- TRIAL OBSERVATION REPORT: Case Number 17/2013 “THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 94” / March 2013
- The GCHR 2013 Annual Report / Attacks on Human Rights Defenders Continue
- European Resolution on the UAE: "Biased and Prejudiced?" / Mission to UAE investigates crackdown on free expression in which 64activists have been detained
- Bahrain: The government continues to attack journalists and target press freedom
- International Mission to Bahrain Report / Justice Denied in Bahrain: Freedom of Expression and Assembly Curtailed
News from International Organizations
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- Report on Bahrain’s Attorney General Dr. Ali bin Fadhel Al - Buainain and his position in the International Association of Prosecutors
- Ceartas submits complaint to Int’l Association of Prosecutors urging expulsion of Bahrain Attorney General
- Arab Working Group for Media Monitoring met the Tunisian Minister of Human Rights
- Bahraini rights defender denied the right to a fair trial
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Update: Bahrain- Human Rights defender Nabeel Rajab subjected to ill-treatment in prison and placed in a solitary confinement
Further to our joint appeal on 16 August 2012 (Kindly see the following link: http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/221), the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) express their concerns over the recent confirmed information that leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has been placed in solitary confinement and banned from making unmonitored telephone calls to his family following the 3 years imprisonment sentence against him on Thursday 16 August 2012.
On 20 August 2012 evening the human rights defender called his family for the first time since the day in which the sentence was imposed. He was cautiously informing his family for being threatened that the call will be cut if involved news about Bahrain. He also confirmed to his wife that the authorities have put him in a solitary confinement and have not had access to any newspapers during the past days. The call, which lasted less than two minutes, was cut suddenly.
The GCHR and BCHR condemn the ill-treatment of leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and are very concerned about placing him in a solitary confinement. The GCHR and BCHR believe strongly that the authorities have violated the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners that states in article 30.1 “No prisoner shall be punished except in accordance with the terms of such law or regulation.” And in article 32.1 “Punishment by close confinement shall never be inflicted unless the medical officer has examined the prisoner and certified in writing that he is fit to sustain it.”
In addition, GCHR and BCHR have also received information that the prison administration is monitoring the calls of the detained human rights defenders and leading activists. It’s reported that an officer had interrupted a call between a detained leading activist, Ebrahim Sharif and his wife, then the call was cut while she was describing to her husband the situation in Bahrain after the alleged killing of 16 years old child Hussam Al-Haddad by the security forces, on 18 August 2012.
GCHR and BCHR see these developments as serious causes of concerns as the human rights defenders and activists are being deprived from the right to talk freely with their families. This increases the possibility of subjecting them to a further ill-treatment while not being able to communicate details to the outside world.
The GCHR and BCHR express concerns on the physical and psychological integrity and security of all detained human rights defenders and activists, in particular human rights defender Nabeel Rajab who probably will be placed again in a solitary confinement in the absence of direct and free communications with him.
We call on the international community to put real pressure on the government of Bahrain to release leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab who we believe has been targeted solely for his legitimate human rights activities.