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Bahrain: Tweeting Appalling Conditions at Jaw Prison

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

Bahraini netizens are rallying online to draw attention to appalling conditions at the central Jaw Prison, which houses political detainees, among others.

Following the crackdown on Bahrain's February 14, 2011, uprising, hundreds of people were arrested, put on trial and imprisoned for taking part in anti-government protests.

Lawyer Reem Khalaf uses Twitter to share the agony of some of those languishing in prison this summer and the humiliation they are subjected to.

She tweets:

المعتقلين في البحرين يتم سجنهم في سجن جو حيث يفتشون في كل مرة ينقلون فيها للمحكمة بتعريتهم وتفتيش المناطق الحساسة ‎‪#Bahrain‬ ‎‫#سجن_جو
@lawyerreemkhalaf: Those detained in Bahrain are jailed in Jaw Prison, where they are inspected every time they are taken to court by having all their clothes removed and their private parts checked

She adds:

المعتقلين في البحرين يتم سجنهم في سجن جو مبنى ٤ حيث ماء الاستحمام يغلي من حرارته و درجة حرارة الجو تفوق ال٥٠ درجة ‎‪#Bahrain‬ ‎‫#سجن_جو

@lawyerreemkhalaf: Those detained in Bahrain are jailed in Jaw Prison, in Building 4, where they are forced to bath in scalding water as the temperature exceeds 50 degrees Celsius

In another tweet, Khalaf notes:

المعتقلين في البحرين يتم سجنهم في سجن جو مبنى ٤ حيث لا يوجد ماء صالح للشرب ‎‪#Bahrain‬ ‎‫#سجن_جو‬

@lawyerreemkhalaf: Those imprisoned in Bahrain are jailed in Building 4, where there is no water suitable for drinking

And she continues:

المعتقلين في البحرين يتم سجنهم في سجن جو حيث احد المباني بلا تكييف و تصل درجة الحرارة لدينا لما فوق ال٥٠ ‎‪#Bahrain‬ ‎‫#سجن_جو

@lawyerreemkhalaf: Those detained in Bahrain are imprisoned in Jaw Prison, where one building has no air-conditioning. The temperature here exceeds 50 degrees Celsius

Sayed Hassan adds:

@WLEXT: At this heat & hot weather remember the mass torture of ‪#Bahrain‬'s Political Prisoners n ‪#JawPrison‬ no AirConditioning ‪#JawPrison_without_AC

For more reactions, check out this hash tag [Ar].

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

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