15 rights organizations call on Al Khalifah regime for ‘immediate and unconditional’ release of Bahraini activist

More than a dozen international rights organizations have called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of imprisoned academic and human rights activist Abduljalil al-Singace due to failing health.

Fifteen international organizations, including Human Rights Watch, said in a letter to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Saturday that Bahraini authorities should release al-Singace, who is serving a life sentence for participating in pro-demonstrations. -democracy in the tiny Persian Gulf. The uprising of the Arab country in 2011.

In the letter, seen by the pan-Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, human rights organizations point out that the 60-year-old activist has been on hunger strike for a long time and suffers from post-polio syndrome and many other health problems as he was denied access to proper medical care.

“It is outrageous that the Bahraini authorities appear to have denied Dr Abduljalil al-Singace the medical care he urgently needs, let alone his 12-year imprisonment and grossly unjust sentencing,” said Michael Page, deputy director for the Middle East at Human Rights Watch. .

“The Bahraini government must immediately allow al-Singace to obtain the necessary medical treatment and give him the consideration he deserves,” Page added.

The media has previously warned of post-polio activist syndrome and several other health problems, including severe intermittent headaches, prostate problems, inflammation of the shoulder joints, tremors, numbness and poor eyesight.

Human rights organizations “respectfully requested the immediate and unconditional release of al-Singace to ensure that he receives the necessary medical care and to protect him from torture and ill-treatment”.

The organizations expressed deep concern over the current health condition of the imprisoned academic, saying: “We are particularly concerned about the delay and denial of access to essential medicines prescribed by his doctor, including the pills needed to his nervous system and bodily functions and eye drops, in blatant disregard of his doctors’ instructions.

Last month, the UN Human Rights Committee reiterated its call on the Bahraini government to release Singace and other illegally imprisoned human rights defenders, including Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and Naji Fateel.

Demonstrations have taken place regularly in Bahrain since the beginning of the popular uprising in mid-February 2011.

People are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow the establishment of a just system representing all Bahrainis.

Manama, however, has gone to great lengths to suppress any form of dissent.

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