A prominent Bahraini activist jailed for life for his role in anti-government protests has been on hunger strike for two weeks to protest the treatment of prisoners, campaigners said Thursday.
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who also holds Danish citizenship, is an outspoken critic of Bahrain's Al-Khalifa rule.
Khawaja began the hunger strike on April 12 in a Manama prison to protest the ‘arbitrary detention and degrading treatment of prisoners in Bahrain,’ the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said in a statement.
It is the fifth such protest in six years by Khawaja, who was given a life sentence in June 2011 after being convicted of plotting to topple the government.
Bahrain, home to a majority Shia population, has witnessed sporadic unrest since early 2011, when long-running demands for political reform intensified with nationwide demonstrations calling for an elected government.
Authorities have since tightened their grip on Shia-led dissent, jailing hundreds of protesters and stripping activists and clerics of citizenship.
The GCHR also called for the medical evacuation of Khawaja and fellow rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who is behind bars while on trial for charges of insulting the state.
Rajab, one of the most high-profile activists in Bahrain, underwent minor surgery earlier this month. His family has however said they remain concerned about his health.
The UN is scheduled to hold a human rights review session on Bahrain in Geneva on May 1.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Four more Mideast nations report coronavirus cases
Russia strikes kill five as regime forces advance
Kuwait, Bahrain announce first coronavirus cases
Troops shoot dead Palestinian fighter
Oman ruler aims to reduce country's debt
Kuwaiti ports suspends entry of Iranian ships to Kuwait due to coronavirus
Seven dead in Turkey after earthquake hits Iran border area
Erdogan announces Syria summit for March 5
Erdogan to hold Syria summit with Russia, France and Germany