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Andrew Anderson en route to Bahrain following the recent clamp down & arrest of former colleague Abdulhadi Alkawaja
Andrew Anderson is on his way to Bahrain following the recent clamp down there and the arrest of former Front Line colleague and friend Abdulhadi Alkawaja.
Mohammed al- Tajer, a prominent human rights lawyer has also been arrested - http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/14839 "I met the distinguished Mohammed al-Tajer last year, his arrest shows the authorities are abandoning all pretence of the rule of law. Heading to Bahrain in the morning, the situation looks bleak. And very worried for friends in Syria too."
Keep checking for updates!
At the moment there are many unconfirmed reports of heavy firing in Bahrain as the police open fire on demonstrators near the royal palace. Just last night we received reports of death threats against three prominent human rights defenders,Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, Mohammed Al-Maskati and Naji Fateel. Abdulhadi Al Khawaja is a former staff member of Front Line - he was Front line's Protection Coordinator for the Middle East region. It would be a tragedy if the ongoing political negotiations were to end in all out violence.