Index on Censorship: Judicial Harassment of Nabeel Rajab Mars Bahrains Image in International Community

2017-01-26 - 5:38 am

Bahrain Mirror: Index and Censorship called on Bahrain to immediately drop all charges against Nabeel Rajab.

"Bahrain's continued judicial harassment of Nabeel Rajab only serves to mar the country's image in the international community," Melody Patry, head of advocacy at Index on Censorship, said. "This latest postponement is just more evidence of the Bahraini government's disregard for global human rights norms. We urge Bahrain to immediately drop all charges against him." 

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said: "Nabeel Rajab faces over 17 years in prison for these pathetic charges. Now the UK is setting a dangerous precedent in providing bombs and jets to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, worth billions, while watching in silence as rights campaigners who took a principled stance against wars and torture are harshly punished."

Rajab was arrested and sentenced in 2012 for voicing his critical opinions about Bahraini authorities and for leading pro-democracy protests. He has since been released and re-arrested multiple times, and his time spent in solitary confinement and unclean conditions have caused a serious decline in his health.

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