Bahrain Sentences Prominent Activist to 5 Years in Prison

HRF condemns Bahrain's authoritarian regime for sentencing human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison.

(U.S. News & World Report) – A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial.

Nabeel Rajab's sentencing marks the latest chapter in a yearslong crackdown on dissent in Bahrain, a tiny island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that's home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. He's already serving a two-year sentence handed down in July over television interviews he gave that included criticism of Bahrain.

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