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Nabeel Rajab was brought to court in handcuffs on 5 August
Nabeel Rajab was brought to court in handcuffs on 5 August

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If you want to help free human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, jailed in Bahrain for his posts on Twitter, then you can take action here.

Nabeel Rajab is the President of IFEX's member in Bahrain, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and Director of the Gulf Center for human Rights (GCHR) who was sentenced to three years in jail on 16 August in relation to his role organising peaceful protests in the country calling for reforms. He has been detained since 9 July for tweets calling for the Prime Minister to step down in June.

He has a very popular Twitter account with around 170,000 followers. Follow the news about his case by visiting BCHR's website and Twitter feed.

And you can do the following right now!


1. Sign this petition:

Community petition started on Avaaz.org: Free Nabeel Rajab and all Bahraini prisoners of conscience from detentions in Bahrain!


2. Write your own letter:

Civicus posted the following Take Action to free human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, which has been modified to update the verdicts on 16 August 2012:

On 16 August 2012, Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), was sentenced to three years imprisonment on charges of illegal assembly.

Nabeel Rajab has been serving a sentence of 3 months in prison since 9 July after being found guilty of charges relating to twitter comments made against the prime minister. Rajab has been arrested and released twice since early May. Bahraini authorities have also accused Rajab of using social networking sites to incite illegal marches and rallies and Rajab has yet to face those charges.

Reason behind Bars:
Nabeel Rajab is a prominent human rights defender who has been advocating for citizens rights since the 1990's. He is president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights. On June 6th Nabeel was arrested for posting messages on twitter that Bahraini authorities considered to be critical of the current regime. He was initially arrested on 5 May at Manama's airport, upon his arrival from the Lebanese capital, Beruit and accused of "insulting statutory bodies, participating in illegal demonstrations and inciting others to join. He was charged with inciting illegal rallies using social networking sites and jailed. He was later released on bail on 28 May 2012 but rearrested on 6 June following his most recent twitter comments calling for the Prime Minister to step down.

Nabeel has been a prolific campaigner against the continuing and widespread human rights violations in Bahrain, which have been taking place since demands for democracy as part of the Arab Spring were suppressed in March 2011. His most recent arrest is connected to his calls for the authorities to stop violating the rights of Bahrainis and implement reforms.

Nabeel, was a keynote speaker at the CIVICUS World Assembly in 2011 and gave a powerful account of the systemic repression of protestors in Bahrain which resulted in serious injuries of hundreds of demonstrators and imprisonment of scores of human rights defenders through sham trials.

Nabeel is a prisoner of conscience who has been targeted repeatedly by the government of Bahrain for his human rights activities.

Take Action:
Please write appeals to the Bahraini authorities and call on them to immediately and unconditionally release Nabeel Rajab and other prisoners of conscience in the country. Also request that all charges against Nabeel be dropped upon his release.

Write to:
King Shaikh Hamad bin 'Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa'a Palace, al-Manama,
Bahrain
Fax: +973 1766 4587

And
Minister of Interior
Shaikh Rashid bin 'Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1723 2661
Twitter: @moi_Bahrain

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