Bahrain: Blogger Mohamed Hasan inhaftiert, dessen Anwalt Abd al-Aziz Moosa wegen Twitter-Berichten über offensichtliche Folter verhaftet

9. August 2013 – RAN 28/13

Der internationale PEN ist in großer Sorge wegen der Inhaftierung des 24-jährigen Bloggers Mohamed Hasan, der  seit dem 31. Juli 2013 offenbar festgehalten wird, weil er sich an der Organisation von Anti-Regierungs-Protesten beteiligt haben soll.

Mohamed Hasan

Der internationale PEN verurteilt außerdem den Arrest von Mohamed Hasans Anwalt Abd al-Aziz Moosa. Dieser hatte getwittert, dass er an den Armen von Mohamed Hasan Spuren von Gewalteinwirkung entdeckt hatte. Etwa 14 Stunden später wurde er inhaftiert.

Der internationale PEN fordert die unverzügliche Freilassung der beiden Männer, sofern sie nicht wegen einer erkennbaren kriminellen Straftat angeklagt werden. Der internationale PEN drängt außerdem darauf, dass die Berichte über die Folter von Mohamed Hasan umgehend und unvoreingenommen untersucht werden und dass mögliche Verantwortliche zur Rechenschaft gezogen wird.

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  • Drängen Sie auf die unverzügliche Freilassung von Mohamed Hasan und Abd al-Aziz Moosa, sofern sie nicht wegen einer nach internationalen Maßstäben erkennbaren kriminellen Straftat angeklagt werden.
  • Rufen Sie die Behörden Bahrains dazu auf, den beiden Männern Zugang zu ihren Familien, einem Anwalt ihrer Wahl und zu notwendiger medizinischer Behandlung zu gewähren.
  • Drängen Sie darauf, dass beide Männer vor Folter und Misshandlung während der Inhaftierung geschützt werden und dass die Berichte, Mohamed Hasan sei gefoltert worden, umgehend untersucht und dass mögliche Verantwortliche zur Rechenschaft gezogen werden.
  • Fordern Sie die Behörden Bahrains dazu auf, ihren internationalen Pflichten vollständig nachzukommen und die Rechte auf freie Meinungsäußerung und Versammlungsfreiheit zu wahren.

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Hintergrundinformationen (in englischer Sprache):

Mohamed Hasan, who who until April 2013 blogged at ‚.((strlen(‚‘)>40) ? substr(‚‘,0,40).’…‘ : ‚‘).‘‚is and tweeted at @safybh. is believed to be held in the Dry Dock detention centre.

According to his family, he was arrested from his home on 31 July 2013 by masked men who did not produce an arrest warrant.  He was permitted to phone home briefly after 24 hours but did not give any information concerning his whereabouts or the accusations against him.  He was transferred to the Dry Dock detention centre in Manama on 3 August.

According to his lawyer Abd al-Aziz Moosa’s tweets from an interrogation session which he attended on 7 August 2013, Muhammad Hassan was charged with “promoting and inciting hatred against the system, incitement to disobey the law and calling for illegal rallies and gatherings”. The tweets also stated that Mohamed Hasan not only had visible marks on his arms, but also told the judge he had been beaten on his back and lower abdomen. Abd al-Aziz Moosa was reportedly arrested during a raid on his home some 14 hours later. The Public Prosecution’s twitter account has confirmed the arrest of a lawyer for investigation into “the publication of defendents’ names without permission and the disclosing of investigation secrets”.

Over two years since protests broke out in 2011, Bahrain still suffers from significant human rights violations, and important structural impediments to freedom of expression remain in place. In spite of much-publicised commitments to reform, the reality on the ground in Bahrain remains largely unchanged and a culture of impunity and fear prevails. Frequent protests continue, and the security forces continue to use excessive force to suppress dissent. While PEN International welcomes the authorities’ pledge to improve free expression in Bahrain, it is dismayed that little meaningful action has been taken to implement reforms and is extremely concerned at new measures passed by the King on 29 July 2013 that toughen punishments laid out in the 2006 Anti-Terrorism Law which the organization fears will lead to further violations of the right to freedom of expression.

The recommendations the King has ordered to be implemented include an indefinite ban on all sit-ins, public gatherings and demonstrations in the capital Manama, additional sweeping powers for the security forces to “protect society from all terrorist acts and incitement to such acts”; increased punishments for anyone “propagating false information about Bahrain in social media networks”; proposed legal action against certain political associations which incite and support violent and terrorist acts; additional measures “to impose peace and security, even if it means imposing a state of national safety (state of emergency)”; and the imposition of harsher sentences on anyone involved in acts of “terrorism” and violence and anyone inciting others to use violence; the revocation of Bahraini nationality from anyone committing terrorist acts or incitement to such activities, These toughened measures come just days before expected widespread demonstrations organized by the opposition (called “tamarrod” or rebellion) which have been called for 14 August 2013.