BAHRAIN: Petition for a blogger/activist in trouble

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Bahraini activist Mohammed al-Maskati who leads the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights is a personal friend of this campaign’s organizers as well as Kareem Amer. He rallied for Kareem in December when he was first imprisoned without trial and helped make Kareem’s case known throughout the Arab world:

IFEX reports in a recent press release:

Mohammed al-Maskati is a young activist from Bahrain who has fought for human rights across the Arab world, from rallying for jailed Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer to making local media outlets aware of human trafficking activities. Now he is facing serious legal issues that could end his career. Show your support by signing a petition and expressing your outrage through your own organisations, media contacts or blogs.

Al-Maskati, head of Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, is currently on trial for running an unregistered NGO. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights and other groups are supporting his case. The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists (APHRA) says it is just the latest example of the government using judicial measures to silence human rights activists.

APHRA is asking the Bahraini government to drop all charges brought against al-Maskati and to immediately release him. APHRA also invites authorities in Bahrain to revise their laws and regulations to be in accordance with the international conventions signed by Bahrain, including the international covenant on civil and political rights that guarantees the right to free association.

There is a petition for Mohammed here. Please sign it and spread the word.