RNA – In an exclusive interview with Rasa News Agency, Dr. Rashid al-Rashid, a senior member of Bahrain’s Islamic Action Society, described the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Bahraini prisons as a new crime by the Al Khalifah regime against political prisoners and other innocent people who didn’t even take part in peaceful demonstrations.
He noted that the number of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in the prisons of the Al Khalifah regime is between 4,000 and 7,000 people but it must be stated that accurate statistics aren’t available because the operations to detain Bahraini citizens continues and hasn’t stopped.
Dr. al-Rashid continued, “The Al Khalifah regime is committing all kinds of tortures against prisoners and violating their human dignity and unjustly depriving them of their liberty and therefore all prisoners must be released as soon as possible.”
He added, “The Al Khalifah is a dictatorial family that has resorted to inhumane acts and unbridled crimes with the support of the United States, the United Kingdom and some regional parties against the Bahraini people, including athletes, artists, women and men.”
He strongly criticized the international community for its silence over the Al Khalifah’s crimes and their baseless claims of supporting human rights, saying, “It doesn’t seem far-fetched that the regime would use the Coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to threaten revolutionaries, their leaders and to settle political scores with Bahraini opposition and activists.”
Bahrain is witnessing straight days of increased infections of the highly contagious Coronavirus and the Persian Gulf monarchy’s Ministry of Health reported on forty new Coronavirus cases on April 24th.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Bahrain has reached 1,744, while the death toll stands at seven, according to the latest running count by worldometers.info.
Bahrain’s political prisoners at high Coronavirus risk in overcrowded cells.
This came as Bahrain has been bitterly criticized by a number of human rights organizations over prison conditions, including overcrowding, poor sanitation and lack of medical care.
Rasa News Agency