Manama: Human rights organization Amnesty International has reportedly urged Bahrain to release 13 jailed opposition activists.
Amnesty said the men, who were involved in anti-government protests last year and convicted by a military tribunal on charges that included “setting up terror groups to topple the regime,” were prisoners of conscience who should be freed immediately.
The organization said that releasing those prisoners would prove Bahrain is “genuinely committed” to reform and respecting human rights, Gulf News reports.
According to the report, Amnesty said that the Court of Cassation in Manama is due to decide today whether to grant the men’s request to be released on bail, with a “small possibility” that their sentences will be quashed.
“Monday’s decision will be a real test for the Bahraini authorities and their allies, if they want to prove once and for all that they are genuinely committed to respecting and protecting human rights,” the report quoted Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty’s deputy director for the region, as saying.
“These men must be immediately and unconditionally released. Their sentences and convictions must be quashed,” she added.