Rights groups accuse Bahraini authorities of withholding Nabeel Rajab's medication

Rights groups accuse Bahraini authorities of withholding Nabeel Rajab's medication

“Recently alarming signals have multiplied raising security concerns regarding his detention condition,” said the president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Dimitris Christopoulos. “The government should put a stop to these tactics, and immediately release him. We seriously fear for his life.”

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Rights groups are accusing the authorities in Manama of withholding medication from the jailed Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab and say they have evidence to substantiate their claims.

“Recently alarming signals have multiplied raising security concerns regarding his detention condition,” said the president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Dimitris Christopoulos. “The government should put a stop to these tactics, and immediately release him. We seriously fear for his life.”

The Secretary General of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) echoed those concerns warning that “Nabeel Rajab’s life is at serious risk and he should receive urgently the medical treatment he needs by a trusted medical institution.”

Earlier this month Rajab had his two-year prison sentence upheld and faces an additional 15 years behind bars in a separate case.

Since his arrest in the summer of 2016, the activist has undergone surgery and was hospitalized on multiple occasions due to his deteriorating health.

A special advisor at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Sheikh Maytham Al Salman, also called on Manama to “immediately release him [Rajab] and allow him to seek medical care freely from a doctor of his choice.”

“The harassment of Nabeel Rajab is intended to silencing the whole Bahraini society,” Salman said.



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