DOS Cable re: Bahraini Government Request for Information on Bahraini Prisoners

State Department cable noting that the Bahrain government and public concern over the conditions and treatment of Bahraini citizens being detained in Guantanamo has become a matter of public discussion. The Bahraini government is making a public showing that it is active in assuring and protecting the rights of its citizens.

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Cable
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Tuesday, January 29, 2002
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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O 290801Z JAN 02
FM AMEMBASSY MANAMA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3958
INFO SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
GCC COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY PARIS

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USCINCCENT MACDILL AFB FL
COMUSNAVCENT

SECRETMANAMA 000355

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DEPT FOR NEA AND NEA/ARP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/27/12
TAGS: PTER, PREL, PHUM, BA
SUBJECT: GOB PUBLICIZES REQUEST FOR BAHRAINI PRISONERS

REF: MANAMA 310 (NOTAL) AND PREVIOUS (NOTAL)

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(U) CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR RONALD E. NEUMANN FOR
REASON 1.5(B).

1.(S/NF)SUMMARY AND COMMENT: A JANUARY 24 FOREIGN
MINISTRY PUBLIC STATEMENT ANNOUNCING CONTACTS WITH THE

U.S. ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF BAHRAINI PRISONERS AT
GUANTANAMO BAY WAS INTENDED TO SHOW THE BAHRAINI PUBLIC
THAT THE GOB IS PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF BAHRAINI

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD DATE/CASE ID: 03 NOV 2004 200303827 DOS-001984

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BAHRAIN HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIETY AND NEWSPAPER COLUMNISTS
IMMEDIATELY CRITICIZED THE USG FOR ITS HANDLING OF
PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO.]

THE AMBASSADOR IS SEEKING To
REDUCE PUBLIC PRESSURE WITH A LETTER TO NEWSPAPER
EDITORS BASED ON SECRETARY RUMSFELDS PUBLIC COMMENTS AND

'SOUTHCOM'S FACT SHEET ABOUT PRISONER CONDITIONS AT
GUANTANAMO BAY. END SUMMARY AND COMMENT.

2.(U) THE JANUARY 24 ALL FOUR OF BAHRAIN'S DAILY
NEWSPAPERS CARRIED A FRONT PAGE STATEMENT BY A FOREIGN
MINISTRY SPOKESMAN THAT THE GOB HAS CONTACTED THE USG
ABOUT BAHRAINI PRISONERS CAPTURED IN AFGHANISTAN. THE
MFA SPOKESMAN SAID THE GOB HAS INSISTED "... ON
ASCERTAINING WHETHER ANY BAHRAINIS ARE BEING HELD AND
ENSURING THAT THEY ARE TREATED HUMANELY IN KEEPING WITH
THE GENEVA CONVENTION." THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE
GOB WANTS ANY BAHRAINI DETAINEES TO BE HANDED OVER TO IT

"SO THEY ARE DEALT WITH IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW."
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3.(U) ON JANUARY 25, LOCAL NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHED A
STATEMENT FROM THE BAHRAIN HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIETY (BHRS)
THAT EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE REPORTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
OF COMBATANTS CAPTURED IN AFGHANISTAN AND "SHIPPED" TO
GUANTANAMO BAY. THE BHRS STATEMENT SAID "THAT THE
CAPTURED AFGHANS WERE "HELD HOODED AND BLINDFOLDED IN
SMALL CAGES AND IN INHUMANE.CONDITIONS." BHRS EXPRESSED
ITS CONCERNS ABOUT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RUMSFELD'S
STATEMENT THAT THE PRISONERS WERE UNLAWFUL COMBATANTS
NOT ENTITLED TO THE PROTECTION UNDER THE GENEVA
CONVENTIONS ON THE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS OF WAR. THE
BHRS STATEMENT ASSERTED THAT THE DETAINEES ARE PRISONERS
OF WAR, CLAIMED THAT USG TREATMENT OF THE PRISONERS
VIOLATED THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS, AND CALLED ON THE USG TO
RESPECT INTERNATIONAL LAW PROHIBITING THE TORTURE AND
INHUMANE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS OF WAR. THE STATEMENT
INSISTED THAT THE USG PROVIDE THE DETAINEES WITH
ADEQUATE SHELTER AND MEDICAL FACILITIES.

4.(U) LOCAL ARABIC PAPERS ON JANUARY 27 AND 2S CARRIED
COMMENTARIES CRITICIZING USG TREATMENT OF PRISONERS HELD
AT GUANTANAMO BAY. ONE COLUMNIST "CRITICIZED THE
PIONEER COUNTRY IN PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS 'FOR BECOMING
A VICIOUS MONSTER ..." HE ADDED THAT THE PRISONERS'
MISTAKE OF GOING TO AFGHANISTAN TO FIGHT DID NOT MERIT
THE PUNISHMENT AND TORTURE AMERICA IS IMPOSING ON THEM.

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THE SECOND COLUMNIST SAID THAT "BY MISTREATING THEM (THE
PRISONERS), AMERICA IS HUMILIATING HUMANITY AND

CIVILIZATION." IN A FOLLOW-UP PIECE, SHE PRAISED THE GOB •

FOR SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT POSSIBLE BAHRAINI

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DETAINEES (WHILE NOTING THAT THE MFA WAS SLOW IN DOING
SO) AND URGED THE GOB TO INSIST THAT ANY BAHRAINIS BE
RETURNED TO BAHRAINI AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE THE DETAINEES
ARE TREATED LIKE HUMAN BEINGS. THE COLUMNIST ADDED THAT
MANY OF THE GUANTANAMO DETAINEES WERE MISLED YOUNGSTERS,

RATHER THAN HARDENED CRIMINALS.

NEUMANN .

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