September 14, 2011

On learning of the crackdown against Bahraini teachers and university students, reported on the Bahrain Center for Human Rights website on September 13, the Trustees of The Silbury Fund, a UK registered charity, meeting at the House of Commons on September 13, awarded Mr Nabeel Rajab, President of the Center, the Silbury Prize of £1,000. The Silbury Fund Trustees, under the chairmanship of the Rt Hon Peter Hain MP a former UK Foreign Office Minister, unanimously decided to make the award to Mr Rajab to facilitate his on-going humanitarian and human rights work.

Lord Avebury, a trustee and Secretary of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group, said: “This latest crackdown follows the severe attacks on doctors, other professionals, trade unionists and human rights activists; extreme violence against peaceful demonstrators, and show trials of leading members of the opposition”.

Background information:

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation which works to promote human rights in Bahrain.

The Silbury Fund is a UK registered charity which, since its foundation in 1973 has supported numerous individuals and educational projects concerned with the promotion of human rights, democracy and fighting racism.

For further information, please contact:

Lord Avebury Email: ericavebury@gmail.com Tel: 0207 219 3438

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