Newsletter #106


Nabeel Rajab Speech to Oslo Freedom Forum Delivered In Absentia

Nabeel Rajab, one of Bahrain’s leading human rights defenders and the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), was set to deliver the following speech at the 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum. However, Rajab is currently imprisoned on spurious charges, including some linked to his tweets. Instead, the speech was read out by BCHR Vice President Said Yousif Almuhafdha on his behalf.

My name is Nabeel Rajab, and I am writing to you from my island country Bahrain, where I am in a prison cell. It was my intention to join you in person today at this exceptional forum and I was looking forward to meeting you human rights advocates and defenders of free expression, thought, and belief. However, I am now behind bars once again…

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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • 19 people arrested, including children
  • 90 trials postponed
  • 17 individuals sentenced to a total of 145 years in prison
  • death sentences upheld
  • Security forces continue to use excessive force including tear gas and shotgun pellets against protesters

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Bahrain News and Opinion

Bahrain Court Jails Six Police for Torture

Sentences range from one to five years in prison for torturing inmates, including one who died in custody.

Bahrain Court Upholds Death Sentences

Death sentences upheld for Mohamed Ramadhan ‘Issa ‘Ali Hussain & Hussain ‘Ali Moosa Hussain Mohamed.

Uprising Strong, Economy Dire in Bahrain

Commentary from Rori Donaghy of Middle East Eye.

Arabic Sources

Family of Jau Detainee Denied Visitation

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Saudi Arabia

NGOs Urge EU to Call for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr’s Release

29 May 2015 – Washington, D.C. – 11 human rights and multi-faith organizations sent a letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, urging the European Union (EU) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) to call on the government of Saudi Arabia to cancel the death sentence of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and release him immediately. 

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News from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Suicide Bomb Attack Kills Four in Dammam
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