Protest – TOMORROW Thursday 10 January 2019

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9 January 2019 – On the day that Foreign Minister, Marise Payne meets with her counterpart in Thailand, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai to press for the release of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi followed by the match between Bahrain and Thailand in the Asian Cup, UAE, Human Rights Groups and the Australian Football Community will be …

The Guardian: Australian football executives meet Bahraini royal over detained footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

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Australia’s football federation executives have finally met with the president of the Asian Football Confederation and Bahraini royal, Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa, more than 40 days after Hakeem al-Araibi was detained in Thailand. Al-Araibi is a Bahraini dissident who has lived in Australia for four years, and is a permanent resident with refugee status on the basis …

Football Today: AFC President urged to intervene in the case of Hakeem Al-Araibi

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Football reform campaign group, #NewFIFANow, has called on the President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, to use his influence to free Hakeem Al-Araibi from a Bangkok jail. As we have previously written about, the case of refugee football player Hakeem Al-Araibi involves three countries taking part in the Asian Cup: …

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 …

SBS: ‘Hakeem is one of us’: Footballers demand intervention for detained refugee

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Australian footballers including former Socceroo captain Craig Foster and A-League champion Rodrigo Vargas have demanded the Australian government and global football community do more to help detained refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi. They joined representatives from human rights groups, Mr Al-Araibi’s legal team and members from Football Victoria and Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne on Saturday to …

Soccer community demands action to bring Hakeem al-Araibi home

Australia’s soccer community is demanding the federal government step up its fight to bring home a Melbourne-based refugee footballer as fears for his safety grow. Hakeem al-Araibi, who was granted refugee status by Australia after he fled Bahrain, is being held in a Thai detention centre following an incorrectly-issued Interpol red notice flagging his arrival …

The Age: Soccer community demands action to bring Hakeem al-Araibi home

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Australia’s soccer community is demanding the federal government step up its fight to bring home a Melbourne-based refugee footballer as fears for his safety grow. Hakeem al-Araibi, who was granted refugee status by Australia after he fled Bahrain, is being held in a Thai detention centre following an incorrectly-issued Interpol red notice flagging his arrival …

Green Left: Aust govt must act to stop deportaton of Bahraini refugee

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Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since November 27, facing the terrifying prospect of deportation to the country where he was tortured. Al-Araibi fled to Australia in 2014 and was accepted as a refugee. In November, he travelled on UN travel documents to Thailand for a short holiday with his …