Bahrain: Imprisoned for playing revolutionary songs in her car

15 December 2011


According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), 38 year old Fadhila Al Mubarak has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for participating in peaceful protests and for playing a revolutionary CD in her car.

On 27 March 2011, Fadhila Al Mubarak was asked to pull over at a checkpoint because she had a CD with revolutionary songs playing in her car. She had her 9 year old son with her in the car at the time of the arrest. According to BCHR she was insulted, called names and cursed at.

No contact during detention
It took four days for Fadhila Al Mubarak’s family to find out in which police station she was held in custody. She was detained for about one month and during the period of her detention, her family was not allowed to visit her nor talk to her over the phone. When family members tried to appoint her a lawyer, the request was rejected by the military court.

On 17 May, Fadhila Al Mubarak was convicted of offending a public official, inciting hatred towards the regime by playing an audio recording of revolutionary music, taking part in illegal protests and possession of a poem about the Bahriani revolution. She was sentenced by the military court to four years of imprisonment without being represented by a lawyer.

18 months in prison
In the appeal hearing Fadhila Al Mubarak was allowed to be appointed a lawyer and her sentence was reduced to 18 months. Also this trial took place in military court, despite many requests and appeals for the case to be transferred to civilian court.

The Bahraini Center for Human Rights states:

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights believes that the continued detention of prisoners of conscience is an illegal act. Both local human rights groups and the BICI, appointed by the King, have confirmed that arrests happened on the back of the exercise of legitimate rights to express opinion and peaceful assembly, pointing to the arbitrariness in the procedures of detention, unfair trials and lack of due process, and the occurrence of torture on a large scale.

Bahrain Center for Human Rights demands the Bahraini government to immediately release Fadhila Al Mubarrak and all political detainees. We urge the international community to press for their release and illegal detention for merely exercising their rights to freedom of expression in accordance to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”



Fadhila Al Mubarak

Bahrain Center for Human Rights – 10 December 2011:

‘Bahraini woman in jail for more than 8 months for playing revolutionary songs in her car’

Video recording of Fadhila Al Mubarak’s brother and son demanding her release:

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