Al Wefaq’s Human Rights raises concern over enforced disappearances of citizens

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SHAFAQNA – The Liberties and Human Rights Department in Al Wefaq National Islamic Society issued the following statement on 24th March 2015:

A number of families raised concerns over the unknown whereabouts of their sons who have been arrested this month. The families told the Liberties and Human Rights Department (LHRD) in Al Wefaq National Islamic Society that they have received a single phone call from their arrested relatives, some detainees said they were in the CID and others said they did not know where they are being detained. The families are worried that their sons may be subjected to mistreatment, thus, the LHRD requested the families to contact the Ombudsman Office, and indeed, some have done so. However, they said they have not received responses to learn of the whereabouts of detained family members.

In light of the aforementioned circumstances, the LHRD considers the fates of the detained youth unknown. This is considered a serious violations that is criminalized under the law and contradicts with conventions of which Bahrain is signatory to. The security apparatuses detaining these youths bear responsibility to reveal the place of detention to the families of the detainees. The law implies that detainees must be taken to the Public Prosecution Office within 48 hours following the arrest, else, they must be released.

The detainees names are as follows:

  1. Murtadha Mohammed Alkhunaizy, 19, arrested on 12 March 2015
  2. Sayed Mohammed Ameen Alalawy, 17, arrested on 12 March 2015
  3. Mahmood Jameel Alhawaj, 19, arrested on 12 March 2015
  4. Hasan Isa Mayoof, 20, arrested on 12 March 2015
  5. Ihsan Abdulredha, 34, arrested on 15 March 2015
  6. Hasan Ali Alhaddad, 20, arrested on 17 March 2015
  7. Faisal Hasan Tarrah, 17, arrested on 19 March 2015

The LHRD urges for the families of the detainees to be allowed to see their sons, immediately, in order to feel reassured on their conditions and safety. Their lawyers must also be allowed to do their jobs in defending their clients by attending interrogation sessions and learning the accusations their clients are facing.

The disappearance of this group of youth comes in line with the statement on short-term enforced disappearance by the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearance which stated that there is a “ deeply concerning trend of short-term enforced disappearances, particularly of protesters, in States including Bahrain”.

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