29 March 2021
Per the last report, the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights and SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights note in their update on the condition of prisoners infected with COVID-19 an increase in numbers. At the time of writing, it has been confirmed on March 29 that the number of the total infected cases has reached 56. One of the infected cases is the former representative of the Al-Wefaq parliamentary bloc, Sheikh Hassan Eissa. The two organizations have also received several complaints from prisoners of conscience regarding not receiving their meals in sufficient proportions or in a timely manner on par with the other detainees.
One of the detainees has also relayed to his family that the number of infected COVID-19 cases has exceeded 100 cases. As of now, however, the two organization have not been able to obtain the names of the remaining infected cases to be tallied into the final count. This comes at a time when there is no transparency enacted by the official authorities in informing the families of the prisoners of their contracting of the virus.
Amidst their calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience, the two organizations also call for the allowance of visits to the prisons and inspections by human rights organizations due to a lack of confidence in the data issued by official authorities.
Problems in Food Provisions
According to a voice message recorded by prisoner of conscience, Abdul Ali Muhammed Khair, on the 28th of March, breakfast was brought to them at 6:30PM followed by lunch at 8:00PM. The number of meals did not match the number of residents: only 75 meals were delivered, leaving a staggering 76 without food. Dinner was served at 12:30AM.
One of the detainees in Building 23 stated that last night, on Sunday, 28 March, they were not given lunch, but only dinner consisting of soup and bread. Breakfast was served at 1:00PM today.
In another prisoner’s testimony, after some prisoners were infected with COVID-19, the meals provided by the prison administration were paltry and not sufficient for adults. For example, a meal could simply consist of a piece of brown toast and a bowl of cereal that weighed no more than 10 grams in portion size, or a small amount of pasta. Whoever objected would be left to face hunger. Another prisoner attested that after the COVID-19 infected cases were confirmed, milk and tea were no longer distributed.
Families Protesting the Grievances: You are Prohibited from Peacefully Gathering in Manama
In the early morning of the 28th of March, a number of the prisoners’ families picketed in front of the Bahraini Ombudsman calling for the immediate release of their relatives. Employees of the Ombudsman recorded from them the numbers and names of the prisoners.
One of the officers present at the picket said to the families yesterday, “We do not know how Jau Central Prison is run and what their different departments and sections are, but what is important to us is that you do not picket in Manama as it is forbidden to demonstrate in the capital.”
Official Authorities’ Lack in Transparency in informing the Families about the Health Status of their Children
Prisoner Yunis Al-Nassri stated in a voice note that he had been on a hunger strike for four days due to the refusal of the Jau Central Prison administration of his request to checking up on his younger brother, detainee Mansour Al-Nassri, who has been infected with COVID-19. He indicated that his family were not made aware of his brother’s condition or infection by the security authorities. On Sunday, March 28, Yunis was told by an officer that the infected prisoners were separated into cells that no one could get in or out of.
The families of a number of detainees also reported that whenever they tried to find out the results of the medical examination of their families through the electronic application of the Ministry of Health (conscious society), they could not obtain information, and the following phrase would appear to them: A failed entry attempt.
Several families of a number of detainees also reported that whenever they would try to find out the results of their kins’ medical examinations through the Ministry of Health’s online application, Mujtama’ Wa’i (A Conscious Society), they would be unable to obtain any information. The following phrase would appear to them: A failed entry attempt.
Prisoners of Conscience Infected with COVID-19
|1||Hani Ahmed Eissa Marhoun||Al-Sanabis||22-Mar-2021|
|2||Nasser Ya’aqoub Yusef Nasser||Adhari||23-Mar-2021|
|3||Fadhel Muhammed Ridha Ali Hassan Ibrahim Baddah||Sitra||23-Mar-2021||Suffers from a chronic illness, such as epilepsy|
|4||Hussein Sa’id Ibrahim Hassan Ali||Sitra||23-Mar-2021|
|5||Sami Ja’afer Abbas Muhammed Ali Al-Sheikh||Al-Ma’ameer||23-Mar-2021|
|6||Muhammed Abdullah Yusef Ahmed Al-Singace||Al-Sanabis||23-Mar-2021||Suffers from chronic illnesses|
|7||Sayed Ali Mousa Ja’afer Alawi Hussein||Al-Diraz||23-Mar-2021|
|8||Ahmed Ja’afer Al’ajouz||Al Nuwaidrat||23-Mar-2021|
|9||Ahmed Muhammed Saleh Jassem Hassan Ali||Bani Jamra||24-Mar-2021||Suffers from chronic illnesses|
|10||Sayed Mahmoud Sharaf||24-Mar-2021|
|11||Mujtabba Sadeq Hassan Ali Abdullah Eissa||Abu Quwah||24-Mar-2021|
|12||Abdulaziz Ja’afer Abdulaziz Ahmed Jawad||Barbar||24-Mar-2021|
|13||Sayed Ahmed Alawi Jawad Mahfouz Ali||24-Mar-2021|
|14||Hassan Jawad Al-Mikhawdher||Al-Sanabis||25-Mar-2021|
|15||Nuh Abdullah Hassan Ahmed Hassan Al-Amroum||A’ali||25-Mar-2021|
|16||Ali Abbas Hassan Ali Ahmed Al-‘Asfour||Al-Diraz||25-Mar-2021|
|18||Sayed Qassim Jalil||26-Mar-2021|
|19||Sayed Nizar Ni’ma Baqer Ali Yusef Al-Wada’i||A’ali||26-Mar-2021|
|20||Hadi Ibrahim Muhammed Amin Ibrahim Al-‘arab||Bani Jamra||26-Mar-2021|
|21||Muhammed Ja’afer Talebb Ja’afer Abdullah Al-Ghisrah||Bani Jamra||26-Mar-2021|
|22||Khalil Ibrahim Abdalrasool||Al-Diraz||26-Mar-2021|
|23||Nasser Faisal Al-Naboul||Sitra||26-Mar-2021|
|26||Ali Ahmed Ja’afer Ahmed Laith||Dar Kulaib||26-Mar-2021|
|27||Mustafa Abdulkareem Ibrahim Ali Hassan Khatem||Karzakkan||26-Mar-2021|
|28||Sayed Ahmed Ali||Abu Subai’||26-Mar-2021|
|30||Hussein Yunis Ahmed||Sanad||23-Mar-2021|
|32||Abbas Ibrahim Hassan Al-Majed||Damistan||24-Mar-2021|
|33||Hussein Ali Saleh Al-Marzouq||Al-Diraz||27-Mar-2021|
|34||Ahmed Ali Yusef Jassem Al-Saegh||Abu Subai’||26-Mar-2021|
|35||Sadeq Abdullah al-Ithna’ashar||Al-Diraz||27-Mar-2021|
|36||Mazen Mansour Ahmed Al-Wenna||Sitra||27-Mar-2021|
|37||Abbas Ahmed Khamees||Al-Nuwaidrat||27-Mar-2021|
|38||Ahmed Jaber Radhi||27-Mar-2021|
|39||Ja’afer Muhammed Ali Thamer||Dar Kulaib|
|40||Muhammed Ahmed Ali Ahmed Fakhrawi||Manama||27-Mar-2021|
|41||‘Adel Ahmed Ali Saleh||Hamad Town||26-Mar-2021|
|42||Ahmed Ali Alsheik Hassan||Sitra|
|43||Muhammed Ali Abdullah Nas|
|44||Muhammed Hassan Sahlan||Al Eker|
|45||Sayed Hassan Shabber||Tubli|
|46||Abdulzahra’a Abdulkareem Yaseen||A’ali||27-Mar-2021|
|47||Sadeq Muhammed Ja’afer||Al-Eker|
|48||Jawad Mirza Al-Dirazi||Al-Diraz|
|49||Sadeq Abd Ali Al-‘Asfour||27-Mar-2021|
|50||Fadhel Ja’afer Rubai’i||27-Mar-2021|
|52||Hassan Ali Abdulhussein Al-‘Asfour||Al-Diraz||28-Mar-2021|
|53||Salman Ali Salman Kazem||Karzakkan||28-Mar-2021|
|54||Hassan Abdulhadi Al-Mikhreq||Manama||28-Mar-2021|
|55||Sheikh Hassain Eissa Hassan Al-Marzouq||Sitra||28-Mar-2021|
|56||Abdullah Hassan Ali||Al-Sanabis||28-Mar-2021|