United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a document expressing “grave concern” to the Bahraini government at the allegations of arbitrary arrest and detention of three relatives of Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, as well as death threats and treatment amounting to torture.
Security officers arrested AlWadaei’s brother-in-law Sayed Nazar AlWadaei, mother-in-law Hajar Mansoor Hasan, and maternal cousin Mahmood Marzooq Mansoor in March 2017. They were reportedly targeted in relation to Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei’s human rights work. After days of detention without official charge, the three individuals were presented with terrorism charges, based largely on coerced confessions and “confidential sources”.
Security officials interrogated Hajar Mansoor, 49, for three periods each lasting around 11 hours between 5 and 7 March. Officers allegedly forced her to stand for extended periods and humiliated her with abusive language. They also allegedly threatened to cancel the family’s commercial licenses, suspend her husband’s pension payments and arrest her daughter, son-in-law and youngest son.
Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei is Director of Advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD). He is a noted human rights advocate and the UN communication expresses “concern” that the arrests may have occurred “at least in part, in reprisal for [Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei’s] cooperation with the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, in particular his attendance to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council”, which coincided with the arrests
The following UCU London Retired Members Branch statements were written on our behalf by David Binns
- Mahdi Abu Dheeb Released, Repression Continues
- Bahrain Trade Union Breakthrough, UCU initiated Joint Statement published (29th September 2015)
- Bahrain: unions launch campaign against UK failure to act on abuses (24th September 2015)
- More on Mahdi Abu Dheeb: News from Amnesty (5th September 2015)
- Support Early Day Motion 241 (11th August 2015)
- Solidarity with the Teachers of Bahrain: News from Education International (8 July 2015)
- UCU Congress debates call for an international union led inquiry into repression in Bahrain (22nd May 2015)
- Oppose Opening of British Base in Bahrain! (14th May 2015)
- Bahrain Watch and the Struggle for the Historical Record (26nd March 2015)
- State Violence in Manama: Four Years On (26th February 2015)
- Bahrain trials update (1st February 2015)
- Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab faces jail for a tweet (29 October 2014)
- Defend Maryam Al-Khawaja (28 September 2014)
- Bahrain: Trade unions and the struggle for democracy (30 July 2014)
- Bahrain: Activists launch international campaign against Formula One race (2 April 2014)
- Defend the Bahrain Teachers: An Open Letter to UCU Members (17 September 2013)