Prominent Bahraini human rights advocate Ebtisam al-Saegh (Photo by Bahrain al-Youm news agency)

Prominent Bahraini human rights activist’s health worsening: BCHR

A Bahraini human rights group says the health condition of prominent Bahraini human rights advocate Ebtisam al-Saegh, who has been on on hunger strike for a fortnight in protest against the torture and ill-treatment she has endured, has dramatically deteriorated.

According to a Twitter account attributed to the 52-year-old chairman of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Nabeel Rajab, the pro-democracy campaigner has reportedly lost 11 kilograms since her arrest earlier this month, warning that she continues to lose weight.

Saegh’s blood sugar level is also dangerously low and she has lost her ability to focus.

A medical examination on Sunday revealed that she has suffered a fracture in her right hand as a result of the brutal torture she has been subjected to.

Saegh, who works for Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, went on an open-ended hunger strike on July 11 to express outrage at being tortured during interrogation at the notorious Criminal Investigation Building after her last arrest on July 3, and being denied the right to meet her family members or contact her lawyer.

Rights group Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain has enumerated a list of restrictive measures that the Al Khalifah regime has taken against Saegh.

Manama regime officials imposed a travel ban on the human rights advocate last June and prevented her from attending the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva.

In January, Saegh was summoned to Bahrain’s National Security Agency building in Muharraq, an island about 7 kilometers northeast of the capital Manama.

She was interrogated for her human rights activities, and one of the officers told her that she had presented a “bad” image of Bahrain.

Before leaving the building, she was warned that “her next visit would be a different one.”

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