Amnesty: Bahraini Opposition Member at Risk of Torture


Amnesty International warned on Monday (May 15, 2017) Nizar al-Qari, a member of the opposition party al-Wefaq, who was arrested on May 5, is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.


According to the international watchdog, al-Qari was taken after arrest to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), where he alleges he was deprived of sleep and handcuffed behind his back for long periods of his detention. On 8 May, he was charged with “illegal gathering in Duraz” and taken back to the CID.


Amnesty International pointed out that it fears that he may have been tortured and remains at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. In a call for urgent action, it called for appeals to urge the Bahraini authorities to immediately disclose Nizar al-Qari’s legal status, and give him immediate and regular access to his family and lawyer; urge them to investigate Nizar al-Qari’s allegations of torture or other ill-treatment and to ensure Nizar alQari is not further tortured or otherwise ill-treated, and is given prompt access to his medication and any medical attention he may require; call on them to release him unless he is charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence.