The name “Hussein Barakat”, who died in Jaw Central Prison after being infected with the Corona virus, spread on the communication sites in Bahrain today.
Jurists held the government responsible for Barakat’s death and said that dozens were suffering from “health neglect” in prison, while a statement by the Ministry of Interior said that Barakat was receiving full health care in addition to receiving the Corona virus vaccine.
From health problems to death
A few days ago, the banned Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society warned of the dangerous health condition of Hussein Barakat inside prison, after he contracted Covid 19.
Human rights activists, including the activist, Ibtisam Al-Sayegh, accused the prison administration of procrastinating in providing Barakat with health care because he had been suffering from “health problems for a while.”
His wife said in an audio recording published by the Bahrain Foundation for Rights and Democracy “Bird” on Tuesday that she asked to see him and see his health file after a call between them, in which he said that he felt that he would die from the severity of the disease and urged his wife to move in order for the authorities to allow him to go out for treatment.
One day later, Barakat’s wife received a call from the prison, in which they told her, “Your husband has died as a martyr,” she said.
Hussein Barakat’s son is also in prison and has obtained approval for temporary release to participate in his father’s funeral .
Barakat’s wife said that she would “not hand her son over to prison” and demanded his final release.
The authorities are accused of “neglecting and condoning the outbreak of the epidemic in prison”
Human rights groups, including Al-Wefaq Society, blamed the Bahraini government for the death of Hussain Barakat .
The association said that Barakat died “due to the authorities’ negligence and intentional killing of citizens under the weight of Corona and the poor health and humanitarian conditions, and there are dozens waiting to die because of the regime’s refusal to release them.”
Non-Bahraini human rights organizations also accused the government of “ignoring” human rights and international demands to release the convicts and grant them full health care.
After the accusations of the authorities, the Bahraini Ministry of Interior responded in a statement saying that Barakat “received the anti-Coronavirus vaccine in two doses during the months of February and March 2021. After his infection was discovered, he was transferred on May 29, 2021 to the Salmaniya Medical Complex.” … He died after his condition deteriorated.
The statement also says that Barakat “has been receiving integrated health care and regular medication, and received 15 regular medical reviews at the Correction and Rehabilitation Center clinic, since the beginning of this year.” .
“There are dozens like Hussein Barakat.”
On social media, Bahrainis betrayed under the hashtag Martyr_Hussein_Barakat and Save_Prisoners_Bahrain. Outraged by what happened with Barakat, they demanded the release of political detainees “before they come out in coffins.”
The death of Hussein Barakat ignited a fire of anger that has subsided and has not subsided since April, when reports spread that detainees in Jaw Prison are being tortured and accused the government of neglect and disregard for the serious health situation in the prison due to the “Corona epidemic.”
At that time, protests took place in the prison and a confrontation occurred between the detainees and the security forces, while the families of the detainees held a sit-in outside the prison walls in Manama.
On April 30, OHCHR spokeswoman Marta Hurtado said that the reason for the prisoners’ protest was “the conditions of detention, in particular their lack of access to medical treatment.”
She said the sit-in began “after the death of the political prisoner, Abbas Malallah, after he was said to have been denied access to basic health care in a timely manner.”
UNHCR called on the authorities to investigate reports of “violent repression” of protesters.
Meanwhile, the Bahraini authorities said at the time that they had controlled a “riot” that some prisoners were behind.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says that “the lack of health care in overcrowded Bahraini prisons has been a problem for years, but has become a chronic problem during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Rights and opposition activists said at the time that there were dozens of people infected with the virus.
Activists say the cases now number in the hundreds.
For their part, the Bahraini authorities say that prisons follow the protocols to prevent the Corona virus in force throughout the country, and have completed the vaccination of all prisoners who have registered.
The Bahraini Prisons Administration had announced at the end of March that it had “discovered a number of cases of coronavirus infection in a prison, and the infected were immediately isolated.”
The Bahraini authorities had previously announced that they had released some prisoners who are considered among the threatened groups, including pregnant women.
Who is Hussein Barakat?
He is one of those arrested and sentenced to life in prison for a year 2018 Within the framework of the so-called “Zulfiqar Brigades” case, in which he was tried 115 A Bahraini citizen.
Sentences ranged from three years to life imprisonment in addition to stripping of citizenship on charges of forming a “terrorist” group linked to Iran called the “Zulfiqar Brigades”.
At the time, Human Rights Watch said that among those convicted were peaceful demonstrators, human rights activists, and anti-government politicians.
Hussain Barakat, forty-eight years old, was also one of those stripped of his Bahraini citizenship before he regained it by royal decree.
The situation in Bahrain exposed its allies from Western countries, led by Britain, to severe criticism.
Human Rights Watch called on Britain and other allies of Bahrain to… To stop what it described as “repeating misleading statements and pressuring them to achieve accountability.” .
Especially since the organization issued a statement a few days ago accusing police forces in Bahraini detention centers of torturing detained children and threatening them with rape.