200th day of the hunger strike of Bahraini prisoner of conscience Dr Abduljalil al-Singace.
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.
21 International NGOs, including the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, have released today an official statement calling upon the international community to act upon Dr Singace’s case and have urgently demanded his release.
Please find the joint statement here: Renewed Calls for al-Singace Release as Protest Hits 200 Days.