Urgent Appeal: Release Prisoner of Conscience Dr. Abduljalil al-Singace as Hunger Strike Reaches 160th Day
On 21 March 2015, Dr. al-Singace went on hunger strike in protest of the collective punishment and acts of torture that police inflicted upon prisoners following a riot in Jau Prison earlier that month. Last Thursday, he passed 160 days of hunger strike. Dr. al-Singace suffers from post-polio syndrome and is disabled. In addition to the torture Dr. al-Singace has suffered, his medical conditions have deteriorated considerably as a result of his incarceration. Prison and prison hospital authorities have denied him physiotherapy and surgery to his nose and ears. He is currently being held in solitary confinement in a windowless room in Al-Qalaa hospital.
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- Sheikh Hasan Isa was accused of funding crimes in relation to the recent Sitra explosion.
- Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters.
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