(updated April 5, 2021)
Abdul Jalil Al-Singace, a prominent human rights activist in Bahrain, was first arrested on March 17, 2011 during the Arab Spring revolution, and charged with plotting to "topple the government.” He was sentenced to life in Jau Prison on June 22, 2011.
Since 2011, Al-Singace has been in Jau Prison—Bahrain’s largest prison, where the lack of adequate sanitation led to a scabies outbreak in December 2011—on a life sentence for allegedly “plotting to overthrow the government” during the Arab Spring protests. He has been subjected to torture and various other forms of mistreatment. Bahraini officials have consistently ignored Al-Singace’s requests for medical attention despite his long-term poliomyelitis, which has left him paralyzed since childhood. He suffers from polio, and his deteriorating medical condition in prison—from ill-treatment, torture, and his own hunger strike—has raised alarm among his supporters. On March 12, 2017, prison authorities reportedly denied him permission to attend a medical appointment because he refused to wear his uniform and handcuffs to the appointment. Soon after this, he suffered severe dehydration and was rushed to a military hospital.