Third Campaign to Save Bahraini Academic Abduljalil Al-Singace's Life: More than 130 Days of Hunger Strike
2021-11-18 - 5:30 am
Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who has been on hunger strike for more than four months, continues his hunger strike to protest against the confiscation of his research, which he spent four years writing. Bahraini activists have launched a social media campaign in support of the case of Al-Singace, whose life has become in danger.
Abduljalil Al-Singace, a professor at the University of Bahrain, was a human rights activist and blogger until 2011, when he was arrested for participating in the Pearl Roundabout protests. He is one of the Bahrain 13 group that includes political leaders who were arrested for their role in the democratic movement in Bahrain in 2011.
This is the third Twitter campaign organized in solidarity with Al-Singace, which began with video clips of activists broadcast on social media.
Human rights activist Ahmed Al-Wadaei said that "#Freedom_for_Al-Singace exceeded millions of views on Twitter in the past 10 days."
Human rights groups say that Al-Singace has lost more than 20 kilograms and his health has fell in great danger, after he went on hunger strike due to the confiscation of his research and the continued harassment of Jaw prison guards, who eavesdrop on his phone calls with his relatives and regularly cut him off the line without warning, in addition to harassing him inside his prison cell and preventing him from sleeping.
Al-Wadaei reveals disturbing developments about Al-Singace's condition. He is suffering from dizziness, seizures and loss of balance; the swelling is clear in his hands and his body is cold.
Jawad Fairooz, president of Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, posted a video in which he said: "We express solidarity with Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, all opposition leaders and other prisoners of conscience in Bahrain."
Meanwhile, human rights activist Ibtisam Al-Sayegh warned of the danger on Al-Singace life. She said that Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace has been on hunger strike for 125 days. He is closer to danger and we are about to lose him.
Opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif, addressed the authority: Isn't there a rational man among you? At least learn from your Zionist friends not to let a prisoner die on hunger strike while he is being held by you, protesting the confiscation of a book he spent years writing.
"You send the Foreign Minister to meet with the Commissioner for Human Rights, and at the time you cause the death of a prominent human rights defender," he added.
Activist Najah Yousif stated "The open hunger strike of Al-Singace as a result of the confiscation of his most basic rights (human treatment and scientific research) is a fact that reveals the truth of all bold headlines, official media and human rights institutions boast of fictitious human rights achievements at the expense of moral values and human principles."
Dissident Fadel Abbas wondered "why this intransigence towards a prisoner's rights? His book was confiscated without reason. The government is responsible for any health condition Dr. Al-Singace faces. Human rights are not slogans."
Activist Ali Al-Fayez wrote: "His crime is related to pride and dignity, his sincerity with his people, steadfastness and freedom while he is in shackles, physically disabled. Nonetheless, he issues lessons of power and fights tyranny with his empty stomach."
Twitter user Yousif Al-Khaja also asked, "Does the demand of prisoner of conscience Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace and his hunger striker for more than 120 days to protest the confiscation of his notes from the security service require all this disregard from the Jaw Prison administration and endangering his life without any justification other than further punishment."
Another tweeter saw that Israeli Zionists are more merciful with their prisoners and detainees in hunger strikes, but in Bahrain they are merciless with Al-Singace's case as he completes 128 days of hunger strike over the confiscation of a book he wrote inside the prison.
As for Ahmad Jasim, he said in a tweet: "Dr. Al-Singace has been struggling for 129 days with an empty stomach. Unfortunately, the world is in a state of silence towards the case of our people in Bahrain."
Ali Mhana said: "Palestinian prisoner Moqdad Al-Qawasmi was released after 113 days of hunger strike, while no one has even spoken with Bahraini prisoner Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who has been on hunger strike for more than 128 days."
He wondered: "Are criminal Zionists more merciful with prisoners? We will not let Al-Signace be the fourth victim that comes out of prison. We hold them responsible."