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Bahrain: Arrest of youth activist and human rights defender Mr Hussein Ali Abdul Nabi
13 September, 2013 – frontline defenders

On 6 September 2013 the Bahraini authorities arrested Mr Hussein Ali Abdul Nabi, a youth activist and human rights defender. He was taken to Al Hidd police station, and may have been moved to another location since.

Hussein Ali Abdul Nabi is a young member of the documentation department of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR).

Hussein Ali Abdul Nabi was arrested on 6 September at a colleague’s house in Arad, a town on the Muharraq island, before being taken to Al Hidd police station. A prosecutor has ordered a 45-day detention period for the human rights defender pending the investigation of charges of illegal gatherings and assaulting security agents. On 8 September he was allowed to make a 15 second call to his family.

As a member of the documentation department of BYSHR, Hussein Ali Abdul Nabi received training on how to document human rights violations, what he did afterwards in several villages on behalf of BYSHR.

Front Line Defenders believes that Hussein Ali Abul Nabi was arrested as part of an ongoing campaign against BYSHR. In July 2013 evidence appeared that BYSHR Board Member Mr Naji Fateel was subjected to torture while in custody, allegations which the authorities have to date failed to investigate.

Meanwhile, Naji Fateel’s trial is still ongoing and has so far been marred with irregularities, falling well short of international minimum standards for a fair trial. Front Line Defenders has recently issued several updates on Naji Fateel’s case, including on 26 July 2013, 12 July 2013, 23 May 2013 and 9 May 2013 in addition to the original urgent appeal on 2 May 2013.

In the light of the continued failure to investigate the credible claims that Naji Fateel was tortured while in custody, Front Line Defenders is concerned that Hussein Ali Abdul Nabi may be subjected to ill-treatment or even torture while he remains detained, and insists that the Bahraini authorities ensure that the physical and psychological integrity of the human rights defender is respected at all times.