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Waad Demands Bahraini Authorities To Stop Harassing and Insulting Prisoners
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2012-08-24 10:32:53


National Democratic Action Society (Waad) expresses its concern with regards to the recent actions taken by the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation at Jau Central Prison in Bahrain, as it explicitly violated political detainees’ privacy.

 

The concerned department has practiced arbitrary censorship on telephone calls between detainees and their families in an insulting and derogatory manner. An example of this unjustified interference and censorship occurred on 19 August 2012 during a call between Waad’s Secretary General Mr. Ebrahim Sharif and his wife, where a security official closely monitored, censored the topics of discussion and ultimately disconnected the call while they talked about matters and news which are discussed in the public domain and published in the local newspapers.

 

Waad considers these actions a clear violation of detainees’ privacy and their freedom to contact the outside world from within their detention centres, their families in particular. Additionally, these actions violate basic detainee rights confirmed by international conventions and treaties, most notably as provided in Article 10 (1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


Moreover, Waad stresses the importance of restoring the confiscated rights of detainees to receiving various daily publications and watching different TV channels without the selectiveness of prison officials, in addition to allowing unwell detainees access to specialised treatment of illnesses mostly resulting from torture and ill-treatment in prison.

 

Lastly, Waad underlines the need to rehabilitate law enforcement officials in Bahraini prisons to enable them to act objectively and take into consideration the conditions of prisoners of conscience.  Waad also reiterates the importance of true and immediate implementation of the Police Code of Conduct currently being promoted in rhetoric without any implementation of its provisions.

 

 

National Democratic Action Society “Waad”

24 August 2012

 
 
 
 
 

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