March 24, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Growing Health Concerns For Prominent Activist (Bahrain: UA 249/14)


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Prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab has been held in solitary confinement for nine months, with growing concerns about the effect it is having on his health and well-being. On 22 March, his trial in the case regarding comments he posted on Twitter was once again postponed and re-scheduled for 17 May. He also remains on trial on separate charges in relation to TV interviews he gave in 2015 and 2016.

 

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling on the Bahraini authorities to release Nabeel Rajab immediately and unconditionally as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling on them to, pending release, immediately end Nabeel Rajab’s solitary confinement and ensure he is held in humane conditions;
  • Urging them to uphold the right to freedom of expression and repeal laws that criminalize the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, including Article 216 of the Penal Code.
 
Contact these two officials by 5 May 2017:
 
King
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama, Bahrain
Fax: +973 1766 4587 (keep trying) 
Salutation: Your Majesty
 
H.E. 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 I Fax: 1 202 362 2192 
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number and types of actions taken—letters, emails, calls and tweets–on each case and use that information in our advocacy. 

 

Either email [email protected] with “UA 249/14” in the subject line or click this link.
 
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