Human rights and democracy activists are calling for urgent action over the case of Nabeel Rajab (photo), who began a hunger strike today, insisting that he will abstain from food, water and medication in protest at his unjust treatment.
Rajab is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for organizing and participating in peaceful protests in support of democratic reform.
The Gulf Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights have issued a statement of concern over Rajab, who is president of the BCHR, director of the GCHR and deputy secretary general of the Paris-based Federation for International Human Rights:
Prison authorities today refused to release Rajab and fellow activist Mohamed Jawad Parweez to allow them to attend a condolence gathering for Rajab's mother - who is also Parweez's sister. The Public Prosecutor had earlier granted a temporary release allowing both Rajab and Parweez to attend the gathering which lasts for a few hours each day. But when their families went to the prison this morning, they were told that the temporary release had been canceled.