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Bahrain: where tweeting can land you in jail

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<p>Many cases reflect the increasingly restrictive and dangerous environment faced by human rights activists and those willing to express their opinions inside Bahrain.</p>

<p>One of the most well-known cases is of prominent human rights defender <a href="https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/12/31/bahrain-rights-defenders-conviction-... Rajab</a>. Having served several prison sentences since 2011&rsquo;s pro-democracy uprising, he is no stranger to the fundamentally unjust Bahrain judicial system. Incarcerated for tweeting about the killing of civilians by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition in Yemen, in addition to allegations of government-sanctioned torture in Bahrain&rsquo;s prisons, he faces a bleak and tough future ahead. &nbsp;Nabeel Rajab is one of dozens of human rights defenders unjustly imprisoned for refusing to stay silent on his government&rsquo;s rights abuses</p>

<p>A similar desire by the government of Bahrain to quash political dissent also sits front and centre in the case of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/11/thailand-to-free-bahraini-... Al Araibi</a>. His outspoken remarks against Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a member of Bahrain&rsquo;s royal family, is believed to have been the underlying reason for his detention in a Thai prison for nearly three months.</p>

<p>Instead of embarking upon a path towards progressiveness, inclusivity and reform, Bahrain has made an active decision to entrench policies of hostility and repression. Unfortunately, these attitudes will only draw further criticism towards the oil-rich state, as activists and political opposition figures will continue to be forced to flee in search of safety and security.&nbsp;</p>

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