Families of political prisoners have rallied in front of Bahrain’s Jau jail after news about attacks on detainees; which caused public anger and triggered protests by detainee relatives.
Sources revealed that several political prisoners were injured after the attack took place at Jau Prison Building 13, Ward 2, with reports Building 12 has also been attacked. Reports also revealed that all victims are political prisoners.
Prisoners at Jau Prison in #Bahrain have been brutally assaulted by security forces, w/ dozens injured.— Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei (@SAlwadaei) April 17, 2021
The attack took place today at Jau Prison Building 13, Ward 2, with reports Building 12 has also been attacked. All victims are political prisoners.
Families of abused political prisoners have rallied outside Jau jail in Bahrain carrying banners reading “Save Bahraini Prisoners” and calling for the release of the detainees; with news that they have lost contact with them after the alleged assault.
They have been denied contact, and it is the simplest right of a prisoner to communicate or communicate with the outside world or with his family or family.#سجناء_مبنى١٢و١٣_في_خطر #فاضل_عباس_الجزيري #أنقذوا_سجناء_البحرين @dooley_dooley @POTUS @hrw— Um abbas (@KadeejaAli22) April 15, 2021
Thousands of tweets were released since the latest news of attacks on political prisoners at Jau jail; activists have released several hashtags to announce their support to the families protesting outside the jail, including “#أنقذوا_سجناء_البحرين and #اطلقوا_سجناء_البحرين” which mean “save and release” Bahraini detainees.
CCTV cameras have recorded the attacks on political prisoners, revealing that Captian Ahmed Al-Amadi led the alleged attack, with the assist of Captian Muhammad Abdul Hameed Maarouf. The assault came after the prisoners’ complaint over bad conditions at Jau jail.
The torture appears to be a revenge attack against political prisoners for protesting prison conditions. Among the methods practiced were lifting prisoners up & throwing them to the ground.— Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei (@SAlwadaei) April 17, 2021
They focused beatings on the face. Several prisoners' faces were covered in blood.
Sources reveal Bahraini authorities want to investigate the attacks in Jau Prison Building 13, Ward 2 and building 12. However, not to know why and how did it start, but to figure out who leaked the information outside the prison.
Furthermore, latest data shows that coronavirus cases inside the Bahraini jails are creepy. Amnesty International worried about the situation there after 70 cases were announced as no face masks or hand sanitizers are distributed or given to the detainees.
استنفار لقوات أمنية بعد تجمع عدد من الأهالي أمام سجن جو مطالبين بالكشف عن مصير ابنائهم بعد ساعات من تعرض سجناء سياسيين لاصابات وتعرضهم لضرب وحشي من قبل قوات أمنية.#البحرين #سجو_جو pic.twitter.com/zbYZtAdyeq— Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei (@SAlwadaei) April 17, 2021
Family members of prisoners spoke to the human rights organization saying that since March, they verified that dozens of confirmed coronavirus cases were among prisoners, according to an online testing status system by the health ministry.
The protests have been going on for a while so as the hashtags which are said to have been trending for the past three weeks on Twitter. Families of political prisoners in Bahrain are only calling the authorities to assure the safety of their relatives after the latest violent news and the coronavirus outbreak in the Jau prison as the detainees are banned from contacting people outside.
ونحن في شهر الرحمة إرحموا هذه الأم المتقطع قلبها على أبناءها الثلاثة ،فقط تريد الاطمئنان عليهم وتعرف أنهم بخير— Sawsan Alalawi (@sawsan_alalwi) April 17, 2021
وباقي الأمهات كذالك مثلها .#أنقذوا_سجناء_البحرين #أنقذوا_سجناء_البحرين pic.twitter.com/FN6mUuquvO
At the beginning of April, Bahrain has freed a number of detainees, including long-term political prisoners, following rallies by their families due to COVID-19 cases in the jail.
Manama authorities promised to release a total of 199 prisoners and detainees but only 166 were freed until this moment from Jau jail which is located east of the kingdom.
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