BFHR: The NIHR is lying about torture victim Hussein Khamis, and instead of investigating his case, it is doing what it does best, “circumventing and sugar-coating violations
The Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR) said that the National Institute for Human Rights (NIHR) is lying about what it said regarding addressing the case of torture victim Hussein Ali Khamis in its statement yesterday. The BFHR noted that the victim contacted the NIHR several times to register a complaint about what he has been subjected to, but it imposed an impossible condition on him, which is providing a medical report from the health center affiliated with the Ministry of Interior (al-Qala). The Jaw Prison administration refused this request and stalled a lot. “Does the NIHR expect that the security officers who are amused by the deterioration of the victim’s health by calling him crazy can provide him with what facilitates granting him his right to the appropriate and necessary treatment?” the BFHR asked. “The NIHR also did this with one of the family members of Hussein Khamis when he called it several times,” the BFHR added.
“While the NIHR boasts about its electronic communication applications, it has not bothered itself to contact the prison administration or go there for fact-finding. Instead, it did what it does best, circumventing and sugar-coating and denying violations whenever complaints of torture are repeated,” the BFHR further said. How did it not do so while head of the NIHR, Maria Khoury, told Bahrain’s al-Watan newspaper on June 23 that “There is no torture in prisons and places of detention in Bahrain,” despite the condemnation of continued torture by many international human rights organizations, and mainly UN experts.
The BFHR pointed out that the case of torture victim Hussein Ali Khamis requires an extensive investigation into the abuses he suffered. The BFHR also noted that the NIHR’s justification was not lodging a complaint about the deterioration of his health, however, violating his right to receive proper treatment was not the only violation. What about torturing him in the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) building for ten days through some torture practices such as hitting him in the genitals, pouring cold water on him, tying his hands with a rope and tying the other end of the rope to a fan making him attached to the fan, and other forms of torture and ill-treatment. Are the advanced electronic applications of the NIHR unable to register the torture that took place in the CID building? Such statements issued by the NIHR tell those who mistreat Hussein Khamis to keep humiliating him and amusing themselves by denying him treatment. In addition, these statements strongly support those who practice torture in prisons to continue and even develop these bad practices, which explains the NIHR’s constant failure in earning \\\'A\\\' status of accreditation.
July 11, 2019
Bahrain Forum for Human Rights