Bahrain Unified for Change: An Interview with Nabeel Rajab

2/25/2011

Reform protests rage into their tenth day in Bahrain. King Hamad, who at first unleashed security forces on protesters in clashes that killed seven people, has changed his government's approach to the national movement by now releasing a small set of political prisoners as a first concession.

Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Deputy Secretary General of the International Federation of Human Rights, has been promoting human rights protection for more than a decade. When ICTJ spoke with him this week, Rajab was on his way to the latest round of protests in Manama.

Rajab argues that the protest movement has united much of the country, that people want peaceful, dramatic change, and that the King's concessions have been too little for those leading protests.