Human rights violations

Bahraini regime forces detainees to have freezing showers, in winter

Hundreds of prisoners of conscience in Bahrain complain of being forced to use cold water in these freezing weather, especially at night.

Prisoners, including patients, stated in leaked letters that reached the Bahraini Lakes that the prison authorities, especially in Jaw Central Prison, the largest prison in Bahrain, deprived them of hot water.

Frequent problems

Many detainees in prisons suffer from severe illnesses without access to adequate health care.

And in light of the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, which requires permanent personal hygiene to prevent infection.

The prisoners added that the Bahraini authorities impose collective punishment on them, depriving them of hot water altogether.

The authorities deliberately repeat this same problem in one winter season in prison conditions that lack ventilation and frequent power cuts for long hours.

Deliberate torture 

The prisoners accused the prison administration of deliberately enjoying their suffering, calling for human rights intervention to ensure its commitment to grant them their fundamental rights.

A few days ago, the sources revealed to Bahraini Lakes that the Jaw Central Prison officers broke into some of the detainees’ rooms and cells without warning.

This was their punishment for protesting against the ill-treatment and squalid conditions they live with their detained comrade Zuhair Ashour.

As a result, prison guards attacked the detainees in Building 12 and assaulted some of them and sprayed hot pepper.

The sources indicated that contact was cut off with many detainees after they were subjected to disappearance and transportation to unknown places.

The sources said that a campaign of inspection of wards and cells during which the prisoners ‘belongings were confiscated with their relatives’ money from the prison market.

The confiscated property included notebooks, pens, shoes and pillows.

The confiscations ended with the placing of a lock on the hatch of the door of Jau Prison.

Systematic torture

The detainees’ families are very concerned, and human rights organizations are demanding that they be able to contact their families to check on them.

Member of the European Parliament, Abeer Sahlani, confirmed that the Khilafite regime’s government had not made any progress towards ending the current repression administration in Bahrain.

Al-Sahlani explained in press statements that security officers systematically use torture to coerce detainees to confess to charges they did not commit.

Sahlani, who is of Iraqi origin, added that the Khilafiyya regime’s authorities continue to ignore their human rights obligations towards political detainees.

And this is despite the recommendations of the fact-finding committee and the international community.

Member of the European Parliament, Abeer Sahlani, confirmed that the regime’s government had not ended its current repression in Bahrain.

Sahlani explained in press statements that security officers systematically use torture to coerce detainees to confess to charges they did not commit.

Sahlani, who is of Iraqi origin, added that the regime’s authorities continue to ignore their human rights obligations towards political detainees despite the fact-finding committee and the international community’s recommendations.

Human rights violations

She indicated that Bahrain’s actions violate its human rights obligations, including the Convention Against Torture, the International Covenant and the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

These statements coincide with a storm of criticism directed at the Bahraini regime by MPs in the European Parliament.

Many deputies are pressing the European Union leaders to take a firm stand against these violations of activists and all those who oppose the policies of the Khilafid regime.

A Belgian deputy and senator shed light on the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain.

They raised political prisoners and death sentences in the kingdom ruled by the Al Khalifa family with an iron fist.

This came in a series of parliamentary questions directed by Representative Hugues Pitt and Senator Bert Anzio to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilms.

European mobility

Meanwhile, Bahraini Leaks was briefed on a document from the European Parliament and questions directed to the European Commission about Bahrain’s human rights situation.

Members of Parliament asked Brussels politicians strongly-worded questions, asking them to intervene urgently to put an end to the abusive practices.

On behalf of the Commission, the European Union’s High Representative answered last week to Parliament on the matter.

The document stated that the European Union is systematically raising the issue with the regime’s authorities.

He called on the authorities, according to the document, to release all persons detained for expressing their views, exercising their human rights, or defending the rights of others.

The European Union has also repeatedly expressed its principled position against the death penalty.

“Moreover, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights supports civil society organizations working to abolish the death penalty all over the world, including Bahrain.”

Simultaneously, a British human rights organization condemned the Khilafid regime’s authorities’ use as to the death penalty for opinion activists in Bahrain.

This is part of its attempts to perpetuate repression and intimidation against the opposition, demanding political reforms.

Reprieve said on the fourth anniversary of the execution of three opinion activists in mid-January of 2017 that their execution was unjust.

And she stressed that such incidents should not be repeated at all.

Bahrain turned into a large prison and occupied first place in the Arab world in terms of detainees.

The number of prisoners has reached 12,000 since the 2011 revolution.

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