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2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award winner Nabeel Rajab Brutally Beaten by Regime Security Forces

Nabeel Rajab

New developments in the tiny Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain have reached boiling point after reports have surfaced that prominent human rights activist, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award winner Nabeel Rajab was brutally beaten and injured during his participation in a peaceful protest. Bahrain has exploded with calls for the immediate release of Nabeel Rajab with opposition group Al Wefaq condemning the incident and demanding an apology along side his release.

Nabeel was reportedly present at a peaceful protest alongside prominent human rights activist Zainab Al Khawaja who was also recently arrested and released pending trial. Nabeel was taken to hospital as witnesses say that he was severely beaten on the face, arms, eyes and back, to the point when “he he was not able to see”, just after tying to calm the situation with officers present at the scene of the protest. Lawyer Mohamed Al Jishi, after speaking with Mr. Rajab, claims that the attack came as a surprise to him as officers gathered around him and began beating him.

It has been reported that Mr. Rajab is now being detained in the hospital where his lawyer and other activists have been refused entry to see him. Maryam Al Khawaja, Head of the Foreign Relations Office Bahrain Center for Human Rights, has expressed her concern that his lawyer has been refused entry to see Mr. Rajab. The Ministry of Interior has released a statement claiming that police took Mr. Rajab to the hospital when they found him on the ground as they were scouring the area.

Ahmed Ali
Arab Uprising Channel Manager HumanRights TV