Bahraini opposition cleric must be immediately freed: MPs

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Monday, 19 January 2015

Parliamentarians from 37 countries have called for the “immediate and safe” release of prominent Bahraini opposition cleric Sheikh Ali Salman.

In a letter sent by organizations of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), 83 lawmakers said the detention of the 49-year-old cleric, who is the secretary general of al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, “undermines any chance of reconciliation and unity in Bahrain.”

The signatories also urged the Bahraini regime to drop charges against Sheikh Salman and carry out immediate change in the kingdom through reconciliation and dialog with the opposition.

They called on their governments to demand that Manama comply with its obligations under international human rights laws.

The Bahraini regime has charged the secretary general of the monarchy’s largest opposition bloc with “promoting regime change by force, threats, and illegal means, and of insulting the Interior Ministry publicly.”

Salman has been under arrest since December 28, 2014.

Bahrain Public Prosecutor's Office on Friday extended for an unlimited period the detention of Sheikh Salman. The extension came after an eight-hour investigation of the cleric.

Al-Wefaq has rejected the charges as malicious and outright lies. Sheikh Salman on Sunday called on the people not to remain silent in the face of the Al Khalifa regime's atrocities and press ahead with their protests.

Bahrain has been the scene of unabated demonstrations since Sheikh Salman’s arrest. In their latest protest, demonstrators took to the streets in the northeastern island of Sitra on Saturday to call for Salman’s release.

The monarchy has been witnessing almost daily protests against the Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011. Since then, thousands of protesters have held numerous rallies in the streets of Bahrain, calling on the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

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