Bahrain: send birthday greetings to Dr Al-Singace


Abduljalil is a great husband, brother, father and friend. He has a great sense of humour and has always been supportive and passionate towards everyone around him. His inspiring, beautiful spirit is greatly missed every single day.

On 15 January, Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace will spend his 56th birthday
behind bars in Bahrain. This will be yet another birthday that the
leading human rights defender, academic and blogger has to spend in prison
and away from his family, after being repeatedly jailed in violation of
his right to free expression.

Sentenced to life in prison in June 2011, Dr Al-Singace has been subject
to ill-treatment, some amounting to torture, throughout much of his time
in detention. He has been denied regular, adequate medical attention,
often as a result of his refusal to wear the prison uniform and handcuffs.
Dr Al-Singace has also had all of his pens, papers, books, and writing
materials confiscated, including the only manuscript of the book he had
been working on.

To mark Dr Al-Singace’s birthday, we are joining fellow organisations including ADHRB and Gulf Centre for Human Rights, in asking our supporters to send him
cards and to share images of these on social media. Whilst it is possible
that these may not reach him, they will nevertheless serve as a reminder
to the prison authorities of the ongoing international support for his
case. Similar initiatives have led to a lifting of restrictions in the
past and we are hopeful that this one may do the same.

If you are interested in sending a card, please email
We’d also encourage you to share details of the initiative and photos of
your card on social media with the hashtags #FreeAlSingace and #PENgreetings.

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Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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