27 February 2010
The organizations undersigned on this appeal express their great concern regarding the release of a report by the Human Rights Watch entitled “Torture Redux”, where the report addresses the testimonies of human rights defenders and political activists who were tortured during their arrest by the Bahraini Authorities in order to extract forced confessions from them. The report also includes medical and legal information on torture in the Bahraini prisons.
The undersigned organizations emphasize that the information included in this report leads to disappointment in the political reform process, and allowing liberties in Bahrain, especially after 2001 and that the statements of officials had disappeared with the release of a report addressing torture.
Since the press conference, held by the Human Rights Watch in Bahrain on 8 February 2010, the newspapers associated with the Authority and the electronic forums and the official radio launched a criticism campaign against the human rights defenders and others who contributed in preparing this report, whom the international organization extended its gratitude to in the report.