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Demand freedom for Nabeel Rajab: Over a year in pre-trial detention

IFEX member Nabeel Rajab has passed the one-year anniversary of his detention, with a further possibility of up to 18 years imprisonment for exercising his right to freedom of expression. Here is how you can help #FreeNabeel.

Update: Nabeel Rajab's next hearing is scheduled on 2 July, although he remains in hospital.

On 13 June 2016, security forces arrested leading human rights defender and IFEX member Nabeel Rajab, and he has been held in pre-trial detention ever since, despite his failing health.

Please show your support for Nabeel by joining our Twitter campaign calling for his immediate and unconditional release. Nabeel's health has been severely compromised by the conditions of the arrest and imprisonment, and he remains in hospital since 8 April 2017.

Not one more day! Free human rights defender Nabeel Rajab now! #1Year #BehindBars #FreeNabeel #Bahrain

Background
On 13 June 2016, security forces arrested leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. Nabeel is President of IFEX member the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Founding Director of IFEX member the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Deputy Secretary General of FIDH and Advisory Committee member of Human Rights Watch's Middle East Division. The reported reason for his arrest was for "spreading false news and rumours about the internal situation in a bid to discredit Bahrain," which BCHR reports is related to statements he gave during TV interviews in early 2015 and 2016.

Nabeel was placed in solitary confinement simply for speaking out about human rights violations in Bahrain, and has been hospitalized since 8 April 2017. If convicted, he could face up to 18 years behind bars!

What you can do
Join our Twitter campaign by clicking the tweet button above and demanding Nabeel's immediate and unconditional release.

Have a few more minutes?
Tweet a message or photo of support to @NABEELRAJAB and @IFEX with the hashtag #FreeNabeel.

Thank you for your support.

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