Bahrain - Al Tajer September 2012

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses its continued deep concern over the harassment of human rights lawyers in Bahrain, particularly Mohamed Issa Al Tajer.


In aletter of May 27, 2011, the Law Society expressed concern about the widespread arrest and detention of lawyers in Bahrain.  According to reliable reports, these arrests were arbitrary and aimed at preventing lawyers from providing legal assistance to protesters.


The Law Society writes again in September 2012 to voice its continued deep concern regarding reports that Mr. Al Tajer was arbitrarily detained from April 14, 2011, to August 6, 2011, and during his detention he was subject to acts of torture and ill-treatment.  Additionally, the Law Society understands that Mr. Al Tajer is closely monitored by National Security Intelligence and his clients have been put under pressure.  Recent reports received by the Law Society state that Mr. Al Tajer has been receiving blackmail threats since January 2011.  In May 2012, Mr. Al Tajer attended the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review ("UPR") of Bahrain. Following his participation in the UPR process, a video of Mr. Al Tajer being intimate with his wife was released to the public.  The Law Society of Upper Canada believes that Mr. Al Tajer is being targeted because of his legitimate human rights work.


Letter of Intervention