Voices rose in some European countries, such as France, Spain and Italy, calling on their governments to put pressure on the Bahrain authorities in order to release prisoners of opinion and political activists. More reports issued by international observers on Bahrain have shown that human rights organizations continue to be restricted in the country, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
There are 16 human rights organizations calling on Bahrain to release Al-Singace, who is on hunger strike in protest against ill-treatment, and there are human rights organizations that called on Bahrain to conduct an investigation into the death of a prisoner amid reports of medical neglect.
4 UN experts issued a report and a letter to the Bahraini authorities because of their “documented violations of citizens’ rights” and their record of practices including enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest, and torture. The report cited examples of Bahraini opposition figures who were subjected to violations; Among them are Sheikh Zuhair Ashour, the opposition Shiite cleric and professor in the Al-Sayyid Al-Ghuraifi scholarly seminary for Islamic studies, and Mr. Ali Abdul-Hussein Al-Wazir, who were both subjected to arbitrary arrest, torture and deprivation of proper litigation procedures.
In denunciation of these measures, French parliamentarian member, Justine Benin, asked the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian about his commitment to ensuring respect for human dignity and political freedom in Bahrain and the diplomacy being taken by France to ensure respect for human rights in Bahrain.
Deputies Marta Rossica Salto and Carvalho Dantas questioned the Spanish Government about its position on human rights violations in Bahrain, and asked what action the Spanish Government had taken to seek unconditional release of all political prisoners, to provide high-quality medical care to all political prisoners, and to put an end to the culture of impunity rooted in this country and independent investigation of persistent and systematic human rights violations, as well as pressure for serious and measurable steps towards democracy by the Government of Bahrain,
The spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also denounced the use of excessive force by Bahraini police forces to break up a peaceful sit-in in Joe prison, last April. Prisoners protested about their conditions of detention, in particular the lack of access to medical treatment, following the death of political prisoner Abbas Malallah, after he was denied timely access to basic health care in accordance with information obtained by UNOHCHR.
Laura Baldrini, member of the Italian Parliament, also called on the Italian government to demonstrate its commitment to the protection of human rights in Bahrain. She raised the issue of Bahraini authorities arresting underage demonstrators and threatening them with rape and electrocution, including a 16-year-old with serious health problems.
United Nations reports have confirmed that violations are contrary to the principles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain has acceded and which has the force of law and is applicable, as well as the violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.