Front Line Defenders joined other international and Bahraini human rights organisations in calling for the release of Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab in a new video released by the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights today.
A coalition of international human rights organisations is calling on the Bahraini Government to abide by its own laws and free imprisoned HRD Nabeel Rajab. According to Bahraini law, he is eligible for conditional release by 29 November 2013.
On 8 November 2013, Front Line Defenders sent a letter to the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa calling for the pardon of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab; who has been imprisoned since May 2012 after being convicted on charges of inciting illegal gatherings. Nabeel Rajab is currently awaiting a response to his application for pardon.
Front Line Defenders welcomes the news that the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) will receive the 2013 Rafto Foundation Prize. The announcement was made in a press conference held by the Rafto Foundation on 26 September 2013.
As the Government of Bahrain prepares to implement a new series of draconian security measures, human rights defenders and political activists are preparing to use the 14th August anniversary of Bahrain's independence from England to challenge the ongoing security clampdown.
Just days before the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and other high-level representatives of Member States are due to meet in Bahrain with their counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), human rights defender Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafdha has given an interview exploring the current human rights situation in the country.
The EU should use its ministerial meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council, due to take place on 30 June 2013, to call for the release of those “currently detained and imprisoned for peacefully exercising their rights” according to a new joint statement issued by six human rights organisations including Front Line Defenders.
A joint letter has been sent to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton ahead of a European Union (EU) – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministerial meeting scheduled to take place in Manama on 1 July 2013. The letter has been signed by 6 human rights organisations including Front Line Defenders.
“Despite all the suffering I have been through, your persistent campaign for my release and the release of all prisoners of conscience has kept my morale high and has kept my spirit strong.” - Nabeel Rajab
On 11 December 2012, the Higher Appeals Court in Manama reduced the sentence of human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab, who was convicted on charges of inciting illegal gatherings, from three to two years in prison. He was acquitted on all charges of insulting the Ministry of Interior over Twitter, even though he had been previously convicted and fined 300 Bahraini Dinars (approx. 612 EUR) for it.