Strike by Bahrain prisoners worries Amnesty

The rights group Amnesty International has expressed concern about the fate of around 200 prisoners in Bahrain who have been on hunger strike for the past 10 days.

    The protestors are 'gravely ill'

    "Amnesty International is concerned about the possible deterioration in the health conditions of the striking prisoners," the London-based group said.

    The common law detainees, held in the Jaw prison, are protesting against "ill-treatment and lack of access to lawyers and human rights organisations," it added.

    "Medical treatment should be immediately provided to the prisoners, especially those with deteriorating health condition ... Prisoners should have immediate access to lawyers and human rights organisations."

    Amnesty said there were reports that one hunger striker, named as Yasir Makki, had died in prison earlier this year after authorities failed to provide medical treatment in time.

    The number two of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Nabil Rajab, said last Saturday that his organisation had asked the interior ministry to allow BCHR members to visit the prison, but to no avail.

    At the time, one prisoner, reached via mobile phone, told Agence France Presse a dozen strikers were gravely ill.

    Detainees in Jaw prison have already staged two hunger strikes this year, in January and April, to demand better conditions.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.