AAAS Science and Human Rights Program publishes Action Alert based on information from Scholars at Risk

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    The AAAS Science and Human Rights Program received the following  information from Scholars at Risk (SAR) and has published the case  through the AAAS Action Alert system.  The Alert has been posted on the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program wesbite and sent out via our  listserv, and will be included in the next Science and Human Rights Program newsletter.

     

    Information from SAR  follows:

     

    Scholars  at Risk Network Calls for Urgent Action for Detained Mechanical Engineering  Professor Abdul  Jalil Al-Singace of Bahrain

     

    18 October  2010

     

    The Scholars at  Risk Network urges action on behalf of Professor Abdul Jalil Al-Singace who has  been arrested and detained in Bahrain.

     

    Background

     

    Professor  Al-Singace is a scholar of mechanical engineering who has worked at the  University  of Bahrain  since 1995. He is also the Director of the Human Rights Bureau of the Haq  Movement for Civil Liberties and Democracy, an opposition political  movement.  Professor Al-Singace was  arrested on August  13, 2010  at Bahrain  International  Airport,  following his address on August 5 to the British House of Lords during which he  reported on Bahrain's  human rights situation. International reports indicate that  after several weeks of Professor Al-Singace's detention in an undisclosed  location, his lawyer was finally able to meet with him.  Professor Al-Singace's  lawyer reports that Professor Al-Singace has been subjected to severe forms of  ill treatment during his detention.  The  abuse has reportedly included sleep-deprivation and severe physical beatings,  which has resulted in partial hearing loss for Professor Al-Singace.  In  addition, Professor Al-Singace's wheelchair and crutches have apparently been  taken away and detention officials have forced him to crawl back and forth to  his cell and stand for long periods of time, even though he is partially  paralyzed from poliomyelitis. Professor Al-Singace's abuse and extended  detention without regular access to counsel, family or adequate medical support  would appear to constitute a reckless disregard of his health and well-being.

     

    This disregard, coupled with the  suddenness and lack of any clear basis for his arrest, raises concerns not only  about his situation but about the intimidation of scholars generally in  Bahrain and about the ability to conduct  world-class research, teaching and scholarship in such an environment.  This  case appears to involve retaliation against one scholar's peaceful exercise of  fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of  Human Rights and Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant on  Civil and Political Rights to which Bahrain is a party.

     

    Take Action  Today

     

    Scholars  at Risk invites letters, emails and faxes be sent:

     

    -respectfully calling on authorities  to ensure that Bahrain's obligations under international law are upheld with  regard to Professor Al-Singace;

     

    -respectfully calling on the  authorities to examine the circumstances of Professor Al-Singace's treatment and  detention; and

     

    -respectfully calling on authorities  to intervene to ensure his well-being, including ensuring immediate and regular  access to legal counsel of his choosing, to family and to medical  treatment.

     

    Please  write to:

     

    His  Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

    Prime  Minister

    Ministry  of Foreign Affairs

    P.O.  Box  547

    Government  Road

    Manama

    Kingdom  of Bahrain

    Fax:  +973 17536343

    info@mofa.gov.bh 

     

    His  Majesty Shaikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa

    King  of Bahrain

    Office  of His Majesty the King

    P.  O. Box  555

    Rifa’a  Palace, Kingdom  of Bahrain

    Fax:  + 973 17668884

     

    Her  Excellency Ms. Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo

    Ambassador  of Bahrain  to the United  States

    Embassy  of the Kingdom  of Bahrain

    3502  International Drive NW

    Washington,  DC  20008   USA

    Fax:  +1 202 362-2192

     

    COPIES  TO:

     

    His  Excellency Dr. Majid Bin Ali Al Nuaimi

    Minister  of Education

    Ministry  of Education  Building

    Al  Istiklal Street

    P.O.  Box  43

    Isa  City

    Kingdom  of Bahrain

    Fax:  +973 1768 7866

    Email:  moe.relations@bahrain.gov.bh

     

    The  Honorable Hillary R. Clinton

    United  States Secretary of State

    U.S.  Department of State

    2201  C Street NW

    Washington,  DC   20520   USA

     

    His  Excellency J. Adam Ereli

    Ambassador  of the United  States  to the Kingdom  of Bahrain

    Embassy  of the United  States of America

    Bldg  979, Road 3119, Block 331, Zinj

    Kingdom  of Bahrain

    Fax:  +973 1727 0547

     

    Scholars  at Risk

    New  York  University

    194  Mercer St.,  4th floor

    New  York,  NY  10012   USA

    Fax:  +1 212 995-4402

    scholarsatrisk@nyu.edu 

     

    To  view a copy of SAR’s letter of appeal, please visit their website: www.scholarsatrisk.org

     

    This  Action Alert was posted by the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program on behalf  of the Scholars at Risk Network. SHRP has not independently verified its  contents.