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Bahraini protesters demand immediate release of hunger-striking political inmate

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Bahraini human rights activist and opposition figure Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace (File photo via Twitter)

Protesters have staged a rally in Bahrain to voice solidarity with imprisoned human rights activist Abduljalil Abdulla al-Singace, who has been on hunger strike for more than 140 days, and demanded his immediate release.

People took to the streets in Sanabis, which lies in the suburbs of the capital Manama, to voice concern over the miserable conditions of the pro-democracy campaigner and condemn Bahraini authorities’ mistreatment of anti-regime prisoners.

Prominent Bahraini human rights advocate Ebtisam al-Saegh, who works for the independent organization Salam for Human Rights and Democracy, described Singace’s condition as very dangerous, arguing that the Manama regime officials are not cooperative in his case.

She told Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television news network that Singace’s family has been unable to contact the detained rights activist.

“We are witnessing a growing wave of campaigns by Bahraini prisoners seeking to gain their basic rights. Abduljalil al-Singace’s death would not be far off if the authorities insist on an obstinate refusal to release him,” Saegh asserted.

Singace, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for his pro-democracy activism during the popular Bahraini uprising, has been on hunger strike since July 18 in protest against his mistreatment at notorious Jau prison.

Back in April, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim said drawing up a new constitution was the only way out of the political crisis in the tiny protest-hit kingdom, urging the regime in Manama to pursue an agreement with the Bahraini opposition instead of increasingly suppressing dissent.

Demonstrations have been held in Bahrain on a regular basis ever since a popular uprising began in mid-February 2011. 

The participants demand that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

The ruling Al Khalifah regime, however, has forged ahead with its brutal clampdown on political dissent in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to the imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.

King Hamad ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3, 2017.


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