Prison solidarity: Bahrain-Belarus


Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Deputy Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), who is in custody in Bahrain, sends his Belarusian counterpart on the International board of FIDH, political prisoner Ales Bialiatski words of solidarity.

On 2 December, the day when the court denied his request for early release (for which he has the right under national legislation, as he has served more than three-quarters of the term), Nabeel was able to call from the Bahraini prisons “Jaw” to the International Secretariat FIDH and convey that he is very worried about the fate of Alesi Bialiatski. According to Nabeel, the first thing he would like to do on his release from jail is to meet with the family and the colleagues of Ales as “their problem is my problem”.

Nabeel Rajab passed these words to the worker of the Paris FIDH Bureau Sasha Kulaeva. In a brief telephone conversation, he asked about the health and the conditions of detention of Ales Bialiatski, his family and colleagues from the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, and passsed the words of support to all of them.

As pointed out by Sasha Kulaeva, from the first days of detention of Ales Bialiatski Nabeel Rajab actively defended the Vice President of FIDH and leader of “Viasna”. Since the arrest of Ales Bialiatski, a T-shirt with the inscription “Freedom for Ales Bialiatski” and his portrait hung in his office.


Nabeel’s wife, Sumaya Rajab, passed a photo of his office at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

Bear in mind that the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, as well as other human rights organizations, held an action in support of the Bahraini colleague, and recently has joined the action in the social networks with the demand to the Bahraini authorities to release the political prisoner in accordance with the laws of his country.

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