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Show your support for imprisoned Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab

Nabeel Rajab - President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Founding Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), and Deputy Secretary General of FIDH - was arrested by Bahraini authorities on 13 June 2016, on unknown charges. He has since been detained under disturbingly unhygienic conditions in solitary confinement, and is suffering from a heart condition.

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for an appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015.
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for an appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015.

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Take Action to support Nabeel!

IFEX member Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), along with the Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy (BIRD) invite individuals and organisations around the world to show support for Nabeel Rajab and his family by sharing a photo of themselves holding a poster of Nabeel or a message of solidarity.

The goal is to publicise a total of 500 images and/or videos of solidary - 100 for every year since 2011, the anniversary of Bahrain's pro democracy uprising.

Please share your photo and include details of where it was taken before 12 July 2016, the date of Nabeel's first hearing. All images will be compiled into a video to highlight the international support for Nabeel Rajab and his ongoing efforts to achieve human rights for all in Bahrain.

Ways to share your message


• Please share your photo with the hashtag #FreeNabeel and tag @ADHRB

Via Facebook:

• Please tag ADHRBahrain in your photos, and use the hashtag #FreeNabeel

Via Email:

• Please email your photos or videos, with the subject line 'Free Nabeel Photo/Video' and details of where it was taken to [email protected]


On 28 June, after 15 days of solitary confinement, Nabeel was rushed to a military hospital after suffering unprecedented heart problems. According to his family, Nabeel Rajab is suffering an irregular heartbeat and is currently at the Coronary Care Unit at the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital.

This is only the most recent example of the ongoing judicial harassment that Nabeel has faced for his legitimate human rights work. Since 2012 he has been arrested on numerous occasions for various charges aimed at silencing his reporting, including “insulting a public institution” and “inciting hatred for the regime”.

On 2 April 2015, Nabeel was arrested and charged with spreading false news relating to statements concerning acts of torture and inhumane treatment at Jaw Prison. He was detained until 13 July 2015, while the case was under investigation.

This was not the first time that the government had punished Nabeel for exercising his internationally guaranteed right to free expression. In May 2014, Rajab completed a two-year prison sentence after taking part in peaceful assemblies and protests criminalized by the government. That October, the government arrested him on charges of "denigrating public institutions" less than 24 hours after he returned from participating in the United Nations Human Rights Council and speaking before the European Parliament.

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