Hakeem Al-Araibi has been a refugee in Australia in the last five years. During your honeymoon to Thailand in november, he was arrested as he landed, and since he has not released. Now fear that he is going to be sent back to their home country, Bahrain.
If it were to happen, he's going to be thrown in jail again, tortured and possibly killed, according to he himself.
the football player, which is a well-known face in the country, is now about to lose hope that he will return to Australia.Tortured: - A hell
Behind the emneknaggen #FreeHakeem jobs fotballmyndigheter, human rights organizations and others in order to get him free. To find out how Al-Araibi ended up in this situation, one must go some years back in time.
In 2012, he played for Al Shabab in the domestic league and for Bahrains national team. One day he was suddenly arrested on the street and accused of having vandalisert a police station. The authorities ignored the fact that Al-Araibi had played a TV-sent football match when the alleged vandaliseringen shall have taken place, and according to he himself had arrest background in his shiite faith, and his support for the protests during the arab spring.
This led to his being thrown in jail for three months.
It was a hell. They took the blindfold before my eyes, slapped me in the face and the legs, and said that I would never play football again. They beat me in the five consecutive hours. They poured cold water over my face. They tried not even to get a confession out of me, and when I asked what I had done, they said just "shut up" before they beat me more, tell Al-Araibi to The Guardian from the inside of the fengselscella in Thailand.
Al-Araibi was finally bought out of the prison, and got to play for the national team again. During a bortetur with the team to Qatar, he let out an escape route through Iran, Malaysia and Thailand, until he finally ended up in Australia.- Not safe for me
Al-Araibi have lived in Australia the last five years, and before the honeymoon in november he phoned the country's innvandringsmyndigheter to investigate whether it was safe for him to travel there.
He got the thumbs up, but was still arrested at the airport because of a red alert sent out by the Interpol. Bahrain had sent out a requests, but according to Interpols own rules, can not a person who has been given status as a refugee or asylum seeker be arrested because of such requests.- Slim case for FIFA to claim that the working conditions in Qatar will be better
- I have not done anything wrong in Bahrain, in Thailand or Australia. How can they keep me confined in this way? Please, help me. In Bahrain, they have no human rights and it is not safe for people like me.
Thailand has extended the imprisonment of Al-Araibi in anticipation of a court decision whether he should be sent back to Bahrain or not. The player's cries for help have not been heard, and on the outside is fighting a lot for rescuing him from Bahrains strict regime.Wife's prayer
When her husband was arrested in Thailand, selected his wife to be with him in prison, where they shared a cell in the first two weeks.
the Honeymoon has turned into a nightmare, and now fears for his safety. From Australia has Al-Araibi still criticism of Bahrain, and his wife is terrified of what is going to happen if he gets in homeland claws.Claims Qatar hired CIA agents and used the tamper to get the world cup
- I am unable to sleep or breathe, when I know what can happen with him, she writes in an article in The Guardian.
the Wife wants to remain anonymous, and have now gone back to Australia for security reasons. The last she saw of her husband was him sitting in despair and helpless in a prison cell.
He is the bravest person I know, and gone out against the oppression of their own people. Now he is embarrassed that I have to see him in this condition. The thought makes me cry.Home claims
Several human rights organizations fighting for Al-Araibis release, and now you also have FIFA mixed in.
They are asking Thailand to release the football player free, then also they are afraid of what might happen to him if he will be handed over to Bahrain.
- This situation should never have arisen, especially since the Al-Araibi now lives, works and is a professional soccer player in Australia, where he has status as a refugee, writes the general secretary of FIFA, Fatma Samoura, in a letter to the thai authorities.
Former football player and current Amnesty ambassador, Craig Foster, is among those who have engaged the strongest in the matter. He is not convinced of the Home letter:
Writing two @FIFAcom @fifamedia this morning. To be clear, if the global football community allows FIFA two shift all the responsibility to Thailand, avoiding Bahrain, AFC, Salman for political reasons, we will have failed a young, innocent human being. It cannot happen #SaveHakeem— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster) January 24, 2019
The asian football association has been quiet in the matter. The league's president is Sheik Salman, a member of Bahrains royal family, and one of the people Al-Araibi have criticized conditions in the country.Reprove Solskjær and United. Don't buy Dubai-explanation: - It is not