The Observatory denounces the ongoing arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, which
seems to merely aim at hindering his human rights activities and at stifling his attempts to fight corruption in Bahrain.
The Observatory also recalls that normally, courts issue fines for libel cases, and not imprisonment sentences.
The Observatory calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Rajab, and is extremely concerned about
the fact that four cases have been filed against him since May 2012, and that three of them are still pending.
More generally, the Observatory urges the Bahraini authorities to put an end to all acts of harassment - including at
the judicial level - against Mr. Rajab, and to comply with the relevant international norms and standards, in particular
the United Nations (UN) Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the UN General Assembly on
December 9, 1998, and international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Bahrain. ...