Abduljalil Alsingace, center, stands with his family after being released from prison in February. (AP)
Abduljalil Alsingace, center, stands with his family in February 2011 before being sentenced to life in prison in June 2011. (Photo: AP)

CPJ, 25 others urge Bahraini leaders to release blogger Abduljalil Alsingace after his hunger strike exceeds 3 years

On July 8, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 25 human rights organizations in urging Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to immediately release blogger Abduljalil Alsingace and ensure he receives urgent medical care.

The statement was issued to mark three years since Alsingace—an award-winning academic, blogger, and human rights defender—began a hunger strike on July 8, 2021, after prison authorities confiscated his manuscript on Bahraini dialects of Arabic, which he spent four years researching and writing.

Alsingace, who has a disability, has been detained since 2011 and reportedly tortured.

The joint statement is available in English here.