03/15/2018

Urgent Action Update: Two Men Given the Death Penalty in Bahrain (Bahrain: UA 69.17)


Bahraini student Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab was arrested on 9 February and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate where he alleges he was tortured and forced to “confess”. He has been denied access to a lawyer. Upon transfer to Dry Dock Prison on 7 March, he said he was repeatedly beaten on both legs. He remains at risk of further torture and other ill-treatment.

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On 31 January, the Fourth High Criminal Court in Bahrain sentenced Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab and Ahmad al-Malali to death, convicting them on charges including “forming and joining a “terrorist” group”.  According to information received by Amnesty International, Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab was tortured upon transfer to Jaw prison.

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

  • Urging the authorities to quash Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab and Ahmad al-Malali’s conviction and death sentences and to declare a moratorium on all executions, as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty;
  • Urging the authorities to order a full re-trial of Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab and Ahmad al-Malali, the proceedings of which must comply with international standards for a fair trial and where no evidence obtained under torture is used, without resort to the death penalty; and to carry out an independent and impartial investigation into their allegations of torture, and bring those responsible to justice;
  • Acknowledging the Bahraini government’s responsibility to tackle crime and bring to justice those responsible, but insisting that this should always be done in accordance with international law and Bahrain’s international human rights obligations.

Contact these two officials by 25 April, 2018:

King of Bahrain
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

H.E. 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

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION

Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 69.17

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