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Archive for September, 2010
Ali Abdulemam is the founder of the very popular forum BahrainOnline.org, and a Global Voices Advocacy author. He was arrested on September 4th after receiving an order to appear at a National Security facility. Bahrain News Agency (BNA) claimed[ar] he was arrested while attempting to flee the country.
Ali was arrested once before in 2005 for reasons related with his online activity. His arrest now is a part of a government crackdown on internet websites and forums in Bahrain. A day before Ali’s arrest the Bahrain Center for Human Rights published an urgent call for action[ar] reporting arrests of human rights activists, politicians, and religious figures. The plea included reports of severe torture and prisoner abuse. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) have also reported on a massive campaign to block dozens of websites and persecute activists and political figures.
You can contact Bahraini officials to demand freedom for Ali and other activists by using the following contact info provided by Bahrain Centre for Human Rights:
Sheik Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa
King of Bahrain
Fax: +973 176 64 587
Sheik Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
Fax: +973 1753 2839
Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa
Phone: +973 172 27 555
Fax: +973 172 12 603
Sheik Khalid Bin Ali Al Khalifa
Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs
Phone: +973 175 31 333
Fax: +973 175 31 284
You can also directly contact the Foreign Minister on twitter @khalidalkhalifa