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  • Endangered Scholars Worldwide
  • Ebby Abramson and Dolunay Bulut

The information in this quarterly print report is current as of July 2, 2018. The situation of scholars and students around the world changes on a daily basis. For the most up-to-date information and ways in which you can be involved in calling for the freedom of endangered scholars and students, please visit us online at or follow us at endangeredscholars. In these pages we introduce new cases that have come to our attention over the past three months and provide basic information about continuing cases—a description of charges and potential or actual reported sentences. If you are aware of a scholar or student whose case you believe we should investigate, please contact us at



Scholars and Researchers: abdul-jalil al-singace, 56, the former head of the department of engineering at the University of Bahrain, has been in Jau prison since 2011 on a life sentence for allegedly "plotting to overthrow the government" during the Arab Spring protests. Al-Singace, who has long campaigned for political reform and an end to torture, was himself tortured at the time of his detention. ESW confirmed on Thursday, May 10, 2018, that Dr. Al-Singace, a polio victim with special needs, is in deteriorating health and continues to be denied medical treatment. We call for Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace to be granted access to all necessary medical care as a matter of urgency, and we continue to call for his immediate and unconditional release, as well as all those detained in Bahrain in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Bahrain is a state party. [End Page v]

Students: ali mohamed hakeem al-arab, 23, was arrested on February 9, 2017. On March 7, he was moved to Dry Dock Prison. According to a report by Amnesty International, Al-Arab alleges that he was tortured throughout 26 days of interrogation and forced to sign a confession. He remains at risk of further torture and other ill treatment.

Other students who remain in prison include ahmed al arab, a nursing student arrested in January 2014 and sentenced to life imprisonment, who has reported that he was subjected to severe torture and ill treatment while held in detention. Endangered Scholars Worldwide is strongly concerned about continued attacks on Ahmed Al-Arab. On January 25, he was denied a family visit, and he has reported an increase in harassment. ahmed aoun was arrested in May 2015 on charges of "involvement in pro-democracy demonstrations." Five other students were sentenced to 15 years in prison at a trial on March 5, 2012, following involvement in prodemocracy demonstrations, including jawad al-mahary, shawqi radhi, jassim al hulaini, jassim al-mukhodher, and yousif ahmed.

ESW is deeply concerned about the continued ill treatment of scholars and students in Bahrain, and calls on the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, the European Union, and international institutions to put pressure on Bahraini authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Al-Arab, along with all other detainees held on politically motivated charges due to the ongoing popular movement for freedom and democracy.

Please send appeals to:

His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin Isa
Office of His Majesty the King
The Amiri Court
PO Box 555
Rifa'a Palace
Kingdom of Bahrain
Fax: +973 176 64 587
Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa
Deputy Prime Minister
Diplomatic Area
PO Box # 450
Kingdom of Bahrain
Fax: +973 175 13 333 [End Page vi]


Scholars and Researchers: On August 9, 2017, authorities in northwest China's Xinjiang region sentenced hebibulla tohti, a prominent Uyghur theological scholar sponsored by the country's state-sanctioned Islamic Association, to 10 years in prison on charges of "illegal religious activity" following his return from Egypt, according to local sources. Tohti is not alone. While he is the best known of the persecuted Uyghur academics, there are more than 1000 Uyghur students whom the Chinese government ordered to return to Eastern Turkistan...


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