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Demand freedom for Nabeel Rajab on one-year anniversary of pre-trial detention

IFEX member Nabeel Rajab is facing his one-year anniversary of 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.

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 Thunderclap campaign calling for his immediate and unconditional release in time for the one-year anniversary of his detention. 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! #1YearAnniversary #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
Please join our Thunderclap campaign by lending your support through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr in the links provided. The Thunderclap will be released on the one-year anniversary of Nabeel's arrest on 13 June 2017.

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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