RAN 46/10 – Update #7 25 September 2014
PEN International is seriously concerned for the health of prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who requires urgent specialist medical treatment for ongoing health problems, some of which result from torture and ill-treatment in prison. Dr. Al-Singace is serving a life sentence for his peaceful opposition activities. PEN International is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace and all others arbitrarily detained in Bahrain in violation of Articles 9 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party. It also demands that Dr. Al-Singace receives full access to medical attention as a matter of urgency, and that his reports of ill-treatment in Jaw prison are fully investigated.
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- Expressing serious concerns for the health of academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who is in need of urgent medical treatment;
- Demanding a full investigation into reports that Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace and others are being ill-treated in prison;
- Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace and all others detained in Bahrain in violation of Articles 9 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party.
Send appeals to:
His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
King of Bahrain
Office of His Majesty the King
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain.
Fax: +973 176 64 587
Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Fax: +973 175 31 284
Email: minister [at] justice.gov [dot] bh
Minister of Interior
Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1723 2661
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- Please send messages of support to Dr Alsingace at:
The Gurayn Military Prison,
- Elect Dr Alsingace as an Honorary Member of your Centre and by doing so provide long term support and advocacy for him and his family. For details of the International PEN Honorary Membership scheme, read the PEN WiPC Guide to Defending Writers Under Attack (Part V, pgs 15-20). Please let us know if you do so and we will ensure that your Centre is networked with others working on his case.
***Please contact this office if sending appeals after 31 October 2014*** Please let us know of any action you take, and of any responses you receive.
Blogger and human rights activist Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace was sentenced by a special security court in June 2011 to life imprisonment for his peaceful activities in support of greater human rights in Bahrain; the verdict was confirmed by the appeal’s court on 4 September 2012. He was sentenced together with another 12 activists, including human rights defender and blogger Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.
According to PEN’s information, Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace was taken to hospital in mid-September 2014 for investigation into ongoing problems resulting from a seriously damaged ear-drum. The problem is believed to have been caused by torture and ill-treatment in Jaw prison in 2012. Dr Al-Singace is disabled, and relies on a wheel-chair for his mobility. In October 2013, his family and lawyer reported that he had not received any medical attention since March 2013, and that his health was seriously deteriorating. There is a record of 14 different appointments being repeatedly cancelled, rescheduled, and cancelled again. These appointments have been with the skin disease clinic, the heart disease clinic, and the optician’s clinic at the Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, as well as the Prison clinic. In addition to the medical care required to treat his damaged ear drum, Dr Al Singace also requires an operation to treat a nasal sinus inflammation, as confirmed by an ENT Consultant at Salmanyia Hospital in the presence of the prison doctor. Abduljalil Al Singace also suffers from an enlarged prostrate and a shoulder injury. Furthermore, he requires a new examination for medical glasses as his vision has also deteriorated. Although he has reportedly received some limited medical care in early 2014, his health condition is still giving serious cause for concern.
For more information on Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, please read PEN’s previous alert on his case and the letter sent by the Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International to then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing grave concern over the human rights situation in Bahrain.