Posted 2012/5/30

Bahrain-Update: Human rights defender Mr Nabeel Rajab released on bail

Mr Nabeel Rajab

On 28 May 2012, Mr Nabeel Rajab was released on bail by the Criminal Court in Manama. He will appear again in court on 17 and 24 June and has been banned from travel.

Nabeel Rajab is President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights.

On 5 May 2012, Nabeel Rajab was arrested on his arrival at Manama airport from a trip abroad. The following day, he was brought before the Criminal Court of First Instance in Manama and was charged with incitement of illegal marches. He has also been charged with “disturbing public order”, charges which his lawyer reportedly learned about only days ago. The next court hearing regarding these two cases has been set for 17 June.

On 20 May 2012, Nabeel Rajab had been granted bail in relation to a third case in which he was charged with “insulting a national institution” using social media sites. Despite having paid the amount set for bail, he remained in detention until bail was granted in relation to the other two cases. The next court hearing in the third case is scheduled for 24 June.

While Front Line Defenders welcomes the release on bail of Nabeel Rajab, it reiterates its condemnation of his arrest, detention and trial, and believes that these actions are solely motivated by Nabeel Rajab's peaceful and legitimate human rights work in Bahrain.

Front Line Defenders calls on the authorities in Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges brought against Nabeel Rajab, and to guarantee that Nabeel Rajab and all human rights defenders in Bahrain are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.

For more information, please see Front Line Defenders' appeal on this case dated 11 May 2012 (

You can find additional information on the situation for human rights Defenders in Bahrain. HERE