Rights activist discloses Bahraini regime atrocities in UK

Rights activist discloses Bahraini regime atrocities in UK

Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:1PM GMT
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In a press conference at the UK’s House of Lords, Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini Human Rights activist has used his ordeal to raise awareness on how activists in the country are currently being treated in Al Khalifa regime’s prisons, Press TV reports.

Nabeel, the founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, served two years behind bars from July 2012 to May 2014 for his alleged role in anti-regime protests in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

He was imprisoned for exercising his right to freedom of assembly by participating in and calling for peaceful protests in the capital Manama to defend Bahraini people’s rights.

The human rights situation in Bahrain has deteriorated since February 2011, when the repressive al-Khalifa regime launched a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests and began targeting activists and human rights advocates.

“So, maybe I’m a link for people, the international community and for public to know what is happening [in Bahrain]…. I’ve come to speak about the [Al Khalifa regime’s] repression … the judiciary that is not independent, targeting human rights defenders, and all human rights issues [in Bahrain]. I have come here to speak about those issues and maybe my name and my case is a way to bring those issues to light,” Nabeel Rajab told Eisa Ali, Press TV’s correspondent in London.

Nabeel Rajab was invited to the event in the House of Lords on August 13 by Lord Avebury, vice-chair of Britain’s Parliamentary Human Rights Group, where he
raised awareness on how activists in the country are currently being treated in al-Khalifa regime’s prisons.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the ruling Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the Manama regime’s ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

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