22 March 2011: AAAS Publishes Action Alert Based on Information from Scholars at Risk (re: Bahraini mechanical engineering professor)

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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 listserv.  The Alert will be posted on the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program wesbite and included in the next Science and Human Rights  Program newsletter.

     

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    Scholars at Risk calls  for letters on behalf of Bahraini mechanical engineering  professor

    March  22, 2011

     

    Scholars at Risk (SAR)  is gravely concerned about reports that Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, a professor  of mechanical engineering at the University of Bahrain, Isa Town, has been  reimprisoned. SAR asks for letters, faxes and emails urging the appropriate  authorities to intervene to ensure his well-being pending his earliest release,  including ensuring regular access to family, to legal counsel of his choosing  and to medical treatment.

     

    Background

     

    Scholars at Risk has  received reports that Dr. Al-Singace was taken forcibly from his home on March  17th and imprisoned without charge, in apparent contravention of rights  protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International  Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain has acceded. SAR is  concerned by reports during his previous detention that he was held without  regular access to family and medical care—which is of particular concern given  that Dr. Al-Singace is partially paralyzed from poliomyelitis.

     

    Scholars at Risk respectfully urges authorities to ensure that Dr.  Al-Singace’s case is addressed quickly and in a manner consistent with  internationally recognized standards of due process and fair trial, in  accordance with Bahrain’s obligations under international law. Furthermore, SAR  respectfully urges authorities to ensure Dr. Al-Singace’s well-being pending his  earliest release, including ensuring regular access to his family, legal counsel  of his choosing and to medical treatment.

     

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

     

    -respectfully urging authorities to ensure that Dr. Al-Singace’s case  is addressed quickly and in a manner consistent with internationally recognized  standards of due process and fair trial, in accordance with Bahrain’s  obligations under international law; and

     

    -respectfully urging authorities to ensure Dr. Al-Singace’s  well-being pending his earliest release, including ensuring regular access to  his family, legal counsel of his choosing 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

    Email to: info@mofa.gov.bh

    Fax to: +973  1-753-6343

     

    COPIES  TO:

     

    The Honorable  _________

    Ambassador of Bahrain to  [YOUR COUNTRY]

    [POSTAL  ADDRESS]

    [FAX]

    [EMAIL]

    (See http://www.bahrainembassy.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=section.home&id=74 for contact information of embassies  worldwide.)

     

    The Honorable  _________

    Ambassador of [YOUR  COUNTRY] to Bahrain

    [POSTAL  ADDRESS]

    [FAX]

    [EMAIL]

     

    Scholars at  Risk

    New York  University

    194 Mercer Street, 4th  floor

    New York, NY 10012  USA

    Fax: +1 (212)  995-4402

    Email: scholarsatrisk@nyu.edu

     

    To view a model letter  of appeal, as well as a copy of SAR’s letter, please visit: http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu/Education-Advocacy/Alerts-Scholars-in-Prison.php.

     

    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.