BCHR welcomes the release of the eldest political prisoner in Bahrain

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is glad to know that the eldest political prisoner in Bahrain (75years old) has been released today after spending 10 years behind prison bars. This reflects a positive step by the government of Bahrain, and it is encouraged to continue releasing more prisoners in the coming days.
Mohammed Hassan Jawad (better known as Parweez) was arrested on the 22nd of March 2011 and he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment. Medical reports have confirmed that he requires specialist health care. He has severe mobility issues and is suffering from various health complications.
Husain Jawad, his son, said to us that the family is very happy with this news: “We are happy to see our father back home after 10 years. My father who ages 75 years old can now spend the last years of his life surrounded by his family and his grandchildren who were born when he was held imprisoned”.
BCHR has welcomed more than once the calls to expand the alternative penal code to include the largest possible number of prisoners in various cases, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic that is effecting everyone’s life not only in Bahrain but also around the world.
The numbers of prisoners contaminated are growing day after day and there are growing concerns of its widespread in prisons and detention centers where it might become uncontrollable at a point. This makes the release of prisoners a necessity for public welfare.
BCHR is renewing its calls for the Bahraini government to release all political prisoners and move forward with these steps to restore the society and its wellbeing.