By Alex Neve, Secretary General
Amnesty International Canada
"I'll always come" - a tribute to valiant human rights defender Naser al-Raas who passed away on September 20 in Toronto, Canada
Naser al-Raas had a very busy life, by any measure. He was newly married, with a full-of-life toddler. He was enrolled in human rights studies at Carleton University, in Ottawa Canada. His schedule was full of medical and other appointments as he healed from the torture, ill-treatment and harsh prison conditions he had endured in Bahrain, coped with his heart and respiratory ailments and readied for the impending prospect of a heart and lungs transplant. He read voraciously, was active on social media and maintained contact with an extensive network of activists concerned about the human rights situation in Bahrain and the wider Middle East, ending torture and various concerns within Canada.
It’s a full plate that would daunt any of us. But Naser pushed through this busy schedule while moving around in a motorized wheelchair and requiring a constant link to oxygen to ease his breathing.