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A Family Under Siege: The Khawajas in Bahrain

A Family Under Siege: The Khawajas in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
An important aspect of many of the popular movements of the Arab Spring has been the emergence of different generations of activists from the same families. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his daughters Zainab al-Khawaja and Maryam al-Khawaja epitomize ...
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Bahrain: Human rights and arms sales

On February 14 2011 protesters in Bahrain took to the streets calling for political reform. Three days later a brutal crackdown began. The UK government had  armed the Bahraini regime and, despite ongoing repression, it is still promoting and approving weapons sales today....

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#KillingKhawaja .....trending on twitter! | Work to defend Abdulhadi !

#KillingKhawaja  .....trending on twitter!  |  Work to defend Abdulhadi ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini supporters use Twitter to highlight plight of jailed human rights activist.
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Bahraini Hunger Striker Al-Khawaja’s Health Deteriorating

Bahraini Hunger Striker Al-Khawaja’s Health Deteriorating | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Five weeks into his hunger strike, family members of the well known Bahraini
activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja warned that he is now so weak that he can barely stand.

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Distorted Press Release on Health Condition: HRD, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, Refuses Medical Check

Distorted Press Release on Health Condition: HRD,  Abdulhadi Alkhawaja,  Refuses Medical Check | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) has recently learnt that on the 6th of March, two individuals who only identified themselves as Dr. Fatima and Mohammed met with Human Rights Defender Mr.Abdulhadi Alkhawaja in prison.
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FREE Abdul Hadi Alkhawaja الحرية ل عبدالهادي الخواجة

Abdul Hadi Alkhawaja is a Bahraini Human Right Activist who is currenlty in prison for his stand against Bahrain dictator. On 8-2-2012 AbdulHadi started a Hunger Strike in prison and stated it is either FREEDOM or MARTYRDOM. short film supporting Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja in a hunger strike inside the prison and demanded his release...

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United Nations Webcast - Maryam Alkhawaja, General High Level Segment, 19th Session Human Rights Council

Ms. Maryam Alkhawaja General Segment HLS, 12th meeting 19th Session of the Human Rights Council.
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Please write to the UN Sec. General on behalf of Abdulhadi AlKhawaja !

Please write to the UN Sec. General on behalf of Abdulhadi AlKhawaja ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

An open letter from a Bahraini Human Right activist to the Secretary General of the United Nations, International Human Rights organizations and activists regarding our fear and concern for HRD Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja-Bahrain His Excellency To Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon , To all international human rights organizations, Human Rights To all fender and every person with conscience, Greetings, I Hussain Jawad a Bahraini human rights activist who was a student of Human Rights activist Mr., Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. I am writing this letter with all the pain and regret after that there was no other way to convey the message of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's struggle for freedom. As i write this appeal, Al-Khawaja is on his 20th day of hunger strike under the title "Freedom or death" after being sentenced for life of imprisonment in a case opinion and freedom of expression. He was accused of false charges and fabricated cases in the military court, and subjected to severe torture which had a very bad impact on his health, as he had in his jaw Surgeries and parts of his face after his detention. Mr., Al-Khawaja struggles for freedom and change in Bahrain wit all legitimate means. Mr. Al-Khawaja, is a global character known for his moderation, he was arrested several times because of his demand for freedom, justice and human dignity, which the citizens in Bahrain lack. I also urge you and ask you to take an action and intervene to demand Al-Khawaja's release immediately and unconditionally and that, fearing for his life, which is now in danger of evidence for health setbacks that got him losing so much weight, and weakened him so clearly, as his lawyer reported. Mr.. Al-Khawaja decided to engage in an open hunger strike to make the international community and the Bahraini authorities choose between his death for human rights, or his release. This was the only way to deliver his message from behind bars of Bahraini prisons to the world. He is teaching the generations the road toward freedom and is insisting on his own hardship and bitterness for democracy. Save him. With my sincere greetings and appreciation Hussein Jawad Human Rights Activist Switzerland Contact: 0041789532326 E-mail: @ gmail.com Hussain.parweez to His Excellency Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, to human rights organizations, international and global, to every conscience and spring, and to all human rights defender in the world, Greetings and after .. I Hussein Jawad Bahraini defender of human rights and one of the learning of human rights and Osasyate by Professor Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja. I write you this letter with all the pain and regret having narrowed our means of conveying the Mazlomah freedom fighter and human rights global Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who hits from food, enters in his day the twentieth time of writing this appeal. give Mr. Khawaja under the title "Freedom or death" after being sentenced 25 years in the case of the world is witnessing as the issue of freedom of opinion and expression and accused of false charges and fabricated falsely in the military court, and subjected to severe torture which has been on the impact of the work of surgery in the jaw and parts of his face and that because of his acclaimed Bslmath and demanding change and his defense of human rights by all legitimate means. Mr. Khawaja personal global known for their moderation, he was arrested several times because of its demand for freedom and justice and human dignity, which lacks the citizens in Bahrain. ask you and urge you to immediately intervene to demand that the Bahraini authorities to release immediately and unconditionally and that, fearing for his life, which is now in danger of evidence setback that got him the loss of weight and signs of fatigue and weakness that seemed to clear it, as word of his lawyer. Mr. Khawaja decided to engage in an open hunger strike Mgira the international community and the Bahraini authorities between death in order to achieve the principles of human rights, fair or released, and in my opinion it is the only way to deliver his letter from prison to the world milestone generations the path to freedom and insist on the inevitability of pain and bitterness of access to democracy. with sincere greetings and appreciation Hussein Jawad defender of human rights, Switzerland Contact: 0041789532326 E-mail: @ gmail.com Hussain.parweez

 

[If YOU were imprisoned, wouldn't Abdulhadi be fighting for YOUR freedom and YOUR conditions in confinement?  He needs YOU now!]

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#FreeAbdulhadi #HelpAlKhawaja

#FreeAbdulhadi  #HelpAlKhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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#FreeAlkhawaja twibbon campaign

#FreeAlkhawaja twibbon campaign | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail Alkhawaja is one of the most prominent Bahraini human rights activists now.   He's sentenced to 25 years for expressing his political views - this campaign to support him in his hunger strike entitled (victory or martyrdom)...

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ABDULHADI ALKHAWAJA: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE | Chan'ad Bahraini 2.0

ABDULHADI ALKHAWAJA: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE | Chan'ad Bahraini 2.0 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In early 2005, I got the phone number of Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and called him to ask if he would be willing to be interviewed for my blog. He had recently been released from his first detention. He had been arrested for publicly criticising Bahrain's unelected prime minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

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Testimonies from Bahrain: Memories of a jailed activist’s wife, Khadija al-Mousawi

Testimonies from Bahrain: Memories of a jailed activist’s wife, Khadija al-Mousawi | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

By Khadija al-Mousawi, wife of imprisoned human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.

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Bahraini Activist Abdulhadi Abdulla Alkhawaja: A Letter from Prison | Ceasefire Magazine

Bahraini Activist Abdulhadi Abdulla Alkhawaja: A Letter from Prison | Ceasefire Magazine | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
On the one year anniversary of Bahrain's pro-democracy protests, we publish a letter by activist Abdulhadi Abdulla Alkhawaja, sentenced to life imprisonment for taking part in the protests and currently entering his second week of a hunger strike.

 

'His Excellency,
The Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Denmark

Dear Sir,

Subject: My case as a Bahraini Dane detained in Bahrain

Firstly, allow me to thank you and other Danish officials, especially at the Danish embassy, for your concern in my case since I was arrested in Bahrain on 8 April, 2011. My gratitude is extended to every Danish citizen who heard about my case and sympathised with me, including members of the parliament, media and human rights defenders.

Secondly, I would like to stress the positive influence on me of the 12 years that I had spent in Denmark, along with my beloved wife and brave four daughters, during the period from March 1989 until June 2001 when we returned to Bahrain following a general amnesty. At the beginning of that period I received my first professional training in human rights by the Danish Centre for Human Rights, which took place at the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen. This training and other forms of indirect support had an important impact on my voluntary work as the director of the Bahrain Human Rights Organisation (BHRO), based in Copenhagen, which played an important role in the positive developments that took place in Bahrain a decade ago. More important, living in Denmark and experiencing first hand its social and political system inspired my work for democracy and human rights in Bahrain and the MENA region during the last 10 years, as an activist, researcher and trainer; in Bahrain as the director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), from 2002 until 2008, and at the regional level, as the MENA regional field coordinator for Front Line, the international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders, based in Dublin, Ireland, (Aug. 2008 until Feb, 2011).

Thirdly, I have no regrets that I had to pay a price for my work to promote human rights. It is a serious business to address issues such as corruption, inequality, and discrimination in order to promote the interests of members of the ruling family, and documenting arbitrary detention and torture by the brutal National Security Apparatus. So, as much as it was unfair, it was no real surprise when I was detained in 2004, severely beaten during peaceful protests in 2005 and 2006, subjected to unfair trials, travel ban and continuous defamation campaigns in official and semi-official media, and eventually, as a part of the crackdown on the wide popular protests since 14 February, 2011, I was severely beaten, arbitrarily detained, held in solitary confinement and subjected to torture for more than two months, brought before a military court on charges faked by the National Security Apparatus, such as “instigating hatred against the regime” and “planning to overthrow it” and eventually being sentenced to life imprisonment, a sentence which I have been serving to date.

Fourthly, it was a great comfort to hear about the mounting support for my case from the people and activists in Bahrain and from the colleagues and friends on the regional and international levels, in addition to statements and campaigns calling for the release of myself and other activists, by the office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights and International organisations including Human Rights Watch, Front Line Defenders, Amnesty International and Human Rights First. It has also been of great comfort to get visits by Danish diplomats during court sessions and at Jaw Prison, especially by the kind assistant to the ambassador in Saudi-Arabia, who kept me and my family informed about the concern and efforts made by Danish officials regarding my case.

Fifthly, as a recommendation from a Danish citizen, I would appreciate it if my case would be legally researched to examine the numerous violations I have been subjected to and the legal basis for keeping me in prison. Based on such research the Danish authorities could take more actions regarding my case. Taking in consideration the findings of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), formed by the King, which documented my case and used it, along with some other cases, as a base for its final observations and recommendations related to the issues; arrests, arbitrary detention, torture and unfair trial. A summary of my case was published in the final report as case No.8 on page 426. Find also the relative general observations numbers; (1693) to (1706).

Sixthly, as a human rights defender, regardless of being a Danish citizen, I am entitled for protection by EU member states in accordance with the EU-guidelines on the protection of human rights defenders around the world. Hence, I would suggest that the Danish authorities kindly put forth more efforts, in coordination with other EU-state members, to take whatever possible actions at the regional level, such as in embassies, in Brussels institutions and at the UN in Geneva to address my case and the cases of other detained activists, and calling for the release, reparations and protection for human rights defenders in Bahrain, and detained activists, including my brother, Salah Al-Khawaja, and a Bahraini-Swedish activist, Mohammed Habib Al-Muqdad.

Finally, I thank you again and send my warm greetings to all Danish citizens. I hope that the good effort, including yours, would soon secure my release so that I can join my family and friends and resume my work as the director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) based in Beirut, that has recently started its work.

I wish you all the best.

Yours Sincerely,
Abdulhadi Abdulla Alkhawaja
Bahrain. 8 Feb. 2012

Notes:

Would you please submit a copy to my family.
I consider this as an “open” letter, so you may feel free to use it as you find convenient.'

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Bahrain Hunger Striker, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja Weak after 36 Days

Bahrain Hunger Striker, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja Weak after 36 Days | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

He started the hunger strike on February 8 to protest his own detention and that of several other activists arrested last April. Al-Khawaja and six others were given life sentences by a military court in what Bahraini and international human rights groups have called an unfair trial.

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Abdul Hadi AlKhawaja is HUGE!

Abdul Hadi AlKhawaja is HUGE! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

He is much larger than the tiny khalifas, bigger than their jails....HE IS A MEME THAT IS SPREADING GLOBALLY..........

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Letter to King Hamad in support of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Front Line

Letter to King Hamad in support of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Front Line | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

HM King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
Office of The King
The Amiri Court, Rifa’a Palace
PO Box 555
Manama
Bahrain

Your Highness:

I am writing to express my deep concern for the health and welfare of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is a prisoner at the Jaw Prison in Bahrain. He has been on hunger strike since the night of February 8/9 and his health is deteriorating.

I know that the Foreign Minister of Denmark has made the specific request for Abdulhadi to be released to Denmark on humanitarian grounds, so that he can receive treatment both for the effects of the hunger strike and the ongoing pain he suffers as a result of the torture he suffered during his detention (BICI report, Annex B, Case #8).

Abdulhadi is well known as a human rights defender, and his work to support other human rights activists and victims of abuse is highly respected around the world. His conviction in a Bahraini court has been deemed unfair by the panel you empowered to review the cases that were brought before the National Safety Court.

Your Majesty, you are in the unique position of having this man’s life in your hands. I urge you to show mercy and grant his release from prison so that he may go to Denmark for urgent treatment.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

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Bahrain Hunger Striker, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja Weak after 36 Days

Bahrain Hunger Striker, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja Weak after 36 Days | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is on the fifth week of a hunger strike to protest ongoing detentions in Bahrain...
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An Uprising in Bahrain: Interview with Human Rights Activist Maryam al-Khawaja

An Uprising in Bahrain: Interview with Human Rights Activist Maryam al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In an interview, human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja discusses the ongoing violence and oppression in Bahrain, including the role the United States and Saudi Arabia are playing in perpetuating the human rights violations.
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CrookedBough.com: KPFA interviews Lateefah Simon, Zainab al-Khawaja, and Saria Idana

CrookedBough.com: KPFA interviews Lateefah Simon, Zainab al-Khawaja, and Saria Idana | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Zainab al Khawaja (@AngryArabiya) talks about the Arab Spring, the goals of the democracy movement in Bahrain, and her father’s hunger strike for freedom. She also talks about how she became one of Bahrain’s leading tweeps. 15:11 min.

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Wife of #alkhawaja is giving a speech #bahrain #alwefaq http://yfrog.com/h4mplokj

Wife of #alkhawaja is giving a speech #bahrain #alwefaq http://yfrog.com/h4mplokj | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

#FreeAlkhawaja  #HelpAlkhawaja

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BICI report page 439, about Abdulhadi Alkhawaja

BICI report page 439, about Abdulhadi Alkhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Pro-democracy activists campaign to #freeAlKhawaja

Pro-democracy activists campaign to #freeAlKhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Detained Bahraini activist enters 16th day of hunger strike.
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Danish Gov't turns blind-eye to its citizen! | Why does Denmark deny A. AlKhawaja ?

Danish Gov't turns blind-eye to its citizen!  |  Why does Denmark deny  A. AlKhawaja ? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

#bahrain #HelpKhawaja #DENMARK
It's been almost a year since the leading and highly respected #Danish human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was arrested in #Bahrain
This #Danish citizen was arrested purely 4 his peaceful efforts & political views calling 4 the rights of an oppressed population.
Those who arrested him are oppressors , torturers & inhumane brutal killers seeking to silence his calls for #freedom .
Given these facts the pressing question is WHO IN THE #DANISH GOVT. IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALKHAWAJA'S CONTINUED IMPRISONMENT ?????
What has the #Danish FOREIGN MINISTER done to release Alkhawaja? Why has the Danish gov't neglected her citizen ALKHAWAJA ??
Failure of both the #EU & #DANISH GOVT. to release Alkhawaja is both shameful & questionable
What values & interests are the #EU & #Danish govt. protecting by allowing Alkhawaja's imprisonment to continue ??

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AlKhawaja's wife: Message to the people of the USA | #helpalkhawaja

Khadija Almousawi tells the background narrative of the great Al-Khawaja family, their struggles, their sacrifices, and their work for a better Bahrain and for Human Rights everywhere!  A must read!

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Bahrain Revolution: solidarity of the rebels with Abdulhadi Khawaja 22/2/2012

In solidarity with the great jurist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja, I left a rally in the island of rocker jacket today, Wednesday, the date of 22/2/2012. and radicle mentioning that Khawaja on hunger strike for nearly two weeks

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