Imprisoned prominent Bahraini activist Hajer Mansoor Hassan has been finally taken to hospital after being denied medical treatment for three months.
Bahraini activists, requesting anonymity, said doctors ordered prison authorities to allow the 49-year-old pro-democracy campaigner to receive the necessary physical therapy during her checkup earlier this week, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.
Hassan reportedly suffers from chronic back pain and needs to see a specialist regularly.
On March 23, she was hospitalized with hypoglycemia three days after beginning a hunger strike to protest the treatment of inmates at the notorious Isa Town Prison.
Hassan, who held her first hunger strike last October, and her 18-year-old son have been charged with planting a “fake bomb” in A’ali town south of Manama.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3 last year.