An open letter to the 11th CIVICUS World Assembly from the Family of Nabeel Rajab, the Bahraini prominent Human Rights Defender
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- Published on Saturday, 08 September 2012 00:01
Prominent Bahraini Human Rights Defender, Nabeel Rajab, is facing extreme danger. Please intervene.
My name is Sumaya Rajab, the wife of a prominent Bahraini human rights defender and prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab. I write this letter in my name, and the names of our son Adam and our daughter Malak to appeal to you to support our call to the Government of Bahrain to help guarantee my husband’s safety and release from prison and to help support the Bahraini people struggle for freedom, democracy and justice.
The violent and brutal regime of Bahrain has been condemned numerous times by all international human rights organisations including the UN high commission for human rights for unleashing a cruel “sectarian apartheid” against the Shiite Muslim majority in Bahrain. In 2012, Bahrain was ranked 173rd by Reporters without Borders which made it one of the world’s 10 most repressive countries, because of its relentless crackdown on pro-democracy movements.
Since the beginning of the Bahraini uprising in Feb 2011, more than 100 Bahrainis were killed by the Bahraini and Saudi security forces, many of them were innocent children. Thousands were systemically imprisoned and tortured, electrocuted, raped, emotionally severed, some were even tortured to death. Thousands others were harassed and fired from their jobs just for participating in peaceful protests. Hundreds of Shiite villages and houses were raided and robbed at dawn by masked security forces, many women and children were subjected to humiliation and sexual harassment.
Nabeel’s only crime was exposing such abuses and atrocities to the outside world, until they silenced him! The regime ordered their sham judicial authorities to fabricate number of cases against Nabeel. He was recently convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for merely participating in peaceful protests. This verdict was described by Amnesty International as a “dark day for justice in Bahrain”.
In the past few years, our home was attacked several times and Nabeel was dragged forcefully by masked security forces in front of our children. They targeted sources of our family income ruining our family business and forcing Nabeel to give it up. Our children were harassed in schools and I, Nabeel wife, was fired from my government job to make sure that Nabeel’s only and last income was stopped.
Currently, Nabeel Rajab is being severely punished for exposing the regime’s human rights violations to the world. He is imprisoned under harsh conditions and was refused access to medical care. In his last appearance in court in 23 August, 2012, Nabeel pleaded the world “to intervene” declaring that he “is subjected to physical and psychological torture”, he is “put in a disgusted and dark solitary cell sized 5x7 feet that looked like bird's cage” and he “slept on an iron bed with a nylon sheet”.
My husband Nabeel is facing extreme danger; he is being punished just for expressing his opinions. We appeal to you to do whatever you can to pressure the Bahraini authorities to free him, and to stop the harassment against him and our family and to allow him to continue his human rights activities as guaranteed by all international conventions. We also hope for your sincere support for the Bahraini people in their struggle for justice, democracy and freedom.
I, our son Adam and our daughter Malak, hope that you will take our message in consideration because more silence means more abuses and more atrocities. People of Bahrain are determined to build a democratic state based on justice, transparency, freedom and equality for all Bahrainis regardless of their sect, religion, color or race and we hope you help us achieve this aspiration. ￼￼
Thank you all very much and hope to hear your kind voice for Nabeel and for the freedom-loving people of Bahrain.
Bahrain, 6 September 2012
Sumaya Rajab, wife of HRD Nabeel Rajab
Adam Rajab, 15 years old, son of HRD Nabeel Rajab
Malak Rajab, 10 years old, daughter of HRD Nabeel Rajab