At least 500 detainees injured after torture, and 10 transferred to solitary confinement

 

Bahrain Centre for Human Rights expresses its concern at reports coming from inside Jaw Central Prison that detail the torture of detainees, injuries among their ranks and their transfer to the solitary confinement block after a riot that occurred on Tuesday 10 March 2015. The incident began when a family protested after being prevented from visiting their relative. The Ministry of Interior claim that the family’s protest led to damage and vandalism in the visiting room- they say that this led to the arrest of one female Bahraini. On the same day, an uprising began in Buildings 1, 3, 4 and 6 of Jaw Central Prison. In the wake of this, police forces began to attack detainees. Photographs leaked from inside the prison, which BCHR has seen a copy of, show detainees were subjected to suffocation by tear gas during a huge security deployment in the prison.

An eyewitness informed BCHR that the incident began in Building 1 of the prison, when police forces locked the main door to the building and then began shooting tear gas canisters and shotgun pellets into the prison. The detainees responded by throwing empty plastic water bottles. The police then headed to Building 3, where they again fired tear gas. As a result, clashes broke out in which a police officer received light injuries. There were a large number of cases of suffocation among the detainees. Minutes later, special forces entered Building 4 and began randomly beating detainees, only stopping when one of the convicted detainees, Mohammed Sarhan, succumbed to suffocation. Only moments later, special forces attacked the building a second time, leading to further cases of suffocation among the detainees. They also received injuries from rubber bullets and shotgun pellets. The eyewitness added that the first wing that the forces took control of was one housing detainees sentenced to life and substantial terms in prison. The majority of state forces were from the Jordanian Gendarmerie forces.

The eyewitness told BCHR that large numbers of Jordanian Gendarmerie troops entered Building 4 of the prison and ordered detainees to stand in a line. They began beating the detainees with batons – the beatings were focused on sensitive areas of the body. The eyewitness added that the forces subsequently brought the detainees out of the courtyard behind the prison building and led them with their hands in plastic restraints, finally keeping some of the group on the ground before transferring others to the courtyard. There they were tortured and beaten. A group of them were taken to an unknown location which the witness was only later able to identify as Wing 10, which seems to constitute a number of private rooms – havens for the torture of detainees.

A second eyewitness told BCHR that at around 20:00 on Tuesday 10 March 2015, a group of police officers attacked Building 3 of the prison, which is allocated to detainees from 18 to 21 years old. They began beating the detainees, who numbered over 500, with batons. The detainees were taken out to the building’s corridor and thrown to the floor, and the police officers jumped over their bodies. “The detainees were laid out like a bridge, and all the officers took part in stomping on their bodies. Many had broken bones and bruising to the ribs and the limbs”. The eyewitness adds, clearly describing the state of the detainees, that the detainees “were taken in a line out to the outer courtyard – they were surrounded by people beating them. It’s a distance of about 300 meters, for which they were surrounded by two lines of police who beat them one by one. After that they gathered in the outer courtyard and began calling out their names and asking them irrelevant questions – the aim of this was to incite the detainees in order to justify beating and photographing them. The detainees were organized into a line, and each member of the Gendarmerie and the riot police forces beat them with batons. This continued until noon the next day, and all occurred under the watch of Nasser Bukhait, who witnessed police forces beating detainees and confiscating the mobile telephones smuggled into the wing”.

The eyewitness continues: “The detainees were told to stand in a line along the wall with their hands on their heads, and forced to chant slogans supportive of the regime. Others were forced to insult themselves and their relatives. Some were made to lick the shoes of police officers and to smear faeces on the wall. They were humiliated and made to dance and sing. This treatment went on until the evening – the detainees remained in the outer courtyard overnight before police woke them the following morning with a beating and further cursing. They were forbidden from visiting the toilet, and were forced to carry out their bodily functions in the courtyard. Some were forced to cut their hair and beards in a shabby fashion that caused a great deal of humiliation for them. At dawn on 12 March 2015 all the detainees were taken to the playground of Building 3, where security gards erected a big, dilapidated tent where the detainees were made to sleep while the building continued to be searched for smuggled mobile telephones. After that another group of detainees were brought. It was discovered later that they were from Building 6, which is allocated to detainees between 15 and 18”.

“Movement was forbidden, and anyone who moved was beaten straight away. After a while they brought mobile cabins, a kind of mobile toilet. The detainees were finding it very difficult to carry out their bodily functions there. Due to the miserable situation they were experiencing, the detainees indicated that they would begin a hunger strike. However, the prison administration hired forces known within the prison as the “Safrah” forces – they consist of many different nationalities. The forces began beating the detainees with batons to force them to eat. When some of them refused they were taken to a corner and made to kneel. Their hands were tied behind their necks and they were threatened with death or being transferred to Wing 10. The detainees were subjected to many different forms of torture – when the shift of the police ended, the shift of the Jordanian Gendarmerie, who took even greater revenge against the detainees, would begin”.

A leaked photograph shows the torture a detainee was subjected to inside the prison

Instead of allowing local human rights groups to visit the prison and confirm the safety of conditions inside, the Interior Ministry ordered detainees to be deprived of visits and phone-calls with relatives. This is considered a contravention of international law governing the treatment of prisoners. BCHR has learned that some of the detainees were transferred to the General Prosecutor accused of inciting riot within the prison. BCHR can confirm that the names of detainees given in this report (find list below) are only those that witnesses were able to recall – news of others remains cut off at the time of publication.

Based on the above, BCHR calls on the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations, as well as all close allies of Bahrain and relevant international organisations to put pressure on the government to do the following:

  • Clarify the fate of the detainees and allow their relatives and lawyers to meet them and confirm that they are safe
  • Allow the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to enter the prison and investigate the state of the detainees
  • Halt the policy of collective punishment practiced inside the prison
  • Begin a fair and transparent investigation into the testimonies of torture as reported by witnesses and detainees
  • Bring to account those who have committed violations, whether by ordering it, supervising it or carrying it out – bring them to justice no matter how high their positions

 

The following table lists the names of Building 3 detainees and the injuries they suffered, according to witness testimony:

Name

Region

Injury

Mohammed Majid Bahman

al-Manama

Beating with batons and kicking

Akbar Ali Ali

al-Bilad al-Qadim

Beating with batons and kicking

Yousef Hilal

al-Musali

Beating with batons and kicking

Abdallah Mahmoud

al-Naim

Beating with batons and kicking

Mohammed Fuad al-Eskafi

al-Diraz

Beating with batons and kicking

Abdallah Mohammed

Sar

Beating with batons and kicking

Mohammed Abdel Amir

al-Dih

Beating with batons and kicking

Ali Akbar

al-Moamir

Beating with batons and kicking

Basil Ibrahim

al-Sehla

Beating with batons and kicking

Hussein Nouh al-Hayaki

Hamad town – district 17

Beating with batons and kicking

Amjad al-Sheikh

Hamad town – district 17

Injury to the face and broken nose

Sayyid Dhiyaa al-Musawi

Hamad town – district 17

Beating with batons and kicking

Ahmed al-Sharqi

Hamad town – district 4

Beating with batons and kicking

Alaa Mansour Nasif

Bani Jamra

Transferred to Wing 10

Ali Maki

Dar Kalib

Beating with batons and kicking

Hassan Abdallah al-Ghasra

Bani Jamra

Beating with batons and kicking

Ali Abdel Amir

Bani Jamra

Beating with batons and kicking

Mohammed Jaafar

Bani Jamra

Beating with batons and kicking

Ahmed Abdel Ruuf

Bani Jamra

Beating with batons and kicking

Ali Amran

Bani Jamra

Beating with batons and kicking

Ali Abdallah Yousef

al-Akr

Beating with batons and kicking

Mohammed Abdel Hadi

al-Manama

Beating with batons and kicking

Ali Abdel Jalil

Ras Raman

Beating with batons and kicking

Ahmed Abdel Sadiq

al-Akr

Beating with batons and kicking

Mohammed Ibrahim

Dar Kalib

Beating with batons and kicking

Murtada Abdel Hadi

Hamad town – district 17

Beating with batons and kicking

Sayyid Majid al-Musawi

Buri

Beating with batons and kicking

Hussein Jaafar Fatil

Bani Jamra

Beating with batons and kicking

Sayyid Shabar Alawi

Salmabad

Beating with batons and kicking

Baqir Abdallah Amir

al-Sahla

Beating with batons and kicking

Mohammed Abu Aboud

Salmabad

Beating with batons and kicking and transfer to Wing 10

Hussein Hassan Jaafar

al-Nuwidrat

Beating with batons and kicking

Kadhem Abbas

Salmabad

Beating with batons and kicking

Mohammed Rida Hassan

al-Dir

Beating with batons and kicking

Sayyid Hussein al-Musawi

al-Bilad al-Qadim

Beating with batons and kicking

Ahmed al-Basri

al-Bilad al-Qadim

Beating with batons and kicking

Hussein Ibrahim al-Miqdad

al-Bilad al-Qadim

Beating with batons and kicking

Sadiq Jaafar

Dar Kalib

Beating with batons and kicking

Ali Abdel Rida al-Halibi

Hamad town – district 17

Beating with batons and kicking

Hani al-Manami

Sitra

Beating with batons and kicking

Ahmed Abdel Aziz

Salmabad

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received

Hussein Mohammed al-Fardan

Bani Jamra

Beating with batons and kicking

Salman Ibrahim

al-Manama

Beating with batons and kicking

Ridha Imran

Sitra

 

Ali Jaafar

Sitra

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received

Ali Abbas al-Asfour

al-Diraz

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Jihad Sadeq al-Habashi

Jablat Habashi

Beating with batons and kicking

Sayyid Haydar al-Musawi

al-Bilad al-Qadim

Beating with batons and kicking

Sayyid Ali al-Musawi

Ras Raman

Gash to the face

Qassim al-Batan

al-Diraz

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Mohammed Naama

al-Diraz

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received

Ammar Mansour al-Suwad

Sitra

Injury to the hand caused by sound bomb, gash to the face and bruising on the body

Sayyid Sandid al-Musawi

Sitra

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Ahmed Hassan

al-Nuwidrat

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received

Hussein Mohammed Ali

Dar Kalib

Beating with batons and kicking

Ammar al-Sitri

al-Nuwidrat

Beating with batons and kicking

Ahmed Yousef Malallah

al-Nuwidrat

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received

Mohammed Khaims Madan

Abu Qiwa

Injury to the hand caused by sound bomb, gash to the face and bruising on the entire body

Ahmed Hassan Yousef

al-Nuwidrat

Beating with batons and kicking

Hussein Hassan Yousef

al-Nuwidrat

Beating with batons and kicking

Hussein Mohammed Yousef

al-Nuwidrat

Beating with batons and kicking

Rida Abdel Amir

Aali

Gash to the face and bruising to the entire body – diabetes sufferer who has fallen into a coma many times

Isa al-Khuzna

Samahij

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Mohammed Jaafar

Samahij

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Mohammed Ali Ahmed

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Mahmoud Ali Hassan

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Hassan Musa Jaafar

Samahij

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Ali Musa Jaafar

Samahij

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Sayyid Jaafar Sayyid Abbas

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Sayyid Jaafar Sayyid Naji

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Sayyid Ali Sayyid Naji

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Mohammed Aziz

Sitra

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Mustafa Ahmed Yousef

Samahij

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Hassan Mohammed Hassan

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Abdallah Hassan Salman

al-Akr

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Dhaif Abdelnabi

Sitra

Injuries to the back and leg

Musa Abdel Ali

Samahij

Injuries to the back and leg

Ahmed Abdel Jalil al-Sitrawi

Samahij

Injuries to the back and leg

Ahmed Aoun

Samahij

Injuries to the thigh and leg, and a deterioration of the condition around his eye, which he lost after a direct gunshot

Ali Musa Leith

Dar Kalib

Injuries to the back and leg

Sayyid Hassan Falah

al-Manama

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Suleiman Habib Ibrahim

Hamad town – district 17

Moved to Wing 10

Hassan Aziz Faisal

al-Dir

Moved to Wing 10

Ali Jamaa Ibrahim

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – sufferer of sickle cell disease

Mahmoud Jamil

Jardab

Injuries to the back and neck

Wahib Abdallah Ahmed

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Ali Hassan al-Aradi

Arad

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Ahmed al-Baqali

Jadhafas

Injuries to the back and leg

Mahmoud Abdallah al-Aradi

Arad

Injuries to the back and leg

Ahmed Hamza Mirza

al-Dir

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Jasim Abdallah Yousef

Samahij

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Hussein Abdel Karim

Samahij

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Amir Isa al-Hayaki

Samahij

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Abdallah Hussein al-Ajouz

Hamad town – district 17

Injuries to the back and leg – sufferer of soft bone disease

Mohammed Abdallah Boutaki

Sitra

Injuries to the back and leg

Ahmed al-Sousou

Sitra

Unable to move due to the intensity of the beating he received – gash to the face

Hussein Mahdi

Hamad town – district 17

Injuries to the back and leg

Mohammed al-Sharqi

Jadhafas

Injuries to the back and leg

Mohammed Amin Abdel Hakim

Arad

Injuries to the back and leg

Hussein Awwal

Ras Raman

Injuries to the back and leg

Sayyid Mohammed Abdel Muhsen

al-Muhriq

Injuries to the back and leg

Amir Nadir

al-Muhriq

Injuries to the back and leg

Adnan Abdel Majid

al-Muhriq

Injuries to the back and leg

Amin Shaaban al-Mazin

al-Bilad al-Qadim

Suffered direct shot to the kidneys, although authorities know that he suffers from kidney failure and has had operations for this – also suffered suffocation and swallowed his tongue

Ali Isa

al-Dir

Injuries to the back and legs, and direct hit to the hand and stomach from a sound bomb

Ayman Salman

Samahij

Moved to Wing 10

Hussein Mahdi

Dar Kalib

Moved to Wing 10

Yousef Ahmed Yousef

Dar Kalib

Moved to Wing 10

Yousef Ahmed Abdelnabi

Dar Kalib

Moved to Wing 10

Ahmed al-Habashi

Arad

Moved to Wing 10

Hussein Aziz Faisal

al-Dir

Moved to Wing 10

Mohammed Abdel Amir Musheimah

al-Dih

Moved to Wing 10

 

The following table gives the details of the detainees of Building 4 according to eyewitnesses:

 

Name

Region

Injury

Ali Hamid

 

Swelling to the eye – he was also dragged by his hair to the outer courtyard and suffered extreme dizziness

Abdallah Jaafar al-Wazir

 

Injuries to the shoulder and back – beaten in the outer courtyard

Hussein Ali al-Sehlawi

 

Moved to Wing 10

Kamil Ahmed Ali

Karezkan

Swelling to the eye due to beating with batons

Jaafar Ahmed Ali

Karezkan

Injury to the head – forced to shave his head

Hussein Mohammed Khatim

Karezkan

Was assaulted at the site of a previous injury from an operation – collapsed in outer courtyard and moved to Wing 10

Hussein Ali Salman al-Marzuq

al-Diraz

Forced to shave his head and beaten with batons

Hussein Jasim al-Helou

al-Nuwidrat

Injuries to the shoulder and back – beaten with batons and had his head forcibly shaved

Mohammed Ahmed Sarhan

 

Beaten, humiliated and forcibly shaved – sustained back injury

Ali Qamir

al-Nuwidrat

Beaten with batons – sustained injuries throughout his body

Ali Yousef

Karezkan

Severely beaten leading to injuries to his back and swelling to his hand

Hassan Muslem

al-Muhriq

Beaten with batons

Ustad Mohammed

 

Suffocation

Jasim Sharara

al-Malikia

Taken to unknown location

Ridha

Qadhiat Rayat al-Iz

Broken leg

Ibrahim Jaafar

Hamad town

Swelling near the eye – beaten in sensitive areas

Younis Jaafar

 

Bruising to the shoulder

Kadhim

al-Sehla

Gash to the head caused by direct hit

Bashir

al-Sehla

Severely beaten on the back with batons leaving his clothes ripped

Jasim Fallah

Damestan

Broken hand and heavy bleeding

Naji Fatil

 

Moved to Wing 10 after severe beating

Mohammed Mirza “Abu Jibrail”

 

Unable to move – transferred to Wing 10

Ahmed Hassan Mashaymah

Jadhafas

Beaten with batons over his entire body

Qasim Zein al-Din

al-Diraz

Injury to the back

Younes Hadhir

al-Diraz

Injuries to the shoulders and legs

Sayyid Mazen

al-Dir

Beaten with batons

Sadeq Marhoun

 

Beaten with batons

Jaafar Maatouk

 

Beaten with batons

Younes Ashour

Samahij

Injury to the back

Sayyid Abdallah al-Alawi

Samahij

Hair forcibly shaved, beaten with batons

Jaafar Hamid

Sitra

Beaten with batons

Hussein Ramadan

Sitra

Beaten with batons

Mujtaba

al-Dir

Beaten with batons

Salman

al-Dir

Beaten with batons

Sayyid Mahdi Sayyid Ahmed

Sitra

Beaten with batons

Hamid al-Safi

Sitra

Injury to the back

Fadhil Abbas

Karzakan

Beaten with batons

Hussein Ali

Samahij

Beaten with batons

Sayyid Mohammed Sayyid Alawi

al-Sanabas

Beaten with batons

Salman Zein

al-Sanabas

Beaten with batons

Jaafar

Karzakan

Dislocated shoulder

Hussein Ghazwan

al-Bilad al-Qadim

Beaten with batons

Berbeer

Samahij

Injury to the leg

Jaafar Abdallah

 

Injuries to the head and thigh

Khalil Abdallah

 

Beaten with batons

Abbas al-Akari

al-Dih

Injury to the leg – beaten with batons

Salman al-Shenu

 

Broken hand

Ahmed Bu Hassan

al-Diraz

Injuries to the wrist

Jaafar Aoun

Samahij

Severe beating by punching throughout his body – moved to Wing 10

Abd Ali al-Sankis

 

Moved to Wing 10

Raid

 

Moved to Wing 10

al-Jaziri

 

Moved to Wing 10

Hamid al-Mahfudh

 

Sickle cell disease sufferer beaten with batons and moved to Wing 10

Abbas al-Samie

al-Sanabas

Beaten with batons and moved to Wing 10

Sheikh Ali al-Mustarshid

 

Fainted, beaten with batons

Jaafar Kawitan

 

Broken hand

Sheikh Zuhir Ashour

Karzakan

Beaten with batons

Ibrahim Mashkour

Abu Qiwa

Beaten with batons

Sheikh Mahdi

 

Beaten with batons

Sheikh Riyadh al-Hani

 

Beaten with batons

Ali al-Binaa

Hamad town – district 17

Beaten with batons

Yousef Ahmed al-Maamiri

 

Beaten with batons

Sayyid Ahmed

Buri

Beaten with batons

al-Abid

Salmabad

Beaten with batons

Aqil

al-Akr

Sufferer of mental health problems beaten with batons