Bahrain: Abduljalil Al Singace’s health continues to deteriorate

Concerns for Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace mount as his health continues to deteriorate

PEN is seriously concerned for the well-being of prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace. Dr. Al-Singace, who is serving a life sentence for his peaceful opposition activities, requires urgent specialist medical treatment for ongoing health problems, some of which have resulted from his being subject to torture and ill-treatment in prison.

English PEN joins PEN International in calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Al-Singace and all others arbitrarily detained in Bahrain in violation of Articles 9 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party. We also demand that Dr. Al-Singace receives full access to the necessary medical attention as a matter of urgency, and that his reports of ill-treatment whilst in Jau Prison are fully investigated.

For further information, please visit the PEN International website.

TAKE ACTION

Send messages of support 

Email cat@englishpen.org for details of where to send messages of support to Dr Al-Singace.

Write to your MP

Write to your MP asking them to raise concerns for Dr Al-Singace with the government. A sample letter is provided at the bottom of this post, but we would highly recommend personalising your appeal if possible. You can find your MP and their email address here. Let us know if you send an appeal by emailing cat@englishpen.org or on Twitter with the hashtag #freeabduljalil.

Send letters of appeal

Please send appeals:

  • Expressing serious concerns for the health of academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who is in need of urgent medical treatment;
  • Demanding a full investigation into reports that Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace and others are being ill-treated in prison;
  • Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace and all others detained in Bahrain in violation of Articles 9 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party.

A sample letter is provided below, but we would highly recommend personalising your appeal if possible.

Send appeals to:

His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
King of Bahrain
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O.Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain.
Fax: +973 176 64 587

Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
P.O.Box 450
Al-Manama
Bahrain.
Fax: +973 175 31 284
Twitter: @Khaled_Bin_Ali

Minister of Interior
Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1723 2661
Twitter: @moi_Bahrain

Her Excellency Alice Thomas Samaan
The Embassy of The Kingdom of Bahrain
30 Belgrave Square
London, SW1X 8QB
United Kingdom
Email c/o information@bahrainembassy.co.uk
Fax: +44 207 201 9183

Iain Lindsay OBE
British Embassy
21 Government Avenue
P O Box 114 Manama 306
Bahrain
Fax: +973 17574161

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Your Excellency

I am writing to you as a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, to raise my grave concerns about the well-being of prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace.

According to PEN’s information, Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who is serving a life sentence for his peaceful opposition activities, requires urgent specialist medical treatment for ongoing health problems, some of which have resulted from his being subject to torture and ill-treatment in prison. I demand that Dr. Al-Singace receives full access to medical attention as a matter of urgency, and that his reports of ill-treatment whilst in Jau Prison are fully investigated.

I also join PEN in calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace and all others arbitrarily detained in Bahrain in violation of Articles 9 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal.

Yours sincerely

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Please let us know of any action you take by emailing cat@englishpen.org

 

Sample letter for MPs

Dear …

I am writing as one of your constituents and a supporter of English PEN, the founding centre of the international association of writers, to raise my grave concerns about the well-being of prominent Bahraini academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace.

According to PEN’s information Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who is serving a life sentence for his peaceful opposition activities, requires urgent specialist medical treatment for ongoing health problems, some of which have resulted from his being subject to torture and ill-treatment whilst in detention.

I join PEN in calling on the Bahraini authorities to ensure that Dr Al-Singace is given full access to all necessary medical attention whilst he remains in detention and that his reports of ill-treatment whilst in Jau Prison are fully investigated as a matter of urgency. I am also calling for his immediate and unconditional release and the release of the many others currently detained in Bahrain in violation of Articles 9 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party.

In July 2014, English PEN were among 29 NGOs to call on the newly appointed Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to reassess the Foreign Office position on Bahrain as a matter of urgency. The groups have yet to receive a response.

As a constituent, I urge you to raise these concerns with the government and ask them to make representations to the government of Bahrain on behalf of Dr Al-Singace and the many others unlawfully detained in Bahrain in violation of their right to freedom of expression.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal.

Yours sincerely

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