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Jaw Prison Authorities Refuse Family visits to Imprisoned Political Leaders for the third time
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2013-04-08 08:51:57




Families of imprisoned prisoners of conscience in Bahrain, political leaders, since February 2011 events, went to prison on Saturday morning, March 6, 2013 to visit.  According to previous agreement between prison management and the political leaders, visits were scheduled every two weeks, two hours long with no restrictions on the leaders’ clothing.  For the third time in a row the visit was barred after prison manager changed the conditions of the visit.  He tried to impose prison uniform on leaders in contrast to what became stable for the past two years.  Families went through regular routine of registration of ID cards and inspection, and waited in the visit hall with the children for a period of nearly half an hour, but the visit was rejected.

Prison Staff kept saying “they will not come" and " are not coming" meaning political leaders, but families kept correcting the staff and telling them that the leaders did not voluntarily withdrew from seeing their beloved ones, and would definitely love to see their families according to regular previous status but all of that happened after prison management provoked previous conditions which lasted over two years. The prison administration changed circumstances and imposed sanctions suddenly.

Some families heard the visit officer taking phone orders from his superior not to allow the visit nor receive personal hygiene kits.


The delivery service office staff was instructed to accept books from families, as well as new clothes, return used clothes to families, but not to accept personal hygiene items such shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and soap for washing clothes.

 

 

Jaw Prison administration prohibits the 13 political leaders and human rights activists from receiving diagnosis and treatment, to go to clinics inside and outside the prison without wearing a criminal prisoners’ suit. A number of former political prisoners in the seventies, also due to fabricated charges, confirmed they spent prison time wearing their usual clothes for periods extended between seven to eight years, and only those few of them who went through fake trials, were forced to wear prison suits during trials only. After trials no body wore prison suits.

 

 

 

Prison managements’ trial to impose criminal’s uniform on leaders and abandoning their basic rights in visits and personal hygiene is a futile attempt to deny the fact that they are prisoners of conscience.

 

Such actions confirm the states’ ongoing escape from the implementation of the BICI report recommendations that rightfully described the political leaders as prisoners of conscience, who used their freedom of expression right as well known community leaders  to say their outlook for a future democratic Bahrain.. They spoke of elementary demands for democratic reform, social justice and the need to fight corruption and the corrupt.

 

Misleading statements made by official bodies or by paid clerks promoting hatred will not do any good against positive and true definitions from prestigious organizations such as Amnesty International, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and others.

 

The best thing for Bahrain is to do is to begin true implementation of the BICI report recommendations, along with the international recommendations in Geneva, immediately release the leaders, prisoners of conscience, and put them in charge of serious fresh negotiations towards the good of all Bahrainis.

 

Bahrain must also hold accountable those responsible for the violations, torture, extrajudicial killings, use of poisonous gas and bring them to fair trial in order to recover the reputation of Bahrain in international forums and international media.


April 6, 2013

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