13/1/2021–|Last updated: 1/13/202111:20 PM (Makkah)
The family of the Bahraini prisoner of conscience Sheikh Zuhair Ashour issued a statement about his enforced disappearance and torture at the hands of intelligence agents, and announced the launch of an electronic and human rights campaign to publicize his case.
The family said that Ashour’s news was interrupted 6 months ago, and that human rights sources told them that he was being pressured and tortured in order to give up his convictions.
According to the statement, pressures and methods of torture affected other prisoners of conscience, including Muhammad Sarhan, Naji Fateel, Sadiq al-Ghasra, Ali Abd al-Husayn Ramadan, and Hasan Attiya.
The statement stated that these prisoners were in Building No. 14 of Jaw Central Prison, and a while ago they asked the authorities to improve their conditions and enable them to hold religious rites and communicate with their families.
When the authorities refused to fulfill their demands, they decided to go on hunger strike to draw attention to their cause.
Isolation and shackles
However, the strike did not work, as the prison authorities transferred them to Building No. 15, subjected them to solitary confinement, and kept them tied at all times.
Later, the prison authorities returned some of them to Building No. 14, and informed them that they could not meet their demands because the Bahraini Intelligence Service was concerned with their case.
According to the family’s statement, “this notorious device is responsible for torturing Sheikh Zuhair Ashour during arrest and interrogation.”
The family said that it holds the Bahraini government fully responsible for the safety of prisoner Ashour, and has pledged to communicate his case to international organizations and to support him on social media.
Under the hashtag # Sheikh Zahir Ashour, the family launched an electronic campaign, which was met with great support in Bahrain.
It is noteworthy that human rights organizations have consistently condemned the violations that prisoners of conscience are subjected to in the Kingdom of Bahrain.