Bahrain: ANHRI Denounces the Upheld of the Imprisonment Sentence against the Rights’ Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja for Month on the background of Entering Pearl Roundabout

Cairo February 28, 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the decision issued by the Bahraini court to reject the appeal of the rights’ activist Zainab Al-Khawaja on the judgment issued against her to imprison her for a month on the background of entering a restricted area which is the Pearl roundabout. ANHRI also denounced the statement of the Ministry of Interior on the non-delivery of the body of the martyr Jaziri.

The Bahraini court has issued a decision to reject the appeal of Zainab Al-Khawaja on the Bahraini court on Monday, December 10, 2012, which sentenced her for a month and to ensure 100 dinars to stop the execution of the sentence on the background of charges to participate in unauthorized demonstration on February 12, 2012, and the entry of Pearl Roundabout, which authorities consider it as a restricted area. Despite she and who were walking in the street naturally; they did not do any act, any word or commit any crime punishable by the law. In addition to the lack of an official decision indicates that the area of Pearl roundabout is a restricted area. She languished 8 days of the sentence period and there are 22 days to complete it.

In a related context the court rejected the appeal of Zainb regarding the imprisonment sentence for two months on charges of destroying movables related to the ministry of interior.

ANHRI denounces the statement issued by the ministry of interior of Bahrain regarding the non-delivery of the body of the martyr Jaziri to his family. The spokes man of the interior ministry said that the family of the martyr signed the document of receiving the body but the family refused to have the funeral in the area of “Nabeeh Saleh” as the family wants to have the funeral in “El-Deah” area then to bury him in “Nabeeh Saleh”, which is according to the ministry of interior is violating the Bahraini norms and traditions.

ANHRI said that “the family martyr’s family has only right to determine the place of the funeral and the place to bury him. The ministry of interior has no capacity in this matter and its allegation that the non-delivery of the body due to funeral and bury procedures are part of the intransigence of the authority and misleading act. In addition to the impunity of involved in his murder, as the video segments show the moment of being targeted by the security forces of the martyr from a short distance”.

ANHRI demands the Bahraini authorities to immediately interfere and issue orders of delivering the body of the martyr to his family in addition to bring who is involved in his murder to justice. ANHRI demands the dropping of the charges pressed on “Zainb” and the respect to the freedom of expression.

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