Skin Diseases Spreading in Bahraini Jail

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A peace activist voiced concern about the spread of skin diseases in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison, saying the critical situation of inmate patients has gone unheeded by the prison officials.

Yusuf Al-Muhafiza, deputy director of an organization championing peace and advocating human rights in Bahrain, said many inmates at Jaw prison have caught skin diseases, but are denied medical treatment.

According to Al-Ahed news website, Muhafiza said in his Twitter account that while a large number of political prisoners in the Bahraini prison are suffering from skin diseases and allergic rash, the prison officials have not taken any measure to fight the epidemic and even denied the patients treatment.

Located on the eastern coast of Bahrain, the Jaw prison is used to accommodate mainly political prisoners. It has gained notoriety for harsh conditions and overcrowding, with some facilities reportedly housing more than double their official capacity.

A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 2015 called for an urgent independent investigation into reports of the "severe abuse" of inmates in the infamous prison, including brutal beatings, torture, and the spraying of tear gas into prison buildings.

Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has seen protests against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with Manama using heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.

Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations.

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