Bahrain: fresh arrest of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is 'alarming'

Nabeel Rajab has been a victim of Bahrain's 'revolving-door' of arrests and re-arrests of activists © Private

‘The arrest of Nabeel Rajab appears to be another alarming example of Bahrain’s zero-tolerance stance towards peaceful dissent and activism’ - James Lynch

Responding to news that the prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested in Bahrain this morning, James Lynch, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:

“The arrest of Nabeel Rajab appears to be another alarming example of Bahrain’s zero-tolerance stance towards peaceful dissent and activism, which it enforces through arbitrary measures including revolving-doors detention.

“It has become painfully clear in recent weeks that the authorities in Bahrain have little interest in what the world makes of their deteriorating human rights record and think nothing of preventing Bahraini activists from speaking out on the international stage.”

Amnesty understands that Rajab was detained in East Riffa police station and has not yet been informed of the reason for his detention. Amnesty has also learned that a group of five activists, including a former prisoner of conscience, were prevented from leaving Bahrain yesterday to attend a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland. 

 

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