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Index on Censorship Urges UK to Condemn Nabeel Rajab's Arrest, Calls for Stopping Harassment of HR Defenders

2016-06-13 - 11:54 p

Bahrain Mirror: Index on Censorship, an international organization concerned with freedom of expression, condemned the latest arrest of human rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain.

The organization said in a statement on Monday (June 13, 2016) that Rajab is one of the Gulf region's most well-known human rights activists. Since the Bahraini uprising of 2011, he has been arrested on numerous occasions, adding that "The reasons for the arrest were unclear."

"The harassment of Nabeel Rajab must stop. We call on the international community - and especially Bahrain's close ally, the United Kingdom - to condemn this ongoing attempt to silence one of the region's most highly respected human rights campaigners," said Index chief executive Jodie Ginsberg.

Index on Censorship concluded its statement by stressing that the Bahraini authorities have repeatedly targeted Rajab as well as other human rights campaigners and political activists. Last week, Zainab Al-Khawaja was forced into exile in Denmark. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, her father, is serving a life sentence for his calls for democracy in Bahraini society. Her sister, Maryam Al-Khawaja, has also been harassed by the authorities and has been exiled to Demark.

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