Posted 2013/3/25

Bahrain: Protest in Dublin marking Week of Action on behalf of Nabeel Rajab

BRAVO members Damian McCormack and Tara O'Grady at the protestBRAVO members Damian McCormack and Tara O'Grady at the protest

“Despite all the suffering I have been through, your persistent campaign for my release and the release of all prisoners of conscience has kept my morale high and has kept my spirit strong.” - Nabeel Rajab

On 23 March 2013 a protest took place in Dublin city centre as part of a global week of action on behalf of imprisoned human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. The protest was organised by Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-Violence Organization BRAVO, Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders.

Nabeel Rajab is a human rights defender and President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. As a leading voice in the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain he has faced physical intimidation, arrest, detention and travel bans as a result of his work.

The human rights defender is currently serving a two year sentence after being convicted on charges of inciting illegal gatherings.

Nabeel Rajab recently sent a letter from prison in which he thanks those who are campaigning for his release. The full text of the letter can be accessed in English, Arabic, French, Russian and Danish here.

To read about how you can take part in this week of action from the 21-28 March 2013 follow this link.

Front Line Defenders reiterates its calls on the Bahraini authorities to quash the conviction of Nabeel Rajab and to effect his immediate and unconditional release, as we believe the charges against him are motivated solely by his peaceful and legitimate activities defending human rights in Bahrain.