Statement on Sayed Yousif and Nabeel Rajab

“January 22nd 2013 – Following our statement in December regarding the re-arrest and continued detention of the Human Rights Defender, Sayed Yousif AlMuhafdah, BRAVO understands that he has been released on bail subject to his appearance in court in front of the Public Prosecutor on Tuesday 29th January, and that the Government of Bahrain has persisted in ignoring the international appeals for ending the exhaustive measures to silence him.

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It is clear that Sayed Yousif is not a criminal and that his sole offense is that of being a Human Rights Defender, which is such an affront to the Bahraini Regime that they have repeatedly removed his liberty altogether and incarcerated him on numerous occasions in recent months.

It is now widely acknowledged nationally and internationally that these measures are taken to gag Human Rights Defenders in the Gulf Kingdom, as is the situation in multiple countries where there are dictatorial regimes guilty of persecuting the populace.

We urge the Bahraini Regime to marshal their senses and drop all charges against Sayed Yousif AlMuhafdah without further procrastination. Furthermore we encourage them to quash the charges against his fellow Human Rights Defender, the internationally lauded Mr. Nabeel Rajab, and to permit them both to resume their work as keen contributors to the welfare of Bahraini society as it enters this new age of social inclusion and democratic emergence.”