El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos ha pedido finalmente que se reconsidere la injusta sentencia del Gobierno de Bahrein contra el activista Nabeel Rajab a tres años de cárcel. Como miembros de la Federación por los Derechos Humanos, nos unimos a esta petición para que el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos denuncie sin ningún tipo de ambages las violaciones de las libertades más básicas en sus países aliados. ¡Libertad para Nabeel Rajab ya!
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomes the U.S.
State Department’s long overdue public statement last week in response
to the Bahraini government’s sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent
human rights defender, to three years in prison. However, the State
Department’s call for "the verdict and sentence [to] be reconsidered in
the appeals process" is a woefully insufficient response considering
Nabeel’s predicament and the ongoing repression and human rights
violations committed by the government of Bahrain.
Nabeel Rajab, one of several human rights defenders currently
imprisoned and threatened in Bahrain, was condemned to 3 years in prison
last Thursday for organizing and participating in peaceful marches. He
is also scheduled appear in court this Thursday, August 23rd, to appeal
another sentence of 3 months in prison for simply having Tweeted his
criticism of his government. These charges not only violate Nabeel’s
basic rights to freedom of expression and assembly, but Nabeel’s family
and colleagues were denied access to his trial on August 16th, calling
into question the fairness and transparency of the legal proceedings.
As a member of the Human Rights Council, which in July of this year
passed a resolution reaffirming the right to freedom of expression
"through any media of one’s choice" (A/HRC/RES/20/8), the United States
has an even greater responsibility to uphold international human rights
standards including the freedom of expression. Moreover, given that the
United States is one of Bahrain’s closest military allies (approving
continued arms sales to the Kingdom of Bahrain in May 2012 despite clear
evidence of Bahraini security forces using excessive force against
civilians), it is in a unique position to pressure Bahraini authorities
to respect their citizens’ fundamental freedoms. Rather than doing so,
the U.S. government has until today stayed silent on Nabeel Rajab’s
ongoing harassment, and is still failing to publicly and clearly condemn
what is without any doubt a violation of international human rights
FIDH calls on the U.S. government to publicly denounce the continued
persecution of human rights defenders in Bahrain, and to insist on the
immediate and unconditional release of Nabeel Rajab and all other
prisoners of conscience.