Researchers and staff at CMES express grave concern following news of the arrest on May 5th 2012 by Bahrainiauthorities of Mr. Nabeel Rajab,
director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
We have learnt to know Mr. Nabeel Rajab during his visit to Lund (25-28 April 2012) to participate in a conference entitled “Arab Uprisings: Contesting Narratives, Locating Power”.
Many of us have been touched by Mr. Nabeel Rajab’s enthusiasm and honest engagement in defense of human right in his country and the rest of the Middle East.
We call upon Bahraini authorities to
– Immediately release Mr. Nabeel Rajab and other all human rights defenders detained in Bahrain.
– end the targeting and harassment of human rights defenders;
– guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Bahrain are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.
Lund May 7, 2012
Frida Mebius Önnerfors