Last Saturday on the market stall we asked members of the public to sign letters to the authorities in Bahrain, especially to release Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and 13 other prominent opposition activists sentenced by a military court to harsh prison terms in June 2011 for peacefully exercising their human rights. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for two months and his health is rapidly deteriorating. Yesterday we received an urgent action from Amnesty with regards to his daughter who has also been arrested.
If you can, please take action on her behalf. More information is below and attached.
Liesbeth ten Ham
Chair Amnesty International Cambridge City Group
Date: 26 April 2012 13:07:44 GMT+01:00
Subject: Amnesty International UK Urgent Action: UA 117/12: BAHRAIN: DAUGHTER OF HUNGER STRIKER ARRESTED
UA 117/12 25 April 2012 URGENT ACTION MDE 11/026/2012
DAUGHTER OF HUNGER STRIKER ARRESTED
Zainab Al-Khawaja (f)
Bahraini activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was arrested on 21 April for protesting against the detention of her father, who has been on hunger strike for over two months. Amnesty International is calling for her immediate and unconditional release.
Zainab Al-Khawaja is a Bahraini activist and the daughter of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, one of the 14 prominent opposition activists sentenced by a military court to harsh prison terms in June 2011. He has been on hunger strike for more than two months in protest against his detention. Zainab Al-Khawaja was detained on 21 April after sitting down on a highway close to the Financial Harbour in protest at her father’s ongoing detention and the general human rights situation in Bahrain. She has been formally charged with disrupting the traffic and insulting an officer.
On the evening of 23 April her detention was renewed for another seven days pending an investigation and she is expected to have a hearing before a lower criminal court in a week. She is currently held at the women’s detention centre in ‘Issa Town, south of Manama. She has managed to speak twice with her family for only a couple of minutes and her lawyer was present when she went before the Public Prosecution Office on 23 April. She refused to sign any papers or give any information.
Zainab Al-Khawaja has previously been detained for a few days for protesting in December 2011 and February 2012, and on both occasions was released shortly after.
Please write immediately in English or Arabic:
* Expressing concern that Zainab Al-Khawaja has been detained solely for exercising her rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and urging her immediate and unconditional release;
* Urging the Bahraini authorities to protect her from torture or other ill-treatment.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 6 JUNE 2012 TO: (Time difference = GMT + 3 hrs / BST + 2 hrs)
Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa
Office of His Majesty the King
P.O. Box 555
Rifa’a Palace, al-Manama, Bahrain
00 973 1766 4587
Minister of Interior
Shaikh Rashid bin ‘Abdullah Al Khalifa
Ministry of Interior
P.O. Box 13, al-Manama, Bahrain
00973 1723 2661
Mr ‘Ali al-Bu’ainein
Public Prosecution Office
P.O. Box 450, al-Manama, Bahrain
00973 1753 0884
Dear Mr ‘Ali al-Bu’ainein,
PLEASE SEND COPIES OF YOUR APPEAL TO
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Ali Al-Khalifa
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 30 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QB
Fax: 020 7201 9183 E-mail: Website: http://www.bahrainembassy.co.uk
Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, 52, is serving a life sentence for his role in anti-government protests last year. He began his hunger strike on 8 February, and his health has deteriorated dramatically since he decided on around 29 March to start reducing the doses of glucose and minerals he was taking until he was drinking water only. For more information, see UA 139/11, Hunger striking activist’s health failing ( http://amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE11/023/2012/en).
PLEASE CHECK WITH THE INDIVIDUALS AT RISK PROGRAMME AT AIUK BEFORE SENDING APPEALS AFTER 6 JUNE 2012
Individuals at Risk Programme, Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA, 0207 033 1572, .
For help writing appeal letters and answers to frequently asked questions about the Urgent Action Network please visit our website here .
Individuals At Risk Programme
Tel: 020 7033 1572
Fax: 020 7033 1503
Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard
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