Today starts Amnesty International’s Write for Rights, almost two whole weeks of writing letters on behalf of prisoners of conscience and other victims of human rights violations around the world. As promised, we will be putting up sample letters of the cases for this year’s event, and today’s case is Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain.
Rajab is the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights. He was convicted in August 2012 for participation in “illegal gatherings”, “disturbing public order” and calling for marches without prior notification in early 2012. Nabeel is currently serving a three-year sentence in Bahrain’s capital. He is a Prisoner of Conscience. We are writing for his unconditional release, as well as for investigations into allegations of ill-treatment while in prison. Please write your letters to the address below, and use the sample letter below as a reference:
His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
P. O. Box 450,
Your Excellency (please start the letter this way),
I am writing in concern for NABEEL RAJAB, who is currently serving a three-year sentence. He is considered a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and assembly. I ask for his immediate and unconditional release.
I also ask the Minister to quash Nabeel’s convictions and sentences and to drop any remaining charges he faces. I also call on the Minister to order an investigation into reports of ill-treatment and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
I also urge that you to uphold the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly in Bahrain and to ensure that all human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without political interference.