@Naji Fateel with Margaret Sekaggya
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its deep concern for the sentence issued from the Criminal Court (the Court of First Instance) yesterday – 22 May 2013- against Naji Fateel, Zainab Al Khawaja and Masooma Alsayed.
1- Naji Fateel, board member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), was reportedly sentenced to six months in prison for the alleged “illegal gatherings.” This case in related to previous charges(2012).
Naji Fateel was arrested without a warrant by security officers in civilian clothes at his home in the village of Bani-Jamra at dawn on 2 May 2013, and then transferred to an unknown location. The first contact with his family took place on the evening of 4 May 2013 when he told them about his presence at the CID.
The public prosecutor charged human rights defender Naji Fateel with alleged “establishment of a group in order to disable the provisions of the Constitution” and ordered his imprisonment for a period of sixty days pending investigation under the internationally criticized terrorism law.
Naji Fateel has been subjected to severe torture during interrogation in the notorious Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID). Among the allegations are that he has received electrical shocks to his genitals, left foot, and back, and been subjected to simulated drowning, severe beatings, threats to publish photographs of his wife (taken from her camera which was confiscated when security forces raided the family home), verbal abuse using uncivilized words, hanging by his hands from the ceiling, sexual harassment and threats to rape him, standing for long hours, and sleep deprivation. ( For more information see our appeal: http://byshr.org/?p=1381)
2-Zainab Al Khawaja was sentenced to three more months in jail for taking part in an illegal gathering and insulting a police officer. She is already in prison on other politically-motivated charges.
Zainab Al-Khawaja: is a prominent human rights defender and blogger.She used his account on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/angryarabiya) for dissemination of human rights information.
3-Prominent activist Masooma Alsayed was also reportedly sentenced to six months on the taking part in an illegal gathering and insulting a police officer.
The BYSHR call on the Bahraini government to immediately release Naji Fateel, Zainab Al Khawaja and Masooma Alsayed. The authorities in Bahrain should stop harassing and targeting human rights activists and allow them to continue their legitimate activities without obstruction.