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Activism for Justice
An example of great courage.
by Stephen Lendman
Activism has many forms. OWS protesters want long denied social change. Palestinians want to live free. So do Bahrainis.
Imprisoned former Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) president Abdulhadi Alkhawaja risks death for freedom. Current president Nabeel Rajab matches his commitment. As a result, he's been repressively targeted.
Several times he was arrested and tortured for exposing human rights abuses and expressing his views freely. On May 5, he was targeted again. On arrival home at Bahrain's airport, security forces seized and detained him. Prior to his arrest, he said:
"Given that Bahrain in essence lacks a judiciary system that is independent and/or fair, and is far from being in line with international standards of a fair trial, I have decided to boycott the trial against myself."
"The judiciary system in Bahrain, today, is a tool used against human rights defenders and people calling for democracy and justice."
On May 6, Rajab's first hearing was held. He's charged with "participating in illegal assembly and calling other to join."