Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab released from prison

MESA is pleased to report that the prominent Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison – albeit under “severe restrictions” – after serving four of a five-year sentence. President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and a founding director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, Nabeel Rajab has been an outspoken critic of autocratic rule and the Bahraini government’s violations of rights. He played an important role in the pro-democracy protests in 2011 and was the recipient that year of MESA’s Academic Freedom Award which he accepted on behalf of faculty, staff, and students at higher education institutions in Bahrain who had spoken out against abuses of state power. We call for the lifting of "severe restrictions" on Nabeel Rajab’s release and his full exoneration, as well as the release from detention of all political prisoners in Bahrain. 

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