ABC: International football community steps up efforts to free Hakeem al-Araibi

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The international football community and human rights groups around the world are stepping up their efforts to free soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi. Al-Araibi, who has refugee status in Australia, has been held in a Thai jail for 58 days. He was arrested on his honeymoon in Bangkok, after Bahraini authorities issued an interpol red notice …

GIDHR is preparing to launch a campaign to stop selling Australian arms to Saudi Arabia & UAE

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A delegation of the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) met the MP Peter Khalil, today (Tuesday 5th March 2019). They discussed selling Australian arms to Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates, and using it to target the Yemeni civilians, and the role of the Australian government in this case. The MP welcomed …

Football Today: FIFA urged to push AFC and AFC President more to help #SaveHakeem

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Attention has once again turned to Thailand and their capacity to break the impasse concerning the fate of Hakeem Al-Araibi. Yesterday, FIFA’s chief executive, Fatma Samoura, urged the Thailand government “to immediately release” Al-Araibi in a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. “Mr Al-Araibi is currently being detained in prison in Thailand awaiting the outcome …

The Guardian: Campaigners say case of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi now an ‘emergency

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Activists campaigning for the release of the Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been detained in Thailand since November after an Interpol red notice was wrongly issued against him, say his plight has become an emergency. The warnings came from Brendan Schwab of the World Players Association and the former Australia captain Craig Foster after …

JOINT STATEMENT FROM HAKEEM AL-ARAIBI, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA AND THE GULF INSTITUTE

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19 March 2019 HAKEEM AL-ARAIBI SHOCKED AND DISAPPOINTED AT FFA’S CONTINUED SUPPORT OF SHEIKH SALMAN Football Federation Australia must explain why it is supporting Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Al-Khalifa for reelection as AFC President, despite the very serious unresolved human rights allegations that continue to hang over his head, says Hakeem al-Araibi and the human …

SBS: Hakeem Al-Araibi: Bahrain condemns ‘external interference’ as it files extradition papers

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Bahrain’s Interior Ministry confirmed that it has filed documents for the extradition of detained refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi, while also lashing out at “intolerable” external interference. The application to Thai officials aims to relocate the Melbourne-based footballer from the Thai prison he has been held in for more than 60 days. The footballer has been …