Mohamed Al-Maskati is a renowned young human rights activist in Bahrain who founded the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) in 2005.
For over two years, BYSHR operated peacefully and without hassle. Suddenly, in September 2007, the Bahraini Ministry of Social Affairs charged Maskati with running an “unlicensed association.” Maskati’s trial is set for November 6th. He faces up to six months in jail and a fine of 500 BD (over $1,300).
Bahrain is a signatory to international charters which guarantee freedom of association. As Maskati’s trial approaches, there is growing fear a guilty verdict will open the door for a crackdown on Bahraini human rights activists and NGOs. Protect Maskati and support human rights advocacy in Bahrain by sending the following letter (which you can edit).
Fill out the form below to e-mail a letter to:
Nasser Bin Muhammad Al-Balushi, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the United States
Joseph Barghout, Human Rights Officer, US State Department
J. Adam Ereli, United States Ambassador to Bahrain
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
Bahraini Minister of Social Affairs