Shia-related news in the week of February 12, 2021
Authorities commute the sentence of Ali Nimr (age at arrest:17), Dawoud Al-Marhoun (age at arrest:17), and Abdullah Al-Zaher (age at arrest:15) to 10 years. The three were originally sentenced to death for participation in pro-democratic protests. Sources report the court’s decision to free the three by 2022.
Sources report that prisoners in Jaw Central Prison have tested positive for COVID-19. No efforts of containing the spread of the disease have been announced by authorities.
Moreover, sources report a reduction in personnel presence and delayed meals.
Shia Rights Watch expresses concern for the safety of Shia Muslim detainees and the loss of already insufficient resources.
As the inoculation of the COVID-19 vaccine begins in Bahrain, Shia Rights Watch calls for equal dispersion of resources to all Bahraini residence, regardless of religious identity.