Bahrain dictatorship arrests another human rights activist

This video is called Zainab Al-Khawaja: On the Front Line in Bahrain.

By Sharifa Ghanem and Joseph Mayton:

Breaking: Bahrain activist Zainab al-Khawaja reported to have been arrested

9 December 2012

CAIRO: Leading Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja was reportedly arrested while at a hospital, EBOHR reported on their Twitter page on Sunday evening.

“Zainab Al-Khawaja was just arrested from Salmaniya Hospital after demanding Mohsin Aqeel’s right to a family visit,” they wrote.

“Zainab alkhawaja @angryarabiya yells ‘we are all the hero Aqeel and down down Hamad’ as she gets arrested from #SMC in #bahrain,” they wrote.

Al-Khawaja, who tweets at @angryarabiya, has faced more than one dozen charges this year alone for “speaking out about human rights violations in Bahrain, where dozens of people have been killed since pro-democracy protests began in February 2011,” ABNA news agency reported.

She was to have a verdict in the myriad charges against her announced on Monday.

Al-Khawaja has already been jailed for “illegally” protesting, “insulting the king, and inciting hatred against the regime.”

A “disrupting traffic” charge was made after she staged a one-person protest outside the prison where her father, human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, is serving a life sentence for his role in organizing protests.

She again made international headlines after being targeted and shot in the leg with a tear gas canister by police last June. She was then put in a cast, but police did not stop their assaults on her, arresting her and dragging her down a flight of stairs following a one-person protest in August.

She was then jailed for two months, even though she has a young daughter.

Her case has sparked international attention on the small Gulf kingdom, where an uprising has been violently put down by the minority Sunni regime, much with the help of Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia.

US Differences with Bahrain Playing Out in Public: here.

17 thoughts on “Bahrain dictatorship arrests another human rights activist

  1. Bahrain sentences activist’s daughter to jail: Lawyer

    Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of prominent opposition activist Hadi al-Khawaja, is sentenced to one month in jail for taking part in a protest in a prohibited area of ‘Pearl Square’ in February 2011

    AFP , Monday 10 Dec 2012

    A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced the daughter of prominent opposition activist Hadi al-Khawaja to one month in jail for taking part in an unauthorised demonstration, her lawyer said.

    Zainab al-Khawaja, the eldest of the Shiite rights activist’s daughters, was found guilty of entering the “prohibited area” of Pearl Square, the main symbol of 2011 protests crushed by security forces, on February 12, the lawyer said.

    She also was fined 100 dinars ($258).

    Her lawyers disputed the charges, saying there was “no formal decision declaring that Pearl Square is a forbidden area”.

    Zainab al-Khawaja, whose father is serving a life sentence for plotting against the state, has faced justice on several occasions already this year.

    In October, she was freed after serving a two-month jail term for destroying government property.

    The judiciary accused her of tearing apart a portrait of King Hamad during detention, according to Amnesty International.

    In May, she served a one-month prison sentence for assaulting a police officer.

    Bahrain came under strong criticism from international human rights organisations over last year’s deadly crackdown on the protests, led by the majority Shiites in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

    An international panel commissioned by King Hamad to probe the government’s clampdown found that excessive force and torture had been used against protesters and detainees.


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