President/ John Kufuor President of Ghana and the African Union The African Union Addis Ababa – Ethiopia August 2nd, 2007 Kindly accept our best regards, Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), located in Bahrain, and The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists (APHRA), located in Egypt, would like to praise your hard work to establish justice, democracy, and human rights principles all over Africa. Dear President, We – BYSHR and APHRA – write to you regarding the British security officer, Ian Henderson, who resides now in South Africa, a member country of the African Union. Mr. Henderson was the Head of General Intelligence Bureau in Bahrain during the period from 1966 to 2000.
Mr. Henderson is condemned by international human rights organizations (e.g. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch) for committing severe violations against human rights in Bahrain. Mr. Henderson used to launch group torture operations inside Bahraini prisons. He arrested unlimited number of young Bahraini citizens. He played key role in the disappearance and forced exile of many Bahraini human rights activists and political dissidents.
Mr. Henderson was previously charged by criminal accusations in anti-humanitarian crimes. Mr. Henderson used to work for the Private Bureau of Kenya prior to its independence. He was responsible for suppressing Momoa Revolution there. Shortly after independence, the Kenyan government expelled him out of country in 1965. Then, he moved to Rhodesia and worked with its racist governor, Ian Smith. Then, he was deputed to Bahrain in 1966, where he committed severe violations to human rights.
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights and Arab Program for Human Rights Activists confess the great role of The African Union and your highness in advocating democracy and human rights in member countries. Therefore, we call upon you to take necessary measures to prevent the residence of the British officer accused of committing anti-humanitarian crimes in a member country of The African Union.
Mohammed AL-Maskati – President
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights – Bahrain
Ahmed Badawy – Executive Director
Arab Program for Human Rights Activists – Egypt
Attachment: Related Reports by International Organizations (Human Rights Watch) http://hrw.org/english/docs/2000/01/11/bahrai389.htm