Bahraini NGOS: Nabeel Rajab Is a Beacon for Human Rights in Bahrain

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We express our condemnation of the five-year prison sentence issued by the Bahraini Court of Cassation on 31 December 2018 against internationally recognised human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. He has already spent two years behind bars in a separate case, and this latest sentence will prolong his stay in prison until mid 2023. Nabeel Rajab, …

GIDHR condemns Thai authorities preventing Hakeem Al-Araibi from contacting his family

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4 January 2019 – Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR) said that Thai authorities are preventing the footballer refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi from calling his wife or other family members. GIDHR are putting question marks over this step of covering up the security and judicial procedures, saying that this step raises the concerns around …

GIDHR urges the Australian football community to support Hakeem Al-Araibi’s citizenship request

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18 December 2018 – Latifa Al-Haouli of Sabelberg Morcos Lawyers, with cooperation of the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR), had lodged an urgent request for ministerial intervention to grant Hakeem Al-Araibi citizenship.   Al-Haouli had submitted the application on Monday 10 December 2018, she has yet to receive any response from the …

Thai authorities are pushing to extradite Australian-based refugee footballer to Bahrain

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11 December 2018 – A Thai court decided to extend the detention of Hakeem Al- Araibi for 60 more days so Immigration Department can prepare his extradition to Bahrain. Thailand is fighting desperately to send Al-Araibi to Bahrain, where he will certainly face torture, to protect its economic and political relations with Bahrain. Commenting, Yahya …

Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs ignores the refugee status of the arrested Australian-resident

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9 December 2018 – Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, yesterday 8 December 2018, on the case of the Australian-resident refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi. The press release ignored that fact that Hakeem Al-Araibi was granted asylum and Australia recognised him as a refugee due to the persecution and torture he faced in Bahrain. The …

Human rights organizations demanded Thailand to release him: Football player al-Araibi faces the risk of deportation to Bahrain and fears for his safety

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Three Bahraini human rights organizations said that the life of Bahraini footballer and political refugee Hakeem al-Araibi will be in serious danger if the Thai authorities handed him over to the Bahraini government, which is involved in torturing prisoners, extrajudicial killings and issuing malicious death sentences. The organizations noted that they are aware of the …

Australian-based refugee may be extradited to Bahrain today

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7 December 2018- GIDHR sources reported that Thai authorities decided to proceed with extraditing Hakeem Al-Araibi. He will be arrested tomorrow and brought to Bangkok Criminal Court (Ratchadaphisek), the sources said. However, a Thai lawyer tried to meet Al-Araibi yesterday but was denied access. On 5 December, head of Thailand’s immigration bureau said in an …

BKK Says Bahrain was aware of an Australian-resident flight and requested his arrest

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6 December 2018 – “The Bahraini government knew that he [Hakeem Al-Araibi] would be arriving in Thailand [on the 27th of November], so they coordinated with Thailand’s permanent secretary of foreign affairs to detain him, pending documents sent from Bahrain,” head of Thailand’s immigration bureau, Police Lieutenant General Surachet Hakparn, said in an interview with …

Thai Immigration received a formal request from Bahrain to extradite detained footballer

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4 December 2018 – Thai immigration received today a formal request from the Bahraini authorities to extradite the detained footballer, Hakeem Al-Araibi, despite the lifting of the Interpol’s red notice on Al-Araibi. The continued arrest of Al-Araibi has no legal bases after the Interpol’s red notice was lifted. Thus, Al-Araibi should be allowed to return …

Australian refugee footballer remains in Thai detention despite lifting of Interpol red notice

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4 December 2018 – Interpol red notice against the Australian resident footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi was lifted. However, Thai authorities continue to detain him until they decide whether to deport him to Bahrain or allow his return to Australia. Yesterday, a Thai court approved a temporary remand to detain Al-Araibi for 12 more days in Bangkok. …