Football Today: Get out on Friday for human rights and #SaveHakeem

January 2019

Australian football fans are being urged to show their support for the unlawfully detained Australian refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi this Friday, the day of the Asian Cup Final in the UAE.

It is one more step in the campaign to #SaveHakeem, coordinated by the Gulf Institute of Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR).

SCMP: Global protests to #SaveHakeem set for Asian Cup final day as Bahrain ramps up extradition process

January 2019
Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) chose the most important day of Asian football’s four-yearly calendar to maximise exposure to the plight of Al-Araibi, a former Bahraini footballer who fled his country in 2014 after the Arab spring and was granted asylum in Australia in 2017.

GIDHR: Thailand’s decision to consider Bahrain’s extradition request is a failure of justice

February 2019
 Hakeem Al-Araibi’s lawyer, Nadthasiri Bergman, told the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) that Thai prosecutors asked the Criminal Court to approve his extradition request for consideration. Bahrain had submitted the official extradition request on 18 January 2019.

News4Europe: Extradition request for Bahraini refugee reaches Thai court amid protests

February 2019
The Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) on Friday said that its “sources reported that #Thai prosecutors asked the court to approve the request, despite the non-existence of a mutual extradition treaty between the 2 countries, because #Bahrain promised reciprocal treatment of Thais in the future,” in a tweet

FTBL: CORRUPTION, PRESS-THREATS AND $400 MILLION STANDING BETWEEN HAKEEM AND FREEDOM

February 2019
One of the first people Hakeem spoke to when he came to Australia and when he was arrested in Thailand was Ghassan Khamis, who works for the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Thai cave heroes join push to free refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

February 2019
Fatima Yazbek from the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, which has been campaigning for Araibi’s release for months, welcomed the news the heroes of the Thai cave rescue had expressed their support.