Bahrain Mirror: The US Department of stated expressed disappointment by the verdict sentencing prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to two years in prison in Bahrain. It said it "reaffirms previous calls for his release."
"We believe no one anywhere should be prosecuted or imprisoned for exercising their human rights or fundamental freedoms, including the freedoms of expression or peaceful assembly," the Department of State said in its press statement on the issue.
"We have repeatedly expressed our concern about Nabeel Rajab's case, and we continue to strongly urge the Government of Bahrain to abide by its international obligations and commitments to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression," the statement added.
It also noted, "We believe societies are strengthened, not threatened, by expressions of opinion and dissent, and that opposition voices can play a vital role helping societies become more tolerant and inclusive."