You’ve probably seen posts on social media over the past week using the hashtag #SaveHakeem, for those of you wondering how and why you should join in the campaign, here is a breakdown of why the Football community is coming together for this cause. Background on Hakeem al-Araibi

During the Arab Spring pro-democracy protests in Bahrain in 2012, the Bahrain government cracked down on dissidents with a program of imprisonments and torture, violating the human rights of its citizens. It targeted prominent figures such as sportspeople who it deemed had been connected to the movement.

Hakeem al-Araibi was a teenaged professional footballer who played for the Bahrain national team. Hakeem was imprisoned, blindfolded and beaten. Hakeem believes he was targeted due to the involvement in the protests by his brother, who is in prison in Bahrain.

Hakeem fled to Australia in 2014 to seek political asylum. He was granted refugee status in 2016 and is a permanent resident. Now 25 years old, he lives in Melbourne with his wife and plays football for Pascoe Vale FC. On November 27 2018, he left Australia for the first time for a belated honeymoon with his wife in Thailand. Upon arrival, he was detained by Thai authorities and is currently in detention facing imminent extradition to Bahrain.

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Bahrain authorities sentenced Hakeem to 10 years in prison in absentia in 2014 for allegedly participating in the vandalism of a police station in 2012. At the time of the alleged crime, Hakeem was playing in a televised football match elsewhere. Hakeem believes his sentencing is a result of a false confession forced by torture from his brother. If Hakeem is returned to Bahrain, he fears he will be tortured or worse. The Interpol Red Notice

Thailand picked up Hakeem because Bahrain had issued an international request for his arrest and extradition, which takes the form of an Interpol Red Notice. But Interpol’s own rules state that legitimate refugees should be exempt from Red Notices, so the Australian authorities mistakenly notified Thai authorities of Hakeem’s pending trip. The Red Notice has since been withdrawn and foreign minister Marise Payne has requested that Thailand return Hakeem to Australia but Thailand has so far sided with Bahrain.

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Sheikh Salman is a member of the Bahrain royal family and was president of the Bahrain Football Association from 2002-2013. Sheikh Salman has since become president of the Asian Football Confederation and senior vice president at FIFA.

Sheikh Salman’s alleged involvement in the crackdown was brought to international attention, including by Hakeem, when he ran for the FIFA presidency, which he narrowly lost to Gianni Infantino in February 2016. Hakeem has blown the whistle on the lack of support from Salman and the BFA for footballers being persecuted. Human rights groups have accused Salman of identifying players in photos of protests to assist the systematic persecution of dissidents.

Under Salman’s stewardship, the AFC is the only major football body which has failed to call for Hakeem’s return to Australia.

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Australia’s football community can build a groundswell of support behind Hakeem, through the organic social media campaign, #SaveHakeem.

Members of the Australian football community are encouraged to take photos with their team and teammates and share them with the PFA to be edited with the #SaveHakeem hashtag to be posted to social media. Images can be sent to or

In addition, on the following page there are a list of contacts, including the AFC, FIFA and the Australian and Thai Governments, that members of the football community can contact to express their concern and request the release of Hakeem. There is also a petition and a Go Fund Me Page. HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE CAUSE FOR HAKEEM Social Amplification

Join the online campaign by posting on social media with posts in support of the player with the hashtag #SaveHakeem

lasix is used for Donate To The Go Fund Me Page – click here 
Sign the Save Hakeem Petition – click here Write to the Thai Government:

Those individuals and organisations wishing to send letters in support of Hakeem to Thailand can do so by writing as follows:

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha
Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister Office
Government House, 1 Pissanulok Road
Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand

here Writing to Australian Government:
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Ph: 1300 555 135
SMS Line: +61 421 269 080

Senator the Hon. Marise Payne
Minister for Foreign Affairs
2-12 Macquarie Street
Ph: 02 9687-8755
Email: Writing to FIFA
Fatima Samoura
General Secretary

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Dato’ Windsor John
General Secretary
Asian Football Confederation

If you have the time to do any of the above, please do, lets show the power of football to make a positive change in the world, and save this young Australian citizens life. Hakeem’s club side, Pascoe Vale are due to play in Tasmania in late January, and he should be playing in that game, not sitting in a jail cell.