June 29, 2015

Political Activist Remains In Prison After Appeal (Bahrain: UA 142/15)

On 26 October the five years prison sentence against political activist and prisoner of conscience Fadhel Abbas Mahdi Mohamed was reduced to three years by Bahrain’s High Court of Appeals. He was convicted with “spreading false information that could damage military operations of Bahrain and its allies and calling for resistance”.
On 26 October the High Court of Appeals in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, issued its verdict in the case against Fadhel Abbas Mahdi Mohamed, the former Secretary General of the Unitary National Democratic Assemblage, an opposition political party also known as al-Wahdawi party. The court reduced his prison sentence from five to three years. He remains held in Jaw Prison, south of Manama.
Fadhel Abbas was sentenced by the High Criminal Court in Manama to five years in prison on 28 June 2015 for “spreading false information that could damage military operations of Bahrain and its allies and calling for resistance” after his party said that the Saudi Arabia-led air strikes in Yemen were a violation of international law. His first appeal hearing took place in his absence on 11 October 2015 and, later on, court sessions were postponed several times.
Amnesty International believes that Fadhel Abbas has been sentenced solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and has not used or advocated violence.
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling on the Bahraini authorities to release Fadhel Abbas Mahdi Mohamed immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Urging them to repeal or amend laws that criminalize the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression, in line with Bahrain’s obligations under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Contact these two officials by 9 December, 2016:
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama 
Fax: +973 1766 4587
Salutation: Your Majesty
Salutation: Dear Ambassador