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Maryam al-Khawaja in Denmark | Much of this is in Danish....

20-05-2011[black screen the first few seconds] Maryam al-Khawaja talks on the Danish channel DR in TV Avisen about the arrest and torture of her father, Danish citizen and human rights activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja in Bahrain...

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No F1 in Bahrain - لا لسباق الفورميلا في البحرين | SAVE ALKHAWAJA OR BAHRAIN WILL BURN !

DON'T DRIVE ON OUR BLOOD

Facts and Number of Bahrain Revolution:

85 death by security forces since February 2011, in which:
37 suffocation from tear gas
20 Shoot dead
17 tortured to death (In or out of police station)
10 by Birdshot
4 Ran Over
2 Stabbed
At least 7 reported deaths by torture in the prison since 14 Feb 2011, 3 of them after the BICI report.
Total number of people arrested since February 2011: est. 4000
Total number of current detainees est. 600
Total number of sentenced detainees 397 with sentence ranging from 6 to life. One of them on death row.
266 been arrested in 2012, which are all still detained.
2 Human Rights defenders still imprisoned:
AbdulHadi Alkhwaja (More than 60 days on hunger strike)
Naji Fateel.
On Average around 15 villages are daily tear gassed as collective punishment.
Bahraini security forces continue to engage in the systematic torture of demonstrators in detention centers (formal and informal)
Latest death under torture was Mohamed Ibrahim Yaqoub, who died hours after his arrest on January 27 2012, He was beaten by 15-20 police officers, as reported by eyewitnesses, in the stomach and chest.
Children have been frequently been the target of security force reprisals
Estimated kidnaps are 250 cases.
As of March 2012 1776 still remain dismissed.
6 students still detained and sentenced by military court to 15 years.

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Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Near Death : Indybay

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"We, the undersigned, call on the government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release leading human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, whose life is now in grave danger as he enters the 61st day of his hunger strike, begun in protest at his detention and treatment."

If he dies, Bahrain "will signal a total failure of political will in addressing the human rights violations that occurred in 2011."

"Mr al-Khawaja is deeply revered and respected by much of the population of Bahrain, as well as the wider region and world. His death could dangerously inflame national tensions which are already escalating."

Before his ordeal, he was a renown national figure. He's now known and respected internationally. His death won't go unnoticed. His treatment symbolizes state brutality. ...

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EU@UN - Bahrain: EU HR Ashton very worried about situation of Mr Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

EU@UN - Bahrain: EU HR Ashton very worried about situation of Mr Abdulhadi al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"After more than 60 days of hunger strike, the health situation of Mr Abdulhadi al-Khawaja demands urgent attention. The High Representative is very worried by the latest reports. She and her services have been following the issue in close contact with Denmark, both in Europe and in Bahrain, and have spoken to various Bahraini representatives over the past weeks.

She urges the Bahraini authorities to take all appropriate measures to find a humanitarian solution to Mr. al-Khawaja's deteriorating health situation, as a matter of absolute urgency.

She also urges the Bahraini authorities to immediately reinstate consular access to Mr. al-Khawaja, access which has been denied for the last two days."

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Mahatma AlKhawaja attended by his philosophical brethren.....

Mahatma AlKhawaja attended by his philosophical brethren..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Birds of a feather, flock together......

 

Great Human Rights champions congregate together, as do 'Great Souls'

 

Mahatma AlKhawaja.......has a nice ring to it!  Certainly factual!

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Zainab Al-Khawaja: Spreading Awareness of the Uprising in Bahrain | Human Rights First

Zainab Al-Khawaja: Spreading Awareness of the Uprising in Bahrain | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On April 5, 2012, Bahraini police arrested Zainab Al-Khawaja––yet again–– for protesting her father’s unjust imprisonment, outside the Interior Ministry. Throughout the uprising in Bahrain, the blogger and activist has shined a bright light on abuses committed by the Bahraini regime. Through her blog and twitter account, @angryarabiya, Zainab spreads awareness of the situation in Bahrain and seeks support for the Bahraini people.
She is the daughter of prominent Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja. Currently serving a life sentence in prison, on April 6, Adulhadi marked the 58th day of his hunger strike to protest his controversial sentence. The government has transferred him to a military hospital because of his critical, rapidly deteriorating health. ....

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AlKhawaja - : Bahrain human rights defender should be released immediately:

AlKhawaja - : Bahrain human rights defender should be released immediately: | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

 Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged the Bahraini government to release Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment last year by a military court, so that he does not die as a result of his 50 day hunger strike. Al-Khawaja, a Danish citizen, former protection coordinator with Front Line Defenders  and leading Bahraini human rights defender, was arrested for leading protests against the Bahraini government . AI said that Al-Khawaja was sentenced without a fair trial and was subject to torture and ill-treatment while in custody. However, no investigation to verify such ill-treatment has been initiated. The organization stressed that Al-Khawaja is a "prisoner of conscience" who led a peaceful demonstration which did not advocate violence against the government. Considering this contention and Bahrain's promise to release those who were jailed during the revolt, AI called on the government to release Al-Khawaja immediately:

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S A V E______ A L K H A W A J A ! ! !

S A V  E______ A L K H A W A J A    !  !  ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

دعوة هامة وعاجلة : ندعو للمشاركة في اعتصام الجمعيات غداً وندعو لطباعة بوستر"انقذو الخواجة" ورفعة امام المقر ‎‬#Bahrain‪

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My fears and Abdulhadi Alkhawaja's courage after fifty days on hunger strike | Front Line

My fears and Abdulhadi Alkhawaja's courage after fifty days on hunger strike | Front Line | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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I know that Abdulhadi does not seek death. He is a person full of hope and love for his family and his community, for human rights and justice. Let us celebrate the life of a good man whilst he still has life to celebrate. And redouble our efforts to Free Abdulhadi Alkhawaja!

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URGENT APPEAL Pearl Revolution Political Center - Solidarity with Abdulhadi alKhawaja

URGENT APPEAL Pearl Revolution Political Center - Solidarity with Abdulhadi alKhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

URGENT APPEAL Pearl Revolution Political Center to the true hero #SolidarityWithKhawaja
@NabeelRajab_ENG @angryarabiya Please relay our message to Alkhawaja that Bahrain cannot afford to lose him and that he will be desperately needed to rebuild the country after the regime is overthrown. He has shown us the path and now it is our turn to carry on.

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Joint letter to King of Bahrain Regarding Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | CIHRS

Joint letter to King of Bahrain Regarding Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | CIHRS | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We, the undersigned 45 human rights organisations which are members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and other groups, call on the government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release from prison well-known human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, the founder of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights and former president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, a member of IFEX. Al-Khawaja is a courageous defender of the people’s rights in Bahrain and the Middle East and North Africa region who is at huge risk of dying in prison, having started a hunger strike on 8 February 2012, and now suffering deteriorated health as he enters his fourth week without nourishment. In an open letter, Al-Khawaja pledged to stay on hunger strike until “freedom or death”......

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Sahrawi HRD Aminatou Haidar Statement of Solidarity for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

Sahrawi HRD Aminatou Haidar Statement of Solidarity for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

To Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja I say " I salute your courage, your determination and your pride in being the voice of all those others who have no voice. I salute also what your represent - the struggle of all free and democratic peoples around the world. But this world - and especially the oppressed Arab world needs Abdulhadi Al-Khawaj now - ALIVE".

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S A V E _____ A L K H A W A J A ! ! ! !

S A V E _____    A L  K H A W A J A   !  !  !  ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In solidarity with HRD AbdulHadi al-Khawaja who's starving for freedom behind bars on his hunger strike which may lead to significant complications to his health or his death in the prisons of alkhalifa if they didn't release him , We call for a "silent" sit in for 6hours with a full day hunger strike on Monday March ,26th under the name of "SAVE ALKHAWAJA" in solidarity with him and to demand his immediate release.

Note: the place of the sit in will be announced later.

Dignity Disobedience
March 20th, 2012

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Interview of Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja (2005)

Excerpts of an interview of Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. It was recorded by me in early 2005, shortly after he was released from his first detention for publicly criticizing the prime minister. He is currently in prison again serving a life sentence for his role in the 2011 uprising in Bahrain, and as of Feb 22, 2012, is on the 15th day of a prison hunger strike.

[You can sure see Abdulhadi in the face of Maryam!]

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Nelson Mandela placing AlKhawaja in the 'Great Souls' hall of fame....

Nelson Mandela placing AlKhawaja in the 'Great Souls' hall of fame.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Free AlKhawaja!

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Beautiful! This artist is great and the message is speaking to Hearts!
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Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab denied entry in Cairo

Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab denied entry in Cairo | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Is Egypt hdidng Human Rights abuses of their own? Has Egypt become a closed society that advocates fascism of the type implemented by the Al-Khalifa terrorists of Bahrain?

 

These events do not bode well for the people of Egypt!

 

[Blocking Maryam AlKhawaja and Nabeel Rajab is tantamount to outlawing civility and interpersonal caring!]

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My Father is Dying | Nazra for Feminist Studies

My Father is Dying | Nazra for Feminist Studies | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Today, April 5th, is my fathers birthday. Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, the man who dedicated himself to fighting for human rights, who trained tens of other activists, is known as the Godfather of human rights in Bahrain. My father, who was beaten unconscious in front of his family, arrested, then severely tortured for months. My father, sentenced to life imprisonment in a military court. My father, on his 57th day of hunger strike as his only way of protesting the daily human rights violations of the Bahraini regime against the people of Bahrain.

My father, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is dying to live. Literally.

This is what propels my activism. This is why I will continue to fight.

 

[Even if his mortal shell should pass away, God forbid, Abdulhadi lives on!  He lives on in the hearts and minds of a grateful planet, and he lives on in his rightful place in paradise.  Maybe Allah has planned a greater intercessor role for him there and is merely 'reassigning' to new offices...Allah has a great plan for Abdulhadi, that is for sure...]

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Day 62: #Bahrain Hunger Striker #Al-Khawaja is symbol of peaceful resistance - By @FatemaAbuidrees

Day 62: #Bahrain Hunger Striker #Al-Khawaja is symbol of peaceful resistance - By @FatemaAbuidrees | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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As the government continues to dig its way into a police state, Bahraini’s have begun to question the effectiveness of non-violent tactics. It’s doubtless to say that the creative strategies exercised by activists for the past year prove that violence was never on the agenda for change- it still isn’t. However now a disgruntled, and psychologically traumatised populace are struggling to reason the merits of a moral tactic when confronted with a regime that has lost all moral ground. It is no surprise then that after a year of having the government’s forces conduct routine violent excursions into residential areas, the odd protester is prepared to defend oneself from the government forces with a Molotov cocktail bomb. In fact one must really wonder in astonishment at how such a persecuted peoples have managed to strive for so long without ever even picking up any firearms as of yet. This may change should the government continue to ignore the civil liberties of the people.

Time, money, energy, and a dozen or so expensive government PR companies have worked to demonise the protesters as an erratic bunch of ‘violent Shia vandals’ whose goals are destructive to Bahrain’s national fabric. The Al Khalifa’s tactic for survival is to disguise Bahrain’s political corruption, with the allegation that national security has been breached. Consequently the protesters demands have been met with little seriousness – if any. The government has chosen to neglect the political upheaval that threatens its existence, in favour of sensationalising the narrative of events to the point in which a lone burning tyre causes much more hysteria amongst royalists than does a dead body.

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Bahrain: A protest in support of AlKhawaja is met with deadly force in Manama

Screaming: 'Freedom for Khawaja' A  March in the center of Manama, the capital.  They  went to the Interior Ministry to demand the release of Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja human rights activist on hunger strike for more than 55 days within a prison

What you saw is what happened.....

The regime authorities are not human beings ... They are  monsters who want to kill.....
This simple example of what is happening in Bahrain.
Save the Bahraini people...

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Rights group urges Bahrain to free hunger striker | ABDULHADI ALKHAWAJA !

Rights group urges Bahrain to free hunger striker | ABDULHADI ALKHAWAJA ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Amnesty International on Friday urged Bahrain to free a leading human rights activist who is on a hunger strike andreminded the Gulf kingdom's rulers to fulfill promises to release all those jailed for speaking out during the country's uprising.

...Amnesty called on Bahrain to release al-Khawaja and fulfill its promise to free all those who were jailed for speaking out during the revolt.

"The Bahraini authorities have made pledges that they would release people who were imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of expression, but the continued imprisonment of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja demonstrates that they are not serious about fulfilling such promises," said Philip Luther, the group's Middle East and North Africa Director in a statement.

Read more: http://m.siouxcityjournal.com/news/world/middle-east/rights-group-urges-bahrain-to-free-hunger-striker/article_ce1c4b92-48f7-51cd-aa58-3ce162c57f2e.html#ixzz1qhQDa0Ed

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King of Bahrain: Release human rights defender, Abdulhadi Al Khawaja

Abdulhadi Al Khawaja is a Bahraini human rights defender who was arrested in April 2011, beaten and tortured during the crackdown against those calling for reform.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment after a grossly unfair trial. Despite the recommendation (#1720, p. 423)) in theReport of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) that all those who had been tried by military courts should have their cases reviewed by ordinary courts, this has not yet occurred.

Abdulhadi launched his fourth hunger strike in eight months on 8/9 February and has declared that he will pursue this strike to freedom or death. .....

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BAHRAIN: Human rights defender Abdulhadi Al- Khawaja enters 50th day of humger strike

BAHRAIN:  Human rights defender Abdulhadi Al- Khawaja enters 50th day of humger strike | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“I call on the Bahraini authorities to immediately release Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on humanitarian grounds and allow him to go to Denmark for medical treatment as proposed by the Danish Government and supported by the UK and German governments and the European Parliament” said Andrew Anderson deputy director of Front Line Defenders in Dublin today ( Wednesday). Abdulhadi Al Khawaja has said that for him it is a choice of “Freedom or Death”

Al-Khawaja is protesting at his brutal arrest and detention, his torture while in custody and his life sentence handed down by the National Safety Court in trials which fell far short of international fair trial standards. This fact was acknowledged by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Enquiry (BICI).

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Take Action for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.mov

www.bahrainhrd.org/act_now Take Action to support human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on hunger strike since February 8/9 in Bahrain.
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Bahrain: Forty-eight rights groups call on King to free Abdulhadi Alkhawaja… · Article 19

Bahrain: Forty-eight rights groups call on King to free Abdulhadi Alkhawaja… · Article 19 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
ARTICLE 19: defending freedom of expression and information.
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Activist in fifth week of hunger strike in Bahrain jail | The Copenhagen Post | The Danish News in English

Activist in fifth week of hunger strike in Bahrain jail | The Copenhagen Post | The Danish News in English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“We believe that the Foreign Ministry has done quite a lot to make a breakthrough in this case, but after a 40-day hunger strike his life is at stake, so we need to get through to Bahrain soon,” Ole Hoff Lund, of Amnesty International Denmark, told The Copenhagen Post. “The Foreign Ministry believes in a breakthrough, but time is running out.”

An independent report published last November detailed the abuse that al-Khawaja has faced in the Bahraini jail, including torture and sexual abuse, leading Søvndal to publicly castigate the Bahraini authorities.

But the Bahraini authorities seem to have taken little notice of the calls from the foreign minister and have yet to set a date for al-Khawaja’s appeal at the country's highest court.

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