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Updates: Arrest and Detention of BCHR's President Nabeel Rajab


21 February 2018 - A Bahraini criminal court sentenced prominent Human Rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, to five years imprisonment relying on posts on his Twitter account in 2015 as well as retweets about alleged torture in Bahrain’s Jaw prison, and the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition.

25 January 2018 - Several elements are strongly suggesting that the safety of Nabeel Rajab is endangered, as he is in deep need of medical assistance and the conditions are not gathered for the medical care offered by the Ministry of Interior Hospital to be considered adequate, trusted and reliable. 

15 January 2018 - The Bahraini Court of Cassation in a final decision upheld the two-year sentence of Nabeel Rajab for the case related to his participation in televised interviews. The Twitter case is postponed for the 20th time, the final hearing rescheduled to the 21st of February. 

7 December 2017 - While the hearing for the Twitter case was scheduled on 31st of December, the Bahraini authorities changed the date to the 5 December, giving the defense very short time to adapt. Finally, it was adjourned and supposedly taking place on the 7 December, to finally be postponed to the 15 January.

22 November 2017 - Nabeel Rajab's sentence to two years in prison for speaking to journalists was upheld on 22 November 2017 by a Bahraini appeal court at the conclusion of a long-running, unfair trial. 

19 November 2017 - The hearing on the case relative to the tweets is postponed to the 31 December. AS the employee appointed by the Ministry of Interior was unable to give any evidence regarding the IP related to the tweets, the Court pretended the need for additional research and requested a technical report about the Twitter account from which the tweets were posted.

8 November 2017 - Nabeel Rajab's final hearing for the appeal in the case of the televised interviews is postponed to the 22 November. The Bahraini court refused to hear defense's arguments and rejected his petition for bail.

26 October 2017 - Alarming reports assert that Nabeel Rajab has been subjected to degrading treatment following his arbitrary transfer from the Ministry of Interior Hospital in al-Qalaa to the Jaw Prison, including humiliating search and forced shaving of his hair. 

25 October 2017 - Nabeel Rajab's appeal in the case of the televised interviews is postponed to the 8 November. 

27 September 2017 - The hearing in the trial related to the tweets is postponed to the 19 November. Ths is the 16th times a Bahraini court adjourned a hearing in that case.

8 August 2017 - A Bahraini Court decided to postpone issuing its verdict in the case of Nabeel Rajab.

10 July 2017 - Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to two years on his case related to televised interviews. His second trial for tweeting and re-twitting is on the 7 August.to postpone issuing its verdict in the case of Nabeel Rajab

6 July 2017 - Within a press briefing, the US state deparment expresses concern over the trial of Nabeel Rajab

4 July 2017 - According to updates received from his family, Nabeel Rajab is expected to receive a sentence on Monday 10 July in one of the cases against him. His lawyers received a notification on the ruling a day after after the hearing scheduled for 3 July. Rajab is currently facing a case related to press interviews criticizing Bahrain's human rights record, for which he is facing 3 years in prison, and a second case related to tweets and retweets on allegations of torture in Bahraini prisons and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, for which he might receive 15 years imprisonment. Based on his family's testimony, the Court did not hear the defense during yesterday's trial.

3 July 2017 - The court hearing on press interviews was held in Rajab's and his lawyers' absence. The lawyers have boycotted the trial since 14 June, when they walked out of the trial because of the court's insistence to hold hearings when Rajab cannot attend the court proceedings. His doctor at the Ministry of Interior hospital has stated that Nabeel cannot be charged.

2 July 2017 - Trial related to press interviews adjourned for 3 July, neither Nabeel Rajab nor his lawyers attended. Rajab is still recovering in hospital. He was allowed to contact his family but not his lawyers.

27 June - Alarmed by Nabeel Rajab's detention mistreatment, the Chair of the Subcommitte on Human Rights, Pier Antonio Panzeri made a statement urging the authorities to respect Rajab's freedom of expression and provide him access to family and lawyers. 

21 June 2017 - According to his family Nabeel Rajab faces worsening treatment in hospital, where he has no access to his family and lawyers. Autorities are also making pressures to move him back to detention.

14 June 2017 - The trial related to press interviews is postponed to 2 July for the 11th time, and the second trial on tweets and retweets again postponed for 7 Augustfor the 14th time.

13 June 2017 - Nabeel Rajab has been detained in pretrial detention for one year. Rajab's trial related to TV interviews was postponed for the 10th time to 14 June. 

12 June 2017 - Nabeel Rajab's trial related to TV interviews was postponed for the 9th time to 13 June.

30 May 2017 - Nabeel Rajab's trial related to TV interviews was postponed for the 8th time to 12 June.

17 May 2017 - Nabeel Rajab's trial related to tweets was postponed for the 13th time to 14 June. 

16 May 2017 - Nabeel Rajab was denied bail and his trial concerning TV interviews with international media was postponed for the 7th time to 30 May.

11 May 2017 - Rajab is recovering from his medical condition and remains in Qaala clinic, which is a division of the Ministry of Interior. According to information received by BCHR, his weakened immune system is slowing down the recovery process. 

3 May 2017 - The trial regarding TV interviews was postponed for the 6th time to 16 May.

8 April 2017 - After a brief family visit, Nabeel Rajab has been rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

5 April 2017 - Family members of Nabeel Rajab report that he has undergone surgery for bleeding ulcers. His family was denied right to visit. After surgery he has been sent back to solitary confinement, despite further need of medical care.

22 March 2017- The trial related to tweets was postponed to 17th of May 

7 March 2017 - The trial regarding TV interviews given during 2015 and 2016 was postponed for the 4th time to 16 April, then again a 5th time to 3 May. 

22 February 2017 - The trial based on charges related to tweets was postponed to 22 March to hear the testimony of the investigation officer, and to allow access for Rajab's lawyer to have a copy of the evidences

21 February 2017 - The trial based on charges related to tweets (on torture in Jau prison and the Saudi-led war in Yemen) has been postponed until 22 February. The hearing today on charges related to televised interviews has been postponed to 7 March, his release on bail was denied.

20 February 2017 - Human Rights Watch published a report on Nabeel Rajab's trial. Read the report in full here.   

8 February 2017 - Rajab's trial related to the case of televised interviews has been postponed to 21 February.

23 January 2017 - The Bahraini courts held hearings in two different cases against detained human rights defender Nabeel Rajab.

1 - Tweets Case: Ninth hearing

In one case, where Rajab is prosecuted over two charges both in relation to tweets and retweets posted in 2015 about the war in Yemen and also about allegations of torture in Jaw prison after a prison riot in March 2015. The first charge is “insulting a statutory body” (Article 216 of the Bahraini Criminal Code) referring to the Ministry of Interior in relation to tweets he posted denouncing the torture of detainees at Jaw Prison. The second charge is “disseminating false rumours in time of war” (Article 133 of the Bahraini Criminal Code) in relation to tweets he published about the Saudi-Arabia led coalition air strikes in Yemen.

The High Criminal Court postponed the trial to 21 February 2017 to hear the testimony of the Public Prosecution’s witness in the case. Rajab faces imprisonment of up to 15 years if convicted.

2 - Television Interviews Case: First Hearing.

The court held the first hearing in this case on 23 January 2017, however Rajab was not notified of the session and therefore did not attend nor have any lawyer to attend on his behalf. Rajab is charged with “publishing and broadcasting false news that undermines the prestige of the state” that is related to three televised interviews in 2015 and 2016.

Rajab was arrested on 13 June 2016 and continues to be detained on this case. The court postponed the trial to 8 February 2017 to notify Rajab and his lawyer.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing detention and judicial harassment of Nabeel Rajab, its President. We call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release Nabeel Rajab, drop all charges against him, and lift his travel ban.

05 January 2017 - Over 200 days in detention. The public prosecution extended detention of HRD Nabeel Rajab for another 15 days today.

28 December 2016 - A court today ordered the release on bail of Nabeel Rajab while his trial continues. His next hearing is due on  23 January 2017. While he is banned from traveling. However, public prosecution refused to release him and said that he will continue to be held over other charges.

22 December 2016 - Human Rights Watch published "France and Germany: It's Time to Assert Your Values" by Nabeel Rajab, published in Le Monde (in French) on 21 December. Read the full letter in English here.

21 December 2016 - Bahraini authorities have interrogated imprisoned human rights defender Nabeel Rajab on allegations stemming from a letter he recently published in the French newspaper Le Monde. The Cybercrime Unit has accused Rajab of using the article to “spread false information and tendentious rumors” that insult Bahrain and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states” and harm their relations.

15 December 2016 - Bahrain High Criminal Court postponed, for the fifth time, Rajab's trial to 28 December. At today´s hearing he has been refused release and was not allowed to speak. Read the Lawyer’s memorandum in the defense of Nabeel Rajab here.

7 December 2016 - See the whole timeline of Nabeel Rajab's detention and imprisonment here. From 2011-2017.

28 November 2016 - Nabeel Rajab's situation addressed at US Department of State Daily Press Briefing based on a BCHR report

22 November 2016 - According to a Tweet posted by Adam Rajab, Nabeel Rajab was transferred for the third time to a a police hospital after suffering from chest pain. An ICG test conducted on him showed irregular heat beats. Nabeel has been in prison since his arrest on 13 June and the unhealty nature of his prison conditipns is sais to have contributed his his failing health.

16 November 2016 - Nabeel Rajab's attorney requested the court to reverse its decision to appoint an Interior Ministry employee to examine the social media account presumably used by Rajab in posting his critical tweets. The request was made due to the need to assign an independent expert to review the issue, and not a member of the accusing party in Rajab's trial.

31 October 2016 - Today, the High Criminal Court postponed the trial of Nabeel Rajab, for the fourth time. The reason for the postponement is to hire an expert from the Cyber Crime Unit to verify that the Twitter handle in question is managed by him. The reopening of his case throws a light on the lack of evidence of any wrongdoing.

24 October 2016 - Rajab's medical investigation has revealed a drop in his white blood cell, which signals a possible infection. Based on his family's statement, Rajab has never before showed such signs during the medical tests he underwent so far. BCHR suspects the unhygienic conditions in his cell are possible to blame for his deteriorated health condition. Updates on his condition will soon follow.

6 October 2016 - Nabeel Rajab's trial has been postponed today, for the 3rd time, to October 31.

3 October 2016 -  Nabeel Rajab is due to undergo a surgery today to remove his gallbladder. According to an article by the Bahrain Mirror, the poor conditions in prison instigated this operation.

26 September 2016 - The detention authorities have notified Nabeel Rajab that he will be transfered to the East Riffa Police Station, where he was held during the first 3 weeks of his detention, according to his son Adam Rajab.

14 September 2016 - Human rights groups urge countries to call for Nabeel Rajab's release

5 September 2016 - High Criminal Court postponed the trial of HRD Nabeel Rajab to 6 October for ruling. He has been charged with additional charges in relation to the The New York Times op-ed.

1 September 2016 - Nabeel Rajab released temporarily to attend funeral of mother-in-law. @NabeelRajab

26 August 2016 - Sumaya Rajab, the wife of the human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, said that her husband was transferred to the Interior Ministry's clinic at MOI headquarters on Thursday (25 August2016) after suffering chest pains and shortness of breath.
“His health situation has stabilized after conducting medical tests and he was given a nutritious intravenous drip and some painkillers, and during my visit to him to on 25 August 2016 at West Riffa police station [where he is being held], he told me that he felt chest pains and shortness of breath, and requested to visit the clinic," she told "Al-Wasat" newspaper. 
She added: "He underwent radiation examination, and some blood samples were taken. The results are scheduled to be received on Sunday," and she noted that "Nabeel did not previously suffer from these pains."
She also expressed concern about the deterioration of his health,saying "There is concern over the health of my husband, especially because some of the detainees who are admitted to his cell are infected with serious diseases, and they all have to share the same resources like linens and quilts, and toilet, which raises concern in our souls about the health status of Nabeel.”

25 August 2016 - Nabeel is transfered to the hospital due to pain in his chest, according to Nabeel's son Adam

5 August 2016 - Nabel health condition continues to deteliorate as he remains in prison. According to a statement from his wife, the authorities have delayed urgent hospital appointment for September.

2 August 2016 - Despite lawyers' appeals asking for his release on the basis of his deteriorating health and the lack of evidence, Nabeel Rajab remains in detention, as his trial hearing has been postponed, for the second time, to September 5. The judge also ordered referring him to the prison's clinic. (Read more details)

12 July 2016 - Nabeel Rajab was present in court today. His trial was postponed to August  2 despite request by his lawyers for his iimmediate release. Nabeel has been in solitary confinement since 13 June. He has no contact with other prisoners and his health condition is worsening. His lawyers stated that he is harassed in detention and his right to privacy is not respected. His family who were present during the trial raise concern over his weight lost.

5 July 2016 -  Nabeel Rajab continues to suffer in isolation. His hearbeat is at 52bpm, a normal one ranges between 60-100. Moreover, due to precarious detention conditions, Rajab cannot eat or drink well, or use the toilet, which is full of filth and poses a danger to his health. His overall well-being is quickly degrading.

1 July 2016 -  In an article published by the Bahrain Mirror, Sumaya Rajab, wife of Nabeel Rajab raised concern over her husband's worsening health condition. She stated that his health is in continuous deterioration and that he had lost 8 Kgs in 2 weeks, as he continues to suffer from heat gallbladder and blood pressure problems.

29 June 2016 - The authorities transported Rajab back to the police station, where he is detained in solitary confinement, although his health was reportedly still unstable.

28 June 2016 -  After suffering from worsening health state due to unhealthy prison conditions, Nabeel Rajab is rushed to the hospital.

26 June 2016 -  The authorities transferred Rajab to the criminal court and set 12 July 2016 to be his first court hearing, over two charges both in relation to tweets and retweets posted in 2015 about the war in Yemen and also to allegations of torture in Jaw prison after a prison riot in March 2015. The charges include “posting information that could incite others and disrupt civil peace,” and “illegally defamed a statutory body.” Rajab faces imprisonment up to 13 years if convicted.

25 June 2016 - New information that Nabeel Rajab’s health is deteriorating due to poor prison conditions (Full details in BCHR's Urgent Appeal)

21 June 2016 - Today, Rajab was remanded to an additional eight days in detention pending investigation over charges related directly to his right to exercising free expression. (BCHR Statement)

16 June 2016- BCHR has recieved information that Nabeel Rajab is enduring very poor conditions in pre-trial detention, in addition to ill-treatment. He is currently detained in solitary confinement. His cell is locked at all times, unlike other prisoners. He is not allowed contact with anyone. His cell is very dirty and unsuitable for human living. The toilet and shower are full of filth, and unhygienic. During his first visit, his family were given only 15 minutes with him. The visit was attended by a police officer, who monitored them closely. He is also being ill-treated by some police officers. He is not being treated like other prisoners and is deprived of the basic privileges. 

14 June 2016- Nabeel Rajab was brought to the public prosecution after over 24 hours from arrest. He was officially charged with "spreading false news and rumours about the internal situation in a bid to discredit Bahrain". Public prosecutor issued an order to keep Nabeel in custody for 7 days pending investigation.

13 June 2016- Bahrain security forces arrested leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Founding Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and Deputy Secretary General of FIDH, early this morning.

At approximately 5:00 AM (GMT+3) in Bahrain, police, led by the Cybercrime Unit, surrounded Rajab's home in Bani Jamra, in the north west of Bahrain. At 6:12 AM, Rajab's son Adam tweeted: "Police entered the house and arrested my father Nabeel Rajab." The authorities' reason of arrest is not yet known, and it is unknown if new charges have been brought against him.

Nabeel Rajab was held at Riffa police station. He has no direct access to his lawyer. He was not informed of his charges.

BCHR Calls for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab


International Statements Concerning the Arrest of Nabeel Rajab

14 July 2017

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:Press briefing note on Venezuela and Bahrein

13 July 2017

US State Department: State briefing calling for the release of Nabeel Rajab

12 July 2017

Government of Norway: Norway calls for release of Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain

11 July 2017

European Union External Action: Statement by the spokesperson on the sentencing of Mr. Nabeel Rajab by a Bahraini Court

Government of Germany:Statement by Human Rights Commissioner Kofler on the conviction of a Bahraini human rights activist

10 July

US Department of State: Sentencing of Nabeel Rajab

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Cardin Statement on Prison Sentencing of Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab

28 June 2017

EU DROI Chair: Bahrain should free human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, urges DROI Chair

13 June 2017  

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, David Kaye, called for the release of Nabeel Rajab, at a session held at the 35th UN Human Rights Council.

ECDHR: MEPs call for Nabeel Rajab’s release on Arrest Anniversary

Representative Jim McGovern called for the release of Nabeel Rajab in his address to the US Congress, in which he also criticized the lifted ban on arms sales to Bahrain.

16 March 2017

Swiss intervention at #HRC34, calling for the release of human rights defenders in Bahrain, including Nabeel Rajab

7 March 2017

Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan) expresses concern over Nabeel Rajab and other HRDs in written answers on Bahrain

March 2017

US State Department: Bahrain 2016 Human Rights Report

16 February 2017

European Parliament resolution on executions in Kuwait and Bahrain, urges EU to intervene with Bahraini government to appeal for the release of Nabeel Rajab.

23 December 2016

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - Expressed concerns on Nabeel Rajab's ongoing prosecution.  

19 December 2016

Members of the European Parliament write to EU Higher Representative Federica Mogherini about Nabeel Rajab and the release of other political prisoners in an open letter from MEPs on Human Rights in Bahrain

31 October 2016

US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, calls for the immediate release of Nabeel Rajab.

US State Department states: "at today's hearing it became clear that the government lacks the evidence to support his case". Reaffirm rejection of charges and call for the release of Nabeel Rajab.

28 October 2016

US State Department rejects charges against Nabeel Rajab and call the government of Bahrain to release him.

19 September 2016

Denmark - Ministry of Foreign Affairs - HRC Statement on Item 4, in which Denmark calls for the release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Bahrain

14 September 2016

Delegation of the European Union to the UN - HRC 33 Statement on Item 2, in which the EU expresses its concerns about the re-arrest of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

13 September 2016

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - Expressed concerns about harassment and arrests of human rights defenders and calls on Bahraini Government to comply with human rights mechanisms

12 September 2016

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mr. Tobias Ellwood replies to a written question of MP Margaret Ferrier that the UK government "will continue to monitor his case closely and raise concerns with the Government of Bahrain". Full statement here.

6 September 2016 

The U.S. Department of State requests to release Nabeel Rajab. Read the minutes or watch the video.

19 August 2016

Margaret Ferrier, MP UK Parliament - Letter to Foreign Office to call for UK action on case of Nabeel Rajab

8 August 2016

US Department of State - Statement by the spokesperson calling for the release of Nabeel Rajab

19 July 2016: 

European Union External Action - Statement by the spokesperson on the verdict to dissolve Al Wefaq political society

17 July 2016

US Department of State - Recent Developments in Bahrain

7 July 2016

European Parliament - Human rights: albinos in Malawi, activists in Bahrain and Rohingya in Myanmar

6 July 2016

(EU)European External Service Action - Statement by Spokesperson on recent developments in Bahrain

1 July 2016

US Congress - US congress High Commission Calls on Bahrain Government to Release Rajab

22 June 2016

MEPs - Letter to Federica Mogherini on the re-arrest of Nabeel Rajab and the current situation in Bahrain

21 June 2016

Spokespersons for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - Press briefing note on Bahrain and Iraq

Spokespersons for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20146&LangID=E#sthash.4OS5C2qz.w294q4On.dpSpokespersons for the UN High Commissioner for Hu

17 June 2016

UN News Centre - Ban dismayed at actions aimed at restricting political opposition in Bahrain

16 June 2016

Germany - Federal Foreign Office - Human Rights Commissioner Kofler on the human rights situation in Bahrain

UN Secretary-General - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Bahrain

15 June 2016

European Parliament - DROI Chair condemns the arrest of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain.

GOV.UK - Foreign Office statement on Bahrain

14 June 2016

U.S. Department of State - Spokesperson Kirby Comments on the Political Situation in Bahrain

European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights - Re-arrest of Nabeel Rajab

13 June 2016

France Diplomatie - Arrest of Nabeel Rajab


NGO Statements/Articles on Nabeel Rajab's Case

11 July 2017

Index on Censorship: Bahraini human rights activist sentenced to two years

FIDH: Urgent appeal Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to two years in prison

Amnesty International: Bahrain: two-year prison sentence for human rights activist Nabeel Rajab condemned

Jurist: Bahrain sentences human rights defender to two years in prison

10 July 2017

FIDH: Nabeel Rajab sentenced to two years in prison

Human Rights First: State Department Should Call for Release of Bahraini Human Rights Defender Rajab

14 June 2017

Index on Censorship: London protest marks a year in prison for Nabeel Rajab

13 June 2017

IFEX: The world is watching - Bahrain must release Nabeel Rajab

9 June 2017

Index on Censorship: Nabeel Rajab approaches one year in prison without sentencing

2 June 2017

Index on Censorship: Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab’s son talks to Index about his father’s “unbreakable” spirit

30 May 2017

Index on Censorship: Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab trial postponed until 12 June

29 May 2017

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) - BAHRAIN: another hearing against Nabeel Rajab scheduled for May 30

17 May 2017

Index on Censorship - Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab hospitalised and denied bail

15 May 2017

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) - BAHRAIN: Call for immediate release of Nabeel Rajab, as trial resumes tomorrow

26 April 2017

Human Rights Watch - Bahrain: Detained Activist’s Health Worsens

24 March 2017

Amnesty International - Bahrain: Further Information: Growing Health Concerns for Prominent Activist: Nabeel Rajab

23 March

Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Front Line Defenders, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT) in a joint press release - BAHRAIN: After 282 days of arbitrary detention, human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s trial postponed once again

13 March 2017

Index on Censorship - Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab trial postponed until 16 April

24 February 2017 

Index on Censorship - Bahrain: Rights activist facing two trials in March

20 February 2017

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) - Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab’s trial to resume after nine postponements

19 February 2017 

Human Rights Watch - Bahrain: Activist’s Speech-Charges Trial to Resume

03 February 2017

Multiple NGOs - NGOs send letter to Boris Johnson regarding jailed HRD Nabeel Rajab

International Press Institute - IPI blasts Bahrain cases against Nabeel Rajab

25 January 2017

Reporters Without Borders - RSF calls for human rights defender’s release

23 January 2017 

Amnesty International - Bahrain: Postponement of Nabeel Rajab’s trial for sixth time is blatant harassment

Index on Censorship - Bahrain: Court postpones the trial of Nabeel Rajab for a seventh time

16 December 2016

FIDH - Court postpones verdict for the fifth time for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, facing up to 15 years in jail

15 December 2016

Index of Censorship - Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab's trial postponed for fifth time

14 December 2016

Index of Censorship - Bahrain: Parliamentary pressure mounts on Theresa May to call for Nabeel Rajab's release

13 December 2016

Index on Censorship - Bahraini human rights activist to face trial

12 December 2016

Human Rights Watch - Bahrain: Release Rights Activist

1 November 2016 

FIDHBAHRAIN: Court postpones verdict for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, facing up to 15 years in jail

OMCT - Bahrain: Joint Press Release: Court postpones verdict for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, facing up to 15 years in jail


4 October2016

Human Rights Watch - Why No Outcry Over Nabeel Rajab

27 September 2016

Index on Censorship - Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab put in isolation ahead of 6 October trial

16 September 2016

Joint appeal of 22 NGOs - Bahrain: 'Call for Nabeel Rajab's Release', rights groups urge 50 governments

5 September 2016

Index on Censhorship - Prominent human rights activist charged for New York Times letter

5 September 2016

Index on Censorship - Bahrain delays court date for human rights campaigner for third time

4 September 2016

Human Rights Watch - Bahrain: Release Rights Activist, Lift Travel Bans

3 September 2016

Human Rights Watch - Bahrain: Release rights activist, lift travel ban

2 September 2016

English PEN - Bahrain: London stands in solidarity with Nabeel Rajab on his birthday

1 September 2016

Index - Bahrain: Protesters celebrate Nabeel Rajab’s birthday and call for his release

31 August 2016

Index - 1 Sept: Protest on Nabeel Rajab’s birthday to call for his release

Index - Index award winners and judges call for release of Bahraini campaigner

26 August 2016

Index - Who is Nabeel Rajab?

12 August 2016

IFEX - Stress fractures: The impact of judicial harassment and travel bans on rights defenders

10 August 2016

Sigrid Rausing Trust - Concern grows for health of imprisoned human rights defender Nabeel Rajab

1 August 2016

Index - Why is Nabeel Rajab a repeated target of the Bahraini authorities?

27 July 2016

Human Rights Watch - Bahrain: Activist on Trial Over Twitter Comments

19 July 2016

Human Right First - Pentagon Forces Congress to Wait for Late Bahrain Report

18 July 2016

FIDH - NGOs call for human rights abuses to be addressed in the forthcoming EU-GCC Ministerial Meeting 

13 July 2016

Reporters Without Borders - RSF condemns court’s decision to keep Nabeel Rajab in detention

12 July 2016

FIDH - High Criminal Court decided to postpone the trial of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

11 July 2016

Human Rights First - Bahraini Officials Urged to Drop Charges Against Nabeel Rajab

7 July 2016

Amnesty InternationalFarcical trial of Nabeel Rajab a barefaced assault on freedom of expression in Bahrain

01 July 2016

FIDH - Bahrain continues to harass Nabeel Rajab

29 June 2016

OMCT - Bahrain: Deterioration of the medical conditions of Nabeel Rajab

28 June 2016

Index on Censorship - Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab hospitalised after 15 days in solitary confinement

Amnesty International - Bahrain: Further Information: Nabeel Rajab’s trial date set for 12 July

20 June 2016

Human Rights First - Time for Washington to Act as Bahrain Government Provokes Crisis

16 June 2016


Human Rights Watch - Bahrain: Order to Dissolve Key Opposition Group, Leading Activist Detained

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders - New arrest and arbitrary detention of Nabeel Rajab

Tweenty One NGOs- NGOs call for an end to reprisals against human rights defenders as Nabeel Rajab arrested and Bahraini rights defenders banned from travel to Geneva

14 June 2016


The Worldwide Human Rights Movement - New arrest and arbitrary detention of Nabeel Rajab 

13 June 2016

Amnesty - Bahrain: fresh arrest of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab is 'alarming'

Human Rights First - Time for Washington to Act as U.S. Ally Bahrain Targets Human Rights Defenders

PEN International - Bahrain: Authorities must disclose the grounds for the arrest of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab

Index - Index condemns arrest of Nabeel Rajab

Civicus - End Reprisals Against Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab


Media Coverage on Nabeel Rajab's Case

14 June 2017

Reuters: Defence lawyers walk out of top Bahraini activist trial

13 June 2017

HuffPost: When Human Rights Defenders Continue Their Work From Prison

12 June 2017

Middle East Eye: Nabeel Rajab: Held for a year on remand in Bahrain and does anybody care?

30 May 2017

Reuters - Trial of leading Bahraini activist postponed: rights group

16 May 2017

Reuters - Top Bahrain activist denied bail: rights group

12 May 2017

Reuters - U.N. urges Bahrain to end torture, solitary confinement

5 April 2017

Associated Press - Family says imprisoned Bahrain activist undergoes surgery

26 January 2017

The Guardian - Activist faces prison for saying journalists are banned from Bahrain

28 December 2016

International Business Times - Bahrain authorities refuse to release human rights activist Nabeel Rajab

The Guardian - Bahrain's allies in EU and UK urged to speak out after activist reimprisoned

14 December 2016

The Guardian - Cross-party MPs urge Boris Johnson to call for Bahrain activist's release

11 November 2016

Associated Press - Bahrain opposition leader fears 'whitewash' of crackdown

9 November 2016 

Independent - Prince Charles's Bahrain visit 'backs human rights abuses', says activist and torture survivor

19 October 2016

Ræson - Er Bahrain Mellemøstens nye vugge for politisk ekstremisme? (Danish)

              English: Is Bahrain the New Breeding Ground for Political Extremism?

14 October 2016

BTCharles accused of not caring enough about the 'crushing of dissent' in Bahrain

6 October 2016 

The News Arab - Jailed Bahraini human rights activist waits in legal limbo

3 October 2016

TeleSUR - One Torturer to Another: Kissinger Honors Bahrain FM With Award

3 October 2016 

Bahrain Mirror - Nabeel Rajab to Undergo Surgery on Monday

8 September 2016

ALJAZEERA -  US calls for release of Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab

7 September 2016

The New York Times - Punishing Dissent in Bahrain

7 September 2016 

BBC - US urges Bahrain to free rights activist Nabeel Rajab

6 September 2016 

Reuters - U.S. urges Bahrain to free jailed rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab

5 September 2016 

Reuters - Bahrain brings new charges against man believed to be top democracy activist

4 September 2016

New York Times - Letter from a Bahraini Jail

4 September 2016

Middle East Eye - Bahrain urged to end prosecution of leading rights activist Nabeel Rajab

30 August 2016

Bahrain Mirror - Bahrain Public Prosecution Claims Nabeel Rajab’s in Stable Condition & No Risk to his Health in Prison

26 August 2016

Alwasat News - Nabeel Rajab transferred to hospital due to chest pains and shortness of breath

16 August 2016

NYTlive - Tortured and trapped, Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed continues her fight for press freedom

10 August 2016

Bahrain Mirror - Public Prosecution says Nabeel Rajab was Checked by Prison Doctor

20 July 2016

Editorials - A Blow Against Civil Society in Bahrain

17 July 2016

The Guardian - Bahrain court orders Shia opposition group to be dissolved


Nasdaq - Reports: Bahrain Court Orders Shiite Opposition Party Dissolved

Mo4ch - Bahrain’s main Shia opposition bloc dissolved by court

14 July 2016

Bahrain Mirror: Bahraini Authorities Refuse to Release Nabeel Rajab to Take Part in his Uncle’s Funeral

13 July 2016

L´Orient Le Jour - Bahreïn: l'opposant Nabil Rajab reste en détention

RFI - Bahrain court denies rights activist bail

12 July 2016

Google News - Bahrain activist's trial postponed, rights groups call for his release

The New York Times - Bahraini Activist Rajab Remains Jailed as Trial Is Postponed

Reuters - Bahrain activist's trial postponed, rights groups call for his release

11 July 2016

PublicNow - Bahrain: Twenty-Six NGOs Call for Immediate and Unconditional Release of Bahraini Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab, Prior to His Trial Tomorrow

7 July 2016

Middle East Eye - EU parliament condemns Bahrain's 'campaign of repression'

30 June 2016

Your Middle East - Bahrain activist back in jail despite worsening health  

Gulf in the Media - Bahrain activist back in jail despite worsening health  

29 June 2016

Middle East Eye - Leading Bahraini activist returned to jail as eight stripped of citizenship

Bahrain Mirror - Bahrain Activist Back in Jail Despite Worsening Health

28 June 2016

The Washington Post: Supporters say detained Bahrain activist taken to hospital

Bahrain Mirror: Reuters: Jailed Bahraini Activist Taken to Hospital with Heart Problems

Reuters: Jailed Bahraini activist taken to hospital with heart problems - supporters

27 June 2016

Foreign Policy: Bahrain Tightens the Screws

Reuters: U.S. troubled by trial of Bahraini activist for critical tweets

26 June 2016

Bahrain Mirror: Nabeel Rajab Referred to Trial on Remand, First Hearing on July 12

23 June 2016

The Japan Times - Bahrain’s launch of Shiite crackdown jeopardizes its security

22 June 2016 

The Caspian TImes - Bahrain Renews the Detention of Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab

BBC News - Sheikh Isa Qassim: What lies behind Bahrain's latest opposition crackdown?

20 June 2016

Bahrain Mirror - HRW: Bahrain Rulers Want to Wipe Out Peaceful Opposition Movement

18 June 2016

Council on Foreign Relation - Bahrain Slips Further into Repression

16 June 2016

Euronews - UN worried about Bahrain's crackdown on political opposition

15 June 2016

The Guardian - Bahrain paying for Royal Navy base despite human rights criticism

14 June 2016

Bahrain News Agency - False rumours suspect remanded in custody

Bahrain Mirror - Ban Ki-Moon Voices Concern over Nabeel Rajab's Arrest, Criticizes Bahrain for Preventing HR Activists from Traveling to Geneva

13 June 2016

The New York Times - Bahrain Detains Prominent Activist During Raid on His Home

The Guardian - Bahrain detains rights activist as UN official criticises repression

International Business Times - Prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrested in Bahrain

ANSAmed - Bahrain: human rights defender Nabeel Rajab arrested

The Star - Bahrain detains prominent human rights activist during raid on his home 

Al Jazeera - Bahrain detains prominent human rights activist 

Deutsche Welle (DW) - Bahrain rearrests top activist Rajab in dawn raid

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