Bahrain Weekly Newsletter 72


Censored Censure: Nabeel Rajab Detained for Tweets
On Wednesday October 1, 2014, the Government of Bahrain arrested prominent Bahraini human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, allegedly on account of remarks he made on Twitter on September 28.  The government’s detainment of Nabeel goes directly against the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”, as well as the International Convention on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR), which Bahrain ratified in 2006.  Nabeel’s remarks concerned reported ties between Bahrain’s security institution and Bahraini members of ISIS, which the government considered to be “denigrating” to government institutions.  The government cannot change the facts, so it instead targets those who publicize them.

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Updates from the Ground
  • Nabeel Rajab arrested
  • 39 trials postponed
  • 58 individuals to sentenced  570 years of incarceration
  • Several protests and sit-ins in Manama, Sitra, and Badiya
  • Ahmed Radhi Released on Bail
  • Security forces continue use of excessive force and tear gas against protesters
  • Al-Wefaq’s Husain Nooh Arrested
  • Maryam al-Khawaja‘s travel ban lifted
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Arabic Articles

Bahrain Sentences Nine People to Life and Revokes their Citizenship

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