Join us on 11 September outside the Bahraini embassy in London to mark human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s latest hearing. If found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in prison for comments made on Twitter. Please join us to show your support for Nabeel and for free expression in Bahrain.
Amnesty International Bahrain Team
Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD)
Index on Censorship
Reporters Without Borders
Nabeel Rajab – President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Founding Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Deputy Secretary General of FIDH and a member of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East Division advisory committee – has for many years been harassed and persecuted for his human rights work.
Last year, on 13 June 2016, Bahraini authorities rearrested Nabeel and began prosecuting him on a variety of charges based solely on his exercise of the right to free expression, including comments he made in tweets and media interviews.
Nabeel’s health declined significantly during more than a year of arbitrary pretrial detention in extended isolation. He was unable to attend his court hearing on 10 July 2017 due to ill health, but was nevertheless sentenced to two years in prison despite his absence, and could still face a further 15 years in prison.