Bahraini human rights activist released from jail


Bahraini girls hold posters of a protester who died last month from injuries sustained during clashes with police before a small protest march in Diraz, Bahrain, Friday, May 23, 2014 (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

From Associated Press:

Top Bahrain activist released from prison

16:37 GMT, 24 May 2014

MANAMA, Bahrain — A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain has been released from prison after spending nearly two years behind bars.

Nabeel Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was sentenced to three years in 2012 on charges of encouraging “illegal gatherings” tied to anti-government protests in the country. An appeals court later reduced the term by a year.

Moments after his release on Saturday, Rajab told The Associated Press that he is happy to be out after more than 600 days in prison. He also called for the release of all political prisoners.

Rajab says Bahrain can only achieve stability “through respect for human rights.”

Nabeel Rajab, released this weekend after two years in prison, describing the situation in Bahrain now as “worse than when I went to jail” – See more here.

Bahrain – a ban on peaceful demonstration was imposed recently but protests continue in many villages across Bahrain. 14 year old Sayed Mahmood Sayed Mohsen was killed by regime forces on May 21 following clashes with security forces who used toxic tear gas and birdshot to disperse protesters during a funeral procession for a man who died in a bomb blast last week: here.

Prominent Activist Released in Bahrain; Travel Ban Remains on Opposition Figure: here.

On Friday, 23 May 2014, a group of 14 NGOs and individuals sent a joint letter to the King of Bahrain calling for the immediate release and dismissal of all charges against 17-year-old U.S. citizen, Abdulla Jaffar Abdulla, who was arrested in March and will be tried tomorrow: here.

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