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.
On 5 October 2012, imprisoned Bahraini human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab went on a hunger, water and medicine strike in protest of denying him the opportunity to attend the 3-day ritual mourning gatherings for his deceased mother.
On 10 September 2012, the Higher Appeal Court in Manama adjourned prominent human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab's appeal of his three-year prison sentence until 27 September 2012. The human rights defender had a bail application refused during the same hearing.
On 23 August 2012, human rights defender 'Mr Nabeel Rajab was acquitted of libel by the Higher Appeal Court in Manama. Nabeel Rajab was arrested on 9 July and taken to prison to serve a three-month sentence for Tweeting about the Bahraini Prime Minister.
The ongoing pattern of repression of human rights defenders in Bahrain intensified today as Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), was sentenced to three years imprisonment on charges of illegal assembly.