Human Rights Watch says Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab faces 12 years in prison over critical tweets: Human Rights Watch

July 27, 2016 2:26 pm

Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab (photo by Reuters)

Human Rights Watch says
Bahraini human rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab faces up to 12 years in
prison in over tweets critical of the Saudi war on Yemen.

The
US-based international non-governmental organization said on Wednesday
that the charges leveled against the 52-year-old president of the
Bahrain Centre for Human Rights constitute a serious violation of his
right to freedom of expression.
It added that Rajab’s prison
condition amounts to arbitrary punishment, as he was kept in solitary
confinement for more than two weeks after his arrest in mid-June and
denied compassionate leave to take part in a relative’s funeral.
Saudi Arabia has been waging a  non-UN-sanctioned war on Yemen since March 2015.
“Unlawful
Saudi-led airstrikes bombed markets and hospitals, killing hundreds of
civilians, but the person facing prison time is the one who criticized
them,” said Joe Stork, the deputy director at Human Rights
Watch.

Damage is seen in a house struck in a Saudi-led airstrike in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, July 11, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)“If
the Bahraini authorities don’t like criticism of the Saudi-led
airstrikes, they should focus their efforts on ensuring that their
[Persian] Gulf allies don’t bomb schools and hospitals,” Stork pointed
out.
More than 9,400 people,including many civilians, have been
killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the
aggression.
Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime
protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost
daily basis, calling on the Al Khalifah rulers to relinquish power.

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