New information:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about another imminent trial hearing of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, co-founder and President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), founding Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), Deputy Secretary General of FIDH from 2012 to 2016 and a member of the Middle East advisory committee at Human Rights Watch.

Mr. Nabeel Rajab has been one of the country’s most vocal human rights defenders, denouncing human rights violations within the country’s Jaw prison, and denouncing Bahrain’s participation to the bombings of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

According to the information received, after a series of postponements, Mr. Nabeel Rajab’s trial on the “Television interviews case” is scheduled to take place before the Manama’s Fifth High Criminal Court on May 30, 2017. Additionally, Mr. Nabeel Rajab’s trial on the “Twitter case” is now set for June 14, 2017 (see background information).

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