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Nabeel Rajab

Nabeel Rajab

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President, Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Nabeel is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, and has been a human rights defender for years. In addition to being on the Advisory Committee for the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch, he is the Deputy Secretary General for the International Federation of Human Rights and the Chairman of CARAM Asia, an NGO for research on AIDS and mobility. Nabeel's human rights activism in Bahrain has resulted in government harassment and media attention. He became involved in human rights activism during the uprisings in Bahrain in the 1990s, and in 1999, he co-founded the Bahrain Human Rights Society, one of the first human rights groups in Bahrain during a time when the government had just allowed them to operate in the open. He founded the Bahrain Center for Human Rights in 2002, where he has held the titles of Training Program Officer, Senior Researcher, Vice President, and Head of International Relations before becoming President. For his work in human rights, Nabeel has been awarded the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as well as the Silbury Prize.

On 6th January 2012, Nabeel was hospitalised after Bahraini security forces broke up a public rally in the capital Manama. His treatment provoked widespread international condemnation and proved yet again that the Bahraini authorities continue to disregard fundamental human rights.


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