Wednesday, 15 April 2015, Issue #42
BIRD Weekly Newsletter
In this Issue
• New Torture Report • Nabeel Rajab’s Detention • Deepening Prison Crisis •Open Letter to President Obama •
BIRD Submits Report to UN-CAT Prior to Current Session
13 April 2015, London – The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights have prepared and submitted a report to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) prior to its current session in determining a List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) by the Government of Bahrain.
NGOs: End Reprisals Against Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab
13 April 2015 – We in the Bahrain and international human rights NGO community condemn the arrest and detention of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent human rights defender in the Kingdom of Bahrain. On 4 April, the Bahrain Public Prosecution Office renewed Mr. Rajab’s pretrial detention for a further 15 days. We call on the Bahraini authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Rajab and to drop all charges against him.
Read more here
Joint Letter to the EU on the Arrest of Nabeel Rajab
Read the full letter by the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights(ADHRB, BIRD and BCHR) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH and OMCT) here.
Bahrain: Silencing Dissent
Event type Talk
Date Friday 17 April 2015
Location Amnesty International UK,
Human Rights Action Centre
17 – 25 New Inn Yard
Phone number 020 7033 1777
Tickets Book Online
Updates from the Ground
19 arrested including 3 children and 1 woman
Nabeel Rajab was arrested in October 2014 on charges relating to a series of tweets in which he accused Bahraini security forces of cooperating with the Islamic State. He was released on bail, but on April 2, 2015, was again arrested on new charges related to his comments on government treatment of prisoners. If the charges are upheld, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. He remains in detention; this article was written for Foreign Policy before his April 2 arrest.
Human Rights First: Nabeel Rajab’s Detention Extended
Reporters without Borders: 2015 World Press Freedom Index
Human Rights First: Formula 1 in Bahrain, 4 Things to Know
News & Commentaries
Huffington Post: Bahrain’s Prison Crisis Deepens
Gulf News: Filipina Maid Rescued After Facebook Plea Goes Viral
Middle East Eye: United States Calls on Bahrain to ‘immediately release’ leading rights activist