Amnesty International Calls to Immediately Release Sheikh Ali Salman


Amnesty International urged in a call of action report on Thursday (April 13, 2017) the Bahraini authorities to quash Sheikh Ali Salman’s conviction and to release him immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

On 3 April, the Court of Cassation in Bahrain reduced the nine year prison sentence against opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of Bahrain’s main opposition party al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, to four years. Sheikh Ali Salman is a prisoner of conscience and remains held in Jaw Prison, south of the capital Manama.

The international human rights organization called on Bahraini authorities to implement the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which called for the immediate release of Sheikh Ali Salman and for him to receive adequate compensation.

It also called to uphold the right to freedom of expression and repeal or amend all laws that criminalize the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.