Immediately release activist-on-hungerstrike Abdulhadi al-Khawaja
  • Petitioned Government of Bahrain

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Government of Bahrain

Immediately release activist-on-hungerstrike Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

    1. Nabeel Rajab
    2. Petition by

      Nabeel Rajab

      chesterfield, MH

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is a Bahraini human rights defender who was arrested in April 2011, beaten and tortured during the crackdown against those calling for reform.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment after a grossly unfair trial. Despite the recommendation in the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) that all those who had been tried by military courts should have their cases reviewed by ordinary courts, this has not yet occurred.

Over the course of his detention, he was tortured and sexually abused and required a four-hour surgery in a military hospital to treat severe injuries to his head caused by repeated beatings. His critical condition has been documented and verified by forensic experts and international observers.

Abdulhadi launched his fourth hunger strike in eight months on 8 February 2012 and has declared that he will pursue this 'strike to freedom or death.'

It is crucial at this juncture to secure the release of the most renowned human rights advocate in the country, known in every household and an integral part of Bahrain's pro-democracy movement.

The US and UK with close alliances with the Bahraini Royal Family and the Saudi Kingdom, must vocalise the illegality of Abdulhadi's life sentence, exert pressure to secure his release and call for implementation of reforms as promised time and again by King Hamad of Bahrain.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Formula One teams want to cancel Grand prix in Bahrain amidst protests

      Nabeel Rajab
      Petition Organizer

      A leading member of the 12 team principals, who would not be named, but who said his views were representative – said: "I feel very uncomfortable about going to Bahrain.

      "If I'm brutally frank, the only way they can pull this race off without incident is to have a complete military lock-down there. And I think that would be unacceptable, both for Formula One and for Bahrain. But I don't see any other way they can do it."

      MPs are also voicing their concerns in the wake of fresh protests and the growing concern for the condition of the jailed activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who has been on hunger strike for 60 days.

    3. Bahrainis rally in thousands for Abdulhadi's release

      Nabeel Rajab
      Petition Organizer

      Bahraini security forces have fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of protesters marching in support of a jailed human rights activist whose nearly two-month hunger strike has become a powerful rallying point for the tiny nation's Shia-led uprising against the Sunni monarchy.

      "Freedom or martyrdom," cried marchers who carried portraits of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, whose declining health has brought appeals for international intervention from groups such as Amnesty International.

      Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike for 58 days, was moved to a hospital and fed intravenously on Friday after his health deteriorated sharply, his lawyer said.

      On Wednesday, the Information Affairs Authority said Khawaja had been moved to a clinic after losing 10kg.

      Khawaja's lawyer said the activist had now been moved to a military hospital.

    4. Adbulhadi's latest letter from prison, to his family

      Nabeel Rajab
      Petition Organizer

      Letter of love: To my dear family...

      My dear and beloved family, from behind prison bars, I send to you my love and yearning. From a free man, to a free family. These prison walls don't separate me from you, they bring us closer together. Our connection and determination is stronger than ever. We take our strength from beautiful memories. Remembering every trip, every meal we ate together, all the conversations, remembering every smile, all the jokes and the laughter. The distance between us disappears, through our love and faith.

      It's true: I am in here, and you are out there. But, you are in here with me, and I am out there with you. Our pain is made more bearable when we remember we chose this difficult path and took an oath to remain on it. We must not only remain patient through our suffering, we must never allow the pain to conquer our souls. Let our hearts be filled with joy, and an acceptance of the responsibility we have been given, for in the end this life is about finding

    5. Abdulhadi admitted to prison hospital after 55 days, in critical condition

      Nabeel Rajab
      Petition Organizer

      "His heart could stop at any time or he could slip into a coma," said his daughter Maryam. Mr al-Khawaja, 51, who was sentenced to life in jail last year for an alleged plot to overthrow the Bahraini monarchy, says he will continue his hunger strike until he is freed or he dies

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Amnesty International calls for immediate release of Abdulhadi

      Nabeel Rajab
      Petition Organizer

      Excerpt from Amnesty's statement:

      "Amnesty International considers Al-Khawaja to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

      He has not used or advocated violence in his participation in the anti-government protests, and no such evidence was shown by the authorities during the trial.

      Al-Khawaja has not eaten for more than seven weeks in protest at his sentence and his family have told Amnesty International that he has now reduced his intake of glucose and minerals.

      According to his lawyer, he has lost 16kg since his hunger strike began on 8 February.

      Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has also suffered from torture and other ill-treatment while in prison and police custody. According to his family, he was beaten during his arrest, taken away barefoot and not allowed to take his diabetes medication with him."

    8. Reached 25 signatures
    9. Write to King Hamad of Bahrain

      Nabeel Rajab
      Petition Organizer

      The al-Khalifa family of Bahrain will respond to international pressure and would like to see the country's reputation remain as untarnished as possible, especially given the upcoming Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the capital city Manama, during the third week of April 2012.

      Below is the template for a letter addressing King Hamad who is vested with the power to immediately release Abdulhadi so that he may return to Denmark (where he also has citizenship) for much needed medical treatment.

    10. Reached 10 signatures
    11. Protests/sit-ins supporting Abdulhadi's hunger strike

      Nabeel Rajab
      Petition Organizer

      Bahraini protesters, especially youth movements, are increasingly organizing protests and sit-ins inside the country, calling for the immediate release of Abdulhadi as he enters his 50th day of a fast unto death.

    12. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      what happens when state powers become scared of the people they're supposed to uphold ? they beat them violently if not kill them... i'm signing this because I know we're far, far, far better than this, these people at the top need to be exposed so we can move on as a planet.

    • Moe Seager PARIS, FRANCE
      • over 2 years ago

      To the Government of Bahrain, release Mr. al-Khawaja now. Must you be known as brutal tyrants afraid to listen to your intellectuals, your youth?!

    • Anne Falloon DELPH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Bahrain has cruelly cracked down on honest protest. Abdulhadi al Khawaja is bravely defying a corrupt system.

      • over 2 years ago


    • Madeleine Kingston RINGWOOD EAST, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      As an Australian citizen I stand up for #humanrights #justice #fairness #ruleoflaw and oppose #cruel #inhumane and #unjust treatment

      Abdulhadi #alKhawaja hunger strike symbolizes his principles but also indicates compromised will to live unless free. See #FreeBird

      This man's sacrifice and probable death should not be in vain and will fall squarely on the shoulders of the #Bahraini Govt #Bahrain

      #savealkhawaja and #khawajaatrisk


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