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British MP Calls for Disclosing Fate of Forcibly Disappeared Prisoners of Bahrain

Member of the British House of Commons, Ben Lake, called on the UK government to pressure the Bahraini regime’s authorities to reveal the fate of the political detainees forcibly disappeared.

Representative Lake posed a question to the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office James Cleverley about the brutal assault on prisoners inside Jau Prison on April 17th.

The British MP criticized the continued disappearance of 33 political prisoners since the attack.

He further stressed the need for prisoners to receive full care and to ensure that victims of the assault receive adequate and timely medical care.

Bin Lake asked another question about enabling the UN Special Rapporteur on torture to visit Bahrain’s prisons, and allowing international organizations to inspect prisoners.

On top of those organizations are Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

In a tweet, Amnesty International asked about the reason for the interruption of communication between the families of political prisoners and their families detained in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison.

According to international human rights organizations, many political prisoners at Jaw Central Prison  are incommunicado and are unable to contact their families, after they were attacked by police on April 17th.

Bahraini Salam Organization for Democracy and Human Rights monitored 90 detainees deprived of communication in Jau Central Prison.

“This denial constitutes a clear violation and raises concern to the families of the detainees,” said Salam in a tweet.

According to testimonies obtained by several organizations, a number of officers and guards entered Building 13 and violently attacked at least 35 prisoners because of their protest against poor prison conditions.

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain and Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said that the attack began after a number of prisoners in the corridors of the prison refused to return to their cells.

In addition, human rights reports revealed that a number of detainees were taken to unknown places and their relatives lost contact with them.

According to reports, the attack was led by two police officers, Ahmed Al-Emadi and Captain Mohamed Abdel-Hamid, and were monitored by CCTV cameras.

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights revealed that the sit-in organized by the prisoners was a response to their poor conditions.

It also condemns the practices and violations of the prison administration, including punitive measures against prisoners.

The organization listed violations such as confinement in cells 24 hours a day, and suspension of phone calls.

Bahraini prisoners are crammed into overcrowded buildings, which are designated only for political prisoners, which contributed to the aggravation of the situation after the death of prominent political prisoner Abbas Mal Allah a few days ago.

Hundreds of opposition politicians, activists, journalists and human rights defenders are in prison following an uprising in 2011 and subsequent years of government crackdowns.

Recently, 60 members of the European Parliament sent a letter to the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, calling for the release of prisoners of conscience and prominent political prisoners.

In the letter, the deputies expressed their deep concern about those behind bars, especially those suffering from chronic health conditions.

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