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"I Am Willing to Give My Life": Bahraini Human Rights Activists Risk Lives to Protest U.S./Saudi-Backed Repression

"I Am Willing to Give My Life": Bahraini Human Rights Activists Risk Lives to Protest U.S./Saudi-Backed Repression | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Gulf nation of Bahrain is intensifying its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. On Saturday, masked police offers broke into the home of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist. 4/12/2011

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Urgent Action: Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Collapses in Prison | Witness Bahrain

Urgent Action: Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Collapses in Prison | Witness Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Political prisoner Abdulhadi Alkhawaja collapsed last night in prison, and was taken to the hospital where he was given IV treatment without his consent. His lawyer, Mohammed AlJishi, said after meeting him this morning that Alkhawaja had serious signs of fatigue and had difficulty moving and walking. Both his family and colleagues are very concerned about his life and health.....

2/16/2012

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Urgent Action: Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Collapses in Prison | Witness Bahrain

Urgent Action: Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Collapses in Prison | Witness Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Political prisoner Abdulhadi Alkhawaja collapsed last night in prison, and was taken to the hospital where he was given IV treatment without his consent. His lawyer, Mohammed AlJishi, said after meeting him this morning that Alkhawaja had serious signs of fatigue and had difficulty moving and walking. Both his family and colleagues are very concerned about his life and health.

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Zainab AlKhawaja's arrest 2/12/2012

[She is such a GREAT soul!  What an inspiration!  She is once again leading!  Showing the path of Civil Disobedience and peaceful protest immediately prior to the 1 Year anniversary of the Revolution.  How many lives will her example save?........]

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Zainab Alkhawaja In Front of Pearl Roundabout Before Getting Arrested - Bahrain Feb.12/2012

Zainab is a very powerful being........this is an understatement!

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Video: Detainee activist AlKhawaja in hunger strike "Freedom or Martyrdom"

Video: Detainee activist AlKhawaja in hunger strike "Freedom or Martyrdom" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel anounces Abdulhadi's hunger strike, 'Freedom or Death'

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BAHRAIN: Prisoners of Conscience

BAHRAIN: Prisoners of Conscience | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On January 29, 2012 Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and 13 other opposition figures in Bahrain started a hunger strike protesting against human rights abuses, arbitrary arrests, illegal trials of civilians in mil...
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The story behind the giant banner on St Stephen's Green

The story behind the giant banner on St Stephen's Green | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

You may have seen the picture of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja - but do you know why a three-storey-high banner of him is hanging from a building in the centre of Dublin? ...

The banner bears the legend – FREE ABDULHADI – and carried the picture of a smiling man, along with details of his detainment in a Bahrain prison. While you may have passed the banner many times, you may not know much of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja. EOIN LYNCH tells his story and explains the links between Bahrain and the western world:

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The arrest of Angryarabiya, Zainab Al-Khawaja.......

THIS is how civil-disobedience is done!

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A glimpse of the future in Bahrain, where heroes and heroines are honored!

A glimpse of the future in Bahrain, where heroes and heroines are honored! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Al-Khalifa name will be stricken from the record as a bad memory .......

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Zainab Al-Khawaja is freed! | Hamad's dungeons are still full!

Zainab, angryarabiya, is free!!!!!!!

This is the best news of 12/20/2011!   After this victory and an appropriate amount of celebration,  remember all those still in Hamad's dungeons!  

 

We must continue to work for the release of ALL prisoners of conscience, the reinstatement of ALL sacked workers, students, and teachers.  ALL medics must be freed.  ALL charges against all of these groups must be dropped!

 

The struggle continues!

 

 

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Amnesty International | FREE ZAINAB AL-KHAWAJA N O W ! ! !

Amnesty International |                                              FREE ZAINAB AL-KHAWAJA  N O W  !  !  ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain authorities must release a prominent activist dragged away along the ground in handcuffs from a peaceful protest, Amnesty International said today.

Blogger and activist Zainab al-Khawaja, whose father and husband are both in prison in the aftermath of popular protests this year, has been charged with taking part in an illegal public gathering, showing contempt of the regime and assaulting a police officer.

Video and photographs of her sitting in protest on her own at a roundabout on 15 December, then being handcuffed and dragged along the ground by the handcuffs into a police car contradict the contention that she assaulted the arresting officer.

“The Bahraini authorities must immediately release Zainab Al-Khawaja and Ma’suma Sayyid Sharaf, and drop the specious charges against them,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of the North Africa and the Middle East Programme.

Amnesty International has received reports that al-Khawaja was beaten by police officers while out of sight of cameras, and a friend of the activist, Ma’suma Sayyid Sharaf, was arrested while trying to intervene. Sharaf is also being held under the same charges.

“Zainab al-Khawaja’s arrest at all demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt of freedom of expression and peaceful protest and puts into question the will of the Bahraini authorities to take seriously the findings of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

The anti-government sit-in at the roundabout was organized by several women on the eve of celebrations marking Bahrain’s national day (16 December). After the police used teargas and sound bombs, the other protesters dispersed but al-Khawaja, a seasoned demonstrator, did not move.

After the arrest, al-Khawaja was taken to al-Budaiye’ police station on the outskirts of Manama, where she was reportedly beaten further.

Zainab al-Khawaja, who blogs and tweets under the name ‘Angry Arabiya’, is the daughter of prominent human rights and opposition activist Abdelhadi al-Khawaja.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court in June in a politically motivated trial of 21 opposition activists, seven of whom were tried in absentia. He has alleged that he was severely tortured in detention, that his jaw was shattered, and that he was threatened with rape.

“Given the horrendous mistreatment of her father Abdelhadi al-Khawaja, we have grave fears for Zainab’s safety while she is in detention,” said Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui.

Al-Khawaja’s lawyer told Amnesty International that she is being held in detention in 'Issa Town, South-west of Manama, and no visitors have been permitted. Both she and Sharaf were questioned at the Public Prosecutor’s Office after their arrest until 5:00am on 16 December.

They were both referred to a doctor on Saturday at the request of lawyers, with Zainab reportedly suffering bruising on her arms and hands, and experiencing headaches from being beaten in the head.....

“The Bahraini authorities must demonstrate that the report of the Commission is more than a public relation exercise and start implementing the recommendations of the report. Foremost they need to start taking the rights of protesters seriously,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

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Lamees Dhaif presents: Shame on You! | Learn of the Bahraini Pro-reform movement!

لميس ضيف تقدم : عار عليكم

Free and drop all charges against all Prisoners of conscience in Bahrain!

Allow for peaceful demonstrations, expression of free speech , and allow all forms of worship.

 

Implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Inquiry ASAP!

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Zainab is free but hunger strike goes on for Abdulhadi - storyful

Zainab is  free but hunger strike goes on for Abdulhadi - storyful | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Zainab AlKhawaja, the high-profile Bahraini human rights activist, has been released from prison in Bahrain after a week in detention.

 

All Prisoners of Conscience in Bahrain must be freed!

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Zainab Al-Khawaja....Force of Nature!

Zainab Al-Khawaja a human right activist from Bahrain was arrested on the 15th Dec 2011.. Dragged on the floor, beaten, pepper sprayed and yet she doesnt give up. Thumbs up to this free soul! Pictures were collected from the day she was arrested.

[Audio is from Malcolm X]

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Lets keep Zainab , and her father, Abdulhadi, in our prayers.......

Lets keep Zainab , and her father, Abdulhadi, in our prayers....... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

5000 Al-Khalifas sucking the wealth out of  nation is what I call an 'ILLEGAL GATHERING!'

 

TERRORIZING Bahriani citizens with toxic gas attacks, illegal detentions, bogus military trials of civilians, torture, and all manner of violations of human Rights is what I call 'DISURBING THE PEACE!'

 

Haul the Al-Khalifas before the ICC and have a trial for 'Crimes against Humanity!'

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Bahrain Center for Human Rights: Urgent Appeal: HRD Alkhawaja Hospitalized, two US lawyers deported.

Zainab Al-Khawaja just arrested while attempting to reach Pearl Square

Human rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was today arrested while attempting to reach Pearl Square. The march to the now demolished square was organised by Nabeel Rajab. Numerous reports of injuries and arrests as peaceful protesters attempted to reach pearl square where reinforcements were sent in the past 2 days. Eye witnesses also claimed they saw Saudi troops being sent over the bridge into Bahrain. More details will follow.

 

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja : Freedom or Death.

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, internationally prominent human rights defender, and an EU (Denmark) citizen, was hospitalized two nights ago because of his deteriorating health due to the hunger strike. Alkhawaja almost went into a coma and was admitted to the hospital on the 31st of January due to low BP and blood sugar from his hunger strike. Family members and colleagues are concerned about his continued detention and hunger strike as well as his previous history with torture, and believe that his rapidly deteriorating health will be fatal.

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Urgent Appeal:Prominent Human Rights Activist on Hunger Strike Again (Freedom or Death)

Urgent Appeal:Prominent Human Rights Activist on Hunger Strike Again (Freedom or Death) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) has just learned that human rights defender and previous MENA Coordinator for Frontline Defenders, Mr.Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, that he would begin a hunger strike from today ( February 8, 2012).
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Courageous defender of human rights Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja says from Jaw prison in Bahrain: Freedom or Death

Courageous defender of human rights Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja says from Jaw prison in Bahrain: Freedom or Death | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Beirut, 09 February, 2012 --- Courageous defender of human rights and the main founder of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, announced from jaw prison, on Wednesday, 8 February, 2012, that he begins an indefinite hunger strike. The distinguished human rights defender told his family in a telephone call, that he is starting a hunger strike to "freedom or death."

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The Gulf Centre for Human Rights urges the authorities in Bahrain to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally free human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, and the other 13 activists, and drop all the charges against them.

2. Carry out an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the reported torture and ill-treatment of defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, with a view to identifying those who are responsible, and bringing them to justice;

3. Ensure that all human rights defenders in Bahrain, carrying out their legitimate work in the defence work of human rights, are able to operate free of restrictions and reprisals.

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See and Hear Professor Abdul Hadi AlKhawaja working for Human Rights!

من كلمات الاستاذ الخواجه مونتاج متواضع للقائد الحقوقي المناضل الاستاذ عبدالهادي الخواجه من انتاج شبكة سترة الاعلامية...
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كلفة الصوت العالي

ناشطة حقوقية بحرينية: زينب عبدالهادي الخواجة...
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Bogus Charges Against Bahraini Human Rights Activist Must Be Dropped

Bogus Charges Against Bahraini Human Rights Activist Must Be Dropped | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 Last week, Bahraini authorities wrongfully detained human rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja, while she engaged in nonviolent, peaceful protest against Bahraini government policies last week.

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Bahrain uprising: a woman activist , Maryam Al-Khawaja, speaks out!

Maryam Al- Khawaja, 24, is the daughter of prominent Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is the Head of the Foreign Relations Office Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and a prominent human rights campaigner herself.

Maryam can't go back home, she fears Bahraini authorities will jail her as soon as she sets foot in her country, just as they did to her father and sister.

Earlier this year, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja was arrested, beaten and later sentenced to life imprisonment. Her 28-year-old sister Zainab al-Khawaja was jailed less than two weeks ago as she was taking part in a pro-democracy demonstration in Bahrain's capital Manama.

Just days before being arrested, Zainab - whose husband is also in jail - did an interview with New York Times reporter and opinionist Nicholas Kristoff, in which she spoke about the regime's human rights violations and abuses.

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Zainab is whom I look forward to be!

Zainab is whom I look forward to be! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Well, Zainab to me is a successful feminine model that may lead Bahrain toward a new era. She is the inspiration for thousands of women, here in Bahrain. Zainab is whom I look forward to be. Please, help her and the other 25 women who are detained in Bahrain due to practices of freedom of expression. Please, do help @angryarabiya and the rest!

 

[Zainab is an inspiration to many more than just women.  She is a role model of a 'great human being'

or, 'a great soul.'  I think it is in the Al-Khawaja bloodline!]

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twitition - We demand the immediate release of Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja #Bahrain

twitition - We demand the immediate release of Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Zainab Al-Khawaja, a prominent human rights activist and the daughter of a senior opposition figure, had refused to leave a sit-in at a roundabout on the Budaiya highway west of Manama after other protesters had been dispersed.
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