Eleven years ago, human rights defender, AbdulHadi Abdulla Hubail al-Khawaja was violently arrested and unfairly sentenced to life at Jau prison in Bahrain for his role in organizing peaceful protests to defend the realization of human rights and political reform for Bahrainis.
Since his arrest and detention, Al-Khawaja has reportedly been ill-treated and severely tortured physically, psychologically and sexually. In addition,he has suffered multiple fractures to his jaw and has undergone multiple surgeries but still suffers from chronic pain and requires additional intervention as he has not healed properly.
In 2012, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considered that al-Khawaja’s arrest was unjust, yet Al-Khawaja remains imprisoned, isolated from his family and denied adequate healthcare. These abuses are infringements on his human rights and should be condemned.
Watch the video to learn more about the situation and sign the petition urging the Bahraini authorities to release Al-Khawaja to his family.