The Plight of Political Prisoners in Bahrain

Press Conference on Bahrain
The Plight of Political Prisoners in Bahrain
In support of Ali Mushaima, who is currently staging a hunger strike and is on his 15th day, Global Rights Watch (GRW) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) cordially invites you to join us at a press conference detailing the reasons for his hunger strike and the demands he is seeking. The conference will take place outside the Bahraini Embassy in London on Thursday the 16th of August at 17:30 pm. As well as hearing from Ali, the following speakers will be in attendance in support of Ali’s case:
Aidan Ellis (Chair)
Aidan Ellis balances an established personal injury practice, including high value cases and credit hire claims, with a growing international practice. He has been instructed in cases before the International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Ben Keith
Ben Keith is a barrister specialising in Extradition, Immigration, Serious Fraud, Human Rights and Public law. He has extensive experience of appellate proceedings before the Administrative and Divisional Courts, as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and United Nations. He has particular expertise in human rights cases and extradition.
Nicolas McGeehan 
Nicholas McGeehan is the former Bahrain, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates researcher at Human Rights Watch. Prior to working for Human Rights Watch, he founded and ran an NGO that campaigned for migrant workers’ rights in the Middle East.
Ali Mushaima
Ali Mushaima, a political activist based in London, is the son of the jailed Bahraini opposition leader, Hassan Mushaima. Ali Mushaima is stateless as the Bahraini authorities revoked his citizenship and sentenced him to 45 years prison in absentia
Ali is currently staging a hunger strike outside the Embassy of Bahrain in London to protest the dire conditions facing his father, Hasan Mushaima, at the hands of the Bahraini Government.
He is protesting because his father is being denied basic medical treatment and family visitation. This has led to a marked deterioration in his health which could soon become life-threatening.
During the course of his hunger strike thus far, Ali has been subjected to criminal abuse from staff at the Bahraini Embassy outside which he is protesting. On the morning of the 12th of August, members of staff at the Embassy threw, from the Embassy balcony, dirty water at Ali while he was sleeping. The Metropolitan Police were called to the scene and have opened an investigation into the incident.


Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei
Director of Advocacy
Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD)

Phone: +44 7445382565
Twitter: @salwadaei |

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