The statement was issued on Sunday a few days after the
Court of Cassation in the tiny Persian Gulf Arab country commuted the jail
sentence of Sheikh Salman, the leader of the dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic
Society, by five years.
Amnesty International underlined that the Manama regime must
immediately and unconditionally release the senior cleric.
The rights organization also urged respect for freedom of
expression and abolition of laws that criminalize peaceful measures.
The opposition leader has been in jail since 2014 for what
the regime has called “insulting” government officials and “inciting” unrest
through his speeches targeting the authorities during the uprising.
The Amnesty has accused Manama of subjecting Salman to
“unfair” trial and using only excerpts of the speeches as evidence during the legal
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has likewise
called for Salman’s immediate release and for him to receive adequate