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Bahrain: Immediately Release Human Rights Defender Nabeel RajabLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Human rights ambassador William Gomes contacts Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs over the arrest of a prominent activist- all over 6 Tweets.
(SALEM) - Bahrain Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab, a highly respected activist in Bahrain, was arrested for 6 tweets posted on 2 June 2012.
In those messages on the Twitter network, Rajab called for the Prime Minster of Bahrain to step down. His Tweets drew attention to the PM's corruption, said the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
The charges against Rajab in Manama include “vilifying”; insulting the statuary bodies, participating in illegal assembly, and calling others to join through social networking sites.
“I was targeted because I was exercising my right to defend human rights, which is a right that is stipulated by the Bahraini constitution,” Rajab said.
The Bahraini Code of Criminal Procedure and international law both limit pretrial detention to exceptional cases rather than the rule, however Mr. Rajab has been arrested and re-arrested, twice.
Prior to his first arrest, Mr. Rajab said that Bahrain in essence, lacks a judiciary system that is independent or fair. He also says it is far from being in line with international standards of a fair trial, I have decided to boycott the trial against myself. "The judiciary system in Bahrain, today, is a tool used against human rights defenders and people calling for democracy and justice," Rajab said.
Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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