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.