Aya Majzoub from HRW: Bahrain should Release Prisoners who shouldn’t Have Been Imprisoned in First Place

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Aya Majzoub, Bahrain Researcher at Human Rights Watch, said “the Bahraini Government should release people who should not have been held in detention in the first place.” In an interview with Fatima Yazbek, the Head of the GIDHR Committee on Reports and Studies, Majzoub said that the Bahraini Government should be using this opportunity, noting that “we welcome the release of 1486 detainees. That …

Sue Bolton: Political Prisoners should be Released, We Need People Like Sheikh Ali Salman in the World

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Sue Bolton, Moreland councilor and member of Socialist Alliance in Australia, supported the calls by Bahraini human rights organizations to release the political prisoners from the jails in Bahrain. In an interview with the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Bolton noted that “the Bahraini government is following the footsteps of some other repressive …

Former Head of RCSI Bahrain to GIDHR: Political Dissenters should be Granted Amnesty

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Professor Tom Collins, former Head of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Bahrain, said “all medics, all over the world, should call on regimes to grant political dissenters an amnesty.” In an interview with Fatima Yazbek from the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Collins noted that “prison is a huge congregation setting, we expect a very explicit effort to protect prisoners …

Australian MP Fiona Patten: Keeping Prisoners in Bahraini Prisons is HR “Travesty”

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Australian MP Fiona Patten described keeping prisoners in Bahraini prisons as a human rights “travesty”. In her interview with Fatima Yazbek from the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, Patten said “Even without the virus, it is something that is no longer acceptable in modern society around the world.” She noted that amid the …

Phil Robertson from HRW to Bahraini Gov’t: Prisons will be Container Boxes for COVID-19 if you Don’t Release Prisoners

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Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch in South Asia urged the Bahraini government to release prisoners after the Coronavirus outbreak. In an interview with the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR), Phil Robertson said “we have been calling not just in Bahrain, but around the world, for governments to release political prisoners, to …

Brian Dooley to GIDHR: Prisoners Contracting Coronavirus would Harm Ruling Family Reputation, Gov’t Should Release Them

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Activist Brian Dooley from Human Rights First said that we are in a new context because of the Coronavirus, indicating that “people, like Naji Fateel and other human rights defenders, should not be imprisoned with or without the virus.” In an interview with the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Right, Dooley stated “I think …

Activist Evan Jones to Bahraini Gov’t: All Political Prisoners should be Released

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Activist Evan Jones sent a clear message to the Bahraini government in which he said that COVID-19 is a global pandemic and that all political prisoners should be released, explaining that “this is not about political pressure, but human decency and providing essential health care protections to individuals inside Bahrain’s borders.” In an interview with …

SBS: Hakeem Al-Araibi: Bahrain condemns ‘external interference’ as it files extradition papers

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Bahrain’s Interior Ministry confirmed that it has filed documents for the extradition of detained refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi, while also lashing out at “intolerable” external interference. The application to Thai officials aims to relocate the Melbourne-based footballer from the Thai prison he has been held in for more than 60 days. The footballer has been …

Australian Craig Foster to GIDHR: Int’l Community should Pressure Bahrain to Release Prisoners amid Coronavirus Crisis

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The international community should pressure Bahrain to release prisoners amid the Coronavirus epidemic, sports star Craig Foster told the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights. In an interview with Fatima Yazbek via Instagram, Foster said “I made it clear that the rest of the world, like us, should be pressuring on the Bahrain government …

Nine News: Bahrain seeking extradition of Melbourne based refugee footballer detained in Thailand

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Bahrain has submitted an application to Thai officials for the extradition of Melbourne-based refugee Hakeem al-Araibi. The footballer has been held by Thai authorities since arriving in Bangkok on his honeymoon November 27 over a now-lifted Interpol red notice. The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights has issued a statement, saying the Bahrain government …