This video is called Asma Darwish’s Hunger Strike in Bahrain.
From A Safe World for Women:
Bahraini Activist Asma Darwish
Interview by Joanne Michele, Safeworld Correspondent
On the 22nd of May, 2011 a Bahraini photographer, Mohammad Darwish, was arrested by the authorities.
The authorities refused to give any information to his family and on the 4th of June, his sister, Asma Darwish, went on hunger strike.
Asma was no stranger to human rights issues in Bahrain. Her husband Hussain Jawad was a member of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Amnesty International and had himself been arrested three times. She herself was well known to the media and became a regular contact for the media through twitter under the name of @eagertobefree.
Her father-in-law, Mohammad Hassan Mohammad Jawad (Parweez), an independent human rights activist was arrested on March 22 and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. Parwees was 65 and was the oldest political prisoner in Bahrain. When he was arrested he was tortured and held in solitary confinement for 4 months.
When we first spoke in December, Asma’s 16-year old cousin had just been released after two months in prison. He’d been arrested for watching, but not participating in, the protests, and was exposed to torture. Moreover, another cousin and uncle are both political prisoners, having been sentenced to 10 and 5 years, respectively.
Bahrain has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a United Nations (UN) report: here.