UN calls for release of top Bahraini activist

25th Jan 2019
UN calls for release of top Bahraini activist

Nabeel Ahmed Abdulrasool Rajab (Photo: Hambina/WikiCommons)

Elham Asaad Buaras

The UN on January 4 called for the release of the prominent Bahraini activist and opposition leader Nabeel Ahmed Abdulrasool Rajab after he lost his appeal against a 5 years prison sentence on New Year’s eve for tweeting criticism of the Yemen war.

UN Human Rights Office Spokesman, Ravina Shamdasani, called on the Bahraini Government to “immediately and unconditionally release” Rajab and “to stop criminalising dissenting voices.”

The 54 year-old, who played a key role in the 2011 anti-Government protests, lost his final appeal a five-year jail term for writing tweets deemed offensive to the state. Bahrain’s supreme court, whose verdicts are final, upheld the jail term against him.

He was convicted of endangering the Saudi-led military campaign, in Yemen and publicly offending a foreign country.

http://muslimnews.co.uk/newspaper/world-news/un-calls-release-top-bahraini-activist/

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