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Amnesty Int'l: Sentencing Ebrahim Sharif Blatant Attempt to Punish him for Speaking out

2016-02-25 - 11:49 p

Bahrain Mirror (Exclusive): Amnesty International said on Wednesday (February 24, 2016) the sentencing of Bahraini political activist Ebrahim Sharif to one year in prison simply for making a speech calling for reform is yet another example of Bahrain's intensified crackdown on peaceful critics.

James Lynch, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme said: "The sentencing of Ebrahim Sharif to yet another year in prison simply for calling for reform in a speech is an outrageous attack on freedom of expression and the latest example of the Bahraini authorities' insidious clampdown on government critics," stressing that "No one should be imprisoned for peacefully expressing their views."

"Ebrahim Sharif's conviction is a blatant attempt to punish him for speaking out, serving as a warning to all dissidents, and must be quashed immediately," added Lynch.

"Today Amnesty International published its annual global report highlighting an unprecedented assault on freedoms across the world. Evidence of this crackdown is patently clear in Bahrain where the authorities have sought to suppress freedom of expression, association and assembly by continuing to ban demonstrations in the capital, Manama and harassing, intimidating and arbitrarily arresting government critics and in some cases even revoking their nationality rendering them stateless," he further stated.

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