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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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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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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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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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Bahrain: Prominent human rights defender on hunger strike | Abdul Hadi AlKhawaja

Bahrain: Prominent human rights defender on hunger strike | Abdul Hadi AlKhawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Longtime IMS partner and former head of Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has begun a hunger strike after 10 months of imprisonment

According to the human rights organisation Front Line Defenders, the hunger strike has begun in protest against "the arbitrary arrest and detention of peaceful protesters and continued human rights violations in Bahrain".

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Bahrain inmates on hunger strike : Abdul Hadi AlKhawaja in hospital!

Bahrain inmates on hunger strike : Abdul Hadi AlKhawaja in hospital! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Fourteen jailed opposition figures in Bahrain have begun a hunger strike ahead of the first anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising, activists say.
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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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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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"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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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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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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Abdulhadi Alkhawaja | Freedom Now

Abdulhadi Alkhawaja | Freedom Now | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Mr. Alkhawaja has been a well known human rights defender for more than twenty years. Until recently, Mr. Alkhawaja worked as a regional coordinator for the international organization Front Line Defenders. Because of his tireless advocacy for peaceful reform in Bahrain, Mr. Alkhawaja has faced a long history of arrests and assaults.

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Activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Transferred To Hospital as Authorities Punish Hungerstrikers

Activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Transferred To Hospital as Authorities Punish Hungerstrikers | 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, was transferred to the hospital after a drop in his sugar level and blood pressure.

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