URGENT: Nabeel Rajab Transferred to Hospital After 15 Days in Isolation, Heart Problems

UPDATE: 29 June 2016 – Nabeel Rajab was released back to the West Riffa Police Station. His family report that he is tired and in poor health, and his irregular heart beat remains unresolved.

28 June 2016 – Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has been rushed to Bahrain’s military hospital after suffering unprecedented heart problems after 15 days of solitary confinement. The UN’s top expert on torture, Juan Mendez, has previously said that solitary confinement for long durations “can amount to torture.”

According to his family, Nabeel Rajab is suffering an irregular heartbeat. He is currently at the Coronary Care Unit at the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital.

Sumaya Rajab, Nabeel Rajab’s wife: “We raised our extreme worries about the effects isolated detention would have on Nabeel’s health and we were ignored. Nabeel never suffered heart problems before. My husband is a human rights defender and does not deserve this treatment.”

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, Director of Advocacy, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy: “The Government of Bahrain arrested Nabeel Rajab and jeopardised his mental and physical health solely because he expressed his opinions, documented torture in prison and criticised the human cost of the war in Yemen. Bahrain has criminalised compassion and human decency.”

Nabeel Rajab faces up to 13 years imprisonment on charges related to his free speech. His first court date is set for 12 July. For further information, click here.

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