Zainab Al-Khawaja

Zainab Al-KhawajaZainab Al-Khawaja

Campaigning for Change in Bahrain

Zainab Al-Khawaja is a Bahraini human rights developer and democracy activist. She is also a leading social media activist and has been a leading figure in the pro-democracy uprising that started in Bahrain in February 2011.


Front Line Defenders has issued urgent appeals and news items about Zainab Al-Khawaja:

Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain

25 February 2014 - Trial of human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja postponed

19 February 2014 - Human rights defender and pro-democracy activist Zainab Al-Kawaja has been released from prison

26 June 2013 - Human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja given new jail term

23 May 2013 - Sentencing of human rights defenders Zainab Al-Khawaja and Naji Fateel

1 March 2013 - Arrest of human rights defender Ms Zainab Al-Khawaja, while Court of Appeal rejects two appeals against prison sentences

17 December 2012 - Sentencing and extended detention of human rights defender Ms Zainab Al Khawaja

13 December 2012 - Sentencing and extended detention of human rights defender Ms Zainab Al Khawaja

22 May 2012 - One hundred organisations call to end assault on freedom of speech, and to free all detained human rights defenders and netizens

21 May 2012 - Front Line Defenders reiterates its concerns at ongoing repression of human rights defenders as Bahraini Government submits report to UPR Review

8 March 2012 - Newsweek's 150 Fearless Women - 10 Supported by Front Line Defenders

16 February 2012 - Arrest and charges against human rights defender Ms Zainab Al Khawaja

20 December 2011 - Front Line Defenders calls for the release of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja and Zainab Alkhawaja as well as end to violence against peaceful protestors