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Jailed Bahrain hunger-striker feared dead 4/9/2012

Jailed Bahrain hunger-striker feared dead 4/9/2012 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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In Washington, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters that "we are very concerned about the case of Mr al-Khawaja, particularly with regard to his health."

She added that Jeffrey Feltman, the assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, and diplomats at the US embassy had contacted Bahrain about the case.

"We are in touch with the Bahrainis and with our international partners, and we are urging a humanitarian solution," Nuland said.

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Denmark has asked Bahrain to send Khawaja, who is also a Danish citizen, to the Scandinavian country. Bahrain's official news agency BNA reported on Sunday that Manama had rejected the request.

But Danish papers quoted the head of the foreign ministry's consular service, Ole Engberg Mikkelsen, as saying that "a (formal) reply will come through diplomatic channels and not via a news agency or Twitter."

Mikkelsen said he did not know when Manama would reply officially.

"Unfortunately there is not much time. It is a case where the clock is ticking," he said. "We are continuing our efforts to convince Bahrain that it is in everyone's interest that he be extradited."

Front Line Defenders, a Dublin-based NGO, warned that Khawaja could now die in jail, ....

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US Supports Human Rights and Democracy? Tell it to Al-Khawaja!

US Supports Human Rights and Democracy? Tell it to Al-Khawaja! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Barrett: Well, that is a very, very good question. It is stunning- the hypocrisy, coming out of Washington and these human rights issues. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is a classic nonviolence activist and pro-democracy activist.
If the words coming out of Washington were matched by deeds, he would be lionized by the US government; he would be all over the front pages of American newspapers and Fox and so on.
But of course that’s not happening, because the US has its fifth fleet in Bahrain and the US has made these unholy alliances, not only with the al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain, but also with the other retrograde [Persian] Gulf monarchies.
So he is entering the third month of his hunger strike and in very terrible shape, and Obama, the man who was supposed to be putting a new face on America’s Middle East policy, is keeping quiet and that tells you a lot about who really controls the political process in Washington DC and the way the media isn’t covering this in the US, tells you a lot about who really controls the media here.
Press TV: Who, who controls the media in the US when you say that? Who are you referring to; when you say media are controlled?
Barrett: Over the decades…, media in the US is controlled in a number of ways.
One is, by actual Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] people, who are planted in various media operations.
The agency also deals directly with the owners and CEOs of media companies and there has been this total conglomeration of media over the past couple of decades and now about six organizations control just about everything that Americans see in the media.
So there is a combination of government interference in the media, secret, covert operations with the media and the media being bought up by a very, very small number of wealthy individuals, who operate with the US government.

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Joint urgent appeal: Detained defender AlKhawaja between life and death

Joint urgent appeal: Detained defender AlKhawaja between life and death | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....Al Khawaja’s lawyer Mohammed AlJishi was able to visit him in the prison’s hospital yesterday and released a severely disturbing picture of an emaciated Al Khawaja. According to the doctors he has lost around 25% of his weight. His wife was told that his pulse is so weak he may go into cardiac arrest at any minute or into a coma. Al Khawaja is currently unable to move, with very low sugar and blood pressure levels and doctors affirm that if he survives, he is at serious risk of organ failure, especially since there is blood in his urine which doctors have said is indicative of kidney failure. ....

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Bahrain mulls Denmark plan for hunger striker

Bahrain mulls Denmark plan for hunger striker | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja may be transferred to custody of country where he also has citizenship as protest enters 59th day.

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Speaking to Al Jazeera on Saturday, Mohamed al-Jishi, Khawaja's lawyer, said his client's health was further deteriorating despite the hospital intravenous drip.

Jishi said the drip is only a saline/glucose solution.

"The doctors said this won't be enough to keep him alive. He is in a critical phase and he still needs to take food," he said.

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Bahrain - Aerial photography of march of solidarity with Al-Khawaja 06/04/2012

@jidhafs14 مدينة جدحفص - تصوير جوي للحشود في مسيرة الوفاء لرمز الوطني عبدالهادي الخواجة بحضور كل من : نبيل رجب ونادر عبدالأمام وسيد يوسف المحافظة والتي انطلق... | aerial photography to the masses in the march of loyalty to the symbol of national Hadi Khawaja, the presence of: Nabeel Rajab and rare Abdalimam and Mr. Joseph conservative and that started from the rotor Legion...

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Bahrain activist moved to hospital after hunger strike | Reuters

Bahrain activist moved to hospital after hunger strike | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Khawaja's lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, said Khawaja had been moved from an Interior Ministry clinic to a military hospital which was better equipped. The authorities had said on Wednesday he had been moved to the Interior Ministry clinic after losing 10 kg (22 pounds).

"His condition has worsened. ... His blood pressure is down, and he is getting an IV (intravenous) drip," Jishi told Reuters by telephone.

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His daughter, rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja, was detained during a protest on Thursday in front of the Interior Ministry. The ministry said in a statement she had "assaulted a public employee."

 

[Bogus trials, bogus arrests, and a bogus regime....]

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Bahraini hunger striker casts a long shadow over claims of reform

Bahraini hunger striker casts a long shadow over claims of reform | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain's best known human rights activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is on the 57th day of a hunger strike, could die in jail at any moment say those who have seen him recently. ...

"His heart could stop at any time or he could slip into a coma," said his daughter Maryam. Mr al-Khawaja, 51, who was sentenced to life in jail last year for an alleged plot to overthrow the Bahraini monarchy, says he will continue his hunger strike until he is freed or he dies.

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Stop A Real Life Hunger Game | Citizens for Global Solutions

Stop A Real Life Hunger Game | Citizens for Global Solutions | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Standing up for your freedom and basic rights is not a crime! Tell the Obama Administration to do something for Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja before he dies in prison from his hunger strike!
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Shia activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on the verge of death, sends letter to his family. Please help! | The Shia Post

Shia activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja on the verge of death, sends letter to his family. Please help! | The Shia Post | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
THAT THIS POST CONTAINS THREE PARTS. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE ANY OF THEM.
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Bahrain: “It is impossible to imagine that the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead if Abdulhadi Alkhawaja dies

Bahrain: “It is impossible to imagine that the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead if Abdulhadi Alkhawaja dies | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“It is impossible to imagine that the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead if Abdulhadi Alkhawaja dies on hunger strike in prison,” said Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders in Manama, Tuesday".

PRESS RELEASE Issued Manama, Bahrain, 03 April 2012 EMBARGOED 15.00pm Irish Time – 17.00pm Bahrain Time

“The Bahraini authorities clearly want to present an image of business as usual but their seeming indifference to the plight of Abdulhadi, who has reached his 55th day without food, risks tragic consequences.”

[It is also impossible to believe the Al-Khalifas won't face an immediate uprising of proportions never seen in Bahrain before.......Alkhawaja is MORE powerful as a martyr, not less so......]

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Prominent Shia Bahraini activist, al-Khawaja in hospital over his health condition

Prominent Shia Bahraini activist, al-Khawaja in hospital over his health condition | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Detained Bahraini human rights activist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja, who is on a hunger strike in protest against the Al Khalifa regime, has been transferred to a military hospital.

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Scores of people have been killed in the violent repression of protests which erupted in mid-February 2011 to demand the ruling Al Khalifa family to step down.

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Bahrain: Human rights defender enters 50th day on hunger strike | IMS

Bahrain: Human rights defender enters 50th day on hunger strike | IMS | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On 29 March, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, a longtime IMS partner and former head of Bahrain Center for Human Rights, will enter the 50th day on his protracted hunger strike

The human rights organisation Front Line Defenders, said in statement released on Wednesday that they were 'deeply concerned for his health' and that Al-Khawaja's physical condition is further weakened by subjections to torture and previous hunger strikes.

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UN: Bahrain Should Consider Transferring HungerStriker, Abdulhadi AlKhawaja

UN: Bahrain Should Consider Transferring HungerStriker, Abdulhadi AlKhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that Bahrain should consider transferring a jailed activist who is on a nearly two-month hunger strike to Denmark for medical treatment on humanitarian grounds.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is a Danish citizen and has been refusing food since Feb. 8, is serving a life sentence for his role in last year's uprising by the island nation's Shiite majority against a Western-backed Sunni monarchy. ......

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Abdulhadi Alkhawaja: Dying for Justice | Philadelphia Independent Media Center

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja: Dying for Justice | Philadelphia Independent Media Center | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Abdulhadi's Close to Death

In early February, he began hunger striking for justice. It's now two months and counting. He's severely deteriorated, hospitalized, and close to death. BCHR, other human rights organizations, family, and supporters hold the Bahrain monarchy responsible.

Protests across the country demand his release. Police thugs attacks them. So do Saudi forces. In March 2011, they entered Bahrain guns blazing. They're still there. They and police commit daily atrocities. Western media scoundrels are silent. So is the Obama administration.

On the one hand, it rails against Assad's obligation to confront Western supported insurgents responsibly. On the other, it ignores daily Al Khalifa regime atrocities. The hypocrisy's stark, duplicitous, abhorrent, and typical of what passes for US-style governance. ...

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Bahrain refuses to transfer Abdulhadi AlKhawaja to Denmark - CNN.com

Bahrain refuses to transfer Abdulhadi AlKhawaja to Denmark - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Bahrain said Sunday it will not hand over Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, a human rights activist on a two-month hunger strike, to Denmark as requested.
The Supreme Judiciary Council said Al-Khawaja did not meet the conditions stipulated in its criminal procedures law to hand over the accused to foreign countries, the Bahrain News Agency reported.
Al-Khawaja had lived once in Denmark and holds Danish citizenship.
He is protesting the life sentence he received for his role in anti-government demonstrations that continue to roil his country. Sunday marked the 60th day of his hunger strike and the first anniversary of his arrest.
Bahraini authorities also charged Al-Khawaja's daughter with assaulting a public employee after she tried to visit her father.

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Zainab is released, Abdulhadi is still on hunger strike ..Danes seeking relief!

Zainab is released, Abdulhadi is still on hunger strike ..Danes seeking relief! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini authorities released Saturday the daughter of a human rights activist on a hunger strike to protest his life sentence.

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Al Khalifa said Al-Khawaja's appeal is scheduled for April 23 and he will get his day in court then.
Meanwhile, Bahrain's foreign minster said he has received a written message from his Danish counterpart requesting a transfer for Abdulhadi al-Khawaja to Denmark.
Bahraini authorities said they were examining the request.

[Re-arrested as of 4/7/2012!  ]

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Abdulhadi al-Khawaja's call for a Free Bahrain resounds the globe and it may cost his life

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja's call for a Free Bahrain resounds the globe and it may cost his life | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Letter of love: To my dear family... My dear and beloved family, from behind prison bars, I send to you my love and yearning.....

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Bahrain : Hunger strike of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja

Bahrain : Hunger strike of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja on CNN April 6th 2012...
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THERE IS NO KILLING OF AN IDEA, A BELIEF, OR THE WILL TO BE FREE.....

THERE IS NO KILLING OF AN IDEA, A BELIEF, OR THE WILL TO BE FREE..... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

They tore-down Lulu, but it is alive and well in the hearts and minds of Bahrainis who experienced it......

They will try to kill AlKhawaja, but live or die, he will live-on in the  hearts and minds of Bahrainis who experienced his fervor....

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Ahram Online interviews Bahraini activist Maryam Al-Khawaja - Region - World - Ahram Online

Ahram Online interviews Bahraini activist Maryam Al-Khawaja - Region - World - Ahram Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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More than a year later, protests still persist in the face of lethal government force, according to Bahraini activist Maryam Al-Khawaja in interview with Ahram Online.

“Human rights violations are still being committed on a daily basis,” she said, sitting in a conference room in downtown Cairo after finally being allowed to enter the Egyptian capital. Al-Khawaja was kept at the airport for several hours without being given a clear reason why.

A human rights activist herself, Al-Khawaja is on a mission to expose rights violations and abuses by the Bahraini government against peaceful protesters asking for a fair and democratic system. She heads the foreign relations office at the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights.

“Our job is mainly documentation and reporting,” she explained. “It’s about making sure that the world knows what's going on in Bahrain.”

Al-Khawaja, whose father, a co-founder and former president of the BCHR, has just appealed against a life sentence for crimes against the state, talked about the disparity between what the Bahraini government says it is doing and what is actually happening on the ground.

It isn’t new for the Bahraini government to look into the human rights situation and investigate alleged violations and then do nothing about them, she said.

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Urgent appeal to save the life of Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja....

Urgent appeal to save the life of Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Today, April 3, 2012, human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, the founder of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, enters day 55 of his hunger strike, which he began on February 8, pledging to sustain it until freedom or death. His health has deteriorated severely in a way that threatens his life, while the Bahraini government remains suspiciously silent about the dire situation.

We urge you to use your influence to immediately intervene in order to save the life of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, the internationally well-known and prestigious human rights defender. We call on you to demand from the government in Bahrain his immediate release and transfer to Denmark, where he holds dual Bahraini and Danish citizenship, so he can obtain the medical treatment he needs as a result of his current hunger strike and of the torture he endured while he was under arrest.

The time remains very short to act and we urge you now to take action to save the life of this unique human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, under the shadow of death.

Gulf Centre for Human Rights

Beirut - 03/04/2012

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Visiting Bahraini activist , Maryam Al-Khawaja , tells of state-led torture and killings

Visiting Bahraini activist , Maryam Al-Khawaja , tells of state-led torture and killings | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...The role of women in the revolution has always been prominent, [Maryam]Al-Khawaja said. Throughout the Bahraini uprisings, which she reminded the audience have taken place every decade since 1920, women were involved.

Women have paid the same price as men, whether being beaten, harassed, tortured or killed, she added. The BCHR has documented over 20 miscarriages of pregnant women due to various government-led abuses.

Al-Khawaja mentions a video, one of her favorites she says, showing a Bahraini woman exiting her house with veil and cloak then spraying graffiti on a wall, which reads "even if men quit the revolution, women will continue."

She says that in her view this video destroys certain Western stereotypes about Muslim and Arab women: that they follow in the footsteps of men in political struggles and revolutions. In fact, says Al-Khawaja, they take the lead on many occasions.

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Bahraini Hunger Striker’s Life in Peril as U.S.-Backed Forces Continue Anti-Democracy Crackdown

Bahraini Hunger Striker’s Life in Peril as U.S.-Backed Forces Continue Anti-Democracy Crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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. We speak to Zainab Alkhawaja, the daughter of jailed human rights leader Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who is now on the 54th day of his hunger strike. Doctors say her father could go into a coma at any point, and she has called on President Obama to pressure the government Bahrain, its strategic ally in the region, to secure his release. "With one word from the American government, my father would be released. I am sure of that," Alkhawaja says. "But right now, Americans are more — the American administration, not Americans, is more concerned with their interests than they are with human rights and the lives of Bahrainis and democracy in Bahrain." Zainab herself is an activist and has been detained in the past for protesting, most recently in February on the anniversary of the country’s pro-democracy movement. She reads a poem she wrote about her father while she was in jail called, "The Sultan Digs My Father’s Grave." We’re also joined by Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, who was just released from detention. A police statement said Rajab was detained on charges linked to "illegal" demonstrations. His lawyer says he may stand trial in the future. [includes rush transcript]

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Protesters attacked in Bahrain, rights group says - CNN.com

Protesters attacked in Bahrain, rights group says - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"Security forces have spent the day attacking protests in different parts of the country," the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said in a statement. "Many serious injuries were reported, including a 15-year-old boy who was hit directly in the arm with a teargas canister."
The group also said its president, Nabeel Rajab, was arrested before a planned march in Manama that was to be a show of solidarity with Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, one of Bahrain's most prominent human rights activists.
Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison in June for his role in the anti-government demonstrations that swept through Bahrain a year ago. He has been on hunger strike for more than 50 days in protest of his sentence.
On Friday, Amnesty International issued a statement calling on Bahraini authorities to release al-Khawaja amid fears that he is at risk of death. ...

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