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US Congress members in plea to free Bahrain activist

Nineteen members of Congress write to Bahraini king requesting release of detained Nabeel Rajab

US Congress members in plea to free Bahrain activist
Nabeel Rajab is currently serving a 3-month jail sentence.

Members of the US Congress have
written to the ruler of Bahrain calling for the release of human rights
activist Nabeel Rajab.

Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre
for Human Rights, is currently serving a three-month jail sentence for making
anti-government remarks on social networking site Twitter.

He is due in court Sunday in a separate
case for allegedly calling for and participating in an 'illegal' gathering.

The letter, which was sent to King Hamad
bin Isa Al Khalifa on Friday, acknowledged Bahrain’s introduced reforms since
last year’s anti-government protests. It was signed by 19 members of Congress.

However, it went on to say that Rajab’s
prosecution opposes “the government’s assurances that individuals will not be
prosecuted for peaceful political speech”.

You can read the full text here.

Other rights groups,
such as the US-based Human Rights First and Amnesty International have also called for Rajab’s release.

Amnesty International claimed Bahrain had done little to improve its human rights record following
its bloody crackdown on Arab Spring protesters last year.

“Nabeel
Rajab’s imprisonment is the latest example of how, despite government promises
to introduce reforms following its violent crackdown on protesters in 2011, few
improvements have been seen on the ground,” the group said in a statement at
the time.

“He should
be released immediately and all other charges or convictions against him
dropped or overturned,” it added.

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ALI 8 years ago

Pls do not release this man from the prison. Its because of his detention that we have peace on the streets of Bahrain.

American in Kuwait 8 years ago

The US Congress should mind their own business unless they live in the Middle East. Useless group of has been lawyers !

Ms. M 8 years ago

I am an American citizen and I work and live in Bahrain. The members of the US congress should be focusing on the problems the US is facing domestically.

I would like to know which one of those congress memebers would like to deal with road closures because of burning tires or demonstartions when they are trying to get to work in the morning?

The police force in the States has the power to stop any unruling behavior. Well how is it different here? For God's sake leave this country alone and stop meddling.

If the US government is trying to help, let them open up a factory and hire all those people who are out demonstrating instead of working! These are the people who think the government owes them because they have 9 kids. Which country does that? It is their choice to have that many kids and then it should be their resonsibility not the governments.

Our lovely Bahrain is gone and the last thing we need is further interference.