The Bahraini Center for Human Rights has issued an urgent appeal on April 3, 2012 about the health of a prominent Bahraini human rights defender and political prisoner, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. The text of the appeal appears below:
Prominent human rights defender Abdulhadi Alkhawaja who is on his 55th day of hunger strike 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.
Alkhawaja and the other 13 prominent leaders had their case taken to the Court of Cassation yesterday, where lawyers requested that they be released pending court decision. The judge refused the request, and announced that the decision will be read on the 23rd of April.
The BCHR urges the Bahrain government to immediately release Abdulhadi Alkhawaja on humanitarian grounds as his life is in serious danger, and getting to a situation where there might be an unrepairable damage to his physical well-being, if he survives. We urge the government to take into consideration the deteriorating health condition of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja that cannot wait until the court’s decision. Any damage to the health of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is the responsibility of the Bahraini government, including keeping him alive.
April 03, 2012
55th day of hungerstrike: Human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja hospitalized
Because of deteriorated condition, the jail administration decided to move Al-Khawaja this morning to the main prisoners’ hospital at the ministry of interior’s headquarter (The Fort) to stay under supervision.
On April 2, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation refused to release Al-Khawaja and another 13 detained activists, and it refused to include the BICI report in the case records. It said it would announce on April 23 its verdict in the case. After the hearing session Al-Khawaja called to inform his family and lawyer that he will stop glucose intake.
According to his lawyer, Al-Khawja will sustain from any IV intake in case his health deteriorated.
Bahraini activist Zainab Alkhawaja has posted a heart-shaped letter from her father Adbulhadi, the detained human rights activist who is on Day 54 of a hunger strike:
My dear & beloved family, from behind prison bars, I send to you my love & yearning. From a free man, to a free family. These prison walls don’t separate me from you, they bring us closer together. Our connection & determination is stronger than ever. We take our strength, from beautiful memories. Remembering every trip, every meal we ate together, all the conversations, remembering every smile, all the jokes & the laughter. The distance between us disappears, thru our love & faith.
It’s true: I am in here, & you are out there. But, you are in here with me, and I am out there with you. Our pain is made more bearable when we remember we chose this difficult path & took an oath to remain on it. We must not only remain patient thru our suffering, we must never allow the pain to conquer our souls. Let our hearts be filled with joy, and an acceptance of the responsibility we have been given for in the end, this life is about finding a path of truth towards God.
Also check this interview with Nabeel Rajab and Zainab AlKhawaja on democracynow.org.