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Take Action for Mohammed Jawad

Status: Travel ban


Mohammed Jawad


Minister of Interior
Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain


+973 1723 2661

Your Excellency,

On 2 November Mr. Mohammed Jawad was prevented from travelling to Morocco to participate in the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) of the United Nations Climate Change Conference by Bahraini border control officials.

Mohammed Jawad is a Bahraini environmental rights defender and musician who campaigns for  environmental rights in Bahrain by organising awareness raising festivals, participating in peaceful protests and performing music. Mohammed Jawad is the Head of the Ma’ameer Environmentalist Committee (MEC), an organisation that works on promoting environmental and human rights in Al-Ma’ameer, Bahrain.

On 2 November, the human rights defender was travelling with his family via the King Fahd Causeway en route to Marrakech, Morroco in order to participate in COP 22 and highlight the polluting effects of gas emissions by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) –  national oil company of Bahrain - in his village of Al-Ma’ameer and its surrounding areas. When Mohammed Jawad arrived at border control, him and his family were taken out of the line and asked to wait. An hour later, the shift administrator of the border control office informed Mohammed Jawad that he was not permitted to travel and must go back to his home in Bahrain. When the human rights defender asked for the reasons as to why he could not travel, the shift administrator said the computer system stated that he was banned from travel, but did not provide a reason for the ban.

Mohammed Jawad was not previously informed that there was a travel ban issued against him, and travelled outside of Bahrain as recently as 24 April 2016. This is not the first time that Mohammed Jawad has been penalized for his human rights work. Between 2011 and 2013, he has been continually subjected to judicial harassment for his work promoting environmental rights, including being arrested for protesting in front of factories that pollute the environment in Bahrain.

The travel ban against Mohammed Jawad is part of an ongoing campaign by the Bahraini government aimed at restricting the movement and visibility of human rights defenders. I condemn the travel ban imposed on Mohammed Jawad as I believe it to be in retaliation for his legitimate and peaceful human rights activities.