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Bahrain: Front Line Defenders refused access to Military Court hearing of Abdulhadi Al- Khawaja

amid ongoing fears of torture and ill-treatment during arbitrary detention.

Posted on 2011/04/21

Front Line Deputy Director Andrew Anderson who is currently on mission in Bahrain was this morning (21st April) refused access to the hearing of imprisoned human rights defender, and former Front Line Regional Protection Coordinator, Abdulhadi Al-khawaja at the Military Court in Rifaa. On 9 April 2011, human rights defender Mr Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was arrested and beaten unconscious by police in Al-Manama, Bahrain. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja is a former Protection Co-ordinator for Front Line and former President of the Bahrain

Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). The arrest of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja is an indication of the increasingly hardline being taken by the Bahraini authorities which has resulted in a recent spate of arrests.

At approximately 03.00 am on 9 April 2011, masked police forced entry to the home of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's daughter, where he was present at the time. Upon entry, the police officers – one of whom reportedly spoke English, and no Arabic - proceeded to assault Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, along with human rights defender Mr Mohammed Al-Maskati, President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), who was present at the time.

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was dragged down the stairs of the house by the neck, and beaten by five officers, who refused to stop despite his claims that he could not breathe. His daughter, Zainab Al-Khawaja, was assaulted when she attempted to intervene. The women present in the house were then locked in a room and prevented from leaving.

Speaking from the capital Manama Andrew Anderson said “The Bahraini Defence Force officer to whom I spoke this morning said that he was not even in a position to confirm whether the hearing was taking place and that this was a matter for the office of the Military Prosecutor. The authorities stated that Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja had been arrested by the judicial police for his involvement in 'crimes against the security of the Kingdom of Bahrain' and that he will be able to meet with his lawyer as soon as the case is referred to the Military Prosecutor."

Front Line thanked the authorities for allowing Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja to speak by phone with his family on 20th April and for allowing the family to deliver clothes and medicines for Abdulhadi on the morning of the 21st. “The family told me that they were very concerned by the fact that when they spoke with Abdulhadi he sounded very weak, had trouble speaking clearly and was unable to confirm that he had been treated properly, saying only that his 'spirit was strong'”, said Mr Anderson.

Front Line is calling on the authorities to authorise the family to meet Abdulhadi and that Abdulhadi should be given free access to his lawyer. Furthermore Front Line is reiterating its request to the authorities to observe the hearing against Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and for permission to meet him. ENDS

Andrew Anderson will be available for interview. He can be contacted on +353 (0)87 205 68 67

For Further Information please contact: Jim Loughran – Front Line Head of Media and communications Tel +353 1 212 37 50 -Mobile +353 (0)87 9377586

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Amnesty International: Bahrain: Bahraini opposition leader feared tortured, Ebrahim Sharif

Further information on UA: 079/11 AI Index: MDE 11/020/2011 Bahrain Date: 20 April 2011

URGENT ACTION BAHRAINI OPPOSITION LEADER FEARED TORTURED

Ebrahim Sharif, one of several prominent opposition leaders detained in Bahrain in March, was transferred on or around 10 April to a military hospital in al-Riffa’, central Bahrain. His family has not had access to him since he was detained. Amnesty International fears he might be at risk of torture or ill-treatment.

Ebrahim Sharif, Secretary General of the National Democratic Action Society (Waad), a secular political opposition association in Bahrain, was arrested at his house in Manama on 17 March. Since that day his family has not been allowed to visit him and he is believed to be held in military custody. Amnesty International has received reports that he may have been subjected to torture or other ill-treatment after his arrest.

Ebrahim Sharif was admitted to the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) military hospital in al-Riffa’, central Bahrain, reportedly for the second time on or around 10 April and his family does not know if he is still there. According to information received by Amnesty International, a patient at the hospital saw Ebrahim on 10 April and recognized him despite his swollen face, raising concerns that he may have been assaulted and otherwise tortured in detention. His family has officially requested visits to Ebrahim Sharif twice; the first time days after his arrest and the second time in the week of 18 April, but their requests have not received any answer from the authorities. Amnesty International fears that Ebrahim Sharif remains at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Ebrahim Sharif and five other prominent opposition leaders were arrested in connection with the protests that rocked Bahrain in February and March 2011. They are reportedly being interrogated by Bahrain’s Military Prosecution and they may be tried before a military court according to the “State of National Safety” – the state of emergency declared on 15 March 2011.

PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English, Arabic or your own language:

-Express concern that Ebrahim Sharif is a prisoner of conscience detained for his legitimate exercise of freedom of expression and other human rights;

-Urge the authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally and to protect him from torture or other ill-treatment;

-Urge the authorities to immediately set up an independent investigation into his alleged torture or other ill-treatment, to make its results public, and bring to justice anyone responsible for torture or other ill-treatment;;

-Urge the authorities to respect and uphold the rights to freedom expression, movement and assembly in Bahrain, including the right to peaceful protest.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 1 JUNE 2011 TO:

King Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa Office of His Majesty the King P.O. Box 555 Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama, Bahrain Fax: +973 17664587 Salutation: Your Majesty

Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Prime Minister Office of the Prime Minister P.O. Box 1000, al-Manama, Bahrain Fax: +973 17533033 Salutation: Your Highness

Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Khalifa Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs P. O. Box 450, Diplomatic Area, Manama, Bahrain Fax: +973 175 31 284 Salutation: Your Excellency

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the third update of UA 79/11. Further information: www.amnesty.org /library/info/MDE11/017/2011/en

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Payne, McGovern and Baldwin denounce human rights abuses in Bahrain.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, came together with Congressman James McGovern and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to issue the following statement:

“We would like to express our deep concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain and our support for the aspiration and peaceful struggle of the people of Bahrain. We are troubled by the deteriorating health of prominent human rights activist and nursing mother, Zainab al-Khawaja, who began a hunger strike on April 9th 2011 to raise attention to the violent arrest of her father, husband and brother-in-law.

Activists who speak out against the Bahraini government’s repressive campaign have endured arrests and threats to themselves or their families. Over the last two weeks, at least four protesters have died in police custody. We are deeply concerned with Bahrain’s attempt to stifle peaceful political opposition, including the attack on Bahrain’s largest opposition group, the Shiite bloc al-Wafaq.

The violent crackdown by Bahraini security forces on protesters and arbitrary arrests of political dissidents must not fall on deaf ears. The United States must not allow political alliances to prevent us from denouncing human rights abuses, particularly when they are perpetrated against peaceful demonstrators.

Bahrain must ensure the security of detainees and we urge the Administration to insist on the release of those detained for peacefully opposing the Bahraini regime. We also call for an independent international investigation into the deaths of government-held protesters.

The United States must continue to support the democratic aspirations of all people. ”

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National Criminal Defense Bar Condemns Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer in Bahrain

WASHINGTON, DC (April 20, 2011) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) strongly condemns the late-night arrest of prominent human rights and criminal defense lawyer Mohammed al-Tajer on April 15, as reported by Human Rights Watch this week. Masked men are also said to have seized Mr. al-Tajer’s personal computers, mobile phones and documents. NACDL urges the Bahrain government to release Mr. al-Tajer immediately along with his personal effects, which may contain attorney-client privileged information. Mohammed al-Tajer is well-known for his representation of opposition party members arrested in security sweeps. Last fall, he was lead defense counsel for a team of criminal defense lawyers representing 23 opposition leaders and activists arrested and charged under Bahrain’s antiterrorism laws. Charges against the detainees were eventually dropped, but some of the defendants have been rearrested in recent sweeps.

Mr. Al-Tajer’s wife reportedly told Human Rights Watch that her husband was taken away in a police car, but she has not heard where he was taken. A virtual news blackout in Bahrain imposed by military authorities makes the al-Tajer’s plight, and that of perhaps hundreds of others detained without charges, difficult to remedy.

NACDL condemns Mr. al-Tajer’s arrest and the seizure of privileged materials in the strongest possible terms. Government intimidation and interference with criminal defense lawyers is unacceptable in all its forms, and it fundamentally undermines justice. Mr. al-Tajer’s arrest without charges offends justice and subverts the rule of law.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL’s 10,000-plus direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling more than 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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Visit of Catherine Ashton to Bahrain: a test case for the EU's human rights policy!

20 April 2011

Ms. High Representative,

Your visit to the Gulf region is scheduled at a moment where the core and universal values which the EU supports and which the Bahraini authorities have adhered to are being blatantly violated and our organisations witness a severe crackdown on human rights defenders, trade unionists and opposition activists in Bahrain.

In particular, around 600 people, including human rights defenders, political leaders, trade unionists, doctors, paramedics and clerics have been arrested since February 2011. The whereabouts of a significant number of them, including human rights defender Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and lawyer Mohamed Issa Al Tajer, remain unknown and access to them, including by their lawyers, is not guaranteed for the majority of these detainees.

Concern about the physical and psychological integrity of those arrested is high, in particular after four people arrested during the protests have died in custody between April 3 and 12, 2011.

In addition, some 2,000 workers in 30 mainly government enterprises have been sacked in the past two weeks for joining trade union actions in support of dialogue and an end to violence, including six members of the Executive of the General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions (GFBTU). This number is increasing every day.

In this context, our organisations call you to subject your visit to Bahrain to an opportunity to meet Bahraini human rights defenders and trade unionists, an in particular to:

· Visit Bahraini detained human rights defenders Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, former MENA Coordinator of Frontline and lawyer Mohamed Issa Al Tajer, in their place of detention,

· Meet the families of detained defenders and Bahraini human rights defenders, who are not in prison, in particular Messrs. Nabeel Rajab, President Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and / Deputy Secretary general of FIDH, Mohammed al-Maskati, President of the Bahrain Youth Human Rights Society (BYHRS), Abdulla Alderazi, Secretary General of the Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS) and Abdulnabi Alekri from Transparency Bahrain,

· Meet representatives of the General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions (GFBTU),

· Repeat publicly your call for the immediate release of all of those who have been arbitrarily detained including human rights defenders,

· Encourage EU missions in Bahrain to take an active role in monitoring the whereabouts and conditions of human rights defenders and trade unionists and to make regular contacts with the above mentioned organisations.

Thanking you for your attention to our pressing request, we remain at your disposal to facilitate any of the above.

Your sincerely,

Souhayr Belhassen FIDH President

Eric Sottas OMCT Secretary General

Sharan Burrow ITUC General Secretary

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IHRC: Bahrain – Head of University Department Imprisoned

19 April 2011

The crackdown on academics and free thought continues as Dr Masaud Jahromi is inexplicably imprisoned.

Dr Masaud Jahromi, Chairman of the engineering department at Ahlia University in Bahrain, was arrested at 2:30AM on 14th April 2011; having been beaten and dragged from his bed in front of his family. His family, students, friends and colleagues are unaware of his whereabouts and health. Dr Jahromi is a widely respected academic and engineer. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Kent, UK; having already earned his MSc and BSc from the University of Manchester, UK, and the University of Bahrain respectively.

Professor Hamed al-Raweshidy, who supervised Masaud at the University of Kent, is shocked that a former student is being mistreated like this. “Masaud was one of the hardest working, cooperative, and mild mannered individuals I have ever come across. He was not only my top student, but also a wonderful professional. There is no doubt in my mind that the Bahraini authorities have got this completely wrong”.

Massoud Shadjareh, the chair of IHRC, said: “The indiscriminate arrests in Bahrain continue, as the case of Dr Masaud Jahromi reminds us. His imprisonment highlights the sorry state of affairs where the Bahraini regime has ceased to feel obliged to even offer an excuse before imprisoning its citizens.”

For more information please contact the Press Office of the IHRC at (+44) 20 8904 4222, or via email at info@ihrc.org . Alternatively, you can call (+44) 7903053362. [ENDS]

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HRW: Bahrain: Attack on Rights Defender’s Home

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April 18, 2011

(Manama) - Unknown assailants lobbed teargas grenades at the home of a leading Bahraini human rights defender in the early hours of April 18, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack, which took place at 3:30 a.m. in the village of Bani Jamra, targeted the home of Nabeel Rajab, head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and a member of the Human Rights Watch Middle East Advisory Committee. Rajab said two of the grenades spread gas into the adjacent home of his 78-year-old mother, who suffers from respiratory disease, causing her great distress. The third grenade did not detonate. To Human Rights Watch's knowledge, only Bahrain's security forces have access to the types of grenades that were thrown into the Rajab family's compound.

"This attack certainly appears to target Nabeel Rajab for his human rights advocacy," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Bahraini authorities need to investigate this incident and hold those responsible to account."

Markings on the grenades identified them as Triple Chaser CS 515 grenades, manufactured by Federal Laboratories in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. They were thrown over a high wall that surrounds both his home and his mother's, Rajab said. He said that everyone was sleeping in the two houses at the time, and that he was unaware of any unrest in the neighborhood at the time.

On April 10, officials publicly accused Rajab of fabricating photos posted on his Facebook site of the body of Ali Isa Ibrahim Saqer, who died in detention on April 9. The photos showed slash marks all over his back and other signs of physical abuse. A Human Rights Watch researcher saw Saqer's body just prior to his burial and said the photos were accurate.

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Bahrain: Urgent ITUC Mission Warns of Slide into Dictatorship

18 April 2011: ITUC [International Trade Union Confederation] Deputy General Secretary Jaap Wienen, on an urgent visit to the Bahrain’s capital Manama this weekend, has pledged a comprehensive package of international actions in support of the fundamental rights of Bahrain’s working people, as the trade union movement in the Gulf country faces and all-out assault from the government. “Bahrain is sliding rapidly towards absolute dictatorship, and the authorities seem intent on creating and deepening sectarian divisions. The Bahraini trade unions have been at the forefront of the movement for dialogue, peace and reconciliation, yet the government has clearly decided to try and destroy them. The international trade union movement will not simply stand by and allow this to happen. If the government does not change course, the global diplomatic and economic consequences will be severe,” said Wienen.

Some 2,000 workers in 30 mainly government enterprises have been sacked for joining trade union actions in support of dialogue and an end to violence, including 6 members of the Executive of the ITUC-affiliated General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions (GFBTU) and 22 local trade union leaders. The ITUC understands that employees of the key employer body, the Chamber of Commerce, have also been dismissed.

The campaign of intimidation by government-sponsored groups has intensified in recent days, with the appearance of billboards including names and photographs of opposition leaders, calling for “no mercy and execution”. Journalists are being dismissed and are facing persecution and arrest, and reports continue to emerge of extreme violence by the authorities against people in detention, including the deaths of four detainees. As ITUC member organisations around the world prepare solidarity actions with the GFBTU and its member unions in different sectors, the ITUC is already planning high-level action at the International Labour Organisation.

“Bahrain has ratified ILO Convention 111 which forbids discrimination in employment. The authorities are clearly targeting and discriminating against workers due to their involvement in union activities. Bahrain is also required, as an ILO member state, to respect freedom of association but regrettably the government seems intent on violating these international legal obligations. We will therefore be pursuing this case as a matter of urgency at the ILO as well as in regard to Bahrain’s governmental and commercial relations,” Wienen added.

As a first step, the ITUC is calling for the establishment of an ILO Commission of Inquiry into Bahrain’s violations of Convention 111. Such a Commission, which can be convened under Article 26 of the ILO Constitution, is one of the most powerful instruments within the UN system, and the ITUC call reflects the extreme level of concern at the government’s actions. “We are seeing governments around the world now turning their attention to the worsening situation in Bahrain. The trade union movement remains open to serious dialogue to ease tensions and deal with the underlying problems in the economy and society. The government should abandon the path of violence, threats and confrontation including against GFBTU leaders before it is too late,” said Wienen.

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The Observator​y: Urgent Appeals: Bahrain: Arrest of Mr. Al Tajer and continued arbitrary detention of Mr.Al Khawaja

18 April 2011

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Bahrain.

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources that well-known lawyer Mr. Mohamed Issa Al Tajer had been arrested on April 16, 2011 at 00.30 am, in his house.

At around 11 pm on April 15, a group of more than 20 masked and armed plain-clothes men, belonging to security forces, entered the house where Mr. Al Tajer was present with his wife and young children. After thoroughly searching the house, the office, and taking computers and mobile phones, the men arrested Mr. Al Tajer and took him to an unknown destination.

According to his wife, Mr. Al Tajer was not beaten up or mistreated in the house, nevertheless, his young children were traumatised by this episode. Ms. Al Tajer, a medical doctor, fears she might be arrested herself, like many other doctors in Bahrain, for having provided injured protesters with medical assistance.

The Observatory believes that the authorities are attempting to put pressure on those who provide legal and medical assistance to protesters. The Observatory condemns this crackdown which seems to merely aim at sanctioning their peaceful and legitimate activities for the respect of protesters’ basic rights.

According to the information received by the Observatory about 600 people, including human rights defenders, political leaders, trade unionists, doctors and paramedics and clerics have been arrested since February 2011. The whereabouts of a significant number of them, including prominent rights defender Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, remain unknown and access to them, including by their lawyers, is not guaranteed for the majority of these detainees. Concern about the physical integrity and life of those arrested are high, in particular after four people arrested during the protests died in custody between April 3 and 12, 2011.

The Observatory urges the Bahraini authorities to take the necessary measures to guarantee the protection of all human rights defenders in Bahrain and, more generally, to comply with the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders adopted on December 9, 1998 by the United Nations General Assembly, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as international and regional human rights instruments ratified by Bahrain, including the International International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Actions requested:

The Observatory urges the authorities of Bahrain to:

i. Immediately disclose the whereabouts of Messrs. Mohamed Issa Al Tajer, Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and ensure their access to their lawyers and families ;

ii. Guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Messrs. Mohamed Issa Al Tajer and Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, and all human rights defenders in Bahrain;

iii. Put an end to any acts of harassment, including at the judicial and administrative level, against Messrs. Mohamed Issa Al Tajer and Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and against all human rights defenders in Bahrain;

iv. Conform in any circumstances with the provisions of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted on December 9, 1998 by the United Nations General Assembly, in particular :

· its Article 1, which states that “everyone has the right, individually or in association with others, to promote the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels” ;

· its Article 6 (c) which states that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others to study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters” ;

· its Article 9.3 which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, inter alia […] to attend public hearings, proceedings and trials so as to form an opinion on their compliance with national law and applicable international obligations and commitments; and to offer and provide professionally qualified legal assistance or other relevant advice and assistance in defending human rights and fundamental freedoms” ;

· its Article 10 which provides that “no one shall participate, by act or by failure to act where required, in violating human rights and fundamental freedoms and no one shall be subjected to punishment or adverse action of any kind for refusing to do so”;

· and its Article 12.2 which states that “the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”.

v. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Bahrain.

Addresses:

· Cheikh Hamad bin Issa AL KHALIFA, King of Bahrain, Fax: +973 176 64 587

· Cheikh Khaled Bin Ahmad AL KHALIFA, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tel: +973 172 27 555; Fax : +973 172 12 6032

· Cheikh Khalid bin Ali AL KHALIFA, Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs, Tel: +973 175 31 333; Fax: +973 175 31 284

· Permanent Mission of Bahrain to the United Nations in Geneva, 1 chemin Jacques-Attenville, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, CP 39, 1292 Chambésy, Switzerland. Fax: + 41 22 758 96 50. Email: info@bahrain-mission.ch

Please also write to diplomatic representations of Bahrain in your respective countries.

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Amnesty International: URGENT ACTION: Bahrain: Defence lawyer detained in Bahrain

UA: 116/11 Index: MDE 11/018/2011 Bahrain Date: 18 April 2011 URGENT ACTION DEFENCE LAWYER DETAINED IN BAHRAIN

A prominent defence lawyer was detained on 15 April in Bahrain's capital, Manama. Amnesty International believes he is a prisoner of conscience and he may be at risk of torture or ill-treatment. Nearly 500 people have been now been detained in Bahrain since March.

Mohammed al-Tajer, a prominent Bahraini defence lawyer who has defended many cases of opposition and human rights activists, was arrested at his house in Manama on the night of 15 April. According to his wife, over 20 security officers entered their house in the middle of the night. Some were in uniforms, some were in plain clothes and all except one were wearing masks. They searched all the bedrooms and confiscated personal items, such as mobile phones, laptops and papers. Following the raid Mohammad al-Tajer was arrested without any explanation. No arrest order was shown to him or his family. He called his family for two minutes on 17 April to let them know he was in the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Manama’s al-‘Adliya district, and wanted them to bring him clothes. When the family asked him what the charges against him were he replied that he did not know.

According to local human rights groups, 499 people have been detained since March, including opposition and human rights activists, teachers, doctors and nurses, for their participation in the February and March protests calling for far-reaching political and other reform in Bahrain. The whereabouts of the great majority of detainees remain unknown; many are believed to be held by the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF). If prosecuted, they may face unfair trials before the National Safety Court of First Instance and a National Safety Appeal Court, established under the State of National Safety (SNS) (martial law) declared by the King of Bahrain on 15 March.

Mohammad al-Tajer is well known for defending political opposition activists. He was the leading defence lawyer in the case of 25 opposition activists, including two charged in their absence, who were tried between October 2010 and February 2011 on charges of plotting to overthrow the government using “terrorism” and other means. The 23 were released on 23 February following an amnesty by the King of Bahrain. Some of them, including Abdul Jalil al-Singace, have been recently re-arrested for their participation in the protests.

PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Arabic, English or your own language:

-Call on the authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of Mohammad al-Tajer and all other people detained in connection with the recent protests and allow them prompt, regular access to their lawyers and families.

-Express concern that Mohammad al-Tajer is a prisoner of conscience detained for his legitimate exercise of freedom of expression and other human rights;

-Urge the authorities to release Mohammad al-Tajer immediately and unconditionally and to protect him from torture or other ill-treatment

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 30 MAY 2011 TO:

King Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa Office of His Majesty the King P.O. Box 555 Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama, Bahrain Fax: +973 17664587 Salutation: Your Majesty

Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa Prime Minister Office of the Prime Minister P.O. Box 1000, al-Manama, Bahrain Fax: +973 17533033 Salutation: Your Highness Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs

Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khlaifa Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs, Fax: +973 175 31 284 Salutation: Your Excellency

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

UA: 116/11 Index: MDE 11/018/2011 Issue Date: 18 April 2011