Several thousand political opponents are languishing in prisons across Bahrain. Such sentences reflect the increasingly restrictive and dangerous environment faced by human rights activists.
Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, who fled Bahrain in 2014 and received refugee status in Australia, was arrested in November at a Bangkok airport while on a honeymoon trip following an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.
Hakeem al Araibi's rejection of extradition means a trial will be held to determine whether Thai authorities will send him to Bahrain, where he fears he is at risk or torture.
Rahaf Mohammed al Qunun was already en route to Toronto late on Friday when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the surprise announcement after officials had previously given heavy hints she was bound for Australia.
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