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Short film portraits of the Martin Ennals Award nominees for 2012-Nabeel Rajab Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

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Bahrain: Tens of thousands protest in support of rights activist Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain: Tens of thousands protest in support of rights activist Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Protesters were seen holding pictures of Rajab who has become one of the symbols of the Bahraini uprising.

Rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested on last Saturday at Manama airport after returning from a human rights conference in Beirut, Lebanon. He appeared in front of a court the next day where he faced charges of “inciting illegal rallies and marches online by using social networking websites.” ...

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Nabeel too to GREAT to be contained in a cage....

Nabeel too to GREAT to be contained in a cage.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

His mind, his spirit, his message, fly free and affect the World!

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Index condemns the arrest of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab | UNCUT

Index condemns the arrest of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab | UNCUT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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While accepting an Index award on behalf of BCHR this year, Rajab called for assistance from the international community, explaining that members of BCHR – which was banned by authorities in 2004 – have been detained, tortured or exiled while attempting to exercise fundamental rights and freedoms including free expression and freedom of assembly (freedom to protest).

The founder of BCHR, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, is in detention awaiting a retrial after been jailed for life by a military tribunal for taking part in peaceful protests. He has been on hunger strike for 88 days. And Rajab’s arrest comes only weeks after the arrest of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja’ daughter, Zainab Alkhawaja, who was detained after protesting for the release of her father during the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Earlier this week an international delegation of free expression organizations – including Index – were denied entry to the country. 

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Tunisia Live Learns About Arrest of Bahraini Nabeel Rajab With Sadness : Tunisia Live

Tunisia Live Learns About Arrest of Bahraini Nabeel Rajab With Sadness : Tunisia Live | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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According to former Tunisia Live news editor, Wafa Ben Hassine, who interviewed Rajab, Rajab is a leader dedicated to the cause of freedom in his country. “Rajab wasted no time in raising awareness about the Bahraini government’s human rights abuses. The light in his eyes especially when relating the Bahraini to Tunisian causes, expressed strong faith in the spirit of a people united by their thirst for democracy,” Ben Hassine recalled.

The entire staff of Tunisia Live would like to express sadness with Rajab’s family during this difficult time and urges the government of Bahrain to speedily release Rajab from prison. ...

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Bahraini human rights activist , Nabeel Rajab, arrested - CNN.com

Bahraini human rights activist , Nabeel Rajab, arrested - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"Given that Bahrain in essence lacks a judiciary system that is independent and/or fair, and is far from being in line with international standards of a fair trial, I have decided to boycott the trial against myself," the center quoted Rajab as saying before his arrest. "The judiciary system in Bahrain, today, is a tool used against human rights defenders and people calling for democracy and justice." ...

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#FreeNabeelRajab From the Al-Khalifa terrorist's torture cells!

#FreeNabeelRajab From the Al-Khalifa terrorist's torture cells! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Al-Khalifa terrorists have struck at human Rights everywhere with their most recent unconscionable act!  Nabeel champions the rights of humanity, NOW IS THE TIME FOR HUMANITY TO RETURN THE FAVOR!

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Bahrain arrests main human rights activist Nabeel Rajab — RT

Bahrain arrests main human rights activist Nabeel Rajab — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahraini authorities have arrested Nabeel Rajab, the rights activist and foremost critic of the Al Khalifa regime. It comes as the country’s military continues its brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. ...

“I was just detained for almost half a day and then before that I was beaten up in the street. A few months ago, I was kidnapped from my home by masked security persons and taken to an unknown place. After being blindfolded and handcuffed I was tortured, then I was thrown back home,” he said.
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“This is something the whole world has to speak out [about] and to condemn what happened, but we've seen the invasion of Saudis to my country with complete silence. The same governments [were] sending troops to Libya to fight the regime and now they are against the Syrian Assad. But when it comes to Bahrain they were [keeping] complete silence,” he told Assange.
The activist has criticized the US many times for arming the Bahrain authorities and turning a blind eye on the violence.
“They [the US] want Bahrain stable as the Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain. They want Bahrain to be very quiet and stable,” he said.
All the more outrageous then, Rajab says, that the US is assuring everyone that the situation in Bahrain is improving.
“America’s representative in the Human Rights Council is saying 'We will not talk about Bahrain this session because Bahrain is improving itself and it is doing better' when people are dying on a daily basis.”

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Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab denied entry in Cairo

Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab denied entry in Cairo | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Is Egypt hdidng Human Rights abuses of their own? Has Egypt become a closed society that advocates fascism of the type implemented by the Al-Khalifa terrorists of Bahrain?

 

These events do not bode well for the people of Egypt!

 

[Blocking Maryam AlKhawaja and Nabeel Rajab is tantamount to outlawing civility and interpersonal caring!]

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Prominent Bahraini activist, Nabeel Rajab, blocked from entering Egypt

Prominent Bahraini activist, Nabeel Rajab,  blocked from entering Egypt | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

CAIRO — A Cairo airport official says a prominent Bahraini activist has been barred from entering Egypt upon the request of a security agency. ....

Pro-democracy groups in Egypt say authorities have been cracking down on networking between regional activists. Rajab is the second Bahraini activist to face obstacles entering Egypt in recent weeks.

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Bahrain lawyer: Leading activist could face trial

Bahrain lawyer: Leading activist could face trial | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A lawyer for a leading Bahrain rights activist says his client could face possible trial on charges of taking part in anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.
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Bahrain extends detention of tweeting activist | The Australian Eye

Bahrain extends detention of tweeting activist | The Australian Eye | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

May 13, 2012

Bahrain has extended the detention of rights activist Nabeel Rajab for participating in a January anti-government rally, his lawyer said on Sunday, after he was arrested over tweets deemed insulting to the government.

Rajab was detained earlier this month for releasing tweets deemed insulting to the government, but the public prosecution ordered his detention extended by “one week” on Saturday for participating in the January demonstration, his lawyer Mohamed al-Jishi told AFP.

The official BNA news agency confirmed the order.

He also faces a trial, the second hearing for which is to be held on May 22, for participating in a separate demonstration three months ago in Manama.

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Muftah » Bahrain Authorities Continue to Detain, Target, & Harass Human Rights Defenders

Muftah » Bahrain Authorities Continue to Detain, Target, & Harass Human Rights Defenders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) continue to express grave concern in regards to the targeting of human rights defenders in Bahrain by the authorities. The authorities in Bahrain have used many methods in attempting to prevent and/or limit human rights defenders in Bahrain from carrying out their work of documenting and reporting on human rights violations in the country.

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Q&A: Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab

Q&A: Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel Rajab has been recently dubbed as ‘the unofficial leader of the February 14th’ democratic Bahraini movement.

He has won the American Ion Raitu Democracy Award and the British Silbury Prize for his activism in human rights. Rajab is the president of Gulf Center of Human Rights which has been at the forefront of disseminating information about human rights abuses in Bahrain and the Gulf region.

SBS talked to Rajab while he was in Lebanon conducting a workshop for journalists and activists from the Gulf region. ...

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Bahrain Arrests Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain Arrests Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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“Unfortunately, because of the double standards of many countries and because of the double standards of many state channels like Al-Jazeera, like Al-Arabiya, like other European channels, they don’t highlight this – but this is the reality,” Rajab told Assange.

He claimed that major Arab channels have been ignoring the crackdown on protesters in Bahrain because they are controlled by the same ruling families, who do not want to see any pro-democracy uprisings in their kingdoms. “When it comes to Bahrain, this is the last thing the Saudis want to see – a revolution in Bahrain… which is going to have a negative impact on Saudi Arabia.”

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Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab held over tweets: lawyer

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab held over tweets: lawyer | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) called in a statement "for the immediate and unconditional release of Rajab and other human rights defenders, as this judicial harassment against them seems to be solely aimed at sanctioning their human rights activities."...

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2012-05-05 [UPDATED] Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrested at airport | WL Central

2012-05-05 [UPDATED] Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrested at airport | WL Central | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahraini Center for Human Rights stated that Nabeel Rajab has been charged with "participating in illegal assembly and calling others to join." He could potentially face more charges since he was previously summoned for interrogation for "insulting the statutory bodies" on April 26.

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Al-Khalifa terrorists strike again!

Al-Khalifa terrorists strike again! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Why is America and the EU allies with this regime?  The values, or lack thereof, represented by the Al-Khalifa terrorists are antithetical to everything the West purports to believe in.........

 

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'This government should be punished internationally' | 19.04.2012

'This government should be punished internationally' | 19.04.2012 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As Bahrain gears up for Sunday's controversial Formula One race, the situation there is becoming increasingly volatile. DW talked to Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist, about the concerns he has.
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OUTRAGE ! ! ! :Authorities Detain Nabeel Rajab at the Cairo International Airport | CIHRS

OUTRAGE ! ! ! :Authorities Detain Nabeel Rajab at the Cairo International Airport | CIHRS | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) denounces the punishment policy that the Egyptian security forces are taking vis-à-vis Bahraini Human Rights Defenders. For the second time in less than two weeks, the Egyptian authorities at the Cairo International Airport prevented prominent Bahraini human rights defender from entering the country. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) is currently being told by security personnel at the Cairo International Airport that he is banned from entering Egypt.

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Protesters attacked in Bahrain, rights group says - CNN.com

Protesters attacked in Bahrain, rights group says - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"Security forces have spent the day attacking protests in different parts of the country," the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said in a statement. "Many serious injuries were reported, including a 15-year-old boy who was hit directly in the arm with a teargas canister."
The group also said its president, Nabeel Rajab, was arrested before a planned march in Manama that was to be a show of solidarity with Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, one of Bahrain's most prominent human rights activists.
Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison in June for his role in the anti-government demonstrations that swept through Bahrain a year ago. He has been on hunger strike for more than 50 days in protest of his sentence.
On Friday, Amnesty International issued a statement calling on Bahraini authorities to release al-Khawaja amid fears that he is at risk of death. ...

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