Amnesty International has launched an online campaign to call on the Bahraini authorities to release Nabeel Rajab on the eve of his sentencing hearing on Tuesday (February 20, 2018).
“Nabeel Rajab is on trial simply for tweeting! His verdict is Tomorrow. We call on King of Bahrain to Free Nabeel,” said the human rights organization, calling on its followers to share this message on all social media outlets using the hashtag #FreeNabeel; as well as send emails to the King of Bahrain, urging him to release Nabeel Rajab and stop the Bahraini authorities’ crackdown on the brave people who speak out for human rights.
Addressing its followers, Amnesty said: “Your actions do have impact. Amnesty’s online action contributed to the release of Ebtisam al Saegh, another human rights defender in Bahrain. Now we need your support in helping to release Nabeel too.”
Amnesty further noted that the emails will be sent to the King of Bahrain Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa via the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also attaching a video of human rights defenders calling for Nabeel’s release, which it asked its followers to watch and share as well.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) also called for taking part in a Twitter campaign to support the struggle of Nabeel Rajab today at 7:30 pm, pointing out that Nabeel Rajab has been targeted several times for his human rights activism as well as his media role and awareness that he spreads on Twitter. That is since Nabeel Rajab enjoys high credibility and is followed by many human rights organizations around the world, which led the Bahraini government to arrest him, thinking that it would be able to silence his voice and stop human rights activism in Bahrain.