BAHRAIN: KING URGED TO COMMUTE DEATH SENTENCES OF PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS
|Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussein Moosa
July 23, 2020:
More than a dozen human rights groups have signed an open letter to Bahrain's king in a last-ditch attempt to commute the death sentences of two activists who were charged with killing an officer by bombing a police convoy in 2014, Middle East Eye reported on 23 July 2020. (Sources: MEE, 23/07/2020)
The signatories included Human Rights Watch and Reprieve, who maintain that Mohamed Ramadhan and Hussain Ali Moosa had not received a fair trial and were charged after the Bahraini police gained confessions from torture.
"We, the undersigned organisations, urge you to commute the death sentences of Mohamed Ramadhan and Hussain Ali Moosa, who have exhausted all legal remedies available to them after the Court of Cassation upheld their death sentences," the statement noted.
Earlier this month, a Bahraini court upheld the death sentences of the two pro-democracy activists.
All avenues for the two men have now been exhausted, pending ratification the king.
The letter urged the king to issue a retrial of the men and demanded the king free ten other detainees in Bahrain sentenced to death or at risk of execution.
It also called for the abolition of the death penalty and demanded Bahrain consider establishing a moratorium on executions.