03/06/2019

Urgent Action Update: Prisoner Denied Full Medical Check-Up (Bahrain: UA 23.19)


On 25 February 2019, the Court of Cassation upheld Hajer Mansoor Hassan’s conviction and three-year prison sentence. Since August 2018, Hajer has suffered from a lump in her breast, which she feared might be cancerous. The authorities did not inform her of the results of medical tests, including a mammogram, and ignored her repeated request to be referred to a specialist. On 24 February 2019, following an international outcry, Hajer was taken to the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital where she was told that the lump in her breast was not cancerous. The doctor requested that she underwent urgent x-rays immediately, but the accompanying officers returned her to Isa Town Detention Centre for Women without further medical examination.

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Minister of Interior Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1723 2661
Twitter: @moi_Bahrain
Ambassador Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
3502 International Drive NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 1 202 342 1111 I Fax: 1 202 362 2192
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @BahrainEmbDC
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Your Excellency,

On 25 February 2019, the Court of Cassation upheld Hajer Mansoor Hassan’s conviction and three-year prison sentence following an unfair trial. Hajer is the mother-in-law of prominent human rights activist, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, who is based in the UK. She is currently detained in Isa Town Detention Centre for Women in Bahrain. Amnesty believes that Hajer Mansoor is a prisoner of conscience, who was convicted in an unfair trial aiming at putting pressure on Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.

Additionally, it appears that Hajer Mansoor’s harassment is set to continue. On 24 February 2019, and following an international outcry, Hajer was taken to the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital. She was informed that the lump in her breast was a non-cancerous cyst for which the doctor requested in writing that further tests be carried out immediately, including urgent x-rays. Against this medical advice, the officers accompanying her to the hospital returned her to the prison without attempting to arrange for any further medical examination, including the x-rays, to be carried out.

We call on the Bahraini authorities to ensure that Hajer Mansoor Hassan’s conviction and sentence are quashed and that she is immediately and unconditionally released. We further call upon you to order the prison authorities to ensure that, pending her release, Hajer is granted access to adequate medical care as necessary and in a timely manner.

Kind regards,

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