BRAVO condemns the 3 year sentencing of Human Rights Defender Mr. Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain

Mr. Rajab is President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights and Member of the Board of Counsel for BRAVO.

He has been charged today August 16th  with: “involvement in illegal practices and inciting gatherings and calling for unauthorised marches through social networking sites” and “participation in illegal gathering and calling for a march without prior notification”. The ruling against him will be appealed.

BRAVO condemns his prosecution and imprisonment for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and assembly in a society that markets itself as being multi-cultural and tolerant of all religions, yet falls dramatically short of international standards in Human Rights, and has a proven track record of economically marginalising and violently discriminating against sections of its society who aspire to achieve the rights of free speech, association and assembly.

BRAVO urges the Bahraini Government to immediately release Nabeel Rajab and quash all charges against him, allowing him to return to his legitimate work in defense of Human Rights and furthermore to stop the judicial harassment and punitive measures taken against him in retaliation for his outspokenness and the vital Human Rights work in which he is engaged.

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