Posted 2012/11/15

Bahrain- Update: Human rights defender Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafdha released without charge

Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafdha

On 14 November 2012, human rights defender Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafdha was released without charge after being brought before the prosecutor general earlier that day. He had been in detention since 2 November.

Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafdha is the acting vice president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). BCHR is one of the three shortlisted nominees for the 2012 Martin Ennals Award.

While Front Line Defenders welcomes the release of Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafdha, we condemn his unjustified detention for twelve days. Front Line Defenders reiterates its call on the authorities in Bahrain to ensure that he is able to carry out his legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions, including judicial harassment

For further information on this case, please see the Front Line Defenders urgent appeal, dated 5 November 2012.