DN et. al: “Bahrain Begins Secret Military Trial Against Human Rights Activist”

Another sad day of events in the Gulf, where I used to live. : ( KAS

Bahrain Begins Secret Military Trial Against Human Rights Activist

In Bahrain, a secret military trial has reportedly begun against one of the country’s leading human rights activists, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. Earlier this month, he was seized from his home, along with his two sons-in-law, by masked men. He is the former president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. On Wednesday, his daughter, Zainab Alkhawaja, ended a 10-day hunger strike demanding his release.

Bahrain activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja ‘on trial’


Zainab al-Khawaja ended her hunger strike calling for her father’s release.
A leading Bahraini human rights activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, is standing trial in a military court, his daughter Zainab believes.

She said he told her the date, time and place of the trial, but when family members came to the court officials denied any knowledge of the case.

Mr Khawaja had called for the country’s leaders to be held to account after a brutal crackdown on recent protests.

He was seized from his home with two sons-in-law earlier this month.

Zainab al-Khawaja ended a ten-day hunger strike after international activists said they needed her to speak up for those detained in the crackdown.

The family was turned away from the court on Thursday morning, although Mr Khawaja had pleaded with them to bring him fresh clothes in time for his appearance, the 27-year-old said.

“My father is a very strong man. He used to smile after being beaten-up,” Mr Khawaja’s daughter told the BBC.

But in a recent telephone conversation his voice was very weak and he kept telling his family the oppression was great, Ms Khawaja said.

“It was something that made me and my whole family very, very scared for him,” she added.

Human rights groups and Mr Khawaja’s family say he was beaten and arrested after masked and armed police entered their home on 9 April.

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Middle East protests: Country by country
Demonstrators, mostly from the country’s Shia majority, have taken to the streets since 14 February in a series of escalating protests calling for democratic reform.

Some are also calling for an end to the rule of the al-Khalifa dynasty.

The uprising prompted the government to impose martial law and invite troops from Sunni-ruled neighbourhoods.

More than 400 activists and protesters have been arrested in recent weeks, Human Rights Watch reports.


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2 Responses to DN et. al: “Bahrain Begins Secret Military Trial Against Human Rights Activist”

  1. eslkevin says:

    Hundreds of trade unionists arrrested in Swaziland.
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    We’ve been asked by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to launch a second urgent action campaign this week. This time, our target is Swaziland, where hundreds of trade unionists and pro-democracy protestors have been jailed. Please take a moment to read more and send off your protest message today:


    I’d like to thank the more than 3,000 of you who responded in the first 36 hours of our Bahrain campaign. If you’ve not yet done so, please send off your message now:


    Many of you received automated messages back from the Bahraini government – we apparently overwhelmed their email systems. But every message we received has reached the ITUC and will be forwarded on.

    In brief …
    GoodElectronics has asked us to let you know about the online petition they have going against Hitachi. They say the company “is failing to uphold human rights throughout its supply chain”. To learn more and to send off your message please click here.
    I also wanted to let you know about a couple of interesting labour education programs in New York City. The first is the Union Semester Internship for adults or college students. Those accepted would work with a union in New York and the internship includes a stipend. Participants can take classes and even receive a partial scholarship from the City University of New York (CUNY). Full details are here. The second is from the Murphy Institute at CUNY and it’s their Masters Degree in Labor Studies or 4-course Certificates. They claim a world-class faculty and a chance to network with activists. For full details click here or email laurie.kellogg@mail.cuny.edu

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