United Nations experts stated that the detention of the minor Camille Juma’a in Bahrain is arbitrary, warning that the systematic violations in this kingdom may constitute crimes against humanity, according to a statement issued by the “Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain” issued yesterday, Thursday.
The statement said, “The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention published an opinion on Kamil Juma’a Mansour Salman Hassan, son of Bahraini civil society activist and former prisoner of conscience, Ms. Najah Ahmed Habib Yousef, whose detention was previously declared arbitrary by the Working Group. Camille when he was a minor, and he underwent more than 20 trials on various charges, and was sentenced to 27 years and 10 months after appeal, and was prevented from continuing his education in prison. Read also Italian MPs demand the King of Bahrain to release all political prisoners A call for pressure to hold accountable those responsible for torturing children in Bahrain UN team: 18 Bahrainis unjustly detained after mass trial A legal battle to activate the Magnitsky Act.. British lawyers demand European sanctions against Bahraini officials
He added, “The working group emphasized that Kamil’s arrest is arbitrary, given the illegality of his detention, the various violations of his right to a fair trial, and the denial of legal representation, to his coercion to sign prepared statements,” as well as his targeting “in retaliation for his mother’s activities.”
Given the seriousness of these violations – says the organization’s statement – the Working Group referred its case to the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) said that through the UN Complaints Program, the organization regularly receives information from Bahraini individuals as primary evidence in complaints submitted to UN Special Procedures offices. As such, the documents collected by the organization were the source of the information on which the Working Group based its opinion in the Kamil case.
The Working Group requested the Government of Manama to take immediate and necessary measures to address Kamil’s situation and bring it into line with relevant international standards, including those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
In this context, the Working Group noted that the appropriate procedures in Kamil’s case are “… his immediate release and an enforceable right to compensation and reparation, in accordance with international law. In the context of the current coronavirus pandemic, and the threat it poses in prisons The Working Group calls on the government to take urgent action to ensure his immediate release.”
It also called on the Working Group to “ensure that a full and independent investigation is conducted into the circumstances surrounding Kamil’s arbitrary deprivation of liberty, including the allegation that he was subjected to torture, and that appropriate measures be taken against those responsible for violating his rights.”
The organization welcomed this opinion issued by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and urged the Bahraini authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release Kumail and grant him the right to compensation as well as ensure that he receives medical care and resume his education outside prison.”