She was arrested numerous times before. Thirteen cases remain active against her. She spent months in prison earlier. She's vulnerable to rearrest any time.
Current BCHR president Nabeel Rajab was imprisoned numerous times for supporting human rights. He was targeted again after being interviewed on Russia Today.
On December 25, The New York Times provided rare op-ed space. Truth got a rare opportunity. Zainab's commentary was featured. Her outspokenness leaves her vulnerable. She may face arrest like Nabeel.
She headlined "Bahrain, a Brutal Ally," saying:
In early December, nineteen-year old Aqeel Abudul Mohsen protested peacefully. Security forces shot him in the face.
"He was covered with blood, with the lower side of his face blown open, his jaw shattered, and a broken hand hanging awkwardly from his wrist."
"It's one of those images that you wish you had never seen, and can never forget."
He needed 10 hours of surgery. Police stood guard. Until he regained consciousness, he couldn't be interrogated.
"Others have lain bleeding without medical attention while government security agents asked questions like: "Were you participating in a protest? Who else was with you?"
Al Khalifa monarchs ruled Bahrain for over two centuries. It's home to America's Fifth Fleet. Oppressed Bahrainis began protesting after Mubarak's ouster.
"With newfound hope, (they) took to the streets. Rich and poor, Shiite and Sunni, liberal and religious, they felt what it was like to speak freely for the first time."
Manama's Pearl Roundabout symbolized Bahraini activism. Freedom expressions "didn't last long." Security forces cracked down. The Pearl monument was demolished.
In March 2011, Saudi troops entered guns blazing. UAE ones joined them. Pro-democracy supporters were attacked.
"Going out on the streets, carrying nothing but a flag and calling for democracy could cost you your life," said Zainab.
"Chanting 'down with the dictator' could lead to your being subjected to electric shocks."