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King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has ratified amendments to Bahrain's constitution, with the monarch-led government hoping the new measures will defuse turmoil ...
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[Maryam AlKhawaja]"We are talking about a court which is not fair nor just and it's not independent either," Maryam al-Khawaja told the BBC.
"This is the courtroom that is used by the regime as a tool against people," she added. ....
"I think it is ridiculous, what sort of legal process is this?" Khawaja's wife Khadija al-Moussawi told the BBC.
"They are playing for time, and should have transferred his case to a civilian court at the first hearing not the third."
She said they were the same judges in military and civilian courts, "but with different clothes".
"Just let them [the activists] go. The government commissioned the Bassiouni report and that declared that they were prisoners of conscience," she said - referring to an independent inquiry into events in 2011 that delivered a searing indictment of the government, including its treatment of Khawaja.
"They must be freed."
(Beirut) – Bahraini authorities should free Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and 13 other jailed leaders of last year’s anti-government protests immediately, Human Rights Watch said today....
“The military court’s original verdict was absolutely mind-boggling – it did not mention a single actual criminal offense beyond acts relating to their basic human rights,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his co-defendants should not have to spend even one more day in prison for so-called crimes of speech and peaceful assembly.”....
The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifain June 2011 and consisting of five international human rights experts, issued its 489-page report on November 23. It confirmed systematic and egregious rights violations by the government in suppressing protests and concluded that a lack of accountability had led to a “culture of impunity.” The commissioners called for judicial review of military court verdicts and said that the government should void convictions of people convicted for peacefully exercising internationally recognized rights of freedom of expression and assembly, and release them.
Human Rights Watch called on Bahraini authorities also to drop all charges against the seven co-defendants not in custody and tried in absentia, for the same reasons.
28th April 2012 18:07 AbroadBahrain holds right now, the Danish authorities in uncertainty about the situation of the Danish-bahraineren Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike for 80 days and 10 days ago also stopped taking water.Since Sunday the Danish authorities have not had the opportunity to visit al-Khawaja at the military hospital where he reportedly serving his life sentence.It tells Egberg Ole Mikkelsen, Head of Foreign Citizens.
[Article in Danish, translation by google translate]
UN leader Ban Ki-moon has raised concerns over a Bahraini opposition activist who is on hunger strike in prison amid fears about his deteriorating health.
Ban is worried about clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Bahrain and the case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who started refusing food on February 8, his office said in a statement released late Tuesday.
"The secretary-general once again urges the Bahraini authorities to resolve Mr Khawaja's case based on due process and humanitarian considerations without any further delay," the statement said.
Ban called on Bahrain's authorities "to fully respect the fundamental human rights of the Bahraini people, including due process concerning all detainees."......
This free-bird won't live in cage.....
I hope he chooses to remain temporarily detained in his corporeal prison.....
WE NEED YOU ABDULHADI, DON'T LEAVE JUST YET!!!......
There is no fighhting the power of righteousness... The Al-Khawajas are undeniably on the side of Truth, Justice, Humanrights, and Human Dignity.....
The regime should make concessions, seek unity with the opposition, and earnestly seek REAL reforms.......a first step should be:
THE RELEASE OF ABDULHADI AL-KHAWAJA!
...[Maryam Alkhawaja, an activist with the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights]
“People are angry,” she told Socialist Worker. “They see right through the empty promises the king keeps making about reform. They know that they’re not true.” ...
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Nervous shop owners closed their doors and security forces fanned out across Bahrain's capital Thursday in attempts to quell widening unrest that threatened to overshadow the return of the Formula One Grand Prix to the Gulf...
Nearly 60 Bahraini activists turned out Wednesday in downtown Manama calling for the release of hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.
Moosa Satrawi is highlighting the imprisonment and treatment of prominent human rights activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and Hasan Mushaima, the leader of a banned political party in Bahrain.
Mr Mushaima's son, Ali Mushaima, is also on the roof.
The Metropolitan police said officers were at the embassy in Belgrave Square, which has been closed.
Mr Satrawi, 30, told the BBC: "I'm not going down until I hear Mr al-Khawaja call me or Mr Mushaima.
"Otherwise I will jump myself from the roof." ....
....There are very few men like al-Khawaja, with as much resolve and audacity in speaking out against injustice, in a region where the choice for activists is either petro-dollars or prison. He has gained moral authority by showing impressive courage and self-dignity. The regime now faces a moment of truth. Will it allow him to die for his beliefs while the world, finally, is paying heed?
[I think there may be NO other men in this World who are of Abdulhadi's caliber! ... a 'great soul' rarely blessed upon humanity]
“This is only a positive step if it is a genuine retrial, and not an appeal of a flawed trial where confessions based on torture were admitted as evidence,” said Richard Sollom, Deputy Director at PHR. “We have seen these hollow promises before, when Bahraini medics were ordered to be given a retrial, but instead merely received a chance to appeal their sentences. If this ruling is legitimate, it must be fully enforced,” said Richard Sollom.
Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison last June by a military court and has since led an 82-day hunger strike protesting his imprisonment and torture. Recent reports have indicated that al-Khawaja is being force fed, which amounts to torture.
“Force feeding is a flagrant violation of a patient’s medical autonomy and when conducted by a physician against the patient’s will, it is torture, according to the World Medical Association,” said Sollom. “This weak and vulnerable prisoner of conscious, who’s reportedly being forcibly fed, should be released from prison and given immediate access to independent medical care while he awaits retrial.”
PHR renews its calls for al-Khwawaja’s life sentence to be expunged and his immediate and unconditional release. PHR also calls for the release of the other 13 opposition activists, currently in detention, who are scheduled to be retried before the court of appeals.
PHR remains extremely concerned about the more than 400 current political detainees in Bahrain.
...“Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and the 13 other activists – who are all civilians - should not even be on trial in the first place, let alone tried in a military court” said Ann Harrison, Amnesty International’s Deputy Programme Director for the Middle East and North Africa.“They have done nothing but peacefully express their point of view and must be released immediately.”Amnesty International considers Al-Khawaja and the 13 other prominent opposition activists held with him to be prisoners of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. ....
Declaration of Tokyo (1975)"Where a prisoner refuses nourishment ...he shall not be fed artificially" The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) learned today via family members, that Human Rights Defender Mr.Abdulhadi Alkhawaja was drugged, tied to the hospital bed and forcibly fed through a nasoenteric tube this week....
[Maryam AlKhawaja] “If he is awake and he is conscious and they are force-feeding him against his will according to Physicians for Human Rights that is considered torture.”....
"The (failure) of security agencies to disclose the place of detention of al-Khawaja is considered a shameful behavior that exposes the claims of civilization and humanity by the authorities," an Al-Wefaq statement said.
"It is also considered as a challenge to all local and international laws and customs that require the announcement of the place of the prisoner and his health status and allowing his family and his lawyer to meet and talk to him freely," it added.
The U.S.-backed monarchy in Bahrain continues the crackdown on protesters, with reports of many injuries and at least one death over the weekend.
25 April 2012 Maryam AlKhawaja talks about Human Rights violations in Bahrain (& GCC) at the European Parliament(Apologies there is a cut in the recording as connection was interrupted while recording from live stream)مريم الخواجة تتحدث في البرلمان الأوربي عن انتهاكات حقوق الانسان في البحرين ودول مجلس التعاون( عذرا يوجد انقطاع في التسجيل نظرا لانقطاع الاتصال أثناء التسجيل من بث مباشر)
Daughter of jailed hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja remanded in custody for a week, lawyer says...
www.witnessbahrain.org Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja near death in Bahrain. Story told by Zainab Al-Khawaja after a phone call with her dad. Animation by Muhammd Tayeb.
[ This troll of an SF thinks his puny little bullhorn give him a voice over Zainab Al-Khawaja! Joke's on him......he doesn't have a chance....]
#KhaderAdnan is released today after 66days on hunger strike. #AlKhawaja entering his 70th day hunger strike w/out signs of release.
[Direct evidence that the Bahraini Al-Khalifa regime is far less than than the Zionist regime in Israel!]
Solidarity Vigil on the Main Green at 6pm!
[ We need more of this spirit! ... Abdulhadi's and Brown University's]
Abdulhadi is in the home-stretch, racing for the freedom victory line! Of course, when HE wins, all Bahrainis and the World win! Long live Mahatma AlKhawaja!