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Bahraini Hakeem al-Araibi leaves the criminal court in Bangkok on Feb. 4. (Sakchai Lalit/AP). Since Australia began redirecting hundreds of asylum seekers to offshore processing camps in 2013, it’s become rare for human rights observers to applaud its prime minister’s treatment of refugees. But the case of Bahraini soccer player and dissident Hakeem al-Araibi has nearly all sides rallying behind the same cause: free Hakeem. The Melbourne-based refugee was arrested in Bangkok by Thai authorities on his honeymoon in November after Bahrain issued a possibly politically motivated warrant for his arrest. Araibi fled Bahrain in 2014 and was later sentenced to prison in absentia for vandalizing a... Tout l'article

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