Amnesty International, Australia, January 9, 2019.
Ali Mohamed al-Showaikh fled Bahrain to seek safety in the Netherlands in 2017
But in October 2018 the Dutch authorities sent Ali back to Bahrain where he feared persecution. He was arrested at the airport on arrival and has been detained without trial ever since.
Ali feared that this would happen to him, if not worse. He should never have been sent back. Ali had a valid passport and was willing to travel to another country to seek safety, yet the Dutch authorities still chose to aggressively pursue his forcible return.
Bahrain has a record of persecuting those who speak out against the authorities and is notorious for torture and other ill-treatment in detention.