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King of Bahrain
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace


Heerhugowaard, datum


Your Majesty,


Please allow me to express my concern about




These teenage boys were arrested on 23 July 2012 during an anti-government protest in Bilad al-Qadeem. Both were only 15 years old at the time.
Jehad Sadeq Aziz Salman and Ebrahim Ahmed Radi al-Moqdad are tried as adults despite being under the age of 18.
On 4 April 2013, they were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. At this moment they are detained in Jaw prison, Bloc 6, south of capital Manama.


I urge you to quash the two boys’ convictions and order a retrial in a court that adheres to the principle that all children must be tried according to the rules of juvenile justice.


I also call on you to protect Jehad Sadeq Aziz Salman and Ebrahim Ahmed Radi al-Moqdad from torture and other ill-treatment, ensuring that their allegations of torture are independently investigated and that statements obtained through the use of torture or other ill-treatment should not be accepted in any court proceedings.


Thank you for your attention in this important matter.


Yours sincerely and respectfully,


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The Netherlands