An Appeal in Solidarity with Nabeel Rajab

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


Leif Stenberg

Dan-Erik Andersson

Torsten Janson

Abdulhadi Khalaf

Umut Ozkirimli

Christina Rothman

Dalia Abdelhady

Darcy Thompson

Christa Salamandra

Ann Kull

Erin Frazier

Eda Farcakoglu

Stefano Bigliardi

Jonas Otterbeck

Rickard Lagervall

Cecilia Olovsdotter

Ronny Berndsson

Jaleh Taheri

Mathias Mossberg

Åsa Eldén

Olof Heilo

Barzoo Eliassi

Anna Hellgren

Simon Stjernholm

Sarah Grey

Reza Arjmand

Lory Dance

Salim Cevik

Eric hooglund

Frida Mebius Önnerfors

Bahar Ay