July 12, 2017

Urgent Action Update: New Sentence Against Human Rights Defender (Bahrain: UA 294.14)


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Prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab, was sentenced to two years in prison on 10 July by a Bahraini court, and was convicted of “publishing and disseminating rumours and false news relating to the internal situation in the country” in relation to TV interviews he gave. He is also on trial in relation to his tweets, and could receive an additional 15-year sentence. The next hearing is scheduled for 7 August.

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 drop all charges against him as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Urging them to uphold the right to freedom of expression and repeal or amend 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 23 August, 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
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: @bahdiplomatic
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 294.14
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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