PEN SA Takes Part in English PEN’s Campaign for Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace

03 Aug 2015
Writing materials

Prominent academic and blogger Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace, who promotes human rights in Bahrain, was arrested in 2011 for his participation in the peaceful Arab Spring protests. During his initial detention security officials subjected him to torture and ill-treatment and in June 2011 he was sentenced by a military court to life in prison for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.

On the 21st of March this year Dr Al-Singace started a hunger strike to protest prison conditions. To mark 100 days of his protest English PEN joined other NGOs and started a campaign demanding an end to his imprisonment and a full and impartial investigation into the allegations of ill-treatment that Dr Al-Singace is highlighting through his ongoing hunger strike. The campaign also protests that he is being held in solitary confinement at Al-Qalaa Hospital and is being denied any form of media or writing materials. This means that he is now unable to submit written requests to the prison authorities.

There are several ways that you can support the campaign, including sending writing materials to the Ministry of Interior in Bahrain requesting that they be passed on to Dr Al-Singace, signing a petition and raising awareness on social media. Visit English PEN for all the details and find out how you can support the campaign.

PEN South Africa has sent a notebook and pens (pictured above) to Bahrain.