Three human rights activists threatened in Bahrain

Authorities in the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain are being urged by the United Nations, to ensure the protection of three human rights activists in the country.

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It follows an allegation that a message has been circulated on social networking websites for the three human rights workers to be “killed and liquidated”.

Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the message is calling the three men “traitors” and “heads of sedition and incitement”.

“They are providing full personal identification details, including their names, their ID card numbers, their home addresses and their telephone numbers, even their car make, model, year, registration plates of their cars, as well as their places of work. It’s also providing ID card photographs of the individuals. Obviously we are extremely concerned about these threats and we call upon the authorities in Bahrain to ensure effective protection for these three named individuals who are clearly at extreme risk.”

The message named Mohammed Al Masqati, President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Naji Fateel, another member of the organization and Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, of the Frontline Defenders.

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