Friday, June 17, 2016

Write for Human Rights Prisoner of Conscience, Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain

from Amnesty International:

Bahraini human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab,
was arrested on 13 June. He has been charged with “spreading false information and rumours in the aim of discrediting the State..."

Nabeel Rajab was arrested at home in the village of Bani Jamra, west of the capital Manama, on 13 June by 15 policemen in civilian clothing after the neighbourhood was surrounded by riot police at about 5am.

They showed him a warrant to search his house, for his arrest and for his transfer to the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID),
without giving any reason. His phone and computer were confiscated and he was taken to the East Rifa’ police station...He has been under a travel ban since November 2014.

Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:
Calling on the Bahraini authorities to release Nabeel Rajab immediately and unconditionally and drop the charges
against him, as they relate solely to his peaceful exercise
of his right to freedom of expression;

Urging them to uphold the right to freedom of expression and repeal laws that criminalize the peaceful exercise
of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly including Article 216 of the Penal Code.

Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1766 4587 (keep trying)

Salutation: Your Majesty
Minister of Interior
Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1723 2661

Salutation: Your Excellency
And copies to:
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Shaikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
P. O. Box 450, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1753 1284
Twitter: @Khaled_Bin_Ali
Also send copies to:
H.E. Ambassador Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Khalifa,
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 3502 International Dr. NW, Washington DC 20008

Nabeel Rajab is the President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

He previously served a two-year sentence in Jaw prison, for taking part in an “illegal gathering”, “disturbing public order”
and “calling for and taking part in demonstrations” in the capital, Manama, “without prior notification”. He was released in May 2014.

Repression is on the increase in Bahrain. On 12 June 2016 a group of five activists, including a former prisoner of conscience, were
prevented from leaving Bahrain to attend the UN Human Rights Council’s 32nd session in Geneva and the main opposition party, alWefaq,
was suspended on 14 June."

Please stand with those who are falsely imprisoned because of their stand for human rights and freedom of speech.

Thank you.

In the Light,

Daniel Wilcox

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