Posted 2013/3/21

Bahrain: Abdulhadi and Zainab Al-Khawaja on hunger strike

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and Zainab Al-KhawajaAbdulhadi Al-Khawaja and Zainab Al-Khawaja

On 17 March 2013, human rights defenders Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and Zainab 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.

To read more about this case please visit the official site of the Bahrain Human Rights Centre by following this link.

Further information on the current situation in Bahrain can be found on our dedicated site www.bahrainhrd.org.