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  • Title: Front Line Defenders | Act Now

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  • Title: Front Line Defenders | Act Now!
    Descriptive info: ACT.. NOW!.. Watch the latest interview with Maryam Al-Khawaja, February 2013.. To advance Front Line Defenders work in protecting and.. promoting human rights defenders in Bahrain and around the world:.. click.. here..

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  • Title: Front Line Defenders | Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja
    Descriptive info: ABDULHADI AL-KHAWAJA.. Current Status.. On 7 January 2013, the legal process came to a conclusion for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja when the highest court in Bahrain upheld the life sentence imposed against him.. Abdulhadi was originally sentenced on June 22, 2011 by a military court created under temporary martial law under various charges, including including “organising and managing a terrorist organisation”, “attempt to overthrow the Government by force and in liaison with a terrorist organisation working for a foreign country” and “collection of money for a terrorist group”.. A retrial was granted, but some charges were only slightly changed.. The High Court of Appeals was expected to issue its verdict on June 14, 2012, but postponed it without giving any explanation, after refusing to hold any hearing session between October 2011 and late April 2012.. Moreover, allegations of confessions under torture have not been investigated during the retrial.. Abdulhadi is recovering his health from the impact of his extended hunger strike, which lasted 110 days.. His wife and family are able to visit him regularly and he is educating other prisoners on human rights standards.. Recognition.. In 2012, Abdulhadi and his family have been recognized for their courageous human rights work to promote freedom and democracy in Bahrain.. On 20 September 2012, the US organization Freedom House.. recognized Abdulhadi, Maryam and Zaynab Al-Khawaja.. with its annual Freedom Award.. Maryam Al-Khawaja accepted the award on behalf of the family -.. watch her speech at the award dinner.. On 8 November, Maryam Al-Khawaja will receive the.. Stieg Larsson Prize.. in recognition of her and her family's "courageous struggle for democracy and human rights.. ".. Hunger Strike.. Abdulhadi ended his hunger strike on 25 May a few days after.. presenting testimony.. in his hearing at the Supreme Court of Appeal on 22 May.. He felt his hunger strike had successfully brought international attention and pressure on the issue of political prisoners in Bahrain.. On Day 72, April 20th, according to Zaynab Al-Khawaja, Abdulhadi has called to request a lawyer to write his will.. He also had a message to people in Bahrain: "if I die, in the next 24 hrs, I ask the people to continue on path of peaceful resistance, I don't want anybody to be hurt in my name.. Listen to.. latest CBC (Canada) radio interview with Zaynab Al-Khawaja.. On April 6th, one day after his 51st birthday, Abdulhadi's health has taken a critical turn, and he is now hospitalized in the military hospital, according to his lawyer and family.. Concern is mounting and media attention is picking up.. On April 3rd, Day 55 of Abdulhadi's hunger strike, his daughter Maryam updated his health situation: "[My dad] is entering a critical phase where his life is at stake.. He had two doctors accompanying him at all times last night, and today he is being moved to the fort prison due to lack of the necessary medical equipment in the central Jaw prison.. This is due to fears that he may go into a coma at any time, as his blood sugar and blood pressure have both further dropped.. On March 30th, Day 51 of his hunger strike, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja hospitalized, according to his family.. Sahrawi organizations.. announce support.. for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.. Read the.. solidarity statement.. by Sahrawi Human Rights Defender Aminatou Haidar for Abdulhadi, issued on the 29th day of his hunger strike for freedom.. When she was on the 29th day of her hunger strike some years ago, Abdulhadi sought to take action to support her, writing to Front Line Defenders Director Mary Lawlor urging the organization to support her.. On Friday, March 9th,.. a massive demonstration.. was held in Bahrain to protest the lack of political reform and the ongoing repression of pro-democracy and human rights protesters.. At this protest, there were calls for Abdulhadi's release and.. signs and pictures.. in support of Abdulhadi.. The head of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), who is preparing a report on the implementation of the.. BICI Report.. and recommendations,.. spoke about.. the lack of progress in the country.. The day before the protest, the internet-activist group Anonymous released this.. video.. in support of pro-democracy activists and human rights defenders in Bahrain.. Read.. For Freedom.. , Zaynab Al-Khawaja's new piece about her father.. CBC (Canada) radio interview with Zaynab Al-Khawaja.. RTE (Ireland) radio interview with Zaynab Al-Khawaja.. On Sunday, March 4th (24th Day of Hunger Strike), Abdulhadi was taken once again to the hospital.. Doctors tried to administer an IV tube, but were unable to because of the withering condition of his veins..  ...   damage and metal plates in his face to hold his jaw together.. He was then moved to the Al-Qurain Prison where he was put in solitary confinement in a cell measuring 2.. 5 x 2 meters.. Abdulhadi was subjected to physical and mental torture while in detention, including threats of sexual violence, which he tried to make known at his trial.. On 8 May 2011,.. Abdulhadi was brought.. by the Military Prosecutor before the National Safety Court to face a trial presided over by a military judge.. The trial fell far short of international standards, and also did not meet Bahraini standards of fair trial.. Despite repeated attempts to attend the initial hearings, two international trial observers sent by Front Line Defenders were denied access to the courtroom.. On 22 June 2011, Abdulhadi was convicted and given a life sentence on charges of “organizing and managing a terrorist organisation”, “attempt to overthrow the Government by force and in liaison with a terrorist organisation working for a foreign country” and the “collection of money for a terrorist group.. ” All of these charges were filed based on emergency legislation that the Bahraini government introduced during the wave of civilian protest that started in February.. No credible evidence was presented in the hearing to support any of these charges, and the BICI report conclusively ruled out any foreign involvement in the pro-democracy protests.. The appeal to the National Safety Court of Appeal.. began on 6 September 2011.. During the hearing, the court failed to address trial irregularities raised by Abdulhadi’s defence team and flatly rejected the pleas of the defence lawyers to call defence witnesses before the court.. One of the lawyers described the court decision as “a dangerous precedent in the country’s judicial history.. ”.. On 28 September 2011, the National Safety Court of Appeal.. upheld the life sentence.. imposed on Abdulhadi.. On 27 October 2011, lawyers for Abdulhadi.. filed an appeal.. to the Court of Cassation (Supreme Court) for a legal review of the National Safety Court trial.. Bahraini protester holds sign of support for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, 26 March 2012.. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja - Human Rights Defender.. From 2008 to 2011, Abdulhadi served as Front Line Defenders' Middle East and North Africa Protection Coordinator and in that capacity worked to support and protect human rights defenders across the region.. During his tenure in the post, Abdulhadi conducted field missions, organized campaigns to free other HRDs from prison, coordinated security training and other practical support, reported to the United Nations and other international and regional bodies on the situation of human rights defenders, and helped advance the discourse for human rights protection in the region.. More than 120 human rights defenders from across the region.. signed an appeal.. for his release within days of his arrest.. Prior to his working with Front Line Defenders, Abdulhadi co-founded and was the first President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, a renowned human rights institution that has served as a model for other such institutions in the Middle East.. He is a member of the International Advisory Network of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, headed by former Irish President Mary Robinson.. He has previously worked with Amnesty International, and was named as ‘Activist of the Year’ in 2005 by the Arab Program for Human Rights Activists.. Abdulhadi is married and is the loving father of four wonderful daughters.. He is also understandably very proud of his young grandson.. His friends and colleagues at Front Line Defenders know him to be a gentle and kind man of the utmost integrity; someone who was always willing to help others, with a ready smile and a sparkle in his eyes.. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja marching in protest with Nabeel Rajab and Ali Abdelemam.. Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.. open letter to Danish Foreign Minister on eve of his hunger strike.. READ MORE.. Abdulhadi.. is an exceptional rights activist, working independently from any sect or political party.. For many years he was subjected to numerous violations, as a result of his work defending the rights of others.. We are concerned for his health and the baseless charges against him.. - Suad Al Gedsi, Yemen.. Sadly, all security apparatus in the Arab world have one thing in common - namely persecuting the thinkers and virtuous people based on their activism and work defending the rights of others.. Among those is.. , due to his defence of human rights activists.. I hope that.. will be released soon, and that the detention files in the Arab world will be closed.. - Haithem Al Maleh, Syria..

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  • Title: Front Line Defenders | Medical Professionals
    Descriptive info: HRDs at RISK.. HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS.. AT RISK.. NABEEL RAJAB -.. IMPRISONED.. Nabeel Rajab is the President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights.. On Saturday, 5 May he was arrested upon arrival at the Bahrain International Airport and taken to prison.. The next day his remand was extended for a week, after he was charged with using Twitter to 'defame' and 'humiliate' the Bahraini public security forces.. Following a conviction by a Bahraini court, Nabeel was taken to prison for 3 months on 9 July.. On 16 August, Rajab was sentenced to one year in prison on each of three charges for a total of three years.. Since early 2011, Nabeel has been the target of an ongoing campaign of intimidation, judicial harassment and defamation, including arbitrary arrest and detention.. He has been physically abused by the security forces.. Nabeel is also the Deputy Secretary-General for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).. Front Line Defenders provided a security grant to Nabeel to install security cameras at his home after it was attacked by security forces.. ALI ABDELEMAM -.. WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN.. Ali Abdelemam is a blogger and free speech activist who has been targeted by the Bahraini authorities since he started 'Bahrain Online' - the first online forum for Bahrainis to express their opinions freely.. Ali Abdelemam's whereabouts are unknown.. On 23 February 2011, he was released from prison as a result of an international campaign for his freedom together with the demands of the protesters in Pearl Square.. In prison, he suffered torture and beatings.. When he learned that the authorities were rounding up other activists, he went into hiding.. Ali has been missing for over a year, but in the meantime, he was charged in absentia to 15 years in prison as part of a group of defendants that included Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.. NAJI FATEEL -.. INJURED.. Naji Fateel is a board member of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights and attended the Front Line Defenders 2010 Dublin Platform.. On 15 February Naji was subjected to an hour long interrogation by Bahraini prosecutors following his arrest the previous day.. He was detained without further charge for many weeks.. Naji has been the subject of relentless persecution including detention, torture and death threats for several years.. In 2007 he was tortured and ill-treated while held incommunicado in prison after protesting for the rights of unemployed.. He still suffers injuries from the torture he experienced, which included electric shocks, beating with sticks on the soles of his feet, kicking, punching and shackling.. While filming security forces raiding a village in 2011, Naji was chased and fell off a roof, suffering injuries to his back and legs, and was unable to seek medical attention for fear of being arrested again.. ZAYNAB AL-KHAWAJA -.. JUDICIAL HARASSMENT.. Zaynab Al-Khawaja is Bahraini social media activist and human rights defender.. She has drawn worldwide attention to the peaceful protests in Bahrain through her Twitter postings and other online media platforms.. On 1 March, 2013, Zaynab was sentenced to prison for 3 months on a charge for which she had previously been acquitted on appeal.. On 21 April, 2012 Zaynab was arrested for taking part in a peaceful protest against the continuing detention of her father, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.. She was unable to see her family for more than a week.. Since 1 May, Zaynab has been brought to court at least 3 times for hearings and new charges to be filed against her, and bail has been denied.. Zaynab has been repeatedly detained, threatened and abused by Bahraini security forces.. In addition to being a leader in the peaceful protests in Bahrain since 14 February 2011, Zaynab has also been on the front lines of documenting the human rights abuses of the Bahraini security forces, including documenting the widespread use of tear gas, bird shot and midnight raids on villages.. MAHDI ABU DEEB -.. Mahdi Abu Deeb is the President of the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA), an independent union of teachers from across Bahrain.. After organizing teachers to join the peaceful protests at Pearl Roundabout, Mahdi was one of the people  ...   the King of Bahrain for his “brave act for all of Bahrain.. ” Dr.. Al Ekri had trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.. Ms.. Rula Al Saffar.. , 48 years old, is the President of the Bahrain Nursing Society, given a 15 year sentence.. Saffar is a breast cancer survivor, who used her experience as motivation to train others to detect early signs of breast cancer throughout the Middle East.. Saffar is the only female medic who remained in custody for almost 5 months.. Nada Dhaif.. , 39 years old, is a dentist and mother of 2, sentenced to 15 years in prison.. She was volunteering at a makeshift clinic at the Pearl Roundabout, and was detained from her home at 3 AM on 19 March.. Dhaif has reported being subjected to torture while in custody of the security forces.. Dhaif has two daughters, aged 7 and 9.. Nader Diwani.. , 53 years old, is a pediatrician, sentenced to 15 years.. Diwani was arrested in his home on 2 April.. Ahmed Abdul Aziz Omran.. , 47 years old, and is a family GP, sentenced to 15 years.. Omran has six sons and one daughter.. He has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization, and earned a Master's degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland/Medical University of Bahrain program.. Mahmoud Asghar.. , 40 years old, is a pediatric surgeon, given a 15 year sentence.. Asghar was arrested in 17 March while leaving Salmaniya Hospital.. He briefed journalists on the conditions of the injured at Salmaniya Hospital.. Asghar is married with 3 children and serves as a medical consultant for a number of charities.. Abdulkhaleq Al Oraibi.. , 39 years old, is a rheumatologist, given a 15 year sentence.. He was arrested during a raid on his house in the early morning hours of 1 April.. Ghassan Dhaif.. , 45 years old, a maxillofacial surgeon, and his wife.. Zahra Al Sammak.. , an anesthetist, were given 15 and 5 year sentences, respectively.. Dhaif and Dr.. Al Sammak trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.. They have three children, aged 17, 13 and 9.. Bassim Dhaif.. , 47 years old, is an orthopedic surgeon, sentenced to 15 years.. Dhaif was forced to stand for 2 weeks straight during his detention, and as a result has suffered loss of sensation in and discoloration of his feet.. Mr.. Sayed Marhoon Al Wedaie.. is the Director of Paramedics and Ambulances at Salmaniya Hospital, given a 15 year sentence.. Fatima Haji.. , 33 years old, is a rheumatologist, given a 5 year sentence.. Haji has a 3-year old son.. She was arrested when 30 armed plainclothes security officers came to her house in the middle of the night.. She reports on being tortured, including facing sexual assault while in custody, during which time she was kept in solitary confinement for 22 days.. Saeed Al Samahiji.. is an opthamologist, given a 10 year sentence.. Samahiji suffered high blood pressure and required emergency surgery as a result of his ordeal in detention.. Ibrahim Al Demistani.. , 43 years old, is a senior nurse, sentenced to 15 years.. Al Demistani's 18-year old son was killed on 17 February by Bahraini security forces.. Hassan Mohammed Nasser Al Toblani.. , 43 years old, is head of the ICU at Salmaniya Hospital, sentenced to 10 years.. Al Toblani has 4 daughters and one son.. He previously received awards by two Bahraini Ministers of Health and has represented Bahrain internationally at conferences on critical care medicine.. Qassim Mohammed Omran.. , is an intensive care physician, given a 15 year sentence.. Najah Khalil Al Haddad.. , is a family physician and Deputy Chief of Medical Services for Primary Health Care at Salmaniya Hospital, given a 5 year sentence.. Dheya Ibrahim Abu Idris.. , 36 years old, is a nurse, given a 5 year sentence.. She has worked at Salmaniya Hospital for 13 years, including in the Intensive Care Unit and the Artificial Kidney Unit.. Ali Al Sadadi.. , is an assistant paramedic, sentenced to 15 years.. Mohammed Faiq Ali Al Shehab.. , is a lab technician, given a 5 year sentence..

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  • Title: Front Line Defenders | Front Line Defenders Actions
    Descriptive info: FRONT LINE.. ACTIONS.. IN THEIR OWN WORDS.. From 20-30 November, Front Line Defenders was in Bahrain as part of an international delegation.. During that time, a number of HRDs were interviewed about their experiences since February 2011.. These videos feature doctors, teachers, defenders and family members going in depth into some of the difficulties they face, and the struggles they are dealing with in Bahrain.. Click on the image to the left to get to the Front Line Defenders.. You Tube playlist for Bahraini HRDs.. PROTEST.. Vincent Forest, Head of EU Office for Front Line Defenders, joined the Solidarity Protest for Freedom in Bahrain on 14 February 2013 in Brussels, holding a sign calling for freedom for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, Nabeel Rajab and other imprisoned human rights defenders.. BLOGGING.. Recent blog posts by Front Line Defenders Director.. Mary Lawlor.. and Deputy Director.. Andrew Anderson.. highlight the maltreatment, torture and unfair trial suffered by Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja as he continues on his hunger strike for freedom in Bahrain.. Mary and Andrew.. reflect.. on the price that freedom has for their friend and former colleague.. TESTIMONY.. at the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Irish Houses of the Oireachtas (parliament), including information about Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and the cases of the medical professionals.. INVESTIGATE.. From 20-30 November, Front Line Defenders joined an international delegation of human rights organizations to investigate the situation of human rights defenders and freedom of expression in Bahrain.. The mission coincided with the release of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).. report.. and a representative from Front Line Defenders was in attendance when the report was delivered to the King of Bahrain.. The delegation met with human rights defenders, lawyers, doctors, teachers and families of detained HRDs.. Additionally, Front Line Defenders representative was able to visit briefly with former staff member Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja during his visit with family members the day before the release of the BICI report (..  ...   Line Defenders organized a presentation by three Bahraini human rights activists at the Mansion House in Dublin on 12 September, which was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin.. Speakers gave an update on the situation facing their imprisoned colleagues in Bahrain, and spoke of personal experiences of facing severe repression by the government of Bahrain.. BRIEFING.. Front Line Defenders issued a.. briefing.. on 7 July on the trial and case against Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, detailing the shortcomings with respect to fair trial standards, use of torture and unnecessary force, incommunicadeo detention and the overall legitimacy of the National Safety Court.. APPEAL.. Front Line Defenders launched an.. Open Letter to the King of Bahrain.. on 7 July on behalf of medical professionals who were arrested and prosecuted for providing medical care for civilian protesters.. As of 1 October, more than 2,350 signatures had been collected.. Andrew Anderson, Deputy Director of Front Line Defenders, joined an independent medical, political and human rights Irish delegation led by Professor Damian McCormack to Bahrain.. The delegation held meetings with Bahraini human rights defenders, families of the detained medical workers and with Bahraini officials.. A report on the mission was published in the.. Irish Examiner.. Irish Senator Averil Power returned from Bahrain and wrote a letter to Ireland's Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore in.. August.. and again in.. September.. Later in September, Foreign Minister Gilmore responded with this.. letter.. WITNESS.. In June, Mary Lawlor, Director of Front Line Defenders, traveled to Bahrain in an attempt to testify at the trial of Abdulhadi and to visit with the families of the detained medical workers.. Mary’s blog.. Andrew Anderson, Deputy Director, made an emergency visit to Bahrain following Abdulhadi’s arrest in April.. Andrew wrote about the case in the.. SUPPORT.. On 21 April, 12 days after Abdulhadi was arrested from his home, 121 Human Rights Defenders from across the Middle East and North Africa region issued a.. statement of support.. for him..

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  • Title: Front Line Defenders | Latest News
    Descriptive info: LATEST.. MEDIA.. 1 march 2013.. the nation.. - When Will Justice Be Served in Bahrain?.. bbc news.. - Bahrain activist Zainab al-Khawaja sentenced to jail.. 14 february 2013.. the atlantic.. - Maryam al Khawaja's Perilous Journey Home.. al-jazeera.. - Bahrain: Silencing the voice of the voiceless.. 5 february 2013.. freedom now.. - Member of European Parliament nominates Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his daughters, Zainab and Maryam al-Khawaja of Bahrain for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.. 13 january 2013.. al-monitor.. - The Bahrain Blackout in Arab Media.. 9 january 2013.. - Bahrain: Rights activist Sayed Yousif al-Muhafdha in first court hearing.. 7 january 2013.. abc news.. - Bahrain Court Upholds Life Sentences on Opposition.. 10 december 2012.. 9 december 2012.. - Bahrain activist Nabeel Rajab's prison sentence reduced.. 9 november 2012.. washington post.. - The Post’s View: Bahrain’s broken promise.. 8 november 2012.. the guardian.. - Human rights groups call for release of Bahraini activist.. 3 november 2012.. ahram online.. - Bahrain detains prominent human rights activist.. 2 november 2012.. - In Bahrain, anti-government violence rising again amid calls for more forceful U.. S.. policy.. 31 october 2012.. christian science monitor.. - Bahrain  ...   centre for human rights.. - Bahrain: BCHR Releases Report on Deaths and Detentions to Mark Two Year Anniversary of Protests.. front line defenders.. - Bahrain: Front Line Defenders Statement on Final Verdict in Appal by Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.. 15 november 2012.. pomed.. - One Year Later: Assessing Bahrain’s Implementation of the BICI Report.. GOVERNMENT.. 7 March 2013.. OHCHR.. - Joint Statement Supported by 44 Countries Expressing 'Serious Concern' over Human Rights Situation in Bahrain.. 14 February 2013.. Denmark.. - Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal maintains the pressure on Bahrain two years after the popular uprising.. 17 January 2013.. European Parliament.. - European Parliament resolution of 17 January 2013 on the human rights situation in Bahrain.. 9 January 2013.. United Nations.. - UN chief ‘deeply regrets’ Bahraini court’s decision to uphold sentences against political activists.. 21 December 2012.. EU Parliamentary Delegation.. - S&D MEPs call for immediate release of political prisoners in Bahrain.. 1 November 2012.. - UN chief voices concern over ban on protests in Bahrain.. LEGAL.. 5 december 2011.. Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.. - The report of the BICI was presented to King Hamad on 23 Novebmer 2011..

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