Bahrain: Interrogating a Human Rights Lawyer because of Press Releases

Photo: Mrs. Manar Maki Hasan

November 23, 2012

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its grave concern due to interrogating the human rights lawyer Mrs. Manar Maki Hasan – 23 years old – because of a press statement to a television channel on 16 November about the torture of Mr. Adnan Al-Mansi – one of the detainees in the political cases – and about the way the Public Prosecution dealt with this detainee.

Mrs. Manar Maki is a human rights lawyer who cooperates with the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights in providing information related to the condition of detainees in the political cases, and she also defends dozens of democracy activists.

On 23 November 2012, Mrs. Manar Maki was summoned by the Public Prosecution.

Mr. Mohsin Al-Alawi – Mrs. Manar Maki’s lawyer – said to the BYSHR that, “his client was interrogated because of a press statement broadcasted by one of the satellite channels and she was charged with accusations related to insulting the Judiciary Authority and libelling the members of the Public Prosecution who interrogated the detainee Mr. Adnan Al-Mansi”.

Mrs. Manar Maki was released with the guarantee of place of residence and she may face charges before court.

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) demands:

1-Immediately drop all charges against the human rights defender Mrs. Manar Maki.
2-Allow lawyers to work in absolute freedom, unhindered legally or morally.
3-Stop restricting freedom of opinion and expression.

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