STATEMENT
Bahraini injustice: Nabeel Rajab sentenced for tweeting
21 Feb 2018
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP
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

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

Index condemns the decision to sentence Bahraini human rights defender – and Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award winner – Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison. Nabeel’s ‘crime’ was to tweet about torture in Bahrain’s jails and to criticise the war in Yemen. Those are not crimes. Opinions are not crimes.

It is clear from today’s harsh sentence that the Bahraini government simply wants to silence its critics. We must not be silent in response. We urge Bahrain’s allies – and in particular the UK government – to condemn publicly this shameful and unjust punishment and to call for Nabeel’s release.

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Nine international organisations have written a letter calling for Bahrain to suspend Nabeel Rajab’s current sentence.

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