Bahraini Police Rearrests Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab
Leading Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was rearrested on Monday by security forces in Bahrain following an intensive search of his house in the northwest of the country.
Rajab contacted his family and told them that he’s detained in Al-Rifaa Al-Sharqi detention center without knowing the cause of his arrest.
The human rights activist was apprehended in a dawn raid on his home in the village of Bani Jamra near Manama, according to his family.
“Rajab was arrested from his house and his house was searched,” Sumaya Rajab, his wife, posted on Twitter.
The Bahrain Forum for Human Rights confirmed the arrest.
Rajab has been arrested several times since the start of the anti-regime uprising in the tiny Persian Gulf island in 2011. He was sentenced to six months in prison in January 2015 for posting tweets critical of the Al Khalifa regime. In May last year, a Bahraini court upheld Rajab’s jail sentence.
Rajab, who is also a co-founder of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, has been critical of Manama’s heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful anti-regime protests.
The arrest came as the Al Khalifa regime prevented a delegation of activists from traveling to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.