06/08/2018

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


On 5 June, prominent human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab had his five-year prison sentence upheld on appeal. He was convicted of “spreading false rumours in time of war”, “insulting public authorities” and “insulting a foreign country” in relation to peaceful tweets about the war in Yemen and allegations of torture in Jaw prison.

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On 5 June, prominent human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab had his five-year prison sentence upheld on appeal. He was convicted of “spreading false rumours in time of war”, “insulting public authorities” and “insulting a foreign country” in relation to peaceful tweets about the war in Yemen and allegations of torture in Jaw prison.

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 convictions, 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 20 July, 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

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
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