Bahraini Human Rights Activist Arrested

Nabeel Rajab is a prominent human rights activist in Bahrain. After spending two years in prison until May of this year, he traveled abroad to promote the cause, ending with the landmark UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva over the last few weeks at which CFI’s Michael De Dora spoke so eloquently. Rajab was promptly arrested on his return home.

Leading Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been arrested over Twitter remarks deemed “denigrating” to government institutions.

Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, had just returned to the country after an advocacy tour abroad.

He had served two years in prison for organising anti-government protests before being released in May…

The Gulf Center for Human Rights confirmed that Mr Rajab had been arrested on Wednesday.

He was summoned for questioning at Bahrain’s Cyber Crimes Department before being detained overnight, the statement said.

Bahrain’s interior ministry confirmed that Mr Rajab had been summoned and said that he had “acknowledged the charges”.

He is due to appear before the public prosecutor on Thursday, the interior ministry said in a statement.

And Bahrain is considered one of the less draconian and totalitarian of the Gulf states. This is a lot like the law, whose name I forget, that the necessity of feminism is proven by the comments on any post about feminism; governments only prove the necessity of human rights, and their opposition against them, by arresting human rights activists for criticizing them.

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  • themadtapper

    Lewis’s Law is the one you’re thinking of. And yes, there is certainly should be a related political activism one: Government action against a political rights activist justifies political activism.

  • alanb


    That activism law that you’re thinking of has already been made. It is called themadtapper’s law.