Bahraini ophthalmologist and human rights activist Dr. Saeed al-Samahiji was freed on Thursday after spending a month behind bars.
Following his release, Al-Samahiji revealed that he spent 17 days in solitary confinement – a place he described as unsuitable for a human being.
Al-Samahiji, who was convicted for allegedly insulting a police officer, told Bahraini rights campaigner Ebtisam al-Saegh that he was subjected to ill-treatment while serving out his sentence in Jaw Prison.
“[Jaw Prison] is a graveyard for humanity and those in it are dying slowly,” he said.
Since the start of Bahrain’s popular uprising in 2011, Al-Samahiji was jailed several times for extending medical services to injured pro-democracy protests and speaking out against Manama’s abuses.