Charges Against Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab for Tweets

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On Tuesday 20 January, Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. He will appeal this decision and in the meantime will pay a bail sum of 200BD in order to avoid detention before the decision of his appeal.

Campaign Updates

United Nations and Government Statements

Country Date Statement
European Union 21.01.2014 President, European Parliament
United States 21.01.2014 Ambassador to UN, Samantha Power
Spain 30.10.2014 Irene Lozano, UPyD, Spanish Member of Parliament
European Union 28.10.2014 84 Members of the European Parliament
United Kingdom 28.10.2014 13 Members of the UK Parliament
United Kingdom 23.10.2014 Tobias Ellwood, Parliamentary Undersecratary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Ireland 22.10.2014 Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Charles Flanagan
United States 20.10.2014 Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson for US State Department
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France 17.10.2014 Romain Nadal, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
United States 17.10.2014 Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations
Norway 14.10.2014 Ministry for Foreign Affairs
European Union 08.10.2014 Martin Schulz, European Parliament President
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 03.10.2014 Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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United States 02.10.2014 Jen Psaki, Spokesperson for US State Department
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United States 02.10.2014 Jim McGovern, US Congressman

Press Coverage

Media Association Date Link to Coverage
Reuters 11.02.2015 Bahrain Puts Off Rights Activist’s Appeal Hearing to March 4
SBS News 21.01.2015 Bahrain Sentences Activist to Jail
Vice News 21.01.2015 Video Appearing to Show Bahraini Security Forces Shooting Activist in the Face
Al-Araby 21.01.2015 Nabeel Rajab and the High Cost of Dissent
Press TV 21.01.2015 Prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab sentenced to 6 months in jail
The Telegraph 20.01.2015 Philip Hammond praises improvements in Bahrain’s human rights record
AP on New York Times 20.01.2015 Bahrain Rights Activist Gets 6 Months in Jail Over Tweets
Russia Today 20.01.2015 Bahrain Sentences Leading Activist Nabeel Rajab for Tweet
Huffington Post 19.01.2015 Je Suis Hypocrite’: Bahrain Suppresses Free Expression, Allows Isis Supporters Freedom
The Guardian 20.01.2015 Bahraini Activist Sentenced to Six Months in Prison for ‘Offensive Tweet’
Russia Today 20.01.2015 Back Behind Bars : Interview with Maryam Al Khawaja on Nabeel
Huffington Post 20.01.2015 Nabeel Rajab, Bahraini Human rights activist, Jailed for a Tweet
International Business Times 20.01.2015 Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for a Tweet
BBC 20.01.2015 Bahrain Activist Jailed for Tweet
Vice News 20.01.2015 We spoke to Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Hours Before He Was Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for a Tweet
Deutsche Welle 20.01.2015 Bahrain, Human Rights and the Islamic State
BBC 20.01.2015 Bahrain Opposition Chief Ali Salman to Stand Trial
Paris Match 19.01.2015 Ali Salma, Nabeel Rajab, Journées Decisives à Bahreïn
The Guardian 19.01.2015 Bahrain´s Main Opposition Leader Accused of Plotting Coup
AFP 18.01.2015 HRW urges West to press Bahrain to free opposition figures
Middle East Eye 18.01.2015 Bahrain Human Rights Leader Defiant Ahead of Sentencing
Middle East Eye 17.01.2015 Bahrain´s Human Rights Fiasco: What is the West so Afraid Of?
France24, AFP 16.01.2015 Rights Groups Urge Pressure on Bahrain to Acquit Activist
The Guardian 15.01.2015 Saudi Arabia and Bahrain: UK arms sales trump human rights
Huffington Post 15.01.2015 Bahrain’s Daesh Dilemme
Vice News 05.11.2014 Bahrain: An Inconvenient Uprising
Geotribune (France) 04.11.2014 Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab Released Under Conditions
Vox News 03.11.2014 The Arab Spring Tragedy: Why Newly-Released Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Matters
TGCOM 24 (Italy) 03.11.2014 Bahrain, Release of Activist Rajab
Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy) 03.11.2014 Bahrain: An Ordinary Week of Judicial Prosecutions. Zainab To Give Birth in Jail
Middle East Eye 03.11.2014 Bahrain Human Rights Activist Released From Prison
Associated Press (AP) 02.11.2014 Bahrain Activist Rajab Released Pending Verdict
Associated French Press (AFP) 02.11.2014 Activist Nabeel Rajab Freed but Cannot Leave Bahrain
France24 02.11.2014 Bahrain Activist Nabeel Rajab Freed As Trial Adjourned
Russia Today 02.11.2014 Released Activist Nabeel Rajab Vows to Continue Fight for Human Rights
Al Jazeera 02.11.2014 Bahrain Human Rights Activist Freed On Bail
RIA Novosti (Russia) 02.11.2014 Bahrain Human Rights Activist Temporarily Released
Isto É Dinheiro (Brazil) 02.11.2014 Bahrain Court Releases Human Rights Activist
The Telegraph 01.11.2014 The Family that Protests Against Bahrain’s Brutal Regime
Associated French Press (AFP) 29.10.2014 Bahrain: Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Remains in Detention
Voice of America 29.10.2014 Prominent Bahrain Activists Face Jail Time
Foriegn Policy 29.10.2014 Democracy Lab Why Is Bahrain Outsourcing Extremism?
Middle East Eye 21.10.2014 Bahraini Activists Remain in Prison Despite UN Calls for Dialogue
VICE News 21.10.2014 Bahrain’s Human Rights Activist Faces Jail Time — for a Tweet
VICE News 21.10.2014 Jailed for a Tweet: Interview with Nabeel Rajab
The Guardian 20.10.2014 In Bahrain, human rights defenders are under attack – but we won’t be deterred
Huffington Post UK 20.10.2014 Is Bahrain a Model of an Ally?
Huffington Post UK 17.10.2014 Human Rights Are Not For Sale: Why the UK Must Stop Arming Bahrain
Irish Medical Times 16.10.2014 A Tweet to Jail’: Bahrain in 2014
Limes (Italy Geopolitics Magazine) 15.10.2014 Bahrain Is Becoming A Colony of Saudi Arabia
Muftah 14.10.2014 Bahrain’s Renewed Campaign Against Human Rights Defenders
Middle East Eye 14.10.2014 Bahrain: The Islamic State Threat Within
Huffington Post 12.10.2014 Bahrain Human Rights Defender Faces Charges for a Tweet
Huffington Post UK 11.10.2014 Arrested for Sending A Tweet, Bahrain Activist Nabeel Rajab Says Britain Ignores Human Rights To Get Gulf Trade
Jurist 11.10.2014 Bahrain Rights Activist Charged over Insulting Tweets
Associated French Press (AFP) 09.10.2014 Bahrain: Activist Nabeel Rajab to Face Trial for “Denigration of Government Institutions”
Reuters 09.10.2014 Bahrain Activist to Stand Trial on Defamation Charge
Associated Press (AP) 09.10.2014 Bahrain Human Rights Activist Charged
VICE News 05.10.2014 Human Rights Activist Imprisoned for Allegedly Insulting Bahrain Government on Twitter
Le Monde 04.10.2014 An Eid Behind Bars for Nabeel Rajab
Corriere della Sera (Italy) 04.10.2014 Bahrain, Re-Arrest of Leading Human Rights Defender
TV2 (Denmark) 04.10.2014 Danish Activist on the Way Home from Bahrain to Denmark
Associated Press (AP) 03.10.2014 UN Rights Office Urges Release of Bahrain Activist
Huffington Post 03.10.2014 The UK has picked the wrong friends in Bahrain
Associated French Press (AFP) 03.10.2014 Bahrain: HRW and Amnesty Call for the Release of Activist Nabeel Rajab
Russia Today 03.10.2014 Bahrain Detains, Questions Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab
Middle East Monitor 03.10.2014 The Makings of a Hero: Arresting Nabeel Rajab
DW 03.10.2014 Leading Bahraini Human Rights Defender Re-Arrested
BBC 02.10.2014 Bahrain Human Rights Activist Arrested Over Tweets
The Guardian 02.10.2014 Bahraini Activist Arrested Over Tweets About ISIS
Associated Press (AP) 02.10.2014 Lawyer: Bahrain Activist Detained for Tweet
Associated French Press (AFP) 02.10.2014 Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Detained
Reuters 02.10.2014 Bahrain to Detain, Question Activist Nabeel Rajab For One Week
Russia Today 02.10.2014 In The Now
International Business Times 02.10.2014 Claim Bahrain´s Soldiers are Fighting with Isis Lands Activist Nabeel Rajab in Jail
Paris Match 02.10.2014 So Soon Returned, So Soon Arrested – Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab Again Behind Bars
Radio France International 02.10.2014 Bahrain: Activist Nabeel Rajab Arrested for a Tweet
Le Temps (Switzerland) 02.10.2014 Manama Maintains Pressure on Activists
Reuters 01.10.2014 Bahrain Summons Activist Over Critical Tweets
Middle East Eye 01.10.2014 Leading Bahraini Human Rights Activist Arrested

Non-Governmental Organizations Actions and Statements

Organization Date Statement / Action Link
Rafto 22.01.2015 “A Clear Violation of Nabeel Rajab’s Right to Freedom of Expression”
Human Rights Watch 22.01.2015 UK Credibility on Bahrain Shot to Pieces
Index on Censorship 20.01.2015 Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab Sentenced for a Tweet
IFEX 19.01.2015 NGOs call on Bahraini government to drop Twitter Charges Against Nabeel Rajab
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) 19.01.2015 80 MEPs call for dropping the charges against Nabeel Rajab
Human Rights Watch 16.01.2015 Bahrain: Drop Twitter Charges Against Rights Advocate
World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) 16.01.2015 Bahrain: Press Release: Court Should Drop Spurious Charges Against Nabeel Rajab on 20 January
Index on Censorship 15.01.2014 Tell Bahrain to Drop Charges Against Activist over Tweet, Demand Human Rights Organizations
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) 05.11.2014 Bahrain: Provisional Release of Mr. Nabeel Rajab
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain 03.11.2014 NGOs Urge Bahrain to Drop Charges, Lift Travel Ban on Nabeel Rajab
Bahrain Center for Human Rights 03.11.2014 NGOs Urge Bahrain to Drop Charges, Lift Travel Ban on Nabeel Rajab
Amnesty France 03.11.2014 Nabeel Rajab: A Half-tone Release in Bahrain
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain 29.10.2014 Bahraini Court Postpones Trial of Nabeel Rajab Until 2 November
Bahrain Center for Human Rights 29.10.2014 Bahraini Court Postpones Trial of Nabeel Rajab Until 2 November
Index on Censorship 29.10.2014 Bahrain’s Allies Must Take Action to Free Human Rights Defenders
Index on Censorship 29.10.2014 Bahraini Court Postpones Trial of Nabeel Rajab Until 20 January
Amnesty France 29.10.2014 For ‘Insulting’ Tweets, Nabeel Rajab Faces Three Years in Jail
The Media Line 28.10.2014 A Tweet Can Land You in Jail
World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) 28.10.2014 The Observatory Denied Access to Observe the Trial of Nabeel Rajab
Amnesty International 27.10.2014 Bahrain: Release Activist Facing Three Years in Jail for ‘Insulting’ Tweets
Gulf Center for Human Rights 26.10.2014 Bahrain: Free Activists Facing Free Speech Charges
World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) 21.10.2014 Bahrain: The Verdict on Nabeel Rajab’s Trial Expected on October 29
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain 20.10.2014 NGOs Condemn Continued Detention of Nabeel Rajab
Bahrain Center for Human Rights 20.10.2014 Bahrain: Ongoing Detention of Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab
Bahrain Center for Human Rights 17.10.2014 Rights Groups Call on UK to Press Bahrain to Release Human Rights Defenders
Index on Censorship 17.10.2014 Foreign Secretary: Use UK Influence on Bahrain to Free Nabeel Rajab, Zainab Al Khawaja and Ghada Jamsheer
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain 16.10.2014 Civil Society Organizations Send Nabeel Rajab Letter to Secretary Kerry
Bahrain Center for Human Rights 16.10.2014 Civil Society Organizations Send Nabeel Rajab Letter to Secretary Kerry
Amnesty International 16.10.2014 Urgent Action: Nabeel Rajab
Actions by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) France 15.10.2014 The Deafening Silence of France: Petition for Bahrain
Amnesty France 10.10.2014 Bahrain: Free Nabeel Rajab
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain 09.10.2014 Over 100 NGOs Call on Bahrain to Free Nabeel Rajab Immediately and Uncondiationally
Bahrain Center for Human Rights 09.10.2014 Free Nabeel Rajab Immediately and Unconditionally
Index on Censorship 09.10.2014 Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab to Face Trial for Expressing Opinion
Human Rights Watch 03.10.2014 Bahrain: Rights Activist Detained
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain 03.10.2014 Censored Censure: Nabeel Rajab Detained for Tweets
Front Line Defenders 02.10.2014 Bahrain – Detention of Mr. Nabeel Rajab Ordered by the Public Prosecution
No Peace Without Justice 02.10.2014 Bahrain: NPWJ and NRPTT Strongly Condemn New Arbitrary Arrest of Prominent Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab
Gulf Center for Human Rights 01.10.2014 Bahrain: Free Renowned Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab and Stop the Pattern of Arrests
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) 01.10.2014 Bahrain: Arbitrary Detention and Judicial Harassment Against Mr. Nabeel Rajab
Global Voices 01.10.2014 Bahrain´s Prominent Human Rights Activist Arrested for Criticizing Police Defectors Who Joined ISIS
Human Rights First 01.10.2014 Reports That Travel Ban on Bahraini Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Lifted, Nabeel Rajab Detained
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