Bahrain: Arrest of Nabeel Rajab
Responding to the news that prominent human rights defender 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.”
Amnesty International understands that on the afternoon of 13 June Nabeel Rajab was detained in East Riffa police station and has not yet been informed of the reason for his detention.
The organization has also learned that a group of five activists, including a former prisoner of conscience, was prevented from leaving Bahrain on 12 June to attend the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.
“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,” said James Lynch.