started this petition to
The Government of Bahrain
Arab Activists, Journalists, Advocates And Groups Call On Bahraini Government To Immediately Release Prominent Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab
(24 July 2016)
Reports from Bahrain
emphasized that on 21 June 2016, the prominent human rights defender Nabeel
Rajab was transferred to the Public Prosecution which extended his detention to
an additional eight days pending investigation over charges related to “publishing
and broad casting false news in a bid to undermine the prestige of the state”.
We, the undersigned, were
also informed that Mr. Rajab is enduring very poor conditions and that the prison
administration refuses him necessary treatment recommended by the doctor after he
saw him, in which it was revealed that he is suffering from gallstone and skin
infections, The doctor confirmed his need to a surgical intervention to remove
the stone, but the prison administration abstained from performing its duty and
transferring him to the specialized medical care as he was not handed over a
copy of the medical report.
The information received
from his family points out that he is being held in extremely bad conditions,
where he is kept in a solitary confinement since his detention on 13 July 2016.
Rajab told his family that he is not allowed to get out of his cell at all
times and is not allowed contact with anyone. His cell is very dirty and
unhygienic and the prison administration refuses to enter the cleaning tools
that his family brought to him, which threatens to aggravate the health
situation of Mr. Nabeel Rajab.
organizations, including the United Nations, international and regional human
rights organizations, expressed their deep and strong concern about the recent
arrest of Mr. Nabeel Rajab who has been detained several times for reasons
related to his activism in defense of human rights. Many political and human
rights figures also condemned the detention of Mr. Rajab. Some countries
expressed their concern about the step taken by the Bahraini authorities which
contradicts all their international commitments and speeches promising reforms.
Whereas, the current events indicate that the human rights in Bahrain are being
deteriorated unprecedentedly since the events of 2011.
This arrest coincides with
the beginning of the 32nd session of the United Nations (UN) Human
Rights Council, where the Bahraini authorities prevented several human rights
activists from traveling to attend the session. Mr. Rajab was also banned from
travel before his detention. This emphasizes the ongoing crackdown practiced by
the Bahrain authorities on the peaceful human rights activists and defenders
who deal with international human rights entities, including the UN entities.
We call on the Bahraini
authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Nabeel Rajab since the
only reason for his detention is related to his peaceful human rights activism
which is locally and internationally guaranteed. We call upon the international
community to hold responsibility towards protecting the human rights defenders
and call upon its states – the effective ones in particular – to take all
actions that have to exert pressures on the Government of Bahrain to release
Mr. Nabeel Rajab and drop all charges against him, provide full protection for
him, for his family and for all peaceful activists and allow them to exercise
their noble duties in the defense and reinforcement of human rights.
The full list of the main
signatories is available in the Arabic language on the following link: