January 16, 2018

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender’s Appealed Sentence Upheld (Bahrain: UA 249.14)


On 15 January 2018, the Court of Cassation upheld the two-year prison sentence against human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab, for interviews he gave in 2015 and 2016. In a separate case against him in relation to comments posted on his Twitter account, the Criminal Court heard his final defence pleading and scheduled its verdict for 21 February.

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On 15 January 2018, the Court of Cassation upheld the two-year prison sentence against human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab, for interviews he gave in 2015 and 2016. In a separate case against him in relation to comments posted on his Twitter account, the Criminal Court heard his final defence pleading and scheduled its verdict for 21 February.

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, to quash his conviction, and halt all proceedings against him as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Pending his release, ensure that Nabeel Rajab is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment; has regular access to his family, lawyers of his choice, and adequate healthcare;
  • 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 peaceful assembly, including Article 216 of the Penal Code.

Contact these two officials by 27 February, 2018:

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
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]
Twitter: @BahrainEmbDC
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 249.14
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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