Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab still in prison


This 21 October 2014 video says about itself:

Jailed for a Tweet: Interview with Nabeel Rajab

Nabeel Rajab is a human rights activist awaiting trial in Bahrain, one of the West’s favorite dictatorships. Three years after the Arab Spring, protests there are still being violently repressed, and Rajab now faces up to three years in jail — for a tweet. VICE News spoke to him a few weeks before his latest arrest.

Read More: Bahrain’s Human Rights Activist Faces Jail Time — for a Tweet.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

BAHRAIN: The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s five-year jail sentence for social media posts critical of the regime.

Mr Rajab was jailed after he tweeted his opposition to the Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Yemen and made allegations of widespread torture in a notorious Bahrain prison.

He has been convicted in two separate trials and faces seven years in prison. Mr Rajab has a third stage of appeal.

Bahraini Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Ali Salman acquitted of spying. But dissident will stay in jail anyway on another dodgy charge: here.

A MAN entered his second week of hunger strike outside the Bahraini embassy in London today, over his elderly father’s treatment in prison in the Gulf kingdom, where he is being denied vital medical treatment. Ali Mushaima began his eighth day of his hunger strike when the Star visited him outside the building, where he sleeps on wooden boards, covered with blankets: here.

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Protest against Bahraini king at British horse show


This video from England says about itself:

12 May 2018

Queen Elizabeth welcomed the King of Bahrain to Windsor for the annual ‘Windsor Horse Show’. Noisy protestors however, comdemned the King‘s visit and Bahrain’s human rights abuses.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Activists picket horse show over Bahraini tyrant‘s visit

ACTIVISTS will picket the Royal Windsor Horse Show tomorrow to oppose the attendance of Bahrain’s “figurehead dictator” King Hamad.

Protesters have demonstrated against King Hamad’s attendance at the equestrian event since 2014 over his country’s appalling human rights record.

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy director of advocacy Sayed Alwadaei said: “King Hamad is attending the Royal Windsor Horse Show to launder his image, which has been tarred by repressive human rights practices at home and abroad.

“His attendance this year at the same time that repression has intensified highlights the clear hypocrisy of the current UK government, who continue to incentivise human rights abusers and reward them with a seat next to the Queen.”

More than 600 people in Bahrain have been stripped of their citizenship since 2012.

The UN committee against torture expressed its concerns over the use of torture to extract confessions and “the climate of impunity” that continues among Bahraini security forces.

In May last year, five people — including a 17-year-old — were killed by security forces and 286 people were arrested after attending a peaceful sit-in protest.

Student Ali Mohamed Hakeem al-Arab said he was tortured throughout 26 days of interrogation, having his toenails pulled out, being subjected to electric shocks and beatings before being forced to sign a “confession” in March last year.

Campaign Against Arms Trade’s Lucie Kinchin said: “This visit is a royal whitewash. The message it sends is that the Queen fully supports the Bahraini dictatorship.

“However, the message it sends to those facing repression and torture at the hands of the Bahraini regime is that their rights are less important than political and military relations with a tyrant.

“Enough is enough. It is long past time for the UK Establishment to stop arming and supporting the Bahraini regime.”

Twenty-two British MPs have called for an investigation into Bahrain’s Prince Nasser for his alleged direct involvement in torturing dissidents in 2011.

Britain continues to arm and support the regime and licensed £82 million worth of arms since pro-democracy protests kicked off in 2011.

Bahraini activist gets 5 years for opposing torture, war


Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Activist in Bahrain jailed for five years

A court in the island state Bahrain has sentenced activist Rabeel Najab to five years in prison for criticizing his treatment in prison and the war that Saudi Arabia is fighting in Yemen.

The International Federation for Human Rights, based in Paris, and others have criticized the trial in Bahrain.

Rajab was arrested in June 2016 in a major operation against dissidents in Bahrain. In July last year, he was sentenced to two years in prison for spreading rumors and [so called] fake news about Bahrain. The court then accused him of undermining the prestige of the state.

Hospital

After his arrest he was admitted to a hospital several times. Sympathizers of Rajab feared for his life because he shared a cell with ISIS supporters. Rajab is both against the rulers in Bahrain and against extremist Muslims. …

Rajab‘s problems in Bahrain began in 2011 when he joined the protest movement in the context of the Arab Spring.

Bahrain lies off the coast of Saudi Arabia, north of Qatar. The American Fifth Fleet has a base in Bahrain.

See also here.

Bahrain upholds dodgy death sentences: here.

Free Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab now


This video says about itself:

Bahraini faces 15 years in prison for tweeting about Yemen war

8 August 2017

The co-founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights​, Nabeel Rajab​, is facing up to 15 years in prison for tweeting about the war in Yemen, with charges including “spreading false rumours in a time of war“.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Campaigners call for release of Bahraini prisoner of conscience

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

HUMAN rights campaigners gathered outside the Bahrain embassy in London yesterday calling for the release of a man jailed for criticising the regime on Twitter and an end to reprisal attacks.

Nabeel Rajab faces 15 years in prison for exposing torture in Bahrain’s Jau jail where he is already serving a two-year sentence for “spreading fake news” after giving interviews to journalists.

Mr Rajab’s “offences” also include tweets he sent criticising the devastating war in Yemen waged by the Saudi-led coalition. At least seven million people are on the brink of famine in the war-torn country thanks to a blockade on food and fuel imports imposed by the nine-nation coalition — which includes Bahrain.

Speaking at the protest was Sayeed Alwadei who fled Bahrain for Britain in 2011 after being tortured for taking part in peaceful anti-government protests.

Three of his relatives have been sentenced to three years in a Bahrain prison after confessions made under torture and others continue to be targeted by the authorities.

He said: “The imprisonment of my family is a cowardly attack on human rights defenders. I believe the Bahraini ambassador has direct responsibility for their imprisonment and torture, which is the latest in a campaign of reprisals that has affected my entire family.”

Despite widespread oppression and attacks on human rights, Britain has sold £81 million of weapons to the regime since an uprising began in 2011.

Mr Alwadei added that the British government must tell its “repressive ally” the violent campaign to silence him and his family is unacceptable.

Campaign Against Arms Trade spokesman Andrew Smith said Bahrain should be condemned, not armed and supported by Downing Street and Whitehall.

Silencing Bahraini women and activists: here.

Top Samantha Power Aide is Now Lobbying to Undermine Opponents of Yemen War: here.

Bahrain dictatorship keeps violating human rights


This 2013 video shows an interview with Bahraini human rights activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Bahrainis ‘target’ activist’s family

BAHRAIN: Exiled rights activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei revealed yesterday that his mother-in-law, brother-in-law and cousin have been jailed for three years on charges of planting a “fake bomb” in January.

The campaigner said that the three have been held since March and questioned extensively about his work in Britain.

He said the Bahraini government is targeting his family because of his work to expose its “horrific rights abuses”.