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Al Khawaja’s Secret Hunger Strike Gone Public in Protest of Torture in a Bahraini Prison · Global Voices

Al Khawaja’s Secret Hunger Strike Gone Public in Protest of Torture in a Bahraini Prison · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini Human Rights defender Abulhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for 24 days in protest of the continuing violations and torture of inmates in Jaw prison as authorities ignore calls for investigation.
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An open letter to prominent Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

An open letter to prominent Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We on behalf of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) urge you to immediately stop your hunger strike. We well know your willingness to sacrifice your life for the freedom of the people of Bahrain, as you are about to enter the day 24 of your hunger strike where your life is at grave risk.

We believe that you have achieved the objectives of the protest in terms of reaching and influencing public opinion across the world. You have truly brought attention to bear on the flagrant violations that are happening in Bahrain against yourself, your colleagues who are detained human rights defenders and the rest of citizens in Bahrain.

We call on you to stop the hunger strike forthwith in order to preserve the lives of your fellow human rights defenders, who are forcibly detained in prisons, who continue their hunger strike in solidarity with you. The lives of some of them are in great danger; among them are elderly defenders, one of whom is suffering from heart disease.

Finally, we appeal to you to stop this hunger strike on behalf of the GCHR & BCHR, both organisations that you took the initiative to found. In doing this you created organisations dedicated to the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights in Bahrain and across the region.

We, your supporters, lovers of freedom across the world, hope beyond hope that you respond to this appeal.

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Jailed Dane begins new hunger strike in Bahrain - The Local

Jailed Dane begins new hunger strike in Bahrain - The Local | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Al-Khawaja, a dual citizen of Denmark and Bahrain, has been in a Bahraini prison since 2011, serving a life sentence for demonstrating against the government and organising protests during the Arab Spring. Along with eight others, he was convicted on charges of terrorism and attempting to overthrow the government. While jailed in Bahrain, al-Khawaja has been subjected to torture, violence and sexual abuse....


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Demand freedom for Bahraini human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Demand freedom for Bahraini human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Abdulhadi al-Khawaja | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sign Amnesty International's petition calling for the immediate release of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, co-founder of The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, who faces life in prison after an unfair trial before a military court in June 2011.
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Abdulhadi al-Khawaja : know the man....

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Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail al-Khawaja (Arabic: عبد الهادي عبد الله حبيل الخواجة‎) is one of the most prominent Bahraini-Danish human rights activists. He is currently in prison in Bahrain following the repression on pro-democracy protests in the Bahraini uprising. He is former president[3] and co-founder[4] of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), a nonprofit non-governmental organisation which works to promote human rights in Bahrain.[5] He has held a number of positions and played various roles in regional and international human rights organizations.

On 9 April 2011, al-Khawaja was arrested and tried as part of a campaign of repression by the Bahraini authorities following pro-democracy protests in the Bahraini uprising. Front Line Defenders expressed fear for his life following allegations of torture and sexual assault in detention.[6] Al-Khawaja was sentenced on 22 June 2011, along with eight other activists, to life imprisonment.[7] On 8 February 2012, he started an open-ended hunger strike until "freedom or death", protesting continuing detentions in Bahrain.[8] The strike lasted for 110 days, and resulted in his being force-fed by authorities.[9]

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Abdulhadi AlKhawaja: a 'Bahraini activist in (an) unbelievable state'

Abdulhadi AlKhawaja:  a 'Bahraini activist in (an) unbelievable state' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

An analyst tells Press TV that prominent Bahraini political activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is being kept in prison under unbearable and unbelievable conditions while the country claims to be a role model for human rights.....

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In Bahrain, British diplomacy is an insult to real democrats

In Bahrain, British diplomacy is an insult to real democrats | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

... Maryam al-Khawaja - Acting President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights -... Her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja , is a leading Bahraini human rights activist who has been tortured by the regime and jailed for life as a political dissident. The question she sent to me to ask Phillips was a simple one: “Are they [the British government] going to continue with silent diplomacy after two years of utter failure? Or will they actually promote human rights [in Bahrain]?”

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This seemed an odd response to a question asked on behalf of a woman whose father is serving a life sentence for his non-violent calls for democratic reform, and who says he has been tortured and threatened with sexual assault while in custody. Last Friday, Maryam’s sister Zainab was jailed for three months for her political activism . Perhaps she and her father should join the former ambassador in welcoming their jailers’ commitment to political discourse? As Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has asked : "How can you have a dialogue if representatives of the groups you mean to dialogue with are in prison?"

“What more Britain can do” in these circumstances seems reasonably obvious. Rather than talking up the regime’s “National Dialogue”, Britain should publically acknowledge that, as Amnesty International says, talks will be an “empty exercise” unless all prisoners of conscience are unconditionally released, and all restrictions on freedom of expression are lifted. Instead of welcoming regime pledges of reform, and disingenuously saying as Phillips did to me that the extent of those reforms is “something we can debate”, Britain should acknowledge the fact that (to quote Human Rights Watch ), “no progress” has been made, and that “all [the regime’s] talk of national dialogue and reform mean nothing”. In short, Britain could stop parroting its ally’s obfuscatory narrative .

If the monarchy does not change course, the British government should cancel the UK-Bahrain defence agreement (with its reported focus on "internal stability" ) that was signed with minimal coverage last October. It should put an immediate and complete end to all arms sales and any continuing training of Bahraini security forces . And it should reverse the contemptible decision to rename the Mons Hall at Sandhurst military academy after the King of Bahrain, following a £3m donation. The hall was originally named after a First World War battle that claimed the lives of 1,600 British troops, the betrayal of whose memory speaks volumes about the squalid relationship between the British state and the Bahraini royal family.

In the absence of such measures, Britain will not merely have failed to promote democracy in Bahrain but will to all intents and purposes have sided with the oppressor. As Maryam al-Khawaja told me in response to Phillips’ comments, “the UK needs to hold its allies accountable for human rights violations. As long as the international state of immunity for the Bahraini regime continues, the human rights situation will continue to deteriorate”.

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The man of sacrifices - Freedom to Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja - عبد الهادي الخواجة

Freedom to Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, the #HumanRights defender on hunger strike for his country's Freedom
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al-Khawaja-Nobel.pdf http://www.freedom-now.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/al-Khawaja-Nobel.pdf

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Well, It's about time! Don't forget their right hand man, Nabeel Rajab!
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Danish-Bahraini activist calls off hunger strike - The Local

Danish-Bahraini activist calls off hunger strike - The Local | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has ended his hunger strike over health concerns for fellow inmates. Meanwhile, his daughter – also a Danish citizen – is facing charges of assault in Bahrain.

Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain (29 Aug 14)Jailed Dane begins new hunger strike in Bahrain (26 Aug 14) The Danish-Bahraini activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has called off his hunger strike after a month, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) reported.  Al-Khawaja has been held in a Bahraini prison since 2011, serving a life sentence for demonstrating against the government and organising protests during the Arab Spring uprisings.  According to the GCHR, al-Khawaja called off his hunger strike out of health concerns for other prisoners who had joined him in his protests.  
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Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain - The Local

Jailed Danish activist in coma in Bahrain - The Local | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Less than a week in to his new hunger strike, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has reportedly fallen into a coma. The family plans to appeal to Denmark for help.
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Bahrain: The high price of telling hard truths | Amnesty International

Bahrain: The high price of telling hard truths | Amnesty International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Soon after the popular uprising began in Bahrain in 2011, 13 opposition leaders were arrested. Their ‘crime’ was expressing their opinions peacefully: calling for democracy, an end to corruption, opposing the monarchy.

After an unfair trial the men were sentenced to between five years and life in prison. Some say they were tortured, and all are prisoners of conscience. Farida Ghulam, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Ebrahim Sharif, told Amnesty International their story....

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Urgent Appeal: Zainab Al-Khawaja's Life at Imminent Risk

Urgent Appeal: Zainab Al-Khawaja's Life at Imminent Risk | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Zainab Al-Khawaja is reportedly having severe hypoglycemia with HGT measurements reaching two. Her family reported that she sounded fatigued, and that she was suffering loss of memory and concentration. Having initiated a dry hunger strike now, including no intake of glucose, will put her at high risk of sudden onset of arrhythmias, loss of consciousness, and possibly death, especially that she is in a detention center where no cardiac monitor or cardiac resuscitation service is available.

21 March 2013

UPDATE:
The BCHR has received information that Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's health continues to deteriorate. Prison officials refuse to take him to the hospital for treatment because he will not wear the prison uniform. Because Al-Khawaja is a prisoner of conscience and he has thus far not been required to wear the prison uniform, as is standard for criminal prisoners.
The BCHR reminds the prison authorities that, as Bahrain is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, they are required to treat all prisoners with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person. This includes providing medical attention to persons in need, regardless of whether they are wearing a prison uniform or not. The BCHR holds the prison authorities solely responsible for the health of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, and demands an immediate investigation into the allegations that his health is being held hostage because of his decision to refuse a prison uniform. Zainab Al-Khawaja's hunger strike continues....

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Bahrain: Abdulhadi and Zainab Al-Khawaja on hunger strike | Front Line

Bahrain: Abdulhadi and Zainab Al-Khawaja on hunger strike | Front Line | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On 17 March 2013, human rights defenders Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja andZainab Al-Khawaja began a hunger strike to protest against a new requirement by prison authorities that they wear prison uniforms.

The hunger strike began after authorities refused to allow visits by relatives unless the human rights defenders complied with this new rule. It has been reported that Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's health is deteriorating rapidly and that he has been refused medical treatment.

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja is a prominent human rights defender and former Front Line Defenders Protection Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, who is serving a life sentence passed following a grossly unfair trial.

His daughter Zainab Al-Khawaja is also a prominent human rights defender and a blogger who has been active in calling for political reform and democracy in Bahrain. She currently remains in detention in Hoora Detention Centre.....

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Advocate for the Human Rights of Zainab & Abdulhadi Alkhawaja & Nabeel Rajab!

Advocate for the Human Rights of Zainab  & Abdulhadi Alkhawaja & Nabeel Rajab! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Zainab & Abdulhadi Alkhawaja are tireless advocates for Human Rights.  Their right-hand-man, Nabeel Rajab,  has also been unceasing in his work for human rights!   All are now in prison due to the paranoid delusions of the Alkhalifa terrorists now hijacking the wealth, dignity, and freedom of Bahrain!  

 

PLEASE BE TIRELESS ADVOCATES FOR THEIR FREEDOM AS THEY HAVE DONE FOR YOU IN THE PAST, AND AS THEY WILL SURELY DO FOR YOU AGAIN UPON THEIR RELEASE!

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When any ONE of us isn't free.......NONE of us are ! ! !

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Bahrain: Urgent Appeal: Al-Khawaja, Al-Mukhoder, and Al-Singace on Hunger Strike

Bahrain: Urgent Appeal: Al-Khawaja, Al-Mukhoder, and Al-Singace on Hunger Strike | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights is gravely concerned for the health of three activists and political leaders, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, AbdulHadi Al-Mukhoder and AbdulJalil Al-Singace, who have all begun a hunger strike to protest the unlawful restrictions that the prison authorities have placed on the communications for the Bahrain13, and the lack of response to their complaints by the prison administration.

When speaking on the telephone, if any of these prisoners attempts to discuss their health, their treatment in prison, or politics, the phone line is immediately cut. Since the prisoners of conscience had their final appeal denied in January, the restrictions have become much worse.

In addition to the unlawful restrictions that the authorities have placed on family communications, Al-Mukhoder and Al-Singace have both been completely denied access to a lawyer since their final appeal was rejected by the Court of Cassation on January 7th, 2013; Al-Khawaja is still allowed contact with his lawyer as he has a separate ongoing trial. BCHR has documented similar treatment to other activists, most recently on Dec 2012bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/5584.

More than 25 days ago the above mentioned activists and political leaders, as well as the rest of the group of the Bahrain13, who are held on the case of "attempt to overthrow the regime" (More details:bahrainrights.hopto.org/en/node/5272 ) have all sent a letter to the prison administration to express protest to the violations to their right to concurrent and private communication with their family and lawyers. The incident which triggered this protest was when Hassan Mushaima attempted to tell his family about his health situation and the phone line was cut. They have boycotted their right to regular calls with their families as a protest. However no reply has been received from the prison administration to their letter and no improvement was seen on conditions. Thus the three activists have decided to escalate their protest and start a hunger strike to demand their basic rights.

Al-Khawaja began his strike on the 2nd of February, Al-Mukhoder and Al-Singace on the 5th and 7th respectively. Alkhawaja has been previously through a 110 days hunger strike which started in Feb 2012.

Lawyer Mohamed AlJishi has reported that AbdulJalil Alsingace has been taken to clinic to be treated three times since the start of the hunger strike.....

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