Bahrain Postpones Opposition Leaders’ Free Speech Trials
12 October 2015 – Bahraini courts postponed the trials of Ebrahim Sharif and Majeed Milad to 12 November 2015 and 27 October 2015, respectively. Sharif, former Secretary-General of the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad), faces up to ten years in prison for charges related to free expression. Milad, a senior member of the opposition and former elected president of the Manama Capital Municipal Council, faces more than two years for his free speech. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) call on the Government of Bahrain to drop all charges and immediately release Mr. Sharif and Mr. Milad.
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