Bahrain rejects UN call to release activist Nabeel Rajab

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Rajab was a number one determine of 2011 pro-democracy protests that Bahrain crushed with the assistance of Saudi Arabia (AFP)

Bahrain has rejected a UN name to launch outstanding activist Nabeel Rajab, saying his five-year sentence for allegedly posting “false tweets” [did] not fall inside freedom of expression”.

The remarks on Friday by the Common Directorate of Anti-Corruption and Financial and Digital Crimes got here every week after the UN human rights workplace known as on Bahrain to “instantly and unconditionally launch” Rajab.

Rajab misplaced his remaining enchantment on 31 December towards a five-year jail time period for writing tweets deemed offensive to the state.

Nabeel Rajab shouldn’t have been arrested within the first place

Lama Fakih, deputy Center East director at Human Rights Watch

Bahrain’s supreme courtroom, whose verdicts are remaining, upheld the jail time period towards him.

Rajab was already serving a two-year time period over an interview with the media by which he stated Bahrain tortured political prisoners when he was charged with tweeting additional concerning the torture and violence inflicted on detainees in Jaw jail.

“Nabeel Rajab posted false and malicious tweets, which don’t fall inside the freedom of expression,” Bahrain’s anti-corruption unit stated in Friday’s assertion.

It stated Rajab “posted false and malicious tweets harming the civil peace and social concord,” claiming that they “quantity to authorized violations which don’t fall inside the protections for freedom of expression which might be assured by Bahrain’s structure”.

The imprisoned activist was a number one determine of 2011 pro-democracy protests that Bahrain crushed with the assistance of Saudi Arabia. The federal government has stored a good lid on dissent ever since.

Pompeo go to

Bahrain, which is house to the US navy’s Fifth Fleet, has banned the principle opposition teams, barred their members from working in elections and prosecuted scores of individuals, many described by human rights teams as activists, in mass trials.

The Bahraini assertion got here on the identical day US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Gulf nation, a key US ally, on the most recent leg of a whistlestop Center East tour.

It was not instantly recognized whether or not Pompeo raised human rights points in Bahrain throughout his journey.

Worldwide rights teams have denounced the upholding of Rajab’s sentence, with the USA expressing concern about Rajab’s case.

“Nabeel Rajab’s conviction for his refusal to remain silent on the federal government’s rights abuses is additional proof of the Bahrain authorities’ flagrant disregard for human rights,” Lama Fakih, deputy Center East director at Human Rights Watch, stated in an announcement following the choice.

“Nabeel Rajab shouldn’t have been arrested within the first place, and upholding his sentence is a grave miscarriage of justice.”

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