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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Sheikh Ali Salman


Detained Since: December 28, 2014.

Charges: Inciting a change of government by force, and transferring confidential information to and receiving financial support from Qatar.

Sentence: Life in prison.

Biography: Sheikh Ali Salman is the Secretary-General of the Al-Wefaq political society in Bahrain and a Twelver Shi’a cleric.

Salman was arrested in December 2014 after leading a protest rally against parliamentary elections in November, which his party boycotted.  Salman was arrested on charges including inciting a change of government by force.  He denied the charges during his first court hearing on January 28, 2015.

Al-Wefaq was founded in 2002, a year after Bahrain announced political reforms, in which the country became a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament and an independent judiciary. Al-Wefaq has long complained that the government politically and economically discriminates against the Shia population.