Bahrain’s human rights climate remains highly problematic. The country’s courts convict and imprison peaceful dissenters and have failed to hold officials accountable for torture and other serious rights violations. There is evidence that the security forces continue to use disproportionate force to quell unrest. Human rights activists and members of the political opposition face arrest and prosecution and dozens have been stripped of their citizenship. Bahrain restricts freedom of speech, and has jailed and fined award-winning Bahraini photographers. Migrant workers in Bahrain endure serious abuses such as unpaid wages, passport confiscation, unsafe housing, excessive work hours, physical abuse and forced labor.
Abbas Malalla is now in solitary confinement and prevent him to contact with family because of the hunger Strike! #Bahrain
Free Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace #Bahrain
Khalil Al Halwachi Free! #Bahrain
Date of Arrest: 22 March 2011
Prison Sentence: 15 years
Torture: Sleep depravation, severe battery, electrocution, hanging, sexual harassment
Health: Needs specialist health care. Has severe mobility issues and is suffering health complications as a result of torture.
I an against violence and supportive of peaceful struggle for social justice, democracy and human right. Nabeel Rajab #bahrain
Sheikh Hassan Isa #Bahrain
Rihanna Al-Musawi was arrested on Apr 23, 2013. Lawyers stated that Al-Musawi was subjected to torture and humiliation during her arrest by stripping her clothes off during police interrogation.
Many thanks to @channeldraw for letting us use his drawing of Dr Al-Singace #SingaceHungerStrike
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The history of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja #Bahrain
Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail al-Khawaja (Arabic: عبد الهادي عبد الله حبيل الخواجة) is a Bahraini-Danish human rights activist. He is currently in prison in Bahrain following the suppression of pro-democracy protests in the Bahraini uprising. He is former president and co-founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights(BCHR), a nonprofit non-governmental organisation which works to promote human rights in Bahrain. 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 theBahraini uprising. Front Line Defenders expressed fear for his life following allegations of torture and sexual assault in detention. Al-Khawaja was sentenced on 22 June 2011, along with eight other activists, to life imprisonment. On 8 February 2012, he started an open-ended hunger strike until "freedom or death", protesting continuing detentions in Bahrain. The strike lasted for 110 days, and resulted in his being force-fed by authorities.
Until February 2011, al-Khawaja was the Middle East and North Africa Protection Coordinator with Front Line Defenders – the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. He is also a member of the International Advisory Network in the Business and Human Rights Resource Center chaired by Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Al-Khawaja is a member of the Advisory Board of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies and also an expert adviser for and member of the coordinating committee of The Arab Group for Monitoring Media Performance monitoring the media in Bahrain and six other Arab countries. Al-Khawaja was part of Amnesty international’s fact finding mission in Iraq, and has been a researcher and project consultant for Amnesty International and other international organizations. His human rights campaigning activities have been acknowledged by the International Conference of Human Rights Defenders in Dublin and he was named by the Arab Program for Human Rights Defenders as its Regional Activist of 2005.