Condemn Torture of Peaceful Protesters in Bahrain

Target: Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa, Minister of the Interior

Goal: Protest the ill-treatment of two political prisoners in Bahrain and demand their immediate release

Bahrain has a well-deserved reputation for ignoring human rights. The recent arrests of Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor and Rayhana al-Mousawi epitomize this careless disregard. Both women have reported being tortured, and Nafeesa al-’Asfoor is being denied medical care. Sign the petition and demand that Bahrain respect the rights of both women and any other prisoners in its custody.

Nafeesa al-‘Asfoor and Rayhana al-Mousaw were outside the Manama Formula One Grand Prix Circuit protesting the imprisonment of political activists when they were arrested and charged with “attempting to plant an exploding device at the race circuit” and “membership of a ‘terrorist’ group,” according to Amnesty International. Both women reported being tortured during their interrogations, and in her statement during a trial for a separate case, 38-year-old Rayhana al-Mousaw testified that she had been tortured and threatened with rape.

Furthermore, Nafeesa al-’Asfoor, a 31-year-old mother of two, has discovered several lumps in her breasts. Despite this and other health issues, including severe migraines, she has not been afforded adequate medical treatment. After her family requested medical attention on her behalf several times, she was granted preliminary examinations at the Bahrain Defense Force military hospital. She and her family have yet to receive the results of these exams.

The ill-treatment of Nafeesa al-’Asfoor and Rayhana al-Mousaw is yet another black mark on Bahrain’s already-grim human rights record. Tell officials that the global community is watching. Sign the petition and demand proper treatment for Nafeesa al-’Asfoor and Rayhana al-Mousaw, and demand that they be released immediately if there is no evidence to back up their charges.

PETITION LETTER:
Your Excellency,
Prisoners everywhere, no matter what crimes they are charged with, are entitled to humane treatment and adequate medical care. With that in mind, I demand that Nafeesa al-’Asfoor and Rayhana al-Mousaw be granted the fair treatment they are accorded under international law.
Both women, who are being held in a women’s correctional facility in ‘Issa Town, were arrested in April outside the Manama Formula One Grand Prix Circuit for protesting the imprisonment of political activists. Both women have claimed that they were tortured during their interrogations, and Rayhana al-Mousaw has testified in a trial for separate case that she was threatened with rape.
Furthermore, Nafeesa al-’Asfoor, a mother of two, is suffering from a number of serious health ailments, including severe migraines and suspicious lumps in her breasts. Despite her family’s repeated requests that she be granted medical attention, very little has been done. Some preliminary examinations were run at the Bahrain Defense Force military hospital, but neither Nafeesa al-’Afoor nor her family has received the results of these tests.
Under international law, Bahrain is obligated to treat its prisoners humanely, and prisoners have the right to access adequate healthcare. The ill-treatment of Nafeesa al-’Afoor and Rayhama al-Mousaw is shameful, unethical, and illegal. I demand that you ensure their well-being by making sure they are free from torture and have the medical attention they require. Furthermore, if both women are being held solely on the basis of their political beliefs, I demand that they be immediately and unconditionally released.
Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: SKopp via Wikimedia Commons

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