Scholars at Risk calls for letters on behalf of Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace of Bahrain

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    Scholars at Risk calls for letters on behalf of Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace of Bahrain

    April 27, 2012

     

     

    Scholars at Risk calls for letters in advance of the upcoming April 30th Court of Cassation hearing date on the appeal of Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Bahrain, Isa Town.

     

     

    Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of over 270 universities and colleges in 34 countries dedicated to promoting academic freedom and its constituent freedoms of thought, opinion, expression, association and travel. In cases involving alleged infringement of these freedoms, SAR intervenes hoping to clarify and resolve matters favorably.

     

     

    SAR is gravely concerned that Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace has been sentenced to life in prison on allegations stemming from his exercise of freedom of expression and freedom of association, rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain has acceded. As SAR wrote in letters of August 27, 2010, October 14, 2010, March 18, 2011 and June 22, 2011, we respectfully urge the appropriate authorities to ensure that the appeal process is a fair one, consistent with internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial and detention, in accordance with Bahrain’s obligations under international law, and that any charges, convictions or sentences against Dr. Al-Singace related to his peaceful exercise of protecting human rights are lifted. 

     

     

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

     

    -respectfully urging the appropriate authorities to ensure that the appeal process is a fair one, consistent with internationally recognized standards of due process, fair trial and detention, in accordance with Bahrain’s obligations under international law; and

     

     

    -respectfully urging the appropriate authorities to ensure that any charges, convictions or sentences against Dr. Al-Singace related to his peaceful exercise of protecting human rights are lifted. 

     

     

    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

    Via email to: info@mofa.gov.bh

    Via fax to: +973 1-753-6343

     

     

    COPIES TO:

     

     

    The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton

    United States Secretary of State

    U.S. Department of State

    2201 C Street NW

    Washington, DC  20520, USA

     

     

    The Honorable _________

    Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to [YOUR COUNTRY]

    [POSTAL ADDRESS]

    [FAX]

    [EMAIL]

    (See http://www.mofa.gov.bh/ 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 Street, 4th Floor

    New York, NY 10012, USA

    scholarsatrisk@nyu.edu

    Fax: +1 212-995-4402

     

     

    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.