On 24 May, the Bahraini Court of Appeal halved the prison sentence of Dr. Taha al-Dirazi from six to three months. He was immediately arrested to begin serving the sentence. Dr Taha al-Dirazi was convicted of “illegal gathering” for participating in a peaceful protest in Duraz village on 19 July 2016. He is a prisoner of conscience.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
- Calling on the Bahraini authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr. Taha al-Dirazi as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of assembly;
- Urging them to uphold the right to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and repeal or amend laws that criminalize the peaceful exercise of these rights, including Article 216 of the Penal Code.
Contact these two officials by 22 August, 2017:
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama
Fax: +973 1766 4587
Salutation: Your Majesty
Ambassador Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Khalifa
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
3502 International Dr. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 1 202 342 1111
Fax: 1 202 362 2192
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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