During anti-government protests in Bahrain, nurse Roula al-Saffar was incarcerated and tortured by the Bahraini government for treating injured protesters. Roula described what happened to her:
“A woman officer entered the room and said ‘I will blindfold you and I will deal with you now’. Then three men entered the room and started hitting me… She had an electric device in each hand and hit me with it on both sides of my head at the same time. I felt dizzy and lost consciousness. I don’t remember what happened straight after. Then they took me to another room and one of them called me a whore and insulted my family… On the third day she gave me electric shocks again and she asked if I went to the strike. Another woman started slapping me. She cut my hair with scissors. Then they burned my hair on the sides. They hit me and sexually harassed me by putting their hands all over my body… This continued for four or five days.”
While Roula has been released on appeal, five other health professionals remain in Bahraini prisons: Ali ‘Esa Mansoor al-‘Ekri, Ebrahim ‘Abdullah Ebrahim, Sa’eed Mothaher Habib Al Samahiji, Mahmood Asghar ‘Abdulwahab and Dhia Ibrahim Ja’far.
Together, we must demand Bahrain release the remaining health professionals. Sign our petition to Bahraini leaders to demand the immediate release of the five other health workers currently imprisoned, and the reversal of their sentences.
- King of Bahrain
His Majesty Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
- Minister of Interior
Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
- Minister for Justice and Islamic Affairs
Shaikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Khalifa.
We the undersigned call on you to:
Immediately and unconditionally release ‘Ali ‘Esa Mansoor al-‘Ekri, Ebrahim ‘Abdullah Ebrahim, Sa’eed Mothaher Habib Al Samahiji, Mahmood Asghar ‘Abdulwahab and Dhia Ibrahim Ja’far.
Quash their convictions and sentences and to drop any remaining charges they may face.
Make public the findings of any investigation carried out into the health professionals’ allegations of torture and to ensure that anyone found responsible for abuses is brought to justice.
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