Bahrain: concerns for blogger Mohamed Hasan and his lawyer

English PEN shares PEN International’s concerns at the detention of blogger Mohamed Hasan. Hasan has been held since his arrest on 31 July 2013 apparently in connection with his alleged involvement in organising anti-government protests. PEN also condemns the arrest of Mohamed Hasan’s lawyer Abd al-Aziz Moosa who was arrested some 14 hours after tweeting that he had seen marks of beatings on Mohamed Hasan’s arms.

We are calling for the immediate release of both men unless they are to be charged with a recognisably criminal offence. We are also urging that the reports of the torture of Mohamed Hasan be investigated promptly and impartially, and for anyone found responsible for abuses to be brought to justice.

For further information, please visit the PEN International website.

TAKE ACTION:

Please send appeals:

  • urging the immediate release of Mohamed Hasan and Abd al-Aziz Moosa unless they are to be charged and tried promptly with an internationally recognizable criminal offence;
  • calling on the Bahraini authorities to grant them access to their families, a lawyer of their choice and to all necessary medical treatment;
  • urging that both men are protected from torture or other ill-treatment while held and that the reports that Mohamed Hasan has been tortured are independently investigated, with anyone found responsible for abuses brought to justice;
  • calling on the Bahraini authorities to fully uphold their international obligations to protect the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

APPEALS TO:

King of Bahrain
His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O.Box 555
Rifa’a Palace
Kingdom of Bahrain.
Fax: +973 176 64 587
Salutation: Your Majesty
 
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
P.O.Box 450
Al-Manama, Bahrain.
Fax: +973 175 31 284
Email: minister@justice.gov.bh
Twitter: @Khaled_Bin_Ali
Salutation:Your Excellency
 
Minister of Interior
Sheikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama,
Bahrain
Fax: +973 1723 2661
Twitter: @moi_Bahrain
Salutation: Your Excellency

Please also send appeals to the diplomatic representative for Bahrain in the UK:

The Embassy of The Kingdom of Bahrain – London

H.E. Mrs. Alice Thomas Samaan
30 Belgrave Square
London, SW1X 8QB 
United Kingdom
TEL: (+44) 0207 201 9170
Fax: (+44) 0207 201 9183
Salutation: Your Excellency

You can write directly to to the Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa using the form below. A sample letter is provided, but we would highly recommend personalising your appeal.

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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 express my concern at the detention of blogger Mohamed Hasan.

According to PEN’s information, Mohamed Hasan has been held since his arrest on 31 July 2013 apparently in connection with his alleged involvement in organising anti-government protests. Mohamed Hasan’s lawyer, Abd al-Aziz Moosa, is also understood to have been arrested some 14 hours after tweeting that he had seen marks of beatings on Mohamed Hasan’s arms.

I urge the Bahraini authorities to ensure that both men are protected from torture and other ill-treatment whilst in detention, and call for these reports of torture to be investigated promptly and impartially, with anyone found responsible for abuses brought to justice.

I am also calling for the immediate release of both men unless they are to be charged with a recognisably criminal offence, in accordance with Bahrain’s international obligations to protect the rights to freedom of expression and assembly. Meanwhile, I call on the Bahraini authorities to grant themaccess to their families, a lawyer of their choice, and all necessary medical treatment.

I would welcome your comments on my appeal

Yours sincerely

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