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On 31 December, the Court of Cassation of Bahrain upheld the five-year sentence against human rights defenders Nabeel Rajab of 5 June 2018.
We believe that no one shall be detained merely on the ground of peacefully expressing his or her opinions. The rights to freedom of opinion and freedom of expression including on social networks, as protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Bahrain is party, are key principles that we will continue to stand up for.
The European Union continues to call on the Bahraini government to grant Mr Rajab's release.