July 21, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Bahraini Human Rights Defender Charged (Bahrain: UA 165.17)


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Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh was charged on 18 July by the Terrorism Crime Prosecution with using her human rights work as a cover to provide Alkarama Foundation with information and fake news about the situation in Bahrain. She has been detained for a further six months pending completion of the investigation. She is a prisoner of conscience.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the authorities to release Ebtisam al-Saegh immediately and unconditionally as she is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of her right to freedom of expression and her human rights work;
  • Urging them to ensure that she is not tortured or otherwise ill-treated, and is promptly provided with regular access to her family, a lawyer of her choosing and any medical attention she may require;
  • Urging them to order a prompt, impartial, independent and effective investigation into her allegations that she was tortured during her detention in May, make the results public and bring anyone responsible to justice in proceedings that respect international fair trial standards.

Contact these two officials by 1 September, 2017:

King
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1766 4587
Salutation: Your Majesty

Ambassador Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Khalifa
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
3502 International Dr. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 1 202 342 1111
Fax: 1 202 362 2192
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @bahdiplomatic
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 165.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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