Urgent Action / Bahrain:Prominent Activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja at Risk due to Preventing Treatment

Photo: Jaw prison (the central prison)

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) expresses its grave concern for the Jaw prison administration – the central prison – preventing to urgently take the prominent activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja to hospital due to his health deterioration as a result of his hunger strike since Sunday 17 March 2013.

Photo: Mr. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s wife received a telephone call today – 21 March 2013 – from Abdulhadi’s brother – Salah Al-Khawaja who also happens to be imprisoned and is spending a 5 year sentence in jail; he informed her that Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s health deteriorated, yet the prison administration refuse to transfer him because he refuses to wear the prison uniform.

Al-Khawaja began his hunger strike when the prison administration refused to allow him to meet his daughter Zainab Al-Khawaja – who is spending a 3 month sentence in the women’s prison. Zainab had also started a hunger strike since Sunday 17 March 2013 because the prison administration has been refusing to allow her to meet her family for more than two weeks, as Zainab refuses to wear the prison uniform.



Photo:
Ms. Zainab Al-Khawaja

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and his daughter Zainab emphasize that the “prison uniform” is for those convicted in criminal cases, and not for prisoners of conscience, and not wearing the uniform is considered as a form of protest for keeping them in prison.

Jaw prison administration refused to allow the prisoners of the “Bahrain 13” case – a group of prominent opposition activists – to go to hospital because they all refused to wear the prison uniform.

Photo: Major General Ibrahim al-Ghaith ( Inspector General) – Jaw prison administration

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) demands the Bahraini Authorities to immediately take Al-Khawaja to hospital to receive the necessary treatment and to allow him to visit his daughter Zainab, and allow Zainab’s family to visit her in the women’s prison.

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