His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
King of the Kingdom of Bahrain
The Royal Court
21 December 2009
We express our concern regarding the reports about alleges of torture and arbitrary arrests against a group of citizen who participated in the peaceful protests during December 2009. Information indicates that the political groups in Bahrain are celebrating in this month the memory of the torture victims in the period between 1975 and 1999, and which is the period where the security authorities practiced torture, arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings of the activists and participants in the peaceful protests.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights documented reports on the maltreatment of the defendants in the (Ma’ameer) case, the BYSHR indicated that the security apparatuses used torture as a means to extract confessions from the defendants, and photos revealed the torture marks.
Mr. Mohammed Maskati – president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights – is still under the threat of imprisonment and fine. His case for ruling was postponed until 25 January 2010. Mr. Maskati contributed in spreading the principles of human rights in Bahrain and in the Arab region. Practicing his work is considered part of the values of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, issued in 1998.
We, the undersigned, request your Majesty to the following:
1. The immediate and urgent release of the detainees who participated in the peaceful protests, and to terminate the Ma’ameer case.
2. The immediate and independent investigation in alleges of torture and arbitrary arrests, and to involve the local non-governmental organizations in the investigations.
3. Interrogate the security men (Riot Forces – National Security) that are accused of using violence and torture against the masses and detainees.
4. To dismiss the case of Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati, and to allow him to practice his work in absolute freedom without any legal or security restrictions.
1. Angkhana Neelapaijit – President of Working Group on Justice for Peace (WGJP) – Thailand.
2. Markova Yulia Igorevna – Project coordinator in NGO Citizens’ Watch – Russian Federation.
3. Moustafa El Hassan Taha – Hesham Mubark Law Center – Egypt.
4. Bilal Raad – Lebanese Association for Human Rights – Lebanon.
5. Alia Farid – Network of Human Rights Activists – Saudi Arabia.
6. Abdelgadir Mohammed Abdelgadir – Journalist – Sudan.
7. Shahinaz Abdel Salam Ibrahim – Blogger and Human Right Activist – Egypt.
8. Sofiene Chourabi – Journalist – Tunisia.
9. Mohammed Al-Maskati – President of Bahrain youth Society for Human Rights – Bahrain
10. Peter Kinoy – Documentary filmmaker – United States of America
11. Massoud Shadjareh – Chairman, Islamic Human Rights Commission – United Kingdom.
12. Malath Aumran – Journalist – Syria.
13. Beth Davis – World Movement for Democracy – United States of America.
14. Eduardo Elías Gomez Agustín – Mexico
15. Fabakary Ceesay – Journalist – Gambia
16. Axel David Murillo Paredes – Colombia
17. Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi – Journalist – Pakistan
18. Anthony Rafael Fernandez Urbina – Professional in Human Rights – Nicaragua.
19. Aselya Abykeeva – Central Asia Free Market Institute – Kyrgyzstan.
20. Nabeel Rajeb – - President of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights – Bahrain
21. Sally Maged ElBaz – Reform and Development Party – Egypt.
22. Hassan Ole Naado – Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance – Kenya.
23. Namo Sh. Majeed – Civil Society Initiative – Iraq.
24. Ramadan Ilazi – Speak Up Movement – Republic of Kosovo
25. Yelena Albertovna Bazhenova – Youth Human Rights Group “The System of
Coordinates” (Vladimir) – Russian Federation.
26. Gökhan Turhan – Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Turkey
27. Aihan Jaf – Director General of Arab-European Center of Human Rights and International Law – Norway.