Families of those sentenced to death have released an urgent statement expressing their deep concern about the fate of their loved ones and the lack of contact with them since May 15. According to the statement, the inmates reported that they were beaten by prison guards, resulting in injuries and burns to some prisoners in the building. The Ministry of Interior issued a statement claiming that “the situation has been controlled and order has been restored,” but the families remain deeply worried about the safety of the inmates and the lack of information about their wellbeing.
Below is the statemnet:
Urgent statement from the families of those sentenced to death
May 16, 2023
We, the families of those sentenced to death in political cases, express our deep concern about the fate of our children and the lack of contact with them since May 15.
We received calls from the inmates on the 15th of May, where they informed us that our loved ones have been beaten by prison guards, which resulted in injuries and burns to some prisoners in the building. We do not know the severity of the injuries. They told us that Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Marzooq were taken outside the building. We are very concerned that they continue to be ill-treated and tortured while being cut off from the outside world.
The Ministry of Interior issued a vague statement where they stated that “the situation has been controlled and order has been restored,” and that they have notified the Public Prosecution and the General Secretariat of the Ombudsman of the incident. This statement increased our fear over the fate of our children.
Therefore, we call on the Bahraini government, the Ministry of Interior, and human rights institutions in the country, especially the Ombudsman, the Special Investigations Unit, the National Institution for Human Rights, and the Public Prosecution, to:
1. Start an immediate investigation of the incident
2. Ensure the safety of the inmates and provide them with the necessary treatment in case they are injured
3. Check the CCTV footage of the building
4. Enable them to have direct contact
5. Holding accountable those who have been found guilty for their involvement in the assault
Issued by the families of the death row inmates:
- Husein Ebrahim Ali Husain Marzooq
- Mohamed Ramadhan
- Husain Moosa
- Maher Abbas al-Khabbaz
- Zuhair Ebrahim Jasim Abdullah
- Husain Ali Mehdi
- Sayed Ahmed al-Abar
- Salman Isa Ali Salman
- Muhammad Radhi
- Hussein Abdallah Marhoon
- Musa Ali Musa
- Hussein Al-Rashed