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- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Nabeel Rajab


Nabeel Rajab is a prominent Bahraini human rights activist who is the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights. Rajab was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on August 16, 2012 for taking part in anti-government protests. He had been convicted on charges of “illegal gathering” and “disturbing public order” for calling for and taking part in demonstrations in Manama without prior notification on January 12, February 6 and March 31. During the protest, he was assaulted by riot police who punched him several times in the face, head and back.  He said: “I fell on the ground but they continued to beat me – they even stomped on me and kicked me.” Nabeel Rajab’s latest conviction and sentence were handed down while he was already serving a three-month jail sentence in a separate case in relation to a tweet he posted.  He was held in al-Jaw prison.

On May 24, 2014, after serving two years in prison, Rajab was released only to be detained again on October 1, 2014 for a tweet that was said to have offended the Ministry of Interior. On January 2015, Rajab was sentenced to six months in prison after being charged with insulting a public institution and the army. The court granted Rajab bail of $500 while he appeals the verdict, if he chooses to pay it. Nabeel Rajab was re-arrested on June 13, 2016.

Advocate: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)