Scholars at Risk calls for letters on behalf of Prof. Masaud Jahromi of Bahrain

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    Scholars at Risk calls for letters on behalf of Prof. Masaud Jahromi of Bahrain

    Date: August 16, 2011

     

    Scholars at Risk (SAR) is gravely concerned about Professor Masaud Jahromi, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain, who has been arrested and detained for four months.  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 the legal counsel of his choosing, to family and to medical treatment.

     

    Scholars at Risk is an international network of over 250 universities and colleges in 31 countries dedicated to protecting the human rights of scholars around the world and to raising awareness, understanding of, and respect for the principles of academic freedom and its constituent freedoms of expression, opinion, thought, association and travel. In cases like Professor Jahromi's involving alleged infringement of these freedoms, SAR investigates hoping to clarify and resolve matters favorably.

     

    Dr. Masaud Jahromi holds a PhD in Telecommunication Networking from University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom, and he is Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ahlia University’s College of Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology. Scholars at Risk has learned that Professor Jahromi was arrested and taken from his home at 2:30 am on April 14, 2011.  Scholars at Risk understands that Professor Jahromi was held first in Al Galaa Prison and then transferred to the Dry Dock Prison, where he has been since the end of April.  According to reports, the police broke into his house in the middle of the night, threatened and harassed members of his family, confiscated the family’s laptops, and beat Professor Jahromi before taking him away to an undisclosed location. He was denied access to his family for over one month. Reports also indicate that Professor Jahromi is not receiving medical treatment for serious and diagnosed conditions, including Hepatitis C. 

     

    The nature of Professor Jahromi’s arrest and his detention without access to medical care and family suggests apparent disregard of international standards of due process, fair trial and detention as guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain has acceded. Taking into account reported arrests of scholars in Bahrain following the pro-democracy protests in February and March, Professor Jahromi’s detention suggests a wider attempt to intimidate intellectuals and to limit academic freedom in Bahrain—a suggestion Scholars at Risk finds particularly distressing and unfortunate given the current tensions in the region and the world, which appear to warrant more rather than fewer exchanges and discussions among scholars inside and outside Bahrain.

     

    Scholars at Risk therefore urges authorities to ensure that Bahrain’s obligations under international law are upheld with regard to Professor Jahromi and respectfully urges authorities to intervene in his case and to ensure his well-being—including regular access to family, to legal counsel of his choosing and to medical treatment—pending his earliest release.

     

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

     

    -respectfully urging authorities to ensure that Bahrain’s obligations under international law are upheld with regard to Professor Jahromi; and

     

    -respectfully urging authorities to intervene in his case and to ensure his well-being—including regular access to family, to legal counsel of his choosing and to medical treatment—pending his earliest release.

     

    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:

     

    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 1-766-8884

     

    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 1-768-7866

    Email: moe.relations@bahrain.gov.bh

     

    Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni

    Commission Chair

    Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI)

    Email: outreach@bici.org.bh

     

    The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton

    United States Secretary of State

    U.S. Department of State

    2201 C Street NW

    Washington, DC  20520, USA

     

    The Right Honorable William Hague

    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    King Charles Street

    London

    SW1A 2AH

    United Kingdom

     

    The Honorable _________

    Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to [YOUR COUNTRY]

    [POSTAL ADDRESS]

    [FAX]

    [EMAIL]

    (See right-hand column at http://www.mofa.gov.bh/Default.aspx?tabid=75&language=en-US for a list of Bahraini embassies worldwide.)

     

    The Honorable _________

    Ambassador of [YOUR COUNTRY] to the Kingdom of Bahrain

    [POSTAL ADDRESS]

    [FAX]

    [EMAIL]

     

    Scholars at Risk

    New York University

    194 Mercer St., 4th floor

    New York, NY 10012  USA

    Fax: +1 212 995-4402

    Email: scholarsatrisk@nyu.edu