Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, Bahrain

Posted April 25, 2019

Dr. Abdul Jalil Al-Singace is a Bahraini scholar and a retired professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Bahrain, sentenced to life in prison. After participating in a pro-democracy protest in March 2011, authorities arrested Dr. Al-Singace and he has been imprisoned ever since. Dr. Al-Singace was previously detained from August 2010 to February 2011 after delivering a speech on human rights. Dr. Al-Singace has been denied access to medical care despite deteriorating health conditions. Read more.

 Case Information

On August 13, 2010, Bahraini authorities arrested Dr. Al-Singace after returning from delivering a speech on human rights in the United Kingdom. Dr. Al-Singace was detained for six months and subjected to torture until a pardon by the king on February 23, 2011.

On March 17, 2011, after he participated in a pro-democracy protest, dozens of security officers raided Dr. Al-Singace’s home, arrested him, and took him to a police station where they allegedly beat and threatened him. Dr. Al-Singace was held incommunicado until June 22, 2011 when a military court sentenced him to life in prison on charges of “plotting to overthrow the government.”

Since his imprisonment, Dr. Al-Singace reports that his pre-existing health conditions, including post-polio syndrome, have worsened and new medical issues, including musculoskeletal issues, sickle cell disease, severe dehydration, fainting, shoulder infection, and two ruptured eardrums, have developed as a result of alleged ill-treatment and torture at Jau Prison. In March 2015, Dr. Al-Singace reportedly led a hunger strike that lasted for a total of 313 days to protest prison conditions. His family reports that, despite raising his health issues and requesting to see medical specialists, Dr. Al-Singace has not been provided consistent or appropriate medical care. Further, he has reportedly been banned from visiting fellow family members being kept at Jau Prison.

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