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Bahrain: Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Missing from Prison



Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has gone missing from his prison cell and moved to an unknown location, according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR).

Rajab, who has served 11 months of a two-year sentence for "encouraging illegal gatherings” during the 2011 uprising in the tiny Gulf island, called his wife on 14 May and told her that “he had witnessed the torture of young political prisoners at the hands of prison guards at Jaw prison”.

“He raised his voice telling them to stop, and when they realised that he had witnessed what was happening, they quickly left,” BCHR said in a statement.

“Nabeel Rajab asked his wife to request that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visit him in prison so he can give them his testimony of what he had witnessed. Rajab’s wife received a phone call that evening informing her that Nabeel was reportedly removed from his cell that night by prison guards and was not returned.”

The 48-year-old has been at the forefront of the pro-democracy protests in the Gulf Kingdom and has more than 200,000 followers on Twitter.
Prison officials repeatedly refused him medical treatment for a back injury, according to his wife Sumaya Rajab.

Meanwhile, another six people have been sentenced to a year in prison for "insulting the King" Hamad on Twitter. They were charged with "misusing the right of free expression" and of "undermining the values and traditions of Bahrain's society towards the king on Twitter."

Washington-based Human Rights First advocacy group called for an immediate investigation into these allegations. "UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez should have been in Bahrain this week, but was denied entry by the government. Reports of torture keep coming and the authorities need to respond with transparent investigations and not evade scrutiny," noted Brian J. Dooley, director of Human Rights First. "Accounts of torture in custody and increased targeting of peaceful expression demonstrate this is a government intent on repression, not reform,"

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/467897/20130515/bahrain-human-rights-activist-nabeel-rajab-missing.htm

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Re: Bahrain: Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Missing from Prison
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013, 23:26:31 PM »
Twitter #hashtag ##WHERE_IS_NABEEL for more.

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 23:31:12 PM »
Bahraini activist feared missing from prison cell: Family

Prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab is believed to have been transferred from his prison cell by authorities without the knowledge of his immediate family.

Rajab's wife, Sumaya, told the BBC on Wednesday that she had been informed of her husband's removal by a relative of a fellow prisoner.

According to US-based advocacy group Human Rights First, Said Yousif, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, received a call from Rajab on 12 May, during which he claimed to have witnessed the torture of eight young men in Bahrain's Jaw Prison.

Prison authorities, however, insist that Rajab is 'okay' and remains in his cell.

Rajab is currently serving a two-year prison sentence on charges widely seen as politically motivated.

The Shia activist was jailed for criticising the country's Sunni-Muslim community via Twitter.

On Wednesday, six activists were charged with insulting King Hamad via Twitter and slapped with one-year prison sentences.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/71567/World/Region/Bahraini-activist-feared-missing-from-prison-cell-.aspx

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Re: Bahrain: Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Missing from Prison
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 23:49:05 PM »

    Moved to an unknown location, can't be good. I remember reading Naomi Wolf's account of being arrested during an Occupy movement event. She said one of the things that happened to her that was against the law was that partially during the evening that she was arrested, she and the person she was with were transferred and held in a place other than what was the designation they were supposed to be held.
    Nothing happened to them, but the point was that by law no captive is allowed to be held in an unknown place. I am sure the laws are different there, but there is a real reason the law was put into place just the same. Moving a prisoner to some unknown holding place puts them in danger of being abused. It isolates them and allows the guards to carry out abuses that would be more noticed and cracked down upon in the place where captives are normally held. I hope Nabeel Rajab is OK.     
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Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Still Missing from Prison
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2013, 13:40:14 PM »
http://www.wespeaknews.com/world/nabeel-rajab-fighting-for-human-rights-in-the-prison-207297.html

NABEEL RAJAB fighting for human rights in the prison

yusuf Posted May 17, 2013
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NABEEL RAJAB fighting for human rights in the prisonBahrainis’ follow with concern reports of the breakdown in communication between the director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Nabeel Rajab and his family. Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested and sentenced to 3 years because of his human rights activities carried out by the media through his distinctive highlight the revolution of the people of Bahrain.

Mr. Nabeel Rajab sentenced in Jaw Prison Call for days before his wife, Ms. Sumaya Rajab and he asked her to send an urgent appeal to human rights organizations, because he saw police in Bahrain tortures children in prison and Mr. Nabeel Rajab was angry and the call had been disconnected immediately!

Ms. Sumaya Rajab and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights sent appeals of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, to all human rights organizations and the international community about torture of children Nabeel Rajab saw in prison.

Mr. MP Osama Tamimi contacted the Privy Council and told them about the allegations of Mr. Nabeel Rajab and asked them to verify.

Ms. Tara Secretary General of the Organization of Bravo (Bahrain Rehabilitation & Anti violence organisation) contacted the prison manager Jaw Mr. Rashid Al-Husseini, but Mr. Husseini did not respond and did not cooperate with her.

This incident shows why the prison administration in Bahrain kept Mr. Nabeel Rajab from other prisoners of conscience not to see the abuses & documented.

The prison administration now abducted Mr. Nabeel Rajab to an undisclosed location and his family is concerned about his safety.

A official of monitoring and documentation of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights Mr. Yousef Abdul Jalil an interview with the BBC channel in which he said that Mr. Nabeel Rajab’s family worried for his safety as the Human Rights Organization and issued a statement condemning the taking of Mr. Nabeel Rajab from jail to an undisclosed location.
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Re: Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Missing from Prison
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2013, 14:27:27 PM »
Thanks for posting this article here: so Nabeel Rajab's case and situation can be deeply discussed and seen here too.

This article previously posted in the chatterbox also explains the sad recently happening facts:

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Prominent Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab goes missing

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Prominent Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has been removed from his cell to an unknown location, losing all contact with his family and lawyer, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights reported Wednesday.

In an appeal sent out by the human rights group, Rajab had reportedly witnessed prisoners at the central Jaw prison being tortured.

Rajab’s wife had received a phonecall from Rajab testifying on what he had witnessed in the prison. Shortly after, Rajab’s wife was told that her husband had been removed from his prison cell.

His lawyer, family and fellow activists have not been in contact with him since.
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Read more in the original link: http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/prominent-bahraini-activist-nabeel-rajab-goes-missing?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AlAkhbarEnglish+%28Al+Akhbar+English%29

This Bahraini activist has been jailed for harmless tweets, is clearly a political prisoner and, these last days, "mysteriousl" looked like disappearing from the prison where he was previously detained.

The twitter "world" immediately moved to report the fact.

Tweets coming from @NabeelRajab dedicated account clearly explain the situation and report the updates on his case:

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Nabeel Rajab
@NABEELRAJAB


Because of tweets, I have been in jail since 9th July, sentenced to two years in prison. My friends are operating my account on my behalf

Bahrain · http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabeel_Rajab

https://twitter.com/NABEELRAJAB

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via: @dr_davidson 15 May

Key #Bahrain activist @NABEELRAJAB, who I did Doha Debates with in 2011, currently a political prisoner, has now been reported as missing.

via: @dr_davidson 15 May

As side note, @NABEELRAJAB & I easily carried our motion that #Bahrain gov was uninterested in reform,in front of passionate #Qatar audience

via: @YusurAlBahrani 15 May

URGENT: @NABEELRAJAB, prisoner of conscience in #Bahrain, has now been reported missing.

[this tweet was also retweeted by @wikileaks]

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via: @Hala_Aldosari 15 May

Urgent Appeal: Bahrain- Prominent Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Reportedly Missing | BCHR: http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/6121#.UZOamlpf9pU.twitter


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Many Nabeel Rajab supporters tweeted "Where is @NABEELRAJAB ?"

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via: ‏@NABEELRAJAB 15 May

#Bahrain: Human Rights Activist @NABEELRAJAB Missing from Prison http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/467897/20130515/bahrain-human-rights-activist-nabeel-rajab-missing.htm#.UZOecBWrugc.twitter
 
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via:  ‏@JamesPiotr 15 May

Interviewed Nabeel in 2012 for CNN. V bad RT"@YusurAlBahrani: URGENT: @NABEELRAJAB, prisoner of conscience in #Bahrain,now reported missing"


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via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

#BBC : Family of jailed Bahraini activist Rajab 'worried' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22541625 … #Bahrain


via @JamjoomCNN 15 May

Humans Rights 1st (@humanrights1st) concerned "for the safety of Nabeel Rajab, others in Bahrain’s Custody" #Bahrain http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/2013/05/15/fresh-concerns-for-safety-of-nabeel-rajab-others-in-bahrain%e2%80%99s-custody/

via: @JamjoomCNN 15 May

BBC: "Wife of jailed Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab has told the BBC she is very worried about him" http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22541625 … #Bahrain

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via: @gayathry 15 May

Do read the letter @NABEELRAJAB wrote earlier this year from #JawPrison http://www.ifex.org/bahrain/2013/03/19/nabeellettertohrorganizationseng.pdf … #Bahrain #humanrights

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via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

Sumaya Nabeels wife called Jaw Prison to ask why nabeel Rajab didn't call،officers said that nabeel doesn't want to call them! #Bahrain

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The #where_is_nabeel was created to protest the harsh treatment of Nabeel Rajab and tweet in his support:

via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

Tweet all on #where_is_nabeel #Bahrain

via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

#where_is_nabeel #where_is_nabeel #where_is_nabeel #where_is_nabeel #where_is_nabeel #where_is_nabeel #where_is_nabeel #where_is_nabeel

via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

#Bahrain regime is fully responsible for the security and safety of @NABEELRAJAB #where_is_nabeel

via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

Urgent appeal from Bahrain: Where is human rights activist @nabeelrajab? http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/6121  #where_is_nabeel


via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

Nabeel rajab is missing since yesterday, nobody knows where is he #where_is_nabeel


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via: ‏@NABEELRAJAB 15 May

Detainee in Jaw Prison stated to his family that Nabeel is subjected to harassment by prison admin & was transferred to an unknown location

via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

Family of HRD Nabeel Rajab are deeply concerned after preventing them from his visit today (1/2) #Bahrain #where_is_nabeel


via: @NABEELRAJAB 15 May

And news that he was taken to unknown place after his testimony of torture in Jaw Prison yesterday (2/2) #Bahrain #where_is_nabeel

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via: @KenRoth 15 May

#Bahrain "disappears" @NabeelRajab from his cell after he tells wife of torture of young detainees he witnessed. http://trib.al/K6KCFYi

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via: @NABEELRAJAB 16 May

#Twitter activists jailed in #Bahrain for insulting king http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22541625 … via @BBCWorld

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via: @NABEELRAJAB 16 May

[email protected] called his wife said "i witnessed a big crime and gov doesnt want me talking" call was cut. Concern for his wellbeing #bahrain

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via: @NABEELRAJAB 17 May

Mohammed Rashid AlHussaini ( head of Jaw Prison ) takes full responsibility of the well-being and safety of Nabeel Rajab #Bahrain


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via: @NABEELRAJAB 17 May

@NABEELRAJAB fighting for human rights in the prison http://bit.ly/17E4DVX  #Bahrain

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[I've reported here only some of the support tweets an updates contained in @NabeelRajab dedicated account, as many are not in English and some are about similar informations and topics, but the full serie of tweets, retweets and coming updates can be read here: https://twitter.com/NABEELRAJAB
« Last Edit: May 17, 2013, 20:25:13 PM by isis »

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 17:41:08 PM »
well from what I can guess this is very serious - and worse.

an "unknown position or place" does not exist on the landmark only governments create those places..

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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2013, 20:36:48 PM »
yeah, it just remembers me Orwell's 1984 where it said people were made "disappear"... i have chills

for what we learn from twitter now they don't even allo his wife to talk to him or viceversa.

he has done nothing bad. he has only tweeted his opinions, had an interview with another activist Julian Assange and he has defended rights in his country; his only "fault" is belonging to a political opposition.

what they are doing to him is a severe violation of whatever human being's normal detention conditions and the detention isn't even for logical reasons because this man hasn't comitted anything bad.

i have no idea if he's even facing phisical violence in this moment, but, for sure, Nabeel Rajab (and his family too) is being Psichological Torture at the moment.

for me it's enough.

doing this Bahrain can forget to be considered a civil country from me.
they are all about money, oil, cars... but this state is still a dictatorship with very restrictive antidemocratical laws, that in this moment are used and abused to silence an innocent Bahraini citizien and his family (and i guess also supporters).

i am shocked and disappointed: in the middleeast there are risks of extremism and terrorism and, when they have a normal civil political opposition and human rights defender they treat him like an old shoe at the same levels of the stone age... at least at the stone age they didn't pretend to be called civilized!

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Re: Bahrain: Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab Missing from Prison
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2013, 08:55:14 AM »

Nabeel Rajab "is reportedly kept in solitary confinement " :

http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/6122

17 May, 2013
Bahrain: Attacks Intensifying on Freedom of Expression

17 May 2013

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its deep concern over the Bahraini authorities’ escalated targeting of freedom of expression. Recently, five social media activists were sentenced to one year imprisonment for criticizing the King. In total, more than 106 months of imprisonment was collectively delivered last year on charges against twelve online users for charges related to freedom of expression over social network websites.

In March 2012, Mahdi AlBasri, Mahmood Taresh, Ammar AlAli, Hasan Abdali and Mohammed Abdali were arrested at dawn for messages they had uploaded to twitter; they were held on charges for criticizing the King. On 15 May 2013, the court sentenced five of the bloggers to 1 year imprisonment. As stated by the head of public prosecution, Naif Yousif, the five were charged for exercising their right to freedom of expression beyond the values and traditions of the Bahraini society against the King of the country through the social network website twitter (for more information, see: www.alwasatnews.com/3903/news/read/772574/1.html). Ali Al Shofa, 17 years old, was also arrested in March and detained for 2 months pending investigation. He was released on 8 May and is still on trial. The next hearing on his is case is on 8 June 2013.

The government’s targeting of freedom of expression has noticeably escalated in the past year, with at least 10 cases brought to court with sentences ranging from several months to one year imprisonment. Among these cases is Nabeel Rajab’s, President of the BCHR, who is currently serving a two year sentence in prison, and served a three month sentence last year for insulting a statutory body over twitter, tweeting about the unpopularity of the Prime Minister, and calling for an illegal gathering over twitter. Just a few days ago, Nabeel witnessed the torture of eight prisoners, he requested to talk to the International Committee of Red Cross to testify through family members on social media, however, he went missing and is reportedly kept in solitary confinement to silence him (Read: http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/6121). Also, Said Yousif, Head of Documentation and Monitoring in the BCHR, has a case pending in court for disseminating false news over twitter. In November 2011, Abdullah Al Hashemi, Salman Darwish, Ali Watheqi and Ali Al Haiki were sentenced to terms from 1 to 6 months imprisonment for defaming the king over twitter after being arrested during house raids on 16 October 2012. (Read: http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/5507).

The BCHR believes that the authorities are escalating the repression on freedom of expression. We are witnessing a progression of harsher prison sentences compared to the cases sentenced last year. The BCHR believes that the government’s aim is to pressure citizens into silence, and particularly end freedom of expression when it’s related to criticism of the King, the Prime Minister and other high standing figures in the government, all of whom come from Al Khalifa family.

Based on the above information, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights demands that the Government of Bahrain:

 1 - Immediately release all activists sentenced to prison for their online activities, including Nabeel Rajab, as well as all other political detainees who are being held for practicing their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, which are guaranteed by international law.
 2 - Drop all charges related to freedom of expression in cases that are currently ongoing in court.
 3 - Withdraw all national and local laws that would restrict freedom of opinion and expression, or prevent the transmission of information.

http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/6122

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Press Statement
For Immediate Release

CIVICUS urges for protection of imprisoned Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab 

Johannesburg. 24 May 2013. Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS expresses deep concern about recent attempts to isolate and silence imprisoned Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab. He has been secluded since 13 May after he communicated to his wife over the phone that he had witnessed the savage torture of 8 young political activists by officers at Jaw prison in Manama.

After unsuccessful attempts to communicate with Nabeel for a week, his wife paid him a visit at Jaw Prison on 20 May where he informed her that the authorities were intent on gagging him after he and two prisoners witnessed foreign police officers brutally torture young political activists. Nabeel Rajab is one of Bahrain’s most prolific pro-democracy activists. He is presently serving a two-year jail term for using twitter to allegedly “insult” the Bahraini regime.

CIVICUS urges the attention of the international community on the following issues:

    Since the start of pro-democracy protests in Bahrain in February 2011, Nabeel and scores of other human rights defenders have had to face multiple instances of judicial and physical harassment. Many of them have been convicted on the basis of unfair trials including by military courts. They continue to be denied due process and medical access in prison.

    The Bahraini government continues to criminalise gatherings of more than five persons on grounds of undermining of public security. Additionally, the authorities have sped up their crackdown on online activists and bloggers. On 15 May 2013, five online activists and bloggers were tried separately for “criticising the king of Bahrain” on twitter and “misusing the right of free expression.”
     
    Worryingly, Bahrain has postponed for the second time, the impending visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and other Inhuman or Degrading Treatment which was scheduled to take place from 8-15 May 2013.  No alternative dates or a future roadmap has been proposed by the government.

    Bahraini activists who have raised concerns about the human rights situation in the country at international forums including the UN Human Rights Council have had to face severe reprisals at home.

CIVICUS urges the Government of Bahrain to immediately investigate the status and wellbeing of the young political activists at Jaw prison and stop the unwarranted torture and judicial harassment of human rights defenders in violation of international law.

David Kode, Policy and Advocacy Officer at CIVICUS said:

“Bahrain’s authorities are openly and flagrantly violating international human rights norms. Through their unwillingness to adhere to international law they are demonstrating that they are a rogue regime worthy of the strongest diplomatic censure by the international community.”
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