Interviews with family members of prisoners of conscience

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As part of its new series focusing on security issues, Open Democracy spoke to several Bahrainis who are related to prisoners of conscience.

Farida Ghulam is the wife of Ebrahim Sharif, the imprisoned leader of Wa'ad opposition society. In 2011, he was arrested, tortured and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. The sentence was upheld on appeal:


"It's a basic right" - Bahrain, In search of security from open Security on Vimeo.



Khadija Almousawi is the wife of human rights defender Abdulhadi AlKhawaja, who was arrested in 2011, tortured and sentenced to life imprisonment. His sentence was upheld on appeal. She is also the mother of human rights activist Zainab AlKhawaja, who is currently serving consecutive 3 month sentences for protesting:


"I lost the meaning of Security", Bahrain - In search of security from open Security on Vimeo.


Maryam Abu Deeb is the daughter of Mahdi Abu Deeb, President of the Bahrain Teachers Association. In 2011, her father was arrested, tortured and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. His sentence was upheld on appeal:


"I know that God exists", Bahrain - In search of security from open Security on Vimeo.


Open Democracy also published three articles on the security forces in Bahrain:

Chasing accountability; facing impunity by Ahmed Ali
Policing Bahrain: the long arm of the British by John Horne and John Lubbock
The history of British involvement in Bahrain’s internal security by Marc Owen Jones

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