The Bahraini Ministry of Interior and human rights activists said today that a political prisoner serving a life sentence died of infection with the new Corona virus, while human rights organizations called for the immediate release of political prisoners in the Kingdom for fear of the pandemic.
The Bahraini authorities stated that Hussain Barakat, 48, who received a full vaccination against the virus last March, died after contracting the virus, adding that he had been transferred from prison to hospital on May 29, and that his condition required “putting him on a respirator.” And raising the efficiency of the device to the highest level, and his health condition remained unstable until his death.”
The Ministry of Interior said that Barakat “was receiving integrated health care, and regularly received his medicines… in addition to receiving video and telephone communication.”
The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, based in Britain, said in a statement if Barakat’s death could have been avoided if “the government agreed to release political prisoners to prevent the spread of the epidemic.” of its kind this year, and resulted in the injury of approximately 60% of the 255 political prisoners in Building No. 12 of Jau Prison.
The institute added that Hussein Barakat was a political prisoner held in Gao prison. The institute added that in 2018, Barakat and 53 others were sentenced to life imprisonment in a mass trial, which included 138 people accused by the authorities of joining a terrorist cell.
The dissolved opposition Al-Wefaq Society in Bahrain has been demanding the release of prisoners of conscience since the start of the Corona virus pandemic, and the Bahraini authorities have released some prisoners, considering that they are at risk, such as pregnant women.
America and Britain
Commenting on the prisoner’s death, Hussain Abdullah, Executive Director of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, said that the administration of US President Joe Biden and the British government should tell their Bahraini allies that “holding political opponents as hostages is no longer unacceptable. parole for all those convicted for their peaceful opposition to the government.”
The Gulf kingdom was subjected to pressure from human rights organizations regarding prison conditions, including overcrowding, lack of public health procedures, and a lack of medical care. Families of Gao prison detainees organized protests calling for the release of their relatives and better living conditions. A violent confrontation took place between prison guards and prisoners last April. When inmates protested their conditions.
Bahrain, which is inhabited by about 1.8 million people, has recorded a high daily infection rate since last April, reaching more than three thousand cases last week, before declining to about 1,600 cases on Tuesday.