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In solitary, but not alone

Update: Bahrain's High Criminal Court has postponed ruling in Nabeel's case until 6 October.

IFEX member Nabeel Rajab is being held in solitary confinement as he faces the the possibility of 15 years in jail. Here is how you can help #ReleaseNabeel.

Please show your support for IFEX member Nabeel by joining our Thunderclap campaign just in time for his birthday on 1 September, and days before his hearing on 5 September, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Nabeel, whose health has been severely compromised by the conditions of the arrest and imprisonment.

“I stand with human rights defender #NabeelRajab. #Bahrain must immediately & unconditionally #ReleaseNabeel."

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 if convicted, he could face up to 15 years behind bars!

Nabeel's health at risk
On 28 June, after 15 days of solitary confinement, Nabeel was rushed to a military hospital after suffering heart problems. According to his family, Nabeel began suffering an irregular heartbeat and was taken to the Coronary Care Unit at the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital where he was treated briefly and returned to solitary confinement immediately after.

In relation to Nabeel's health crisis, his wife Sumaya Rajab, stated: “We raised our extreme worries about the effects isolated detention would have on Nabeel's health and we were ignored. Nabeel never suffered heart problems before. My husband is a human rights defender and does not deserve this treatment.

What you can do
Please join our Thunderclap by lending your support through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr in the links above. The Thunderclap will be released on Nabeel's birthday on 1 September, four days before his scheduled hearing on 5 September.

Have a few more minutes?
Tweet a message or photo of support to @NABEELRAJAB and @IFEX with the hashtag #ReleaseNabeel, starting on Nabeel's birthday, 1 September, to the date of Nabeel's upcoming hearing on 5 September.

Thank you for your support.

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