Amnesty International calls for immediate release of Abdulhadi
Mar 30, 2012 — 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."