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Joint action: IFEX members protest travel ban on Nabeel Rajab and other threats to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights
By Online Editor
24/06/2011, Bahrain



Free expression advocates from around the world gathered this week in Beirut, Lebanon, at the 16th IFEX General Meeting. Thirty IFEX members signed on to the following letter protesting the travel ban on Nabeel Rajab, president of IFEX member BCHR:

We, the undersigned members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), meeting in Beirut, Lebanon for the 16th General Meeting (GM) and Strategy Conference, call for the repeal of the travel ban enforced on Nabeel Rajab, president of IFEX member the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR).

On 29 May 2011, Rajab was once again prevented from travelling after he went to the airport to try to fly to Beirut to attend the IFEX GM. He was escorted from the airport and told he could not travel. He has tried unsuccessfully on several occasions to leave the country in the past few months. Rajab's family home has been attacked several times, including with tear gas and armed invasions. Other BCHR members have also been arrested, threatened with death and forced into hiding.

On 1 June, the King of Bahrain has promised to end the state of emergency he imposed in mid-March to quell pro-democracy demonstrations. This would be a welcome occasion for the Bahraini government to end human rights abuses including lifting the travel ban on Nabeel Rajab so that he can join us in Beirut.

Maharat Foundation (Skills Foundation)
Australian Center, 6th Floor
Al Maten, New Jdaydeh
Lebanon
info (@) maharatfoundation.org
Phone: +961 3 612 413
Fax: +961 1 888 741

Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (Alliance of Independent Journalists)
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations
Center for Media Studies & Peace Building
Centre for Independent Journalism
Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala
Committee to Protect Journalists
Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
Freedom Forum
Freedom House
Free Media Movement
Globe International
Independent Journalism Center
Index on Censorship
International Federation of Journalists
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Media Foundation for West Africa
Media Institute of Southern Africa
Media Rights Agenda
Media Watch
Mizzima News
Norwegian PEN
Pacific Islands News Association
Pakistan Press Foundation
Public Association "Journalists"
Southeast Asian Press Alliance
Writers in Prison Committee, PEN International

SOURCE: CJFE
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