Text of on-line petition for the immediate release of all 13 activists

Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace

Your Majesty:

Allow me to turn to you on behalf of Amnesty International Czech Republic and express my deep concern over the case of thirteen Bahrain opposition activists, who have been imprisoned since March 2011. While some of them have been tortured to death, the rest are yet to stand trial before a court of justice.

Amnesty International considers all the thirteen activists to be prisoners of conscience held solely for having peacefully exercised their right to freedom of speech.

In the light of the above described, I respectfully urge you to ensure that:

• All the 13 unjustly imprisoned activists be released immediately and unconditionally,

• A due and independent inquiry be conducted regarding cases of torture and mistreatment of prisoners, and

• Those responsible for the respective actions be brought to face justice and given a fair trial.

In the spirit of respect for the basic values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity, I call on you, Your Majesty, to uphold human rights not only in the above presented case of the thirteen opposition activists, but also all of the other unjustly imprisoned and persecuted in Bahrain.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Yours sincerely