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FOREIGN AFFAIRS—BAHRAIN—MR NABEEL RAJAB

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 755—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) on 5 May 2012, the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, Mr Nabeel Rajab, was arrested on arrival at Manama airport from Lebanon, and

  (ii) Mr Rajab has been charged with `cyber incitement' essentially for promoting the culture of human rights through the online media, especially Facebook and Twitter; and

 (b) calls on the Government to make direct representations to Bahraini authorities for the immediate release of Mr Rajab and for democratic reforms in Bahrain.

Question put and passed.