Bahraini human rights activist to face trial

Join a vigil at 10 Downing Street
When: Wednesday 14 December 12:30pm
Where: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

Nabeel Rajab, BCHR – winner of Bindmans Award for Advocacy at the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2012 with then-Chair of the Index on Censorship board of trustees Jonathan Dimbleby

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, an Index award winner, has been imprisoned for tweeting about the Bahraini government, and could face up to 15 years in jail. Rajab was taken from his home the morning of 13 June 2016 and has been awaiting trial ever since.

His trial has been postponed four times. The first date, intended to be 2 August was postponed to 5 September, then 6 October to 31 October, and now the trial is currently set for 15 December. Rajab has faced cruel conditions while awaiting his trial and even had to be hospitalised after being held in solitary confinement.

Nabeel Rajab is the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and has been targeted by the Bahraini government multiple times over the years for his activism.

Index on Censorship will be taking part in a vigil for Nabeel Rajab at 10 Downing Street. This is because the UK continually supports Bahrain despite the violation of human rights displayed by its government. Come gather in front of 10 Downing Street to remind the UK that opinions are not crimes.

When: Wednesday 14 December 12:30pm
Where: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

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