17 February 1998


Writer/religious scholar detained since 1996

Incident details

Shaikh Abd al-Amir Mansur al-Jamri



(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - ARTICLE 19 is extremely concerned about the continuing
detention without charge or trial of Shaikh Abd al-Amir Mansur al-Jamri, a
60-year old writer and religious scholar. According to ARTICLE 19's
information, Shaikh al-Jamri, a former member of Bahrain's National
Assembly, dissolved by the Amir in 1975, has been a prominent campaigner
for the establishment of democracy in the country during the January 1996
popular demonstrations.

**For background on previous detention of Shaikh al-Jamri, see IFEX alerts
of 11, 4 October and 16 June 1995**

On 20 January 1996, Shaikh al-Jamri was arrested with eight other prominent
Shi'a clerics and was jailed since his arrest, without charge or trial,
under the 1974 State Security Law (previously unreported on IFEX). Further
information received by ARTICLE 19 recently indicates that Shaikh al-Jamri
suffers from severe illness which requires urgent medical attention.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • expressing the belief that Shaikh al-Jamri is a prisoner of conscience
    and his continuous imprisonment is a grave violation of his fundamental
    right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by international human rights law
  • demanding that Shaikh al-Jamri be immediately and unconditionally
    released, and that his rights to freedom of political expression and
    peaceful assembly be guaranteed and respected

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Shaikh Issa Salman al-Khalifa
    Office of His Highness the Emir
    PO Box 555
    The Amiri Court
    Rifa'a Palace

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression
    6-8 Amwell Street
    EC1R 1UQ
    United Kingdom
    info (@) article19.org
    Fax:+44 20 7278 7660
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