Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, a former professor of mechanical engineering and human rights activist, has been in jail under conditions he considers to be inhumane. His hunger strike has been ongoing since March 2nd, according to reports, and his family is gravely concerned about his health.
CCS asked Bahraini authorities to investigate Dr. Al Singace’s situation and prison conditions for political prisoners.
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His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
King of Bahrain
Office of his Majesty the King
PO Box 555, Rifa’a Palace, Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain
April 16, 2015
We are writing you in concern for Professor Abdul Jalil Al-Singace.
Professor Al-Singace, a scholar of mechanical engineering at the University of Bahrain since 1995, was sentenced to life in prison on allegations stemming from his reporting publicly on Bahrain’s human rights situation. We are writing to you now because we understand from Dr. Al-Singace’s family that he has been on a hunger strike since March 22 and his family is extremely concerned about his health and general treatment as a prisoner. Dr. Al Singace is wheelchair bound.
We respectfully urge you to investigate this situation at once and to assure that Dr. Al-Singace has immediate access to appropriate medical care. We understand that the prison conditions that he is protesting involve insults, intimidation, and invasive restraints of Dr. Al-Singace and of other political prisoners. Please investigate these allegations and assure Al-Singace and fellow prisoners appropriate humane treatment, as required under Bahraini and international law.
We wrote previously to Bahraini authorities because from the information that we had, it would appear that Dr. Al-Singace’s arrest and subsequent sentencing to life in prison were due to the peaceful exercise of his fundamental rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain has acceded. We continue to be concerned about the fairness of his sentence.
We appreciate your immediate attention to this important matter and look forward to your earliest reply.
Sincerely,Joel L. Lebowitz, Paul H. Plotz, Walter Reich,
Eugene M. Chudnovsky, Alexander Greer
Co-Chairs, Committee of Concerned Scientists
Minister of Interior Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
PO Box 13, Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain
His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
PO Box 450, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain