Human Rights Monitor condemns the arrest by Bahraini authorities of human rights activists involved in politics describing it as a clear violation of freedom of opinion and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all human rights activists and politicians working in the media and all prisoners of conscience detained in Bahrain's prisons.
HRM also denounces actions used against human rights activist and manager of the Bahraini Human Right centre Nabil Ragab who has been referred to criminal court after being accused of insulting state apparatus after he posted on his twitter account. His detention was also renewed 15 days after he was arrested April 2 by Bahraini security forces from his home in Beni Gamra.
A renewed detention was issued by the attorney general on April 11 after he was accused of publishing false news and rumours on twitter regarding Bahrain's involvement in the Saudi led coalition in Yemen and he was accused of insulting state apparatus and illegally defaming a statutory body.
The activist is considered as a prominent member of Bahrain and Arab Gulf human rights organization being the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR).
Nabil Ragab has formerly spent 2 years detained in the Jaw Prison after he was accused of illegal gatherings threatening general peace ad he was sentenced to two years in prison in 2012 and on May 24 he was released after finishing his sentence behind bars.
For its part HRM calls for the speedy and unconditional release of human rights defender Nabil Ragab highlighting that all charges leveled against him are far from the truth and that they are fabricated accusations because of his activities. It calls on the Bahraini authorities to allow civilians more freedom especially in the human rights field and to allow free expression of opinion necessary in this noble line of work.