Bahraini human rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja freed

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Zainab Al-Khawaja: On the Front Line in Bahrain

Interview with Bahrain human rights defender Zainab Al-Khawaja, daughter of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who was the former Front Line Defenders Protection Coordinator for the Middle East & North Africa. Zainab, known on Twitter as AngryArabiya, talks about family, human rights, Abdulhadi and the difficulties of struggling for human rights in Bahrain.

From Associated Press:

Jailed daughter of Bahrain rights activist freed

5:50 AM Monday Feb 17, 2014

MANAMA, Bahrain – A lawyer for Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja says she has been released from prison after nearly a year behind bars for multiple convictions including participation in an illegal gathering.

Lawyer Mohammed al-Wasti told the Associated Press on Sunday that al-Khawaja was released earlier in the day and was heading home.

Al-Khawaja is the daughter of prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is among several opposition figures who are serving life sentences. He drew attention to his imprisonment with a lengthy hunger strike in 2012.

Bahrain’s majority Shiites have led a three-year uprising seeking a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Bahrain Feature: 10,000s March on 3rd Anniversary of Protests: here.

Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja was released from prison Sunday after serving nearly a year on charges related to her participation in pro-democracy protests. The daughter of a prominent dissident, Khawaja became an international go-to source on the democracy movement in Bahrain via her Twitter account, @angryarabiya. Over the weekend tens of thousands participated in pro-democracy protests to mark the third anniversary of the start of the movement.  In 2011, demonstrators camped at the Pearl roundabout for more than a month, calling for the Sunni-led monarchy to make way for an elected government. Bahraini security violently broke up the camp in March of that year. For an update on the situation, FSRN spoke with Maryam AlKhawaja, Acting-President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and sister of Zainab Al-Khawaja: here.

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